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Trevon Smith, president of the on-campus group Prism, giving a speech to memorialize the lives of trans people who have passed due to violence on Tuesday at the skyroom in Holmes Student Center. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Trans day of remembrance vigil

By Mingda Wu, Photographer | November 16, 2022

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Eau Claire, Wis. 

Campus respond’s to Trump’s victory

By Julia Martinez, Sam Malone, and Madison Kacer | November 10, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump beat out Secretary Hillary Clinton with polls showing 279 electoral votes to her 228 electoral votes, according to the New York Times. Students reacted across campus to Trump’s victory following Election...

PRISM to hold LGBT sex, culture lecture

By Northern Star staff | February 15, 2016

PRISM, NIU’s student-run LGBT organization, will hold "The Art of Barebacking: Sexual Liberation and the Freedom to Fuck" 9-11 p.m. Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center, Room 406.This lecture will discuss the criminalization of gay sex and the resistance...

LGBT equality fight doesn’t stop with OK of gay marriage

By Jeanette Fritz | November 13, 2013

Illinois legalizing gay marriage was great news, but it didn’t signal the end of the fight for equality.The country is slowly making its way to marriage equality, and adding another state to the list is what we need. Although it’s an important step,...

Lauren Pagán performs Ice, Ice Baby during Gay Jam Saturday night in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

NIU Prism hosts Gay Jam variety show

By Katie Finlon | April 22, 2012

“You know it’s a party when the police arrive!” That was one response to security being called when an audience member got on stage and booed one of the Prism Gay Jam performers off-stage 7 p.m. Saturday in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg...

National Day of Silence speaks out for LGBT community

By Chelsey Boutan | April 17, 2012

With duct tape-covered mouths and linked arms, Prism members will solemnly encircle their rainbow colored LGBT flag at the MLK Commons on Friday. They all will remain silent, except for a few members who will yell out facts about suicides, bullying and...

NIU PRISM, University Plaza host ‘Masqueerade’ dance

By Hailey Kurth | April 15, 2012

As dance-goers walked through the doors of Cafe 900 in the University Plaza (UP), they saw masks, balloons and a decorated wall that read “Masqueerade.” People from the DeKalb community attended the PRISM-hosted Masquerade Dance Friday. PRISM is a...

Recipients of the LGBT Resource Center Ally Awards in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center Wednesday afternoon.

Ally Awards recognize LGBT contributions

By Lauren Dielman | April 4, 2012

Students, faculty and staff came together Wednesday to recognize important contributions made to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community as part of the Ally Awards ceremony. The awards were hosted from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Holmes...

Members of co-ed service fraternity Alpha Pi Omega shout
provocative phrases to attract students during a bake sale
Thursday. The group is raising money for Relay For Life.

Alpha Phi Omega shouts provocative phrases for Relay For Life fundraiser

By Jessica Wells and Linze Griebenow | February 19, 2012

"Don't let cancer be a cock block!" This was just one of the many phrases Alpha Phi Omega [APO] members were using to encourage students in the Holmes Student Center to donate to Relay For Life Thursday. Seana Winner, junior sociology major and APO member,...