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InFocus: Thanksgiving

By Cody Laplante, Troy Doetch, and Leah Spagnoli | November 19, 2012

All the food at Thanksgiving is simply amazing. More importantly, after a semester of dorm food, Thanksgiving means a fresh, home-cooked meal. But every year there is one thing that stands out in my mind and stomach. I just love a well-done turkey. Last...

Remembering Toni as closure approaches

By Leah Spagnoli | October 15, 2012

It’s been two years. Two long years since NIU lost a beautiful soul to cruel intentions. Antinette “Toni” Keller went missing Oct. 14, 2010—the Thursday of Homecoming weekend her freshman year. Although it has been two years since the tragedy...

Social networking site gives ‘up-to-the-minute’ news

By Leah Spagnoli | September 17, 2012

How do you use your 140 characters when writing a tweet? For most, Twitter—a San Francisco-based information network—is a way to socialize with friends, share photos and read celebrity gossip. The real time network “connects you to the latest stories,...

Winning NIU in the first weeks of school

By Leah Spagnoli | August 26, 2012

The awkward moment when you move away from home for the first time and you have no idea what to do with yourself. Sound familiar, freshmen? That’s definitely how I felt during my first week at NIU. Over the next month or so, there’s so many ways to...

‘Darlin,’ only the good die young’

By Leah Spagnoli | July 9, 2012

Two and a half year ago my friend was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a small, round and rare tumor found in soft tissue or bone. The disease announced itself after my classmate, who is one of my best friends, finished his senior football season and...

Clean up your act in public eateries

Clean up your act in public eateries

By Leah Spagnoli | July 2, 2012

It isn’t news that a popular “career” is waiting tables at restaurants. Someone has to do it, right? It doesn’t matter how old you are when working, respect is asked for from customers (unless you’re attending Ed Debevic’s, 640 N. Wells St....

Veggie-tales create change

By Leah Spagnoli | April 18, 2012

For eight days now I’ve been a herbivore. I have accepted my own challenge as a final project for a class to become a lacto-ovo vegetarian for three weeks. Lacto-ovo meaning that I can still eat eggs and dairy, but not meat or fish. Although I’m only...

In Focus: Proposed bill to bring strip club tax in Ill.

A recent Associated Press article revealed that Illinois lawmakers are proposing a $5 strip club tax. The tax would apply to clubs that have both nude dancers and serve, or allow patrons to bring, alcohol. Clubs can avoid the fine by ceasing to serve...

Bottom line: Find the love of your life

By Leah Spagnoli | March 4, 2012

I’ve always been told to marry my one and only. I’m not by any means old enough to be married, but how will I find the person that makes me happiest? To be honest, I feel like both men and women are constantly on the lookout for someone they might...

Northern Star wins awards at ICPA convention

By Northern Star Staff | February 19, 2012

The Northern Star took home 16 individual awards and an honorable mention in general excellence Sunday at the Illinois College Press Association convention.Several current and former staff members won individual awards for their contributions to the paper....

Members of the Sam Psi Tugs team raise the first place trophy in celebration after defeating Phi Sigma Kappa Saturday afternoon.

Sigma Alpha Mu and Phi Kapp Psi defeat defending champions in tugs championship

By Leah Spagnoli | May 2, 2011

DeKALB | In a rematch of the 2010 Tugs Championship, the Sigma Alpha Mu and Phi Kappa Psi [Sam Psi] team beat the defending champions Phi Sigma Kappa. Phi Sigma Kappa won the first rope while Sam Psi won the match in the last two ropes. “We had so many...

2010 Tugs Champions Phi Sigma Kappa take on the Phi Kappa Sigma and Omega Delta team on Tuesday. Phi Sigma Kappa remains the number one seed after winning the match in three ropes.

Rain won’t stop Greek tugs tournament

By Leah Spagnoli | April 26, 2011

DeKALB | Despite rainy conditions, about 500 people came to see the second day of the annual Tugs tournament on Tuesday. Jeremy Sanchez, Interfraternity Council vice president of Community Events, said he wasn't pleased with the weather. "Despite the...