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Curl denied appeal

By James Krause | October 9, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert ruled Friday that William Curl, the man convicted of killing an NIU student in 2010, is not allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.Curl, 41, of DeKalb, pled guilty to the murder of then NIU freshman Antinette...

Retail and music venues to help reconnect NIU and city

By Jessie Kern | October 1, 2017

DeKalb and NIU officials are working to bring more foot traffic through the city by looking into different retail, socialization and community-enhancing spaces.The revitalization efforts come in the form of many initiatives, including the construction...

What your breakfast cereal says about your reporting skills

By Tatianna Salisbury | June 15, 2017

Whether you prefer sugary and sweet, bunches of crunch or protein-packed, your favorite breakfast cereal may actually say a lot about your reporting skills. Special K Chocolatey Delight - Editor via GIPHYYou are constantly busy, stressed and detail...

2012: News from NIU, DeKalb

By Kelly Bauer | December 31, 2012

Scroll through this interactive timeline to see some of the biggest stories from 2012. Click on the bubbles for more stories, or to see articles, videos and photos related to the stories.If you would rather view the news items in a list format, go here.  2012...

Social networking site gives ‘up-to-the-minute’ news

By Leah Spagnoli | September 17, 2012

How do you use your 140 characters when writing a tweet? For most, Twitter—a San Francisco-based information network—is a way to socialize with friends, share photos and read celebrity gossip. The real time network “connects you to the latest stories,...

The importance of local newspapers

The importance of local newspapers

By Philip Case | May 1, 2011

At the risk of coming off as a self-indulgent, student newspaper editor suffering from delusions of grandeur, I would like to use my last column to talk about the importance of newspapers in general, as well as the Northern Star in particular. Before...

Journalism is becoming less and less respectable

By Aaron Brooks | March 7, 2011

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I sell crack. I tell them this not because I deal crack, but because it is much better to be thought of as a crack dealer than a journalist. As a crack dealer, my only clients are addicts; whereas being a journalist,...

Freshman psychology major Rachel Menor makes a smoothie at the smoothie counter inside the Campus Recreation Center.

Finding campus’ interesting jobs

By Jack Baker | November 22, 2010

Now that the semester is winding down, and many students are looking for new jobs to start in the spring, these are some of the more interesting on-campus jobs that they should consider in their search. Event Production Services Event Production Services...

NPR analyst gets analyzed

By Shadonna Merriweather | November 10, 2010

What strung thousands of NPR listeners into debate this week was former NPR news analyst Juan Williams' own American perspective of Muslims in today's society. Williams' appearance on the "O'Reilly Factor," which airs on Fox News, provided what some may...