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Northern Star contributor Alma Garcia (fifth from left) stands in 2008 with native Malawian teenagers 2008 in Chitunda, Malawi.

That time I volunteered to build a school in Malawi, Africa

By Alma Garcia | January 15, 2020

I was 16 when I first felt one with nature. I was standing alone in the middle of the beautiful Malawi countryside under the brilliant glow of the moon and her stars. It was a stunning experience that I’d never thought possible.Being a kid from Chicago,...

The forest view surrounding the camper Haley Galvin stays at each summer at Lake Village Family Campground.

That time I…went without signal for a week

By Haley Galvin | August 26, 2019

Seven full days with zero cell service. I’m not sure how I managed to make it through. I am constantly on my phone, checking social media until I can’t refresh anymore. It is not something I am proud of, but I admit I should detach myself from it...

Bethany Christensen (middle), sophomore physical education major, plays hockey with Ozzy Loda (right), sophomore medical laboratory sciences major, and another student for Outdoor Adventures.

Outdoor Adventures encourages wellness and experience

By Taher Zeitoun | March 18, 2019

DeKALB — Outdoor Adventures, a program of the Recreation and Wellness Center, offers outdoor recreational experiences for the NIU community and general public. The program offers gear rental and team building services for organizations or groups among...


Conquer Your Curls: 5 Products to Beat Frizz

By Lauren Clohessy | October 26, 2017

Curly hair is a blessing and a curse. I’ve had curly hair my entire life, and I’m not talking wavy strands, I mean thick curls, like the ones on an Irish Dancer’s wig. Fun fact, I was a dancer for 12 years and never wore the wig, so that paints...

When inviting people over for a bonfire, change it up with different styles of s’mores, do-it-yourself drink options and a unique soundtrack.

Bonfires offer relaxation

By Tatianna Salisbury | July 24, 2017

Bonfires are a hassle-free event that can be held if planning for a classic summer get-togethers like barbecues and pool parties become to stressful.Time by the fire with friends is casual, relaxing and relatively cheap compared to the traditional summer...

NIU’s Dan Gebo wins Professor of the Year for hands-on teaching

By Margaret Maka | November 20, 2014

Anthropology professor Dan Gebo will be named Illinois Professor of the Year at an awards luncheon today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.The Professor of the Year award is given to one winner from each state in categories like community...

Jack Olsen Gallery to feature “Arranging Nature” exhibit

By Jessi Haish | January 14, 2013

Installations of insects pinned to a wall in repeating patterns will be featured in “Arranging Nature,” an exhibition created by Jennifer Angus, Design Studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The exhibition, in the Visual Art Building’s...

Electro-music to hit NIU

By Chris Krapek | November 9, 2010

Having a retinal cochlear spasm isn't a bad thing. In fact, some students are going out of their way to make sure you have one. As part of a collaboration between the Time Arts and Annex Group programs, Retinal Cochlear Spasms will take place tonight...

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