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A Securitas placard rests on a car dashboard outside Grant North Residence Hall.

Inside NIU’s private security force

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 31, 2022

DeKALB — They guard our residence halls and patrol our streets, but you may not know who or what they are. Securitas USA is a private security company hired by the NIU Board of Trustees and arrived on campus on Aug. 15; but why were they hired in the...

False fire alarms can be prevented

By Jordan Radloff | October 9, 2019

The fire alarms have gone off three times at Neptune Residence Hall in two weeks, according to residents, resulting in mandatory evacuations of the building. It can be frustrating for students to have to wait outside their residence halls at inconvenient...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

Student Association discusses safety on Greek row

By Tom Burton | October 14, 2018

DeKALB — The Student Association Senate filled two senator positions and opened discussions for the Annie Glidden North Corridor Revitalization Plan in its weekly meeting Sunday.Tristan Martin, speaker of the Senate, led parliamentary procedure in electing...

A cellphone displaying a big red breaking news alert encompassing the whole screen.

Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...

Police deserve student gratitude

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 16, 2017

There’s a big difference between saying thank you and demonstrating gratitude, and the Northern Star editorial board urges students to show their support for the efforts made by university officials to keep their students safe.Concerns arose as a result...

Jacon Michnick, DeKalb economic development planner, spoke about student involvement within living situations throughout town at the Student Association meeting Sunday.

Revitalization in question

By Maddie Steen | September 25, 2017

On Sept. 17, Jason Michnick, DeKalb economic development planner, spoke in front of the Student Association about DeKalb revitalization strategies and specifically about the student housing surplus; he wants students’ help in changing the demographics...

Journalists need reader support, end of violence: 1 lesson from “Charlie Hebdo” attacks

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 12, 2015

Journalists need the support of readers, and everyone needs to support freedom of expression — that’s a lesson everyone must be reminded of in light of the Wednesday attack on the “Charlie Hebdo” satirical magazine.The massacre was insane —...

Pass/Fail: Roads around Greek Row get brighter; SA gives out too much money for food

By Mohammed Taha Faridi | November 11, 2014

Pass: Roads around Greek Row get brighterGreek Row is not well-lit, but that’s going to change soon.ComEd plans to install additional street lamps in the Greek Row area later this month, which will make it safer for students to walk home at night.The...

Bike rental course educates on safety

By Ryan Lee | September 14, 2014

Requiring students to know the Bicycle Rules of the Road before renting a bike is an integral part of NIU’s outstanding bike-share course on Blackboard.Bikes are available to rent to any student who passed the Blackboard safety quiz with 100 percent....