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Alumni share their stories of social change

By Dan Doren | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Five NIU alumni shared their personal stories of social change leadership both on- and off-campus at a university-hosted speaking event titled “125th Anniversary Dialogue on Diversity: Groundbreakers” 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sandburg Auditorium...

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

Upcoming events: week of Aug. 26

Upcoming events: week of Aug. 26

By Northern Star Staff | August 26, 2019

TuesdayUniversity Honors Program Welcome Back BBQ: Honors students and staff are invited to attend a catered barbecue to meet new honors students and catch up with returning students. The barbecue is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Campus Life Building, Room...

NIU President Lisa Freeman was in attendance Friday during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. 

Annual Pride Dinner honors and awards LGBTQ+ advocates

By Kierra Frazier | April 14, 2019

DeKALB — Associate professor Katy Jaekel and senior Ronan Kaiser were presented with the Howard and Millie Eychaner Award during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner and Awards Banquet for their advocacy on LGBTQ+ issues on campus.The event is sponsored by...

Hate crimes cannot be masked by the police and media

By Ashley Hines | February 11, 2019

The softened language used by the media when discussing hate crimes dilutes the discriminatory motivation behind the injury.To recognize the true heinousness behind hate crimes, they must be addressed as such. Calling hate crimes what they are will open...

Manage Your Stress this Semester

By Sarah Lalond | October 22, 2018

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 61 percent of college students report feeling anxious. The percentage is likely higher, as these are the students who sought counseling and were able to report their feelings.Stress is building...

Student mothers have plentiful resources at NIU

Student mothers have plentiful resources at NIU

By Lisa Lillianstrom | September 26, 2018

Being a mother and a student can be challenging, but NIU has resources to help student parents succeed in reaching their goals.One resource available to all mothers is lactation stations. These stations are located around the campus and are private rooms...

NIU needs more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus

By Chris Grask | September 16, 2018

All Gender bathrooms are on campus and students may have stepped into them without noticing.There are 30 all gender bathrooms with most of them residing in Grant residence hall. Yet most of the academic halls are empty of all gender bathrooms, according...

Public bathrooms

Letter to the Editor: Gender identity is not a joke

By Matthew Lonski and Sexuality Resource Center | March 30, 2017

In the March 9 issue of the Northern Star, I came across a “comic” titled “What would make Trump happy…” which depicted three restrooms; one with a stereotypical male sign, one with a stereotypical female sign and one with a “small hands”...

Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln Highway, functions to advocate for Black students at NIU and the DeKalb community and serves as a supportive space to students, according to its website. The center can be reached at or at 815-753-1709.

Supportive spaces available to teach students to manage “difficult situations”

By Northern Star staff | November 23, 2016

DeKALB | NIU has supportive spaces on campus through its resource centers such as the Center for Black Studies, among others, where students can learn to manage "difficult situations."Some supportive spaces on campus include the Asian American Center,...

Students should skip on wearing offensive costumes this Halloween

By Brooklynn Harper | October 20, 2016

Halloween is a night where students should pay more attention to who their costumes may be mocking and offending. While dressing up can be fun, this holiday is not an excuse to poke fun at real life struggles.Many students do not see the harm in their...

This gender-neutral bathroom is located in the basement of Neptune North. NIU is working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus.

NIU looking to implement gender-neutral bathrooms

By Ashley Morse | April 4, 2016

NIU is currently working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus and expects it to be ready by the end of the semester.Gender-neutral does not refer to either sex but only to people in general. The benefits to these restrooms...

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