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2021 was the year of Huskie Football. We took home the MAC 2021 Championship trophy after snatching a 41-23 victory over Kent State.


By Zulfiqar Ahmed, Media Editor | January 16, 2022

2021 began as a year of compromise but soon caught steam towards the end of the summer. NIU athletics and student engagement on campus shined through the Fall. Here is a gallery with some of the highlights of 2021!  

First annual Diversity Ball brings campus groups together

By Parker Otto | November 10, 2019

DeKALB — Nearly 150 representatives of several NIU organizations came together for a night of entertainment and networking at the inaugural NIU Diversity Ball. The Diversity Ball was a formal event held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Duke Ellington...

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

By Northern Star Staff | September 8, 2019

MondayNIU Archery Club: NIU’s Archery Club will be holding its first meeting 4 to 6 p.m. in Anderson Hall, Room 100. Individuals of any skill level are invited to attend. The first two visits are free, and a membership fee is required after. They can...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

SA to host Rep. Underwood Sept. 3

SA to host Rep. Underwood Sept. 3

By Northern Star Staff | August 28, 2019

A town hall for NIU students with Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Holmes Student Center, Clara Sperling Sky Room.There, Underwood will be answering questions attendees have about financial aid, student...

Cassandra Kamp, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, (left), Brandon Lesnicki, Election Commissioner, and Ian Pearson, Speaker-elect, listen to prospective executive cabinet members at the Saturday night Senate meeting.

SA updates policy following proposed censures

By Noah Thornburgh | May 1, 2019

DeKALB — The SA Senate has been updating its finance policy and has recognized its outdatedness since at least January.“Some parts of the finance policy are out of date, out of practice, or warrant reconsideration,” according to a Jan. 25 memorandum...

NIU President Lisa Freeman speaks during her investiture Friday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building, where she accepted the university medallion and mace, symbols of the presidents authority and academic designation.

Freeman’s inauguration attended by hundreds

By Sophia Mullowney | April 10, 2019

DeKALB — President Lisa Freeman was awarded her presidential investiture Friday for the celebration of her executive office.At 2 p.m. Friday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building, students, faculty, staff and representatives from...

Letter to the Editor: Refocus SA

By Christine Wang & Rachel Jacob | April 1, 2019

Letters to the editor are the the author's opinion aloneAs alumnae, we would much prefer to allow our successors room to grow and lead. However, when unwarranted accusations of past misappropriations, bias and targeting surface past the ends of our terms,...

SA election voter turnout drops 77 percent

SA election voter turnout drops 77 percent

By Jessie Kern | March 31, 2019

DeKALB — The Student Association elections resulted in a 77.4 percent decrease in voter turnout compared to the spring 2018 elections, despite SA members’ hopes to double the number of voters.A total of 374 students participated in elections, which...

SA elects 51st session speaker of the senate

By Kierra Frazier | March 31, 2019

DeKALB — Legislative Director Ian Pearson was elected Speaker of the Senate for the 51st session of the Student Association with all 14 senators who discussed and debated the position advocating for him.At Sunday night’s meeting, Pearson won with...

SA members explain censures

By Noah Thornburgh | March 28, 2019

DeKALB — Three possible censures were discussed at Sunday’s Student Association meeting; one for Speaker of the Senate Tristan Martin and one for President Khiree Cross, neither of which passed, and one for Chief of Staff Citrick Davis, which did....

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...