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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 9, 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...

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 | 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

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

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...