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Star editor: Prepared to leave, say goodbye

By Rachel Scaman | May 9, 2016

I have been looking forward to writing this column since I became an editor for the Northern Star. You would think this would be easy for me since I’ve been writing my whole life. However, nothing could be more difficult. There’s no easy way to say...

Extension brings 10-minute campus in reach

Extension brings 10-minute campus in reach

By Rachel Scaman | November 19, 2015

An extended Lucinda Avenue opened to cars, buses, bikers and pedestrians Wednesday after a year-long $4.5 million construction.The road now extends 1,495 feet through where Douglas Hall once stood, said Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration...

NIU communication instructor Aimee Barrows jumps in excitement on game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” The episode was filmed over the summer and aired Oct. 24. Barrows said she had to keep quiet about winning $1,000 for three months.

NIU professor strikes big on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

By Rachel Scaman | November 5, 2015

NIU communication instructor Aimee Barrows had to wait three months before she could tell anyone she won $1,000 on “Let’s Make A Deal” this summer.Barrows teaches communication and speech at NIU and has always had a love for game shows, so it was...

Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate Speaker, talks during an SA Senate meeting Sunday. The SA has invited students from Northeastern University, College of DuPage and Kishwaukee College, amongst others, to participate in a rally during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s visit to NIU on Thursday.

SA asks schools to join in on rally

By Rachel Scaman | October 26, 2015

The Student Association has reached out to students at other Illinois colleges and universities to participate in Thursday’s rally during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s visit to NIU.The SA has contacted Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, College...

InFocus: How can the Student Association better recruit students for the SA Senate?

September 23, 2015

Rachel ScamanThe Student Association Senate could recruit more candidates if it continues to make improvements to the election process.Moving to online voting and putting candidate profiles online has been the SA’s best idea when it comes to the elections....

InFocus: Today is World Gratitude Day. What are you grateful for?

By Northern Star staff | September 21, 2015

Abby Zaccaria, columnistOverall, I feel I am very lucky, and I have many things to be grateful for.I am grateful I have a family who loves me and who I can turn to if I am upset over something. I have good friends who I can confide in without being judged.I...

Pass: Opportunities to get involved, Fail: Area unsafe, not university

By Rachel Scaman | September 9, 2015

Pass: Opportunities to get involvedMake a Difference Day is a great way to get involved with the community, especially if you’re new to NIU.Make a Difference Day allows students to venture out into the community to help local residents with lawn clean-up...

Tips for being safe on and off campus

By Rachel Scaman | September 7, 2015

You’re walking home on a Friday night, and you receive a text message informing you of a robbery that has just occurred on your street.It’s a scary thought, I know, but there are steps you can take to make sure you’re safe at the end of the night,...

Pass: Baker becomes more transparent, Fail: No smoking law extends to city

By Rachel Scaman | September 2, 2015

Pass: Baker becomes more transparentI’ve been reading a lot about NIU President Doug Baker, and it looks like he’s made an effort to be more transparent with the NIU community.He’s sending emails about the state budget, as well as starting a podcast...

DeKalb Police

In Focus: What can NIU, DeKalb do to better protect students from crime?

By Northern Star staff | August 31, 2015

Angela PaganIt was disappointing to receive more than one message alerting me of robberies on and off campus during the first week of school.With that being said, I think NIU needs to take more initiative to ensure the safety of its students. Students...

Pass: Messages around campus bring joy, Fail: McDonald’s offers semester parking

By Rachel Scaman | August 26, 2015

Pass: Messages around campus bring joyIf any students have noticed the messages written in chalk on the sidewalks around campus, they should pay attention to them.The beginning of the school year is always my favorite time of year. There’s a ton of...

Columns to focus on student voices

By Rachel Scaman | August 23, 2015

The Perspective section is supposed to be a section where student voices can be heard, and I would like to see a lot more of that.Last semester, Perspective was mostly known for its editorials which represented the whole staff’s opinion. This semester,...