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The south side of Patterson Hall East after flooding occurred earlier in the hall. (Daija Hammonds | Northern Star)

Approximately 35 students forced to relocate after flooding in Patterson East

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | December 6, 2022

DeKALB – At around 10:30 a.m. Monday, approximately 35 students living in Patterson Hall East were displaced by flooding from a burst pipe in the fire alarm system, according to a statement by NIU. The university has provided students with free lodging...

Fanny Ruth Patterson (left), NIUs first African American graduate, to be commemorated with the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex (right).

Behind New Hall’s new name: Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex

By Eddie Drinkwine | September 27, 2022

DeKALB – On Oct. 7, the NIU community will hold a ceremony in honor of New Hall being renamed the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex, which will contain Patterson Hall East and Patterson Hall West. The change is being made to honor Fanny Ruth Patterson,...

Tuition rates frozen for sixth straight year

By Dan Doren | December 27, 2019

DeKALB — Tuition rates for undergraduate students will remain frozen at $348.84 per credit hour for the sixth year in a row.The Board of Trustees approved NIU President Lisa Freeman’s recommendation to keep tuition rates flat for fiscal year 2021...

Tevion Albert, first-year pre-physcial therapy major (from left), Chris Babicz first-year accounting major and Kellyanne Critzer first-year elementary education major wait in a long line of students Tuesday at New Hall Dining. 

Dining hall hours disappoint

By Kurt Bitting | September 8, 2019

When students returned to the dining halls for the fall semester, they found they no longer had around-the-clock access to affordable meals. While dining hall hours have been adjusted since first being limited, the reduced hours of operation create a...

Dining hall hours adjusted following student feedback

Dining hall hours adjusted following student feedback

By Ahyen Labanan | September 4, 2019

Dining hall hours have been modified again, following the first week of operation under the previous hours. Dan Koenen, executive director for campus dining services said these adjustments were made after Campus Dining Services received feedback from...

Dorm Decorating Tips for Students

By Kaylee Stangle | August 23, 2019

Between seeing one’s living space for the first time and getting to know neighbors, the first few days back on campus can seem more like a spinning blur than reality. Here are some crafty tips to make decorating a dorm room simple, without sacrificing...

New Hall to host Under the Sea dinner

By Northern Star staff | October 19, 2016

NIU Dining Services and Dietetic interns will host "The Little Mermaid" themed dinner 4 to 8 p.m. today in the New Hall Community Center dining hall.The Under the Sea dinner will feature a photo booth, Little Mermaid trivia and raffle prizes. Dinner will...

This week: 3 ways to eat free on campus

By Northern Star staff | September 6, 2016

1. NIU Financial Cents program and the College of Business are looking for volunteers to help with the Junior Achievement program for the 2016-17 academic year. An information session for any NIU student who is interested in becoming a volunteer will be held Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in Barsema Hall, Room 300. Pizza and refreshments will be available after the brief meeting.

2. Edible Education will host a workshop noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Academic Advising Center OSAS Lobby. The informational workshops will teach students various ways to achieve academic success while providing them with a free lunch.

3. The Public Relations Student Association (PRSSA) is hosting an open house in DuSable 204 at 9 p.m. Free pizza will be provided.

Indulge in coffee flavored ice cream

By Northern Star staff | September 1, 2016

Ice cream and coffee lovers, rejoice! It’s National Coffee Ice Cream Day on September 6.Students can visit Gilbert, Neptune, New Hall, or Stevenson from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to eat special coffee flavored ice cream.               These dining...

Dining hall lacks diversity in foods

By Jessica Plessner | November 9, 2015

New Hall dining services has taken a turn for the worse in the variety of food it offers.As a second-year student, I have noticed a change in the daily meals provided by student workers and staff. Areas such as the Huskie Club, the Flame, the Salad Bar...

4 best places to get warm around campus

4 best places to get warm around campus

By Northern Star staff | February 23, 2015

It’s important to bundle up and avoid frostbite by stopping to warm up frequently.Here are the coziest and best places to warm up on campus and around DeKalb.Neptune CentralNeptune Central has fireplaces, relaxing piano music, comfy couches — what...