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NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell works in his office during a Jan. 19 visit with the Northern Star. Mitchell has been a member of the NIU Police Department for 22 years and doesnt just call NIU his place of work, but his home. (Zulfiqar Ahmend | Northern Star)

More than a job for NIU’s new chief of police

By Wes Sanderson | January 21, 2022
After 22 years as a member of the NIU Police Department, Darren Mitchell looks to give back and make a further impact on his community as the next Chief of Police.

University to receive funding for anniversary projects

By Dan Doren | January 30, 2020

DeKALB — Eight university projects, selected by committee as part of a competitive process, will receive grant funding in celebration of NIU’s 125th anniversary.The eight projects were chosen based on how effectively they would increase awareness...

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...

The first issue of the student newspaper, then titled the Northern Illinois, was printed in 1899.

NIU celebrates first publication of student newspaper

By Dan Doren | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — The first publication of the Northern Star was chosen as one of NIU’s Key Moments in celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary.Originally called the Northern Illinois, the student-run newspaper was founded in 1899, and 1,500 copies...

A long journey, including time in Central America and Europe, has led Coach Colhoff to DeKalb

A long journey, including time in Central America and Europe, has led Coach Colhoff to DeKalb

By Jarrett Huff | November 13, 2019

Head Coach Julie Colhoff has a word with sophomore defender Jenna Lewey Sept. 15, 2019, during NIU's 2-1 loss against Loyola University – Chicago at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.   

University to host Veterans Day activities

By Edwin Kelso | November 6, 2019

Veterans Day pays tribute to the brave men and women who have risked their lives defending our country. NIU is hosting a series of events on Nov. 11 in the spirit of honoring such heroes. The first event is the Veterans Day Flagpole Ceremony. It starts...

The Huskies run onto the field Oct. 5 at Huskie Stadium before a game against Ball State University.

Fatty’s to host NIU versus Central Michigan watch party

By Northern Star Staff | November 1, 2019

DeKALB – Fatty’s Pub, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, will host a football watch party 11 a.m. Saturday for the NIU versus Central Michigan University game.The Huskies stand at 3–5 this season. NIU is coming off a Homecoming game victory where the Huskies...

Family and former players remember father-figure Coach Mallory

By Maddie Barrett | October 21, 2019

DeKALB — Saturday was the second time the Huskies competed against the Miami University – Ohio RedHawks for the Mallory Cup, in honor of the late Bill Mallory.NIU lost a tough road game to the RedHawks in a 27-24 match Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.Mallory...

Youth-led committee to host community outreach event

Youth-led committee to host community outreach event

By Northern Star Staff | October 16, 2019

DeKALB — Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, a program of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, is looking for 10 high school volunteers for its second My Pantry Express food distribution event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the northeast parking lot...

Taste of DeKalb to bring music and food to Downtown DeKalb

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | September 27, 2019

Following the DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K races, the Kishwaukee Rotary Club will host the Taste of DeKalb from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Frank Van Buer Plaza, 200 Palmer Court. The event is free to the public and will have food vendors from across...

Former football player fights for UFC opportunity

By James Krause | June 15, 2019

DeKALB — Some people can see their titles, roles or identity in professional life chiseled into stone and unchanged for large chunks of their life.Heavyweight mixed martial artist Alton Meeks can say his life and career might be better suited to be...

Geese lay in the grass April 18 at the lagoon by the NIU enterance.

Interactions with geese can be peaceful

By Veronica McCulloh | April 25, 2019

Every spring, campus shares its grounds with Canada geese at the height of their mating season. Despite constant battles over turf, it is no secret the geese do not plan on giving up their territories. Many students can attest to the presence of aggressive,...