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Study playlist

By Sara Rasmussen | October 22, 2017

  1. “Demons” - Vitamin String Quartet (Imagine Dragons)

  2. “Signs” - Drake

  3. “Colors” - Halsey

  4. “New Americana” - Halsey

  5. “The Planets, Op. 32: Venus, the Bringer of Peace” - Gustav Holst

  6. “Moonlight Sonata” - Beethoven

  7. “Hoppípola”- Vitamin String Quartet (Sigur Rós)

  8. “Save Me” - Muse

  9. “Come Fly with Me” - Frank Sinatra

  10. “Baby I’m Yours” - Arctic Monkeys

Pass: shows promise, Fail: Budget impasse remains after talks

By Sabreena Saleem | December 3, 2015

Pass:NIU’s Division of Information Technology introduced, an online training service that students and faculty can use to complement their classroom experience, on Nov. 26.The service offers more than 3,500 courses in 12 different subjects...

Pass: 1st Homecoming show in 9 years, Fail: Rauner should speak with students

By Sabreena Saleem | October 26, 2015

Pass:It’s been way too long since NIU has held a Homecoming concert. The university used to hold annual Homecoming concerts at the Convocation Center. Friday’s was the first one since 2006 when rapper Chingy performed with singer Tyrese and rapper...

Increased drug violations may be due to more patrol

By Sabreena Saleem | October 8, 2015

The increase in drug law violations, as reported in the 2015-2016 Annual Safety and Security Report, may be a result of increased patrolling, said NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips.The report, which was published in compliance with the Clery Act, among other...

Pass: Police clear up rumored threat, Fail: Elburn shuttle should run earlier

By Sabreena Saleem | September 28, 2015

PassPolice informed students that a social media post suspected of being a threat had no connection to NIU. “Y’all thought it was a joke last Friday,” a screenshot of the message read. “This time I’m not worried about the police.” The post...

Students hold counter-protest against Campus Ministry USA members

Students hold counter-protest against Campus Ministry USA members

By Margaret Maka | September 14, 2015

Wesley Andrew, sophomore music performance major, holds a sign that reads "I love cock" Monday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons  in response to Campus Ministry USA members protesting against sodomy, among other things. "I think these guys are absolutely ridiculous," Andrew said . "I think God made us the way they are, and if they can't deal with that then they need to get over it." 

This CD cover image released by Republic Records shows Beauty Behind the Madness, by The Weeknd. 

Review: The Weeknd’s “The Beauty Behind the Madness” has more upbeat sound

By Sabreena Saleem | August 28, 2015

“Tell ‘em this boy wasn’t meant for lovin.”These words, which open The Weeknd’s third studio album “The Beauty Behind the Madness,” represent not only a recurring theme throughout the album, but seem to embody Abel Tesfaye’s Weeknd persona.The...

InFocus: What should DeKalb’s 10-year strategic plan focus on?

By Northern Star staff | July 27, 2015

Angela PaganI would like to see DeKalb become more of a real college town within the next 10 years.The city should to continue to open up more student-friendly businesses, such as specialty shops and coffee shops with open mic nights. I recently met a...

Style Section: Fourth of July

By Sabreena Saleem | June 28, 2015

It’s easy to over-do it on holidays like the Fouth of July, especially with all of the trendy Americana pieces out there.You can still put together a fabulous red, white and blue outfit while keeping it simple.Try to keep each piece of your oufit a...

Marcus D’Andrea, sophomore Spanish education major sports a light blue beach-inspired print.

Prep for summer with prints

By Sabreena Saleem | April 30, 2015

DeKalb | This summer’s fashion trends will keep you casual, cool and always looking beach-ready.White was big last summer, with all-white ensembles taking us for a walk down a Backstreet Boys-filled memory lane. And it’s not going away this summer.This...

In Focus: What helps you prepare for finals?

By Northern Star staff | April 30, 2015

Andrew RobertsThis is perhaps the most tedious thing you may ever do in terms of studying, but the way my mind works. I need every word re-written from my notes. This is a lengthy process that involves me opening up a sketchbook to a blank page, grabbing...