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NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

NIU pushes to enforce off-campus party rules

By Suresh Vakati | January 22, 2015

NIU’s Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Development is using random compliance checks to ensure student organizations are following regulations that limit the size of off-campus parties, alcohol consumption and the length of parties, among other things. The random compliance checks started this semester.

Fourth of July party? Stick to the classics

By Deanna Frances | July 1, 2013

Holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are always a time for entertaining family and friends. The Fourth of July is no exception. With Independence Day just around the corner, some people may plan to throw or attend annual holiday barbecues....

Eddie Montgomery (left) and Troy Gentry (right) perform Sunday night at the Convocation Center.

Country stars put on benefit concert at the Convocation Center

By Deanna Frances | April 22, 2013

Montgomery Gentry and Chuck Wicks sang for charity to the tune of a more-than-$1,000 donation for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 7 p.m. Sunday at the Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway. The concert was part of country radio station Q98.5’s...

College can be educational and fun, too

College can be educational and fun, too

By Cody Laplante | February 17, 2013

NIU: an institution of esteemed learning and scholarly pursuits where students with large minds work tirelessly towrad the larger goal of receiving a degree. This is the classic view of American higher education, and for many students that may be a reality....

Superbowl party ideas for the uninterested football fan

By Sarah Contreras | January 28, 2013

Sometimes you’re just looking for any excuse to throw a party. Super Bowl XLVII is Sunday, and the Super Bowl is a reason to throw a party, if there ever was one. The pageantry! The spectacle! The athleticism! But what if you’re not particularly into...

DeKalb Park District to host Zumba Parties

By The Northern Star Staff | January 14, 2013

The DeKalb Park District will be hosting Zumba Parties the first Friday of every month at its sports and recreation center, 1765 S. Fourth St. Participation in the Zumba parties will cost $5. Zumba is a form of exercise that blends international Latin...

Northern Star Huskie fans enjoy some beverages on the west side of Huskie Stadium for Oktoberfest during Saturdays home game.

Origin of Oktoberfest

By Sarah Contreras | October 2, 2012

Oktoberfest is upon us, and we all know what that means. Or at least, we think we do. To the college-aged crowd, the word “Oktoberfest” brings to mind dingy bars packed with beer, brats and overly-revealing beer wench/lederhosen costumes. It’s fun...

A Party with Adult Themes

By Sarah Contreras | September 19, 2012

I am always the hostess. I don’t know why exactly, but some inherent need to entertain lays deep within me. I jump at any chance to invite people over. Recently, I moved out of my shoebox apartment on one side of town and into a bigger, much more grown-up...

Point, Counterpoint: The etiquette of going out and being in a relationship

By Parker Happ and Colin Remes | February 22, 2012

Parker Happ: Some of my married friends shared that their wedding bands, instead of preventing pursuit from females, actually attracts them. These men face unwanted social pressures everyday. Let’s say a married man decides to party with the bros for...

Suspect charged with student’s murder

By Shelby Devitt | November 23, 2011

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. Wednesday DeKalb Police have arrested a suspect in the early-morning slaying of NIU student Steven Agee. Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, Ill., was arrested at 10:42 a.m. in the 1100 block of Varsity Boulevard, Chief Bill Feithen said...

What’s the best way to enjoy Homecoming weekend?

What’s the best way to enjoy Homecoming weekend?

By Aaron Brooks | October 13, 2011

Parker Happ Columnist My roommate and I encountered a less than sociable person while traveling home on Hillcrest last weekend. Some hot mess decided a fence line would be a great place for a drunken nap, despite being in full view of the road. With a...