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Forming a union can improve graduate students’ work conditions

By Alma Garcia | January 20, 2020

The enactment of a recent law, allowing graduate students to unionize, is a huge victory for NIU Huskie graduate assistants and for undergraduates who are considering pursuing a graduate degree in the state of Illinois.One of the 250 laws enacted in the...

Art exhibit showcases faculty, staff artwork

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 16, 2020

DeKALB — Composed of several events, a month-long exhibit at the NIU Art Museum will feature lectures and presentations from art and design faculty and staff. At their individual events, the featured faculty and staff will showcase their artwork and...

Bar within Fattys Bar & Grille

Liquor-related proposals could change nightlife

By Kierra Frazier | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Those under the age of 21 could soon be allowed in local bars based on a consideration  presented at Monday night’s City Council meeting.Following recent discussions at local ward meetings about changing the liquor code, City Manager Bill...

New laws affect university life

By Noah Johnson | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Over 250 new laws went into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year, some of which impact higher education in Illinois.Retention of Illinois Students and Equity ActHB 2691 allows transgender and undocumented students to be eligible...

Smith addresses city projects

Smith addresses city projects

By Kierra Frazier | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Mayor Jerry Smith announced that the cooperation between the City of DeKalb and NIU “has rarely been better” during his State of the City address at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting.“We do not use the term communiversity...

Map illustrates federal law

Map illustrates federal law

By Noah Johnson | January 12, 2020

DeKALB — A Smoke and Drug Free map provided by the university outlines all on-campus areas where adult-use and possession of cannabis will continue to be illegal despite changes in state law.Illinois law, which allows adults age 21 and over to possess...

Graduate students can form unions

By Dan Doren | January 12, 2020

DeKALB — Graduate and research assistants at Illinois public universities can now legally unionize with the start of the new year.A recent amendment to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act redefines the term “student” to no longer include...

That time I performed at the House of Blues

By Jack Baudoin | January 12, 2020

Getting up in front of a class for a speech can be a nerve-racking experience. Turn that 30-person class into a crowd of a couple hundred people at one of the most famous concert venues in Chicago, and those nerves get doubled, even tripled. However,...

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

By Jacob Roushia | December 17, 2019

DeKalb - Organizations including NIU’s Supportive Professional Staff Council, the Egyptian Theatre and The DeKalb Public Library will host festive events throughout December.Supportive Professional Staff CouncilNIU’s Supportive Professional Staff...

First-year forward Nick Gonzalez celebrates with his team Sept. 27 during NIU’s home loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Sports. 

Huskies work through tough season to build program foundation

By Matt Boecker | December 10, 2019

DeKALB — Bob Dylan once said anything worth doing takes time.This sums up the first half of NIU’s first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s D1 level. The team’s record currently sits at 3-12 and 3-5 in Midwest College Hockey...

Classic ballet comes to life at Egyptian Theatre

By Chris Plumery | December 8, 2019

DeKALB — The Egyptian Theatre was full of people of all ages who came to watch Beth Fowler’s Dance Company perform “The Nutcracker.” The performance of the Tchaikovsky ballet was shown 7 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.The...

Video Editor Brandon Giesey, (from left), Editor in Chief Sam Malone and Sports Editor Marcel Carrasco laugh together Oct. 12 at the Northern Star office. Giesey and Carrasco will graduate Sunday.

Editors graduate and say farewell

By Northern Star Editors | December 8, 2019

Despite obstacles, make the most out of collegeBrandon Giesey | Video EditorMy college career is one that has experienced many ups and downs. I started my time in community college, transferred to a school in the Southeastern Conference and then ended...