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Everett Barnett, a first-year majoring in computer science, stand with his mom Catherine in front of Grant Towers on Thursday. First-year and returning students moved over the weekend in preparation for the Fall semester. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

NIU move-in day beats the heat

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | August 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Housing and Residential Services as well as volunteers were able to beat the heat and help move in NIU’s incoming residents. During NIU’s move in, from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, a late summer heat wave hit DeKalb, reaching a high of 95...

Community members attending the DeKalb City Councils meeting on April 10. The City Council could not pick a proposal for the use of land between West Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road. (Rachel Cormier)

City Council unable to choose proposal for Greek Row lot

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | April 11, 2023

DeKALB – The City Council meeting was flooded with over 50 community members, many in line to voice public comments about the council’s decision to either accept the “Greek Life” or the “Community Gardens” proposal to fill the former Annie...

Afternoon snow settles onto the Greek Row houses of Greenbrier Drive just off campus. NIUs Presidential Task Force on the Revitalization of Greek Life has presented their findings and recommendations in a report to the University after a year of research. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

NIU task force recommends how to save Greek life

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 5, 2023

DeKALB – A task force created by NIU President Lisa Freeman, dedicated to revitalizing and improving Greek life, gave its findings to the university after research and data gathering from various subcommittees during the 2021-2022 academic year. According...

One of two properties that the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu, or Sammys, operates within on a snowy day on Greenbrier Road in the Greek Row neighborhood. Sammys has been in operation with support from the fraternity’s national chapter for the past five years, despite being unrecognized by NIU in 2018. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

‘Sammys’ fraternity seeks return to good standing

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | January 28, 2023

DeKALB – Spring semester brings new change as the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, colloquially known as “Sammys,” begins the process of returning to good standing under the leadership of new president Farzeen Ansari. The...

NIU President Lisa Freeman (center) discussing student involvement in NIUs Greek Life beside Associate Director for Institutional Communications, Joe King, during her meeting with the Northern Star on Monday at her office in Altgeld Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

President Freeman talks tenure changes and more in university goals

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman’s university goals, which the Board of Trustees will use to evaluate her performance at the end of 2023, spoke about future standards – including broadening the criteria for tenure. “I think we believe that...

The Student Government Association is located in the Holmes Student Center ground floor in the OASIS space.

SGA dissolves committee, approves new senator

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | November 13, 2022

The SGA passed a bill on Friday to dissolve the University Services Oversight Committee and have its responsibilities taken over by Campus Life and Greek Affairs Committee. The SGA bylaws read that the USO Committee is “concerned with the improvement...

Students walk around the Fall Involvement Fair, talking to different student organizations.

SGA to host Spring Involvement Fair

By Elisa Reamer | February 1, 2022

DeKALB – Student Government Association will host a Spring 2022 Involvement Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Holmes Student Center to provide students with the opportunity to find new ways to get involved on campus.  Students will be able to...

The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha walk out into the trenches on Oct. 22 on the field outside the Rec Center for the first round of Womens Tugs. They were coached by fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.

Spotlight: Women’s Tugs 2021

By Summer Fitzgerald | October 23, 2021
Moments from Women's Tugs 2021.

First annual Diversity Ball brings campus groups together

By Parker Otto | November 10, 2019

DeKALB — Nearly 150 representatives of several NIU organizations came together for a night of entertainment and networking at the inaugural NIU Diversity Ball. The Diversity Ball was a formal event held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Duke Ellington...

Alpha Sigma Alpha members volunteer for Special Olympics

By Ginger Simons | November 4, 2018

Members of Alpha Sigma Alpha took to the Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale N. Boulevard, Rockford, for the Illinois State qualifying tournament for the Special Olympics.The Special Olympics is a global movement which offers athletic training and competition...

Egyptian screens college classic

By Parker Otto | October 15, 2018

On the eve of Homecoming weekend, the comedy classic” Animal House” was screened 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The iconic film should be seen by the college audience it was made for, and there’s no better time than...