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A City of DeKalb ambulance arriving on scene for an incident involving a Huskie Line bus Wednesday evening  off of Lucinda Avenue near the Holmes Student Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

BREAKING NEWS: NIU staff member struck by Huskie Line bus near Holmes Student Center

By Northern Star Staff | October 12, 2022

DeKALB – An NIU staff member was struck by a 2L Huskie Line bus at approximately 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, at the bus turnaround between the Holmes Student Center and Neptune Hall.  An ambulance with paramedics from the City of DeKalb Fire Department...

An NIU police car parked on campus. NIU Police Chief Darren Mitchell is set to create a 3 year strategic plan.

Future NIU Police strategic plan to set modern-day policing criteria

By Abby Byer | April 18, 2022
Though not drafted yet, NIU Police Chief wants to create a strategic plan that will benefit the police force and community.
Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

Editorial: Newsroom content policies provide trust with audiences

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 18, 2022
Without a sense of trust between readers and the media, our job is ineffective.

Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

In the age of social media, rumors of alleged threats can spread in seconds and be blown out of proportion.

Students on social media should verify information before sharing

By Jordan Radloff | November 20, 2019

Any possible threat to campus should be taken seriously, but spreading rumors on social media about threats that aren’t proven to be true does more harm than good in making the student population feel safe. Students should have waited for the university...

NIU sexual violence reports increase, officials say could indicate more willingness to report

By Ashley Dwy | October 31, 2019

DeKALB — NIU saw an increase in reported Violence Against Women Act crimes in this year’s Clery Report, but officials say this could indicate an increasing willingness to report, not an increase in the total amount of crimes.Megan Sippel, director...

Junior nursing student Quinita Johnson waits Tuesday to check in students at Stevenson South Towers.

Campus security needs updates

By Payton Higgins | September 18, 2019

Campus security proved its capabilities Sept. 7 with the arrest of Cinque C. Simmons, of Chicago. Simmons was a student at NIU until Sept. 7 when he was arrested at Huskie Stadium and charged with the possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s...

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

By Haley Galvin | March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent...

Officer Keunte Mallet and his wife Heather and son before his pinning ceremony for his promotion to sergeant during the Jan. 28 City Council meeting at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

Alumnus becomes first African-American officer promoted to sergeant in DeKalb

By Kierra Frazier | February 10, 2019

DeKALB — Officer Keunte Mallett, who is also an NIU alumnus, became the first African-American officer to be promoted to sergeant in the history of the DeKalb Police Department during a pinning ceremony Jan. 28 at the City Council meeting.Mallett was...

Suspect in Grant Towers aggravated battery now in custody

Suspect in Grant Towers aggravated battery now in custody

By Jessie Kern | December 4, 2018

DeKALB —  As of 6:52 p.m. Sunday the suspect has been taken into custody by law enforcement in Lansing. He is being charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of burglary for his illegal entering of the building, with the intent...

NIU police introduce safe selling space for online sales

NIU police introduce safe selling space for online sales

By Taher Zeitoun | October 14, 2018

DeKALB — NIU police recently implemented the safe selling space for students to promote safety when buying items online.When utilizing online selling applications like Craigslist and Letgo, buyers have to meet in person and often do not know the seller....

A cellphone displaying a big red breaking news alert encompassing the whole screen.

Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...