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President Freeman’s temporary powers are limited but still important

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 27, 2020

The abrupt disruption of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many decisions that effect student life at NIU, including the Board of Trustees’ decision to grant NIU President Lisa Freeman expanded authority. The board’s decision was made...

Fill In the Blank: My unconventional study habit is …

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 29, 2019

Haley Galvin | Perspective EditorMy weird study habit is listening to music I do not know or instrumental music. I have a hard time staying focused on studying and sometimes find it hard not to get distracted. I have found listening to music helps me...

Cross hosts discussion about allegations

By Noah Thornburgh | March 28, 2019

DeKALB — At 10 p.m. Wednesday, Student Association President Khiree Cross and Chief of Staff Citrick Davis held an event titled The State of the Student Association Address in the Campus Life Building, Room 100. Cross and Davis used the time to address...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

By Sam Malone | December 15, 2018

English rock band Radiohead has talked in disdain about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the past, but this morning the band released a statement acknowledging and thanking the voting body for putting them among the seven acts to be inducted to the...

Graduating editors say goodbye to the Star

By Michael Urbanec & Tom Burton | December 9, 2018

Always be willing to learnMichael Urbanec | Sports EditorI wasn’t well prepared when Madison Kacer hired me as a news reporter for the Northern Star in fall 2017. I came in with the same story many of our writers have: We were all told we were good...

Fill in the Blank: Huskie football this season was…

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 28, 2018

Sam Malone | Managing Editor... accidentally impressive.The football season has been full of wins, and no one can deny that, but some of those victories weren’t as clean as they should have been. The defense played a strong game throughout the season,...

Northern Star adds ‘Pass the Aux’ to podcast lineup

By Northern Star Staff | September 28, 2018

In the Northern Star’s continuing push to expand multimedia content, the entertainment section would like to introduce “Pass the Aux,” a music podcast hosted by managing editor Sam Malone and Northern Star contributor Ryan Janovic.“Pass the Aux”...

Fill in the blank: My year at NIU will be…..

By Northern Star Staff | August 27, 2018

Tatianna Salisbury | Editor-in-ChiefSeniorWhen you work for the Northern Star, your life becomes the Northern Star, and that’s just the way I like it. I love being glued to my desk, working on multiple stories at a time and constantly searching for...

Left-handed legends

By Sam Malone | March 1, 2018

1. “Blackbird” by Paul McCartney2. “Polly” by Nirvana3. “Crosstown Traffic” by Jimi Hendrix4. “I Got You” by Bebe Rexhavia GIPHY5. “Space Oddity” by David Bowie6. “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon7. “1979” by The Smashing...

Gambino returns with pride

By Sam Malone | January 18, 2018

“Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino, nominated for Album of the Year, is an intriguing and compelling collection of songs fit for listeners of any genre, as boundaries are subtly and successfully pushed.The third studio album by rap artist Childish...

Lorde breaks hearts with ‘Melodrama’

By Sam Malone | January 16, 2018

This review is part of a series on nominations for Album of the Year.Somehow combining a schizophrenic and a predictable nature, Lorde’s “Melodrama” may be the most contradictory album nominated for the prestigious Album of the Year award at the...

Kendrick Lamar provokes thought

By Sam Malone | December 11, 2017

Nominated for Album of the Year along with six other categories, “DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar is a clearly motivated and thought-provoking album.Lamar has always displayed different vocal personas in his albums, and “DAMN” is no different as he opens...