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Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity promoting their organization at the Feb. 2 involvement fair to attract new members.

COVID-19 stress causes decrease in student engagement

By Ally Formeller | February 28, 2022
NIU clubs and organizations are struggling to recruit new members and getting current members to participate.
Students walk around the Fall Involvement Fair, talking to different student organizations.

SGA to host Spring Involvement Fair

By Elisa Reamer | February 1, 2022

DeKALB – Student Government Association will host a Spring 2022 Involvement Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Holmes Student Center to provide students with the opportunity to find new ways to get involved on campus.  Students will be able to...

Union members work towards better teaching conditions

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 13, 2019

For two years, the United Faculty Alliance has been working on a contract with the hopes of improving teaching conditions for tenured and tenure-track faculty at NIU. The Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on whether or not the contract will go into...

SA prepares for spring elections with Candidate Meetings

By Sophia Mullowney | February 13, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU Student Association [SA] held its first candidates’ informational meeting Monday in the Campus Life Building.No students were present at the meeting besides representatives from SA. Speaker Tristan Martin said the lack of attendees...

Pass/Fail: NIU enrollment push pays off for diversity; Do research on charities before donating

By Blake Glosson | October 5, 2014

Pass: NIU enrollment push pays off for diversityAs the vice president of the Student Advisory Council for the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, I know firsthand how much focus is being directed toward retaining students while attracting...

Student leaders should utilize campus calendar

By Jordan Clayton-Taylor | September 18, 2014

NIU’s calendar site is supposed to be a tool for exposing people to organizations, promoting diversity among groups, but those groups aren’t using it enough.NIU features a calendar,, to inform students of campus activities. But, not...

How to get an A in Social Life 101

How to get an A in Social Life 101

By Aaron Brooks | August 22, 2011

"Beep, beep, beep, ugh!" is how most upperclassman started Monday. Freshmen, however, had that mixture of excitement and nervousness that made them standout from the droned masses. Personally speaking, it is nice to be back in class, but my enthusiasm...

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

By Jack Baker | February 2, 2011

Fraternities are just not for me. In my time at NIU, I have never once considered joining one. Sure, a lot of people see them as a way to make new friends, have fun or get more out of their college experience, but I just do not see the appeal. I have...