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A stack of unopened air conditioning units in the Neptune North main lobby. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

Students react, first week of Neptune North

By Kathalina Bindas, News Reporter | September 4, 2023

DeKALB –  After closing its doors in Spring 2020 and spending two years being a quarantine facility, Neptune Hall North officially reopened its doors this Fall semester.  According to NIU, 14,364 student enrollments during the Spring of 2023, and...

Grant Towers new student parking signage. Multiple lots have been changed to allow commuter students to park in more places. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Commuter parking expands, Gilbert, Neptune sees new parking colors

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | August 28, 2023

DeKALB – Commuter students with yellow parking passes will find parking has reached new heights of accessibility for them. Seven parking lots have changed from requiring faculty and staff blue parking passes to becoming hybrid blue-yellow pass lots. This...

The entrance to Patterson Hall West. Rises to room and board fees were among the changes voted for approval by the Board of Trustees. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Fees for housing, graduation, student support to rise

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | February 19, 2023

DeKALB – Starting the fiscal year of 2024, July 2023, room and board fees for Neptune Hall, Gilbert Hall, Grant Towers, Stevenson Towers and Patterson Hall will increase by $200, and room and board fees for Northern View will increase by $100. Increased...

An automated machine that separates out wastewater samples for the NIU Covid-19 surveillance lab to test for traces of the virus. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Wastewater screening indicates campus COVID-19 levels

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – Although students are no longer required by NIU to screen for COVID-19, wastewater screening shows how much of the virus is present at different residence halls – which is a tool for students trying to stay healthy. Barrie Bode, professor...

The parking lot behind Gabel Hall sits empty Monday. During a typical semester, Lot 38 is usually full, but due to the NIUs campus shutting down, most of the parking lots are barren.

New parking options are a great convenience for dorm residents

By Parker Otto | October 5, 2020

For years, the only option for students living in the residence halls to park their cars were the Orange lots by Grant and Stevenson Towers and New Hall. This gave students at Neptune and Gilbert Halls a disadvantage. This was until Campus Parking Services,...

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NIU student faces charges after showering woman reported being grabbed in Neptune: cops

By Northern Star staff | January 27, 2015

A person has been charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct following a woman's report that she was grabbed by a man in a ski mask while showering in Neptune Hall, according to an NIU safety bulletin.A suspect was being interviewed in the...

Suspect identified, interviewed for alleged attempted assault at Neptune: cops

By Northern Star staff | January 26, 2015

Police are interviewing a person they suspect grabbed a woman's arm while she was showering Sunday in Neptune Hall, according to an NIU safety bulletin.The victim said she was in the shower of a third floor bathroom when a person grabbed her arm, according...

Man in ski mask attempted to assault showering student: cops

By Northern Star staff | January 25, 2015

Police are investigating the attempted assault of a female student who was showering when a man in a ski mask touched her arm, according to an NIU safety bulletin.At 4:57 a.m. Sunday, an attempted assault on a female student was reported to have occurred...

Pass/Fail: Only 4 weeks until spring classes end, Selectin res. hall stressul for students

By Danny Cozzi | April 6, 2014

Pass: Only 4 weeks until spring classes endIt’s finally happening, folks: The days are getting longer and the sun’s warmth is reminiscent of a time when I could feel my fingers after going outside.This summer should come as a triumph over the most...

Pass/Fail: Candidates’ info easily accessible, Douglas Hall not opening next fall

By Danny Cozzi | March 23, 2014

Pass: Candidates’ info easily accessibleIf you’re frantic to decide on who to vote for in the Student Association executive elections this week, worry no more.You can do a quick search for candidates’ information on the SA website. So, instead of...

Selfies: Honesty, insecurity and community shown at campus event

Selfies: Honesty, insecurity and community shown at campus event

By Jessi Haish | March 2, 2014

Zachery Cramer wakes up every morning and looks in the mirror to see bags under his eyes.The freshman business management major says he sleeps and takes care of himself, but the bags are still there.“I’ve had these bags for, like, 12 years,” Cramer...

Haunted house sets up on stadium’s west side

By Matt Carlson | October 30, 2013

Huskie Stadium is usually known for its football team, but this Halloween it will serve up a different type of scary as the new location of Haunted Huskies, a haunted house sponsored by Neptune Hall Council.Typically, the haunted house takes place in...