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A DeKalb High School student walks across stage to receive the DHS Alumni Scholarship award. This DeKalb student, along with 136 others in the county, earned scholarships from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. (Courtesy of the DeKalb County Community Foundation)

DeKalb County students receive $196,000 in scholarships

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | September 13, 2023

DeKALB – 137 DeKalb County students were awarded with over $196,000 in scholarship funds in 2023. The DeKalb County Community Foundation partners with local organizations and philanthropists in redistributing charitable assets through DeKalb County. College...

Columnist Angelina Padilla-Tompkins believes NIU can do more for their transfer students.

NIU drops the ball on programs for transfer students

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor in Chief | September 27, 2022

NIU prides itself in being a great place for transfer students but does little for them once they arrive on campus.  Across the United States, many students choose to attend a community college before transferring to a university. 31% of community...

The Latest: Klobuchar optimistic before New Hampshire vote

February 10, 2020

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The latest on campaigning for the 2020 election (all times local):10:30 p.m.At a rowdy event Monday at a Manchester bar, Amy Klobuchar made her final push for votes ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Amid chants of “Amy”...

Trump seeks big increase in career-technical education money

By JEFF AMY | February 10, 2020

President Donald Trump is proposing a $900 million increase in education spending to teach skills and trades, in what would be a historic federal infusion into a spending area that's been stagnant for years.The announcement Monday follows Trump's State...

Campaigner or commander in chief? No difference for Trump

By AAMER MADHANI and JILL COLVIN | February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dispatching Cabinet secretaries across the country to woo Iowa voters. Using private cash to finance an official made-for-TV moment. Delivering a State of the Union address that doubled as a campaign kickoff speech. Holding an impeachment...

Text of President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address, as provided by the White House:Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow citizens:Three years ago, we...

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, (center) talks Dec. 13 with President Donald Trump during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 

Pritzker plans to allocate additional $50M to MAP grant funding

By Kierra Frazier | March 31, 2019

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, (center) talks Dec. 13 with President Donald Trump during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 

Offices merge in hope of increasing efficiency

By Nancy Galan | October 27, 2016

DeKALB | For the past seven years, the Scholarship and Financial Aid Offices have worked together to help students find financial resources, and this semester, the two combined because of a Program Prioritization recommendation.Program Prioritization...

Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles. 

Drake and Future make solid team in “What a Time to Be Alive”

By Margaret Maka | September 21, 2015

Drake and Future dropped a highly-anticipated collaborative mixtape Sunday called “What A Time to Be Alive,” and, like everything else Drake puts out, I was immediately in love with it.The introductory song, “Digital Dash”, gets you hyped to realize...

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international...

Stop being lazy: It’s time to file FAFSA

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2014

Although the semester has just begun, it is time to start thinking about finances for the upcoming school year.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is filled out by students to determine how much financial aid they receive for college.Financial...

Deadlines for staff scholarship: Feb. 1

By Northern Star Staff | January 21, 2014

The deadline to apply for a Supportive Professional Staff Scholarship fund is approaching.Those who wish to apply for the scholarship will have to do so by Feb. 1.The scholarship fund is only available for students who are the children or grandchildren...