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Members of Penguin Players rehearse their show “Everything’s Groovy” during practice on Tuesday. Penguin Players is a group that provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to perform a musical. (Emily Beebe | Northern Star)

NIU’s Penguin Players take center stage

By Emily Beebe, Assistant News Editor | April 30, 2024

DeKALB – NIU’s Penguin Players is a group that provides adults with disabilities the chance to perform a musical. The adults with disabilities are paired up with NIU students who act as mentors. Next semester will mark Penguin Players’ 10th year...

NIU union members and faculty attend the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday at Altgeld Hall. The board listened to public comment from union members about employee wages at NIU. (Devin Oommen | Northern Star)

Bargain talks continue, unions feel upset

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | September 22, 2023

DeKALB – "For the past three years, I've been employed by NIU. I am a full-time employee in position of office manager,”  said Krystyna Kamka, office manager for the Center of Latino and Latin American Studies. “I make $15.26 an hour. For those...

Stevenson towers sit on the west side of campus. Hot water has returned, but may be inconsistent as pipes continue to be repaired. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Some hot water returns to Stevenson, issues remain

By Evan Mellon and Rachel Cormier | May 3, 2023

DeKALB – Hot water has returned to some residents of Stevenson Towers as of Wednesday after residents lost their ability to take a hot shower for almost a week. According to NIU’s Public Information Associate Joe King, hot water returned to Stevenson’s...

Three students and no employees test positive for COVID-19.

Students must do better to stop spread of COVID-19

By Summer Fitzgerald | September 2, 2020

It is no secret that attending college during a pandemic is one of the most unexpected hardships to go through. Trying to balance community health while still attempting to live out the “best years of your life” is a struggle many young adults are...

Graduate students can form unions

By Dan Doren, News Reporter | 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...

NIU weed policy benefits campus

By Hunter Weston | December 4, 2019

It may be too soon for students to celebrate marijuana legalization because NIU’s marijuana policy will still stand. This is a blessing in disguise.Beginning Jan. 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois. Residents of Illinois will be allowed...

Files and folders sit on a desktop.

Former law students sues administration for alleged failure to provide accommodations

By Sam Malone | July 15, 2019

A former NIU law student is suing the College of Law, the Board of Trustees and individuals associated with the administration, alleging failure to accommodate special needs authorized by the Disability Resource Center.The complaint, filed by Krystal...

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

Point/Counterpoint: wage hike

By Ashley Hines | March 4, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed legislation Feb. 19 to gradually increase minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This is the first state-wide increase since 2010. The perspective staff weighs in on the potential impact of the increase.Increase bodes well for part-time...

Officials continue on vice president and provost search

Officials continue on vice president and provost search

By Northern Star Staff | February 3, 2019

DeKALB — A nationwide search to fill the vacant vice president and provost position has been ongoing, and NIU has received 80 to 100 applications for the post to date.The search has been underway since NIU President Lisa Freeman’s Sep. 20 Board of...

Coach contract process flawed

Coach contract process flawed

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 7, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board believes Sean T. Frazier, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, should not be allowed to sign off on contract negotiations without the consent of the Board of Trustees.This statement comes following the...

Head Coach Rod Carey’s contract quietly extended through 2022

By Eddie Garcia | November 1, 2018

Head Coach Rod Carey’s time at NIU was quietly extended until 2022, and he is expected to earn an estimated $2.4 million over the next four years, according to the third amendment made to his contract Jan. 5.The newly amended contract, which was provided...