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Young Americans for Liberty members (left to right) Evan Cinkovich, Reece Mendicino, Josh Harvey and Masood Ahmed stand in front of free speech ball outside Cole Hall, Friday.

Giant beach ball promotes free speech

By Northern Star Staff | February 7, 2020

DeKALB — Members of Young Americans for Liberty invited students to write on a free speech ball Friday outside of Cole Hall.Students walking by the giant beach ball were offered sharpies to write anything they wanted on it.An officer for the NIU chapter...

Asking students about their interest in Donald Trump impeachment trial

By Kennedy Jones | January 24, 2020

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has now entered its fifth day according National Public Radio. Several students in DuSable Hall were asked if they had been following the impeachment trial and what their thoughts are on the subject....

Gas price update for Oct. 28

By Northern Star Staff | October 28, 2019

The average gasoline price in DeKalb County at 1:05 p.m. Monday was $2.60 per gallon, according to This price is a decrease of 3 cents from Oct. 23's average of $2.63.The state average at 1:05 p.m. Monday was $2.63, which is a decrease...

E-cigarette health warning issued

By Northern Star Staff | October 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments and other clinical and public health partners are investigating severe lung injuries linked with use of e-cigarettes and vaping...

Using podcasts and other forms of media, news organizations have been able to reach a wider, more technology oriented audience.

News organizations using entertainment to inform

By Jaime O'Toole | September 6, 2019

Bigger news organizations with a national audience, such as the New York Times, have expanded their forms of communication past online print to mediums such as podcasts, tv series and Youtube series to get their information across.“As of 2019, 51% of...

Head Softball coach inducted into FAU Hall of Fame

By James Krause | July 6, 2019

DeKALB — NIU head softball coach Christina Sutcliffe has been announced as part of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 for her alma mater Florida Atlantic University.Sutcliffe was a pitcher for the FAU Owls softball team from 1997 to 2001, winning...

SA special election candidates

SA special election candidates

By Northern Star Staff | April 4, 2019

Executive Branch Candidates:President: Naomi BoldenLegislative Branch Candidates: District 1: Ashley HinesCorey BatzDistrict 2:Stephanie SalazarSabrina SelfLayla WernerDistrict 3:Gustavo CasasBrenden KaslewiczCassandra PilcherSA special elections...

Hazardous weather conditions continue

Hazardous weather conditions continue

By Northern Star Staff | February 3, 2019

DeKALB — Despite above zero temperatures expected for the week, the National Weather Service has issued a series of other warnings for the area, including risks for dense fog.The warnings come after below freezing temperatures caused the university...

Trevor Noah postpones Convocation Center show until 2019

Trevor Noah postpones Convocation Center show until 2019

By Northern Star Staff | December 5, 2018

DeKALB - The Convocation Center announced today Trevor Noah’s show originally scheduled for Dec. 9 will be postponed until an unconfirmed date in 2019. This information was released via the Convocation Center’s official Facebook page, and the post...

Trevor Noah postpones Convocation Center show until 2019

Trevor Noah postpones show

By Northern Star Staff | November 9, 2018

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has postponed his show for Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Convocation Center. The show is postponed due to “a mild sore throat [which] is actually bruising of [his] vocal cords,” according to Noah’s...

John F. Sommer, 45, yelled at officers as they arrested him Thursday at 108 Fisk Ave. DeKalb Police Department officers found firearms in Sommer’s home, including two hand guns and a Century AK Style 7.62 mm assault rifle.

Disturbance call ends in four-hour standoff

By Northern Star Staff | February 26, 2018

The DeKalb Police Department made an arrest following Thursday’s four-hour standoff at 108 Fisk Ave.Law enforcement officials responded to a disturbance call at 108 Fisk Ave. around 11:20 a.m. Officers responding to the call were met by John F. Sommer,...

Lawrence Nassar (center) was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Huskies speak out on Michigan State scandal

By Khobi Price | February 26, 2018

DeKALB — Collegiate athletics are in a muddled state because of a Michigan State University ongoing investigation.The NCAA opened an investigation Jan. 23 regarding how the university handled the sex crimes case of Lawrence Nassar, former USA Gymnastics...