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Career and job fairs benefit students and employers

By Jack Baudoin | February 23, 2020

Finding a job after college can be a daunting task for many students. Thankfully, NIU offers many career fairs throughout the year that students should attend in order to make connections and find a career best suited for them.Career fairs are a popular...

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

By Parker Otto | February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Classic rock hits will be played at Hometown Sports Bar & Grill this weekend with the bands HiFi Superstar and Street Legal performing at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Stage Left by Hometown's Sports Bar & Grill music...

Egyptian Theatre historic seminar gives construction update

By Parker Otto | February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Several features such as air-conditioning are being integrated into the 90-year-old structure as part of the current Egyptian Theatre’s expansion plan.The progress of the Egyptian Theatre’s ongoing expansion project was relayed to the general...

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

By Paker Otto | February 18, 2020

Going to the theater is a special experience, and the feeling of seeing an engaging story play out on a large screen in the dark with no distractions is paradise. The 2020 spring semester brings several film events to students that they can use to broaden...

Hookah bar business could be increased by marijuana

By Jack Baudoin | February 16, 2020

The legal smoking age of tobacco was raised from 18 to 21 in December. Because of this, many hookah bars have found themselves struggling after a large portion of their customers became unable to partake in business. Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

By Jack Baudoin | February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer....

That time I transferred schools to change my major

By Jack Baudoin | February 12, 2020

Many people change their major while in college, but fewer people move to a new school for that change. This is exactly what I did.After spending four years at Illinois State University, I realized late in the game I wanted to study journalism instead...

Pi Sigma Epsilon offers tools and networking opportunities to members

Pi Sigma Epsilon offers tools and networking opportunities to members

By Parker Otto | February 11, 2020

Pi Sigma Epsilon, while centered in marketing and sales, is a co-ed fraternity that offers tools and networking opportunities for students of any major looking to increase their chances of gaining employment after graduating.NIU’s Gamma Zeta chapter...

Aromatherapy tips to improve health

By Kennedy Jones | February 11, 2020

Aromatherapy is used to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit with aromatic essential oils. Aromatherapy has gained popularity among young adults over the years in forms of diffusers, bathing products, lotions and more. Every essential oil...

How to make French toast in a mug

How to make French toast in a mug

By Kennedy Jones | February 11, 2020

FRENCH TOAST IN A MUGFrench Toast in a Mug is an easy microwave dish to make in your residence hall or apartment that tastes great.  Start to finish: 4-5 minutesServings:11 egg3 tablespoons of milkcinnamon2-3 slices of breadA microwave safe mugA mixing...

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...

Young Americans for Liberty members (left to right) Evan Cinkovich, Reece Mendicino, Josh Harvey and Masood Ahmed stand in front of free speech ball outside Cole Hall, Friday.

Giant beach ball promotes free speech

By Northern Star Staff | February 7, 2020

DeKALB — Members of Young Americans for Liberty invited students to write on a free speech ball Friday outside of Cole Hall.Students walking by the giant beach ball were offered sharpies to write anything they wanted on it.An officer for the NIU chapter...