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What’s your opinion on NIU’s redesigned webpage for current students?

By Northern Star Staff | August 24, 2014

Kevin BarteltThe update to’s Current Student portal provides much more clarity than the prior page.The page’s list layout is easier to read than the boxed-off sections before the change.The best part of the Current Student update is the helpful...

Charity scavenger hunt to help prevent tragedy

By Jackie Nevarez | July 27, 2014

Friends and family of Seth Bartosik will honor him with the inaugural Sethtastic Scavenger Hunt Aug. 8-10.Bartosik, 20, of Cortland, died June 26. A graduate of DeKalb High School, hockey player and aspiring culinary student, he always went against the...

In Focus: What are your thoughts on campus construction?

By Northern Star Staff | July 20, 2014

Kevin BarteltI have mixed feelings about the campus construction this summer.I’m excited because the bike paths, a renovated Stevens building and removing Douglas are huge steps in renovating the campus. NIU will look noticeably better in the upcoming...

In Focus: What projects do you want to see done before the fall?

By Northern Star Staff | July 13, 2014

Kevin BarteltThe sexual assault prevention task force should have transparent goals by the start of the school year.It’s great news that the school is taking a stand against sexual assault. Although the task force is new, the members should be open...

In Focus: What changes do you want to see within Athletics?

By Northern Star Staff | July 6, 2014

Kevin BarteltI’m glad athletic director Sean Frazier has been proactive throughout his first year at NIU.My only suggestion for him to consider while constructing his Facilities Master Plan is to create goals that can be accomplished by a reasonable...

Why should you or shouldn’t you get an internship?

By Northern Star Staff | June 22, 2014

Kevin BarteltStudents should definitely take advantage of summer internships.NIU offers students many internships. Career Services has a great program called Huskies Get Hired! You can narrow down your search options to specific interests, location and...

In Focus: What are some fun things to do over the summer?

By Northern Star Staff | June 15, 2014

Kevin BarteltDeKalb has many scenic nature areas where people can enjoy the views and warm weather. Take a bike ride down the DeKalb Nature Trail during the day.If you’re on the path about an hour before sunset, keep an eye out for deer, raccoons and...

BSU, SA disagree on group’s status as umbrella organization

By Jackie Nevarez | May 1, 2014

Student Association President Jack Barry said breaches to SA bylaws spurred controversy in a supplemental funding case, according to a statement Wednesday.On April 6, SA Senate voted to allocate the Black Student Union $8,925 in supplemental funding....

Provost candidate on campus Thursday

By Jackie Nevarez | April 6, 2014

Chukuka Enwemeka, a candidate for executive vice president and provost, will be at NIU Thursday and Friday.Faculty may meet with Enwemeka in an open forum 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center Ballroom.University staff and...

Retention worries students

By Jackie Nevarez | April 3, 2014

Students debated the causes of and solutions to NIU’s student retention issue in a town meeting Wednesday.Janice Hamlet, associate professor of COMS 220: Rhetoric and Public Issues, said she uses what she calls town meetings to teach the class. After...

Bill Nicklas, vice president of Operations and Community Relations, speaks about the Student Association resolution passed unanimously to urge the administration to cease its consideration of a second-year residency requirement for the residence halls in late March during the SA Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center’s Sky Room.

SA votes no for second-year residency

By Jackie Nevarez | March 30, 2014

Student Association Senate unanimously voted Sunday to pass a resolution to urge NIU to end its consideration of a second-year residency requirement.Second-year residencyBill Nicklas, vice president of Operations and Community Relations, said former president...

SA approves $16K for bass fishing club

By Jackie Nevarez | March 24, 2014

Student Association Senate passed a resolution to provide $16,000 in supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club.The resolution called for supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club. The Bass Fishing Club asked for the funding to buy a boat to use...