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Rep. Lauren Underwood removes personal protective equipment used to keep the lab sterile after her tour Friday of the space. (Colin Kempsell | Northern Star)

NIU semiconductor lab receives $1.5 million in federal funding

By Colin Kempsell, Senior News Reporter | January 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology received $1.5 million in federal funds to convert its cleanroom lab into a fabrication lab for microchip research, design and prototyping. The college’s microchip fabrication lab,...

The MLK Commons at Northern Illinois University. Northern Stars Madelaine Vikse looks into whether its valuable for students to have a fall break.

Poll: Should NIU have a fall break?

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 19, 2023

Students look forward to school breaks such as Thanksgiving break and spring break, using the time to relax and study. At most universities, a fall break tends to be two days, such as a Thursday and a Friday or a Friday and a Monday, Executive Vice...

NIU Baseball to see upgrades

By Justin Kelley | February 19, 2020

DeKALB — NIU athletics announced Wednesday that the baseball program will be getting upgrades in the near future. NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced the plan will happen in four phases.“Over the past several...

It’s time for fans to embrace NIU’s men’s basketball team

By Mike Knapp | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team is on one of its hottest runs in years, and the community is beginning to notice.The Huskies’ six-game winning streak is the longest in Mid-American Conference play in school history. If the season ended today,...

NIU football added 14 new members to the roster, including a former Navy SEAL

By James Krause | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The football team added 14 new members to their roster as part of Signing Day on Wednesday, including a former U.S. Navy SEAL with championship experience.Redshirt senior safety Greg DeLuca will be a walk-on for NIU after spending the last...

Senior Eugene German (center) runs to the right corner after handing off the ball to a sophomore Trendon Hankerson (back right) Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball seeks seven straight versus Ball State

By Mike Knapp | February 10, 2020

DeKALB — The one thing that  has sparked the men’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak has been the ability to impose its will on the opponent on the defensive end.That’s a bit of an anomaly in the Mid-American Conference where up-tempo...

Enrollment can increase by encouraging students to start at NIU

By Jack Baudoin | February 9, 2020

Going away to college is something a lot of people dream of. Every year, students around the world apply to and enroll at different universities. Despite this, NIU’s enrollment is dropping every year. If the university hopes to break this trend, it...

A plaque placed below the tree has Holmes name and dedication written on it for students and anyone who walks by.

Namesake: Holmes Student Center tree dedicated to fifth university president

By Parker Otto | January 27, 2020

On the East side of the Holmes Student Center, facing Normal Road, is an oak tree with a plaque dedicated to a man named Leslie A. Holmes from 1975. While this tree may go unnoticed at times, the oak and the student center behind it are both named in...

Despite season-high score, NIU gymnastics falls to Illinois State

Despite season-high score, NIU gymnastics falls to Illinois State

By Maddie Barrett | January 25, 2020

DeKALB — The gymnastics team earned its season-best score but lost against Illinois State State University with a score of 193.400-193.625. Although ISU won against the Huskies, multiple gymnasts placed individually. The Huskies began on the uneven...

Womens basketball looks to continue improved play in search of win

Women’s basketball looks to continue improved play in search of win

By Mattieu Koetters | January 25, 2020

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team will travel to face the Eastern Michigan University Eagles 1 p.m. Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center.The Huskies look forward to their next challenge after tasting defeat in their last matchup, falling to...

NIU weed policy benefits campus

By Hunter Weston | December 4, 2019

It may be too soon for students to celebrate marijuana legalization because NIU’s marijuana policy will still stand. This is a blessing in disguise.Beginning Jan. 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois. Residents of Illinois will be allowed...

Jazz Ensemble energizes campus

By Chris Plumery | November 20, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU Jazz Ensemble performed 8 p.m. Tuesday inside Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. The concert was directed by Rodrigo Villanueva-Conroy, professor of jazz studies. Villanueva-Conroy walked on stage and turned his back...