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Brochures and pamphlets hang on a wall inside NIUs Outdoor Adventures office. Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of activities and resources that can meet any free-spirited student. (Sofia Didenko)

Adventure together with Outdoor Adventures

By Sofia Didenko, Lifestyle Writer | February 6, 2024

Whether seeking a group bonding activity, a new way to exercise or an affordable option for gear rental, NIU Outdoor Adventures is a haven for anyone in search of community, adventure, physical activity and budget-friendly gear rental.  Located within...

Junior special education majors Desiree Hancock (from left), Alix Sommers and Nicholas Hays talk as they walk past Cole Hall. The trio spent time discussing Arizona to help avoid thinking about the cold. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Cold weather fashion at NIU

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 22, 2024

As DeKalb’s cold wave comes to an end, NIU students are still bundled up to fight against frozen fingers.  Scarves, heavy coats and snow boots adorn those walking from class to class.  Here are some photos that show the fashion items students...

A view of one of the dormitory floors in Neptune East. Knowing how to be a respectful dorm neighbor is important if you’re living on campus. (Sarah Rose | Northern Star)

Let’s be respectful to our dorm neighbors

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | September 12, 2023

For new, transfer and international students, living in a college dormitory may be a new experience. Having a roommate that’s three feet away from you and neighbors that are a thin wall away, knowing how to be respectful in the dorms is important. NIU...

NIU crime log, May, June, July 2023

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | August 31, 2023

DeKALB – The information in this report is compiled from the NIU Police Department’s Daily Crime Log. Any case defined as “unfounded” was not included in this list. Any case “closed by exception” means the case is closed due to circumstances...

People wait in the O’Connell Theater in NIU’s Stevens building for The Spring Dance Concert. The concert concluded NIU’s School of Theater and Dance’s 2022-23 production lineup. (Sarah Rose | Northern Star)

NIU’s spring dance concert exhibits the mundane experience

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – Soft blue lights glimmered on the O’Connell theater stage as five dancers took their places, bodies bent over in poses they’re all too familiar with. As the music started out as a fantasia melody, The Rite of Spring begun. April 27 through...

Director Reggie Thomas leads the NIU jazz orchestra. The orchestra performed Thursday at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. (Eli Tecktiel | Northern Star)

NIU Jazz Orchestra plays train journey of sound

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | April 23, 2023

On Thursday, the NIU Jazz Orchestra treated audience members to a lively evening of big band and jazz music.  Despite the event’s noticeably light attendance, the orchestra played energetically and confidently as though they were playing to a sold...

Then junior catcher Ellis Erickson (23) tosses the ball to the pitcher as CMU batters switch out on April 2, 2023. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies shutout out DePaul behind dominant pitching

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | April 20, 2023

DeKALB – Three RBIs from senior infielder Kelly Walinski helped NIU softball (20-19, 9-7 MAC) take down the DePaul University Blue Demons (12-25, 4-11 Big East) 6-0 at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago. Efficient batting led to four Huskies logging RBIs.  Junior...

NIU junior right fielder Eric Erato (5) watches the ball fly up, singling to shortstop after hitting it in the bottom of the sixth inning on April 8. The Huskies lost to CMU for the second of their three game series Saturday 17-7. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies stun Broncos with comeback walk-off victory

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | April 14, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball (7-24, 4-9 MAC) walked off for the second straight game in a thrilling 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Western Michigan University Broncos (9-23 6-7 MAC).  The Huskies came back multiple times in the game, scoring one run in...

Hunter Mason (left), a junior geology major and Cole Phillips, a senior geology major, are the 2023 treasure hunt winners. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Heave! ‘Treasure’ found, hunt is off

By Northern Star Staff | April 13, 2023

On the fourth day of the 2023 Northern Star Treasure Hunt NIU students Hunter Mason, a junior geology major, and Cole Phillips, a senior geology major, found the hidden paperweight. “I found it outside of Montgomery Hall in the parking lot between...

The treasure hunt is held from Monday to Friday. Can you find the Northern Star paperweight and claim the prize?

Ahoy! 2023 Northern Star Treasure Hunt begins

By Northern Star Staff | April 10, 2023

Editor’s note: This article will be updated each day to include the most current clue for the 2023 Northern Star Treasure Hunt. DeKALB — The annual Northern Star Treasure Hunt returns to campus starting Monday, April 10. Find the Northern Star...