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The different ways we raise daughters vs sons can have major impacts on society.

Column: Equal parenting standards should be common sense

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Columnist | March 24, 2022
It's time to break the cycle of treating children differently based on their gender.
Spring is a time for college students to come out of their shell.

Spring weather allows students to reawaken

By Parker Otto | March 24, 2022
We all should go outside wearing a t-shirt and just enjoy life. 
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at a Holi Party in 2020 in Mumbai. They announced on their Instagram pages on 21 January 2022 that they had welcomed their first baby, born via surrogacy.

Surrogacy is a necessary option for couples

By Ally Formeller | February 6, 2022
We should celebrate the new life that surrogacy allows couples to experience. 
An NIU student takes a break from homework to watch some TikTok videos.

OPINION: TikTok is overrated

By Parker Otto | February 4, 2022
Tiktok is a new sensational app, but it is bound to go out of style.
A performance by Neil Young on October 8, 2016

from the music festival Desert Trip, held at the Empire Polo Club.

OPINION: Neil Young is justified in removing his music from Spotify

By Ally Formeller | February 3, 2022
Neil Young is justified in taking a stand against Spotify for continuing to endorse and host content with unverified information about COVID-19.  
A set of old concert tickets rests on a bulletin board alongside a photograph. The ticket stubs are for Walk the Moon in 2018 and The Driver Era (formerly R5) in 2015. The photograph is from The Driver Era in 2019.

OPINION: Supporting smaller artists is important

By Summer Fitzgerald | February 2, 2022
It's okay to stray away from Billboard's Top 100.
2020 Election Electoral College map.

International student: The US election process is bizarre

By Monika Merryman | November 30, 2020

As someone who was born and raised in a different country and spent just over half her life in the U.S., once in a while, I can’t help but compare my home country to the country where I live. Looking from the outside in, I recognize there are many similarities...

Wisconsin welcome sign.

That time I socially distanced myself from technology and the pandemic

By Jack Baudoin | October 9, 2020

It seems no matter where you look today, you will constantly be reminded about the global pandemic. It is on the news, people are posting about it on social media.With the amount of technology that people use in a day, it will never be far from your mind....

The NIU Foundation has denied at least three FOIA requests since 2016.

Editorial: Anyone can, should file FOIA requests to keep university accountable

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 7, 2020

The Illinois Attorney General’s office ruled Aug. 7 that the NIU Foundation must respond to Freedom of Information Act requests after the foundation denied at least three requests since 2016. In the aftermath of this ruling, the Northern Star editorial...

The Dark Art and Oddities Con will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.

Enrollment increase is a positive sign for university

By Jack Baudoin | October 1, 2020

Many things have changed thanks to the global pandemic, and school is certainly one of them. When in person classes were stopped at the beginning of the pandemic, it was unclear just how much this would affect education in the country. In terms of NIU,...

RBGs memorial

The notorious RBG’s life and legacy is a great inspiration

By Danielle Elliott | September 30, 2020

On Sept. 18 I was on a Zoom call when my phone lit up with a notification. It read, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion of Gender Equality, Dies At 87.” My heart collapsed. As a woman interested in academia, RBG’s work is why I get to pursue...

A power point ina virtual meeting introduces the virtual career fairs

Virtual career fairs are still important and easily accessed

By Jordan Radloff | September 25, 2020

It has been a new and unique experience for both students and administration to adjust to having interactions exclusively online this semester. Career Services has developed a way to continue hosting their career fairs, and attending these events is both...