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NIU celebrates National Eating Disorder Awareness week

By Jamie O'Toole l Senior Reporter | February 21, 2020

Upon entering the residence halls around campus and the Holmes Student Center, students will find a display of mannequins accurately portraying faulty “ideal” body types that society has instilled in many people’s minds. The traveling display will...

Culture revolution continues under Colhoff as the head coach looks to the future

By Jarrett Huff | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — On a snowy Halloween afternoon, the women’s soccer team had one last chance to close the season on a high note, putting everything out on the field.The wind chilled to the bone, dispersing snow flurries all over the field and into the faces...

Social stigmas around mental health need to stop

By Anthony Parlogean | December 1, 2019

Words like crazy, mad, insane and feeble-minded may come up when thinking about mental illness. Whether they are antiquated or in present-day vernacular, negative sounding words like these are linked to the social stigma surrounding mental health. To...


A first-hand account of living with depression

By Anthony Parlogean | October 30, 2019

“Stop feeling sorry for yourself,” I was told. “There are people far worse off than you.”The world is obviously full of suffering and misery, and someone complaining about feeling “blue” might come across as annoyingly frivolous, but it’s...

Infographic describing types of vaping devices.

NIU community reacts to national trend of vape-related deaths

By Noah Johnson | September 16, 2019

In light of an ongoing investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding an influx of reported lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use, NIU community members were asked to react to the recent news.Out of the 380 cases reported...

Stress can be motivational to students

By Haley Galvin | August 25, 2019

The semester has begun, and I could not be more stressed. Classes are piling up over my head, and I have not attended any of them yet. I have dug myself into a hole of syllabi stress, and I feel like I will never find my way out.Stress is the worst enemy...

Fill In the Blank: My unconventional study habit is …

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 29, 2019

Haley Galvin | Perspective EditorMy weird study habit is listening to music I do not know or instrumental music. I have a hard time staying focused on studying and sometimes find it hard not to get distracted. I have found listening to music helps me...

UK censorship laws alter free speech

UK censorship laws alter free speech

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 25, 2019

Recently, the U.K. proposed laws that would strictly regulate social media content. The Northern Star Editorial Board asserts that while hate has no place on social media, restricting the capacity of social media is not the solution.A proposal for a set...

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

By Haley Galvin | March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent...

Sandra Puebla, senior political science major, introduces herself to the audience as a panelist for Tuesday evening’s discussion with Project Orange.

Project Orange works to raise domestic violence awareness through conversation

By Sophia Mullowney | March 24, 2019

DeKALB — The latest Project Orange event, “If Only You Knew,” educated the campus community and shed light on the experiences of abuse victims.The Student Association held its first sexual assault-focused event 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Multipurpose...

People need to care about gun violence

People need to care about gun violence

By Ashley Hines | March 18, 2019

There needs to be a change of attitude when dealing with the prioritization of drastic and progressive efforts and gun violence needs to top that list before it touches more lives.Six people were killed and six people were injured during the mass shooting...

SA launches #ProjectOrange to target domestic violence and sexual assault awareness

SA launches #ProjectOrange to target domestic violence and sexual assault awareness

By Sophia Mullowney | February 21, 2019

DeKALB — Speakers and attendees alike broke down during the latest Project Orange event, this one geared toward discussions around hate crimes, sexual assault, domestic abuse and gun violence occurring in the campus community.Held by the Student Association,...