Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Junior nursing student Quinita Johnson waits Tuesday to check in students at Stevenson South Towers.

Campus security needs updates

By Payton Higgins | September 18, 2019

Campus security proved its capabilities Sept. 7 with the arrest of Cinque C. Simmons, of Chicago. Simmons was a student at NIU until Sept. 7 when he was arrested at Huskie Stadium and charged with the possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s...

NIU police introduce safe selling space for online sales

NIU police introduce safe selling space for online sales

By Taher Zeitoun | October 14, 2018

DeKALB — NIU police recently implemented the safe selling space for students to promote safety when buying items online.When utilizing online selling applications like Craigslist and Letgo, buyers have to meet in person and often do not know the seller....

A cellphone displaying a big red breaking news alert encompassing the whole screen.

Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...

SA Senate addresses gun issues

By Jessie Kern | November 6, 2017

DeKALB — Concern regarding safety on and around campus continued to take prominence in student discussions during this week’s Student Association Senate meeting.The SA Senate hosted Jason John, NIU deputy police chief, to provide an update about the...

Rifkin lawyer to subpoena two NIU police officers due to missing evidence

By Northern Star staff | April 22, 2015

Andrew Rifkin’s lawyer said he will subpoena two NIU police officers to find out who is responsible for the disappearance of two hours of recorded statements made by Rifkin.Rifkin, a former NIU police officer, is accused of sexually assaulting a female...

Bat in Montgomery passes test

By Jackie Nevarez | September 11, 2014

Bat sightings in NIU buildings can be resolved with a call to NIU Police and removal by DeKalb Animal Control.The DeKalb County Health Department reported the first rabid bat of the year had been found in a DeKalb home on Aug. 19, becoming one of 18 rabid...

Police authority

Buckle up for the holidays

By Stoney Stone | November 25, 2013

In an preventative effort to curb reckless behavior, local officers are planning roadside safety checkpoints throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.Officers will check for seat belt use as Illinois law requiresall passengers in a vehicle to wear a seat belt....