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Organizations to hold events for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By Northern Star staff | February 23, 2016

A group of organizations at NIU will hold a series of events in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness week today through Thursday to promote body positivity, according to an NIU news release.Organizations participating will be the Counseling &...

Correct approach can aid freshmen retention

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 18, 2014

Keeping freshmen enrolled for a full year — and past their first year — has proven difficult for NIU.NIU should focus on three issues that plague incoming freshmen: Tailoring general education requirements to majors, implementing effective financial...

Students need more bike racks

By Gina Lorusso | October 16, 2013

As the cooling weather continues, many students will stubbornly carry on with their bike rides throughout NIU.But with so many bikers out and about, and so little space to properly lock their bikes up on racks, many bikes are being hooked up to trees,...

New Residence Hall Council offers week of events

By Kevin Steiger | February 4, 2013

The New Residence Hall Council has teamed up with various organizations on campus to create events throughout the week for students. Alex Pitner, graduate residence hall director, said that the upcoming events will be available to all students. “We...

Residence hall meal plans to undergo changes

By Gino Hernaiz | December 3, 2012

Several modifications will be made to the meal plans next year. Michael Stang, executive director for Housing and Dining, said the $110 titanium plan will not be offered next year because there’s less than 100 students who have the plan. The titanium...

Junior illustration major Tim Schad bags items for junior kinesiology major Chris Golab in the student bookstore in the Holmes Student Center.

Thousands seek jobs at university

By Erin Kolb | September 12, 2012

Student employment is in high demand at NIU, with close to 3,000 students working at the university every year. The largest employers on campus are Housing and Dining, the Holmes Student Center and the Campus Recreation Center, said Steve Cunningham,...

Residence hall accomodations for students with disabilities are good, need some improvement

By Felix Sarver | April 30, 2012

For a student with a disability like Zack Olson, the residence halls could improve on some issues, but they do provide good accommodations overall. “It is an issue from a disability rights perspective, but it’s not a huge issue,” Olson said. Olson,...

Take advantage of the opportunities Housing and Dining offers

By Martha Lueck | November 30, 2011

Drop the books and let the jousting begin! Usually I wouldn't say this, but when flyers advertise a trip to Medieval Times for only $25, I just can't resist, especially with stress of finals. Usually when trips like this come around, I tend to ease up...

NIU closes most facilities for Thanksgiving

By Hailey Kurth & Juliana Leprich | November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving break starts Wednesday, which means many students will leave DeKalb for the holiday. With a majority of its population gone, NIU shuts down a lot of its facilities. This may leave some students who decide to stay in DeKalb for the holiday...

Newest residential hall complex opens to all students in fall of 2012

Newest residential hall complex opens to all students in fall of 2012

By Juliana Leprich | October 24, 2011

Confusion has been put to rest about the new residence hall complex. The belief that the new residence hall will house only first-year students is a misconception, university officials have said. Initial press releases referred to the hall to as the "new...

Out with the old and in with the “New to You.” Students can exchange their used items at Neptune

By Felix Sarver | September 27, 2011

Students who want to swap items they no longer need can attend the "New to You Swap" meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Neptune Central Southeast meeting room today. A focus group held last spring tested how interested students would be in swapping...

Jennifer Schmitt, sophomore physical therepy major, checks the
smoke detector in her townhome Tuesday night.

Students should take “precautionary measures” during Campus Safety Month

By Lauren Dielman | September 27, 2011

September marks Campus Safety Month, and local organizations urge students to be aware of smoke detectors and ensure proper operation. Lt. Darrin Hepker from the Sycamore Fire Department said college students need to take precautionary measures related...