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Melanie, an undocumented student at NIU, prepares for a final exam. She currently has a 4.0 GPA.

Undocumented students work toward better life at NIU

By Kelly Bauer | May 6, 2013

Editor’s note: The names of “Ernesto,” “Melanie” and “Ana” have been changed to protect the identity of sources. One of Ana’s earliest memories is of crossing the border into the United States. The NIU student was 5 years old when she...

Clay Campbell displeased with Curl plea

By Kelly Bauer | April 3, 2013

Clay Campbell (right), former DeKalb County state's attorney, speaks to journalists following a news conference he held after William Curl pleaded guilty to the murder of NIU student Toni Keller as part of a plea deal. Campbell, who was state's attorney...

FBI agents stand outside of the NIU Campus Police Station while executing a search warrant on Wednesday morning.

FBI searches NIU campus

By Kelly Bauer & Jessi Haish | March 7, 2013

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency anticipated that its campus search would be “wrapped up” by today. FBI and state police officials executed a search warrant on NIU’s campus Wednesday; the search seemed to focus on the NIU Police Department. Agent...

Northern Star wins six awards at ICPA

By Robert Baird | February 24, 2013

The Northern Star staff won six awards at the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony on Saturday. ICPA awarded Illinois college newspapers based on judges’ reviews of publications that were submitted. The entries had to have been...

Donald Grady

Grady believes race played a role in punishment

By Kelly Bauer | February 21, 2013

Don Grady, former NIU police chief, believes race may have played a role in his dismissal. Grady’s attorney, Michael Fox, said he and his client do not believe Grady was treated fairly when compared to other employees who have faced disciplinary action...

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2013

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady will fight his termination through “every avenue of due process available,” according to his attorney, Michael Fox. News that Grady had been terminated was released Tuesday evening. According to Grady’s notice of termination,...

2012: News from NIU, DeKalb

By Kelly Bauer | December 31, 2012

Scroll through this interactive timeline to see some of the biggest stories from 2012. Click on the bubbles for more stories, or to see articles, videos and photos related to the stories.If you would rather view the news items in a list format, go here.  2012...

David Bogenberger

22 Pike fraternity members face arrest warrants in relation to student’s death

By Kelly Bauer | December 17, 2012

On Monday, arrest warrants were issued for 22 Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members in relation to the Nov. 2 death of David Bogenberger, a pledge and NIU freshman. Bogenberger was found unresponsive Nov. 2 at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive....

Nick Minogue surrounded by other friends of David Bogenberger read his final goodbye to his best friend at the vigil ceremony for Bogenberger in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Minogue spoke about how Bogenberger had an infectious sense of humor.

Autopsy results for Bogenberger come in

By Kelly Bauer | December 17, 2012

Update, 3:28 p.m.: Arrest warrants have been issued for 22 Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members in relation to the death of David Bogenberger. ----- The autopsy results for David Bogenberger, a 19-year-old freshman who was found unresponsive Nov. 2, indicated...

We are ready to move forward with the times

By Kelly Bauer | November 28, 2012

The Northern Star staff is getting ready to act its age. We are, after all, children of the Internet era. Despite previously winning top national awards for our online efforts, the Northern Star’s website, blogs and video sections have fallen into relative...

Group encourages everyone to write a novel in November

By Kelly Bauer | October 28, 2012

Keyboard at the ready, a group of brave adventurers are wandering through the writing wilderness, fighting off plot holes, self-doubt and sentence fragments. They are the Wrimos, participants of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event that...

More arrests made in Coffee Fund investigation

By Kelly Bauer & Felix Sarver | October 17, 2012

Multiple arrests have been made in regard to the coffee fund investigation. Robert Albanese, Susan Zahm, Lawrence Murray, Kenneth Pugh, Mark Beaird and Joseph Alberti were arrested; Michael Hall, Keenon Darlinger and Keith Jackson have not been, according...