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Lilliana Campbell (left), a sophomore psychology major, and Adé Basurto, a junior communicative disorders major, respond to a street interviews prompt. What are your favorite food trucks? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Food Trucks

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | April 19, 2024

NIU’s food trucks are special for many reasons, but most importantly, they are convenient. These mobile restaurants near the Holmes Student Center provide tasty, fast meals without leaving campus. Food trucks provide variety with their different...

Olivia Lesniewski, a junior music education major, responds to a street interview prompt. Share a joke! (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: National Humor Month

By James Bennett and Lucy Atkinson | April 11, 2024

Knock knock! April is one of the academic year’s longest months, with zero extended weekends or breaks. But, April is also National Humor Month. If the answer to your “who’s there” is burnout, choose to slam the door.  Yes, yes —...

Franklin Gestoso sits by the Holmes Student Center fireplace talking about his hat. Huskies tell what the favorite part of their outfit is. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

What’s your favorite part of your outfit?

By Joseph Howerton and Ria Pathak | April 9, 2024

Fit check for all Huskies Whether you're dressed for success or comfort, we've all got a piece of our wardrobe we love to wear.

Katelyn Dinh sits at a table in the Huskie Grill. Students share what their favorite type of weather is. (Ro Hong | Northern Star)

What is your favorite weather?

By Ro Hong, Videographer | April 8, 2024

Are you more a fan of spring showers or cloudless sunny days?  Good news for you, in Illinois for the spring we have all of the above.

Luna Lloyd, a first-year kinesiology major, responds to a street interview prompt. What is the best sign of spring? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Signs of spring

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | March 29, 2024

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the sun is shining; you know what that means…spring is here! To students, the surest sign of the season is Spring Break, already behind us. To the calendar, spring didn't officially start until March...

Ophelia Boyd, a first-year health science major, responds to a street interview prompt. Who is your favorite female historical figure, and what would you say to them? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Women in history

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | March 25, 2024

Throughout history, women have filled half the human population with a fraction of human rights. Women have been — and continue to be — leaders of strength, compassion and intelligence, creating change despite the patriarchy.  On our campus,...

Courtney Pincuspy, a first-year biology major, responds to a street interview prompt. What do students look for in a political candidate, and do students feel their votes matter? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Voting in elections

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor | February 29, 2024

The March 19 Illinois primary is quickly approaching, and voting is imperative to ensure your voice is heard and your values are represented. Knowing which issues you value makes you a more informed voter, which is integral in our misinformed society. Heading...

Genesis Dun, a sophomore art education major, responds to a street interview prompt. What experiences have students had with artificial intelligence? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Artificial Intelligence

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | February 22, 2024

The potential of artificial intelligence may not be at the level we see in sci-fi movies, but it is reaching a threshold where its applications in our world may be concerning. About 56% of students said they have used AI to complete projects and...

Paris Martin, sophomore political science major, responds to a street interviews prompt. What is the best Girl Scout Cookie? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Girl Scout Cookies

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | February 16, 2024

It's that time of year again, Girl Scouts around the country are selling their delicious Girl Scout cookies to fund their troops. Some of their most popular flavors of cookies include samoas, crisp caramel cookies with coconut and chocolate stripes;...

Andrea Ignacio, senior communications major, responds to a street interviews prompt. What are the best and worst dates students have been on? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Best and worst dates

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | February 11, 2024

No tea spills quite as deliciously as a bad date story, and on a college campus filled with students primarily of the peak dating age, romantic drama runs afoot.  Oftentimes what makes a date bad is spiking levels of awkwardness, the doomed feeling...

A graphic shows two images of Sexiest Man Alive award winner Patrick Dempsey. Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf interviewed students about whether they find Dempsey sexy. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Street interviews: Patrick Dempsey, hot or not?

By Olivia Zapf, Assistant Opinion Editor | November 30, 2023

There is no doubt that Patrick Dempsey holds a place in the hearts of many “Grey’s Anatomy” fans. From his role as McDreamy in the hospital drama to his role as a sheriff in the 2023 movie “Thanksgiving,” Dempsey has proven to be a versatile...