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Students participate in a 21 gun salute during Veterans Day
Ceremony outside of Altgeld hall last year.

Memorial service pays tribute to war veterans

By Matt Liparota | November 11, 2011

Marine corps veteran Levi Kammes said he looks back on his time in the military with a smile. Kammes, who served from 2001 to 2005, also serves as the president of the NIU Veterans Club, which hosts a Veterans Day memorial service at 11 a.m. today in...

Developing courses to focus on smart phone app creation

By Ryan Felgenhauer | October 24, 2011

NIU will team up with Lextech Global Services to create new courses. The courses will teach students how to write applications for several different smart phone platforms. The university offers two courses now, but the full program will be offered fall...

Members of Campus Activities Board hand out Homecoming 2011
T-shirts, footballs and thundersticks during Mondays pep rally in
the MLK Commons.

CAB spreads the word about homecoming in Monday pep rally

By Matt Liparota | October 10, 2011

Campus Activities Board (CAB) set up shop in the MLK Commons Monday afternoon to let everyone know that homecoming week is here. From noon to 3 p.m., members of CAB, accompanied by members of the homecoming court, handed out T-shirts, mini-footballs and...

In this Oct. 1 photo, a Netflix DVD envelope and Netflix
on-screen television menu are shown in Surfside, Fla. Netflixs CEO
says its abandoning its widely panned decision to separate its
DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming accounts.

Netflix nixes plans to split company

By Matt Liparota | October 10, 2011

Netflix generates more head-scratching plot twists than a cheap B-movie. On Monday, the company said it would reverse a previously announced decision to put its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services on separate websites, a plan that was widely...

Homecoming week should try new things

By Matt Liparota | October 9, 2011

There's something to be said about tradition.During Homecoming week every year, the campus bursts with energy. Right around the time we start to break down under the relentless weight of papers, tests and group projects is a week-long celebration, filled...

An apology from the Northern Star Editorial Board

By The Editorial Board | October 5, 2011

To the NIU and DeKalb community: We would like to sincerely apologize for the cartoon published in Wednesday's edition of the Northern Star. The publication was a clear misjudgment on our part. Though the aim of a political cartoon is to provide its readers...

Black Student Union shake-up doing ‘more harm than good’

By Matt Liparota | October 5, 2011

Call it a tale of two presidents. After the Student Association Supreme Court ruled to uphold Darren Howard's election as Black Student Union President last week, other members of the organization voted to impeach Howard. As it stands, Khiry Johnson,...

A DeKalb squad car sits outside Sharks, 901 Lucinda Avenue.
Police confirmed one person was shot in the leg and has been taken
to Kishwaukee Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police: No arrests made in Wednesday night shooting

By Matt Liparota and Kyla Gardner | September 29, 2011

UPDATE (10:35 a.m.): No arrests have been made in relation to the late Wednesday shooting near Lucinda Avenue, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. Police are still looking for suspects. UPDATE (5:33 a.m.): DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen said the victim...

Student Association Supreme Court upholds Howard’s election to Black Student Union

By Matt Liparota | September 26, 2011

Today, the Student Association Supreme Court announced it will uphold the election of Darren Howard, Black Student Union president. Howard, who won the BSU presidency in April's executive elections, was dismissed after other BSU executives claimed to...

Marc Strauss, left, Board of Trustees Chair, at the Boards
Thursday meeting the Board approved a resolution to move forward
with President John Peters Vision 2020 plans.

Vision 2020 approved to move forward

By Chelsey Boutan | September 16, 2011

NIU President John Peters received unanimous approval to move forward with the Vision 2020 Initiative at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting.Trustee Marc Strauss said the Vision 2020 process revealed a goal important to the university's success - an...

President Peters discusses Vision 2020, new online degree programs

By Matt Liparota | September 1, 2011

By 2020, NIU hopes to have 30,000 students enrolled.This announcement came as part of President John Peters' annual State of the University address Thursday afternoon. For the second year, the speech focused on the Vision 2020 initiative.During last year's...

Faculty Senate discusses Illinois debt, adds SA representative

By Matt Liparota | August 31, 2011

"Welcome to another wonderful year at Faculty Senate."With these words Wednesday afternoon, Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum opened another year for the legislative body and urged its members - which counts one voting member for each university...