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Valentines Day decor hangs up inside of Grant Towers on Saturday, January 30th. Many people think this holiday is very unnecessarily rushed.

Valentine’s Day is overhyped

By Parker Otto | January 31, 2022
Valentine's Day buildup can drive people insane when it's really not necessary.
Illustration design courtesy of May Taing.

Ask Madelaine: Response to ‘A Decade Apart or 2’

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 18, 2022

The topic for this week's advice column focuses on a crush, but the complications and mixed reactions that this individual is facing from friends, family members and co-workers. I have long struggled with a personal dilemma in which I always happen...

It’s about time you let go of your parents

It’s about time you let go of your parents

By Colin Remes | November 29, 2011

There are certain aspects of the child-parent relationship that never change. When we are little kids, we go running to mom or dad with a scraped knee or if we have a bad dream. When we are teenagers, most of us want nothing more than for them to leave...

The new Facebook makes finding information easier, but is still creepy

By Parker Happ | October 5, 2011

"Hi! Welcome to the new Facebook." Ugh. Again. When the new Facebook made its debut last month, I had as much interest in learning about new privacy settings as listening to an entire Gilbert Gottfried comedy audiotape. Yet, with all great and addictive...

The new Facebook changes are an invasion of privacy

The new Facebook changes are an invasion of privacy

By Alyssa Pracz | October 5, 2011

If you think the constant Facebook changes are annoying, just wait for what is soon to come. The new Timeline on Facebook is just another way to share more information than necessary online. It decreases users' online privacy and, at this rate, users'...

Tips on keeping your college relationship fresh

By Aaron Brooks | September 27, 2011

It is a little over a month into the start of school year, and love is blossoming all around campus. It is so cute to see couples waiting for one another to come out of class or hear, "I miss you babe," coming from a lonely lovebird after a grueling 50...

Dating Doctor offers NIU relationship advice

By Chelsey Boutan | August 30, 2011

Even David Coleman, "America's real-life Hitch," has experienced his share of horrible kissers. When a woman drowns your mouth with saliva, Coleman refers to it as "Niagara Falls," and if she's moving her tongue at the "speed of sound" it's a "twister"...

David Coleman, The Dating Doctor, will speak at 7 p.m. tonight
in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

“Relationship guru” to offer dating advice tonight

By Christopher Gibbs | August 29, 2011

Students with relationship quandaries may be able to find some answers tonight. Relationship guru David Coleman will speak at 7 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center. According to his website, Coleman is known as "The Dating...

NIU’s Relay for Life participants encouraged to submit videos

By Northern Star Staff | March 30, 2011

Members participating in NIU's Relay for Life are encouraged to submit a video for a chance to have it played at the opening ceremony on April 9. The four-minute video needs to be submitted by April 6 to be considered. There are no rules or limits for...

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day if you’re single

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day if you’re single

By Kathryn Minniti | February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day is typically associated with happy couples, love, flowers, candy and hearts. But don't feel bad if you are single this Valentine's Day, because it is just as much a day to celebrate love in general. I have always had a boyfriend to celebrate...