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An automated machine that separates out wastewater samples for the NIU Covid-19 surveillance lab to test for traces of the virus. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Wastewater screening indicates campus COVID-19 levels

By Bridgette Fox, News Editor | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – Although students are no longer required by NIU to screen for COVID-19, wastewater screening shows how much of the virus is present at different residence halls – which is a tool for students trying to stay healthy. Barrie Bode, professor...

The Hillcrest shopping mall, 1011 to 1027 W. Hillcrest Drive, is set to be demolished on May 10.  DeKalb Public Works has begun harvesting scrap metal, refrigerators and AC units for recycling.

City prepares Hillcrest shopping mall for demolition

By Elisa Reamer | April 21, 2022
The Hunter Hillcrest shopping mall will be demolished May 10 with plans to build a grocery store and a social services facility on the land.
NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international...

Keep playground in Pappas Park

By Angelina McNeela | September 24, 2014

Standing outside Pappas Park is a sign asking for feedback on tentative plans to tear down the only local playground in the area.Pappas Park, at the corner of Hillcrest and Aspen drives, is the center of a quiet living community managed by Pittsley Realty....

Two joggers run through Greek Row on Hillcrest Road in front of Phi Kappa Theta Tuesday. Some residents are displeased with proposed ideas for changing neighborhoods like Hillcrest as part of NIU’s Bold Ideas.

Bold Ideas don’t sit well with all

By Alissa Jacob | April 16, 2014

Some homeowners in the Ellwood Historic and Hillcrest neighborhoods are upset they were not included in the Bold Ideas Master Plan for the future of NIU.A meeting was held April 6 at the Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St., to inform the neighborhoods...