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An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, according to an official university statement.

NIU student dies in Patterson Hall

By Northern Star Staff | October 14, 2022

DeKALB – An NIU student died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday at Patterson Hall, located in the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex, according to an official university statement sent to the Northern Star. The student’s name has not been confirmed by the...

Joyce DeFauw sitting at a sports game. At 89 years old, she is NIUs oldest student.

NIU’s oldest student set to graduate after 72 years

By Elisa Reamer and Jaylen Conwell | February 22, 2022

DeKALB — The university experience for many students is a seamless transition from high-schooler to college graduate in four to five years, but for others, the journey is unconventional. Joyce DeFauw started her journey at NIU in 1951 and is now currently...

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Students with disabilities deserve the same job opportunities as all other students

By Lisa Lillianstrom | November 11, 2018

Students go to college to plan for the future, and after graduation, all students should have equal opportunities for a good career, even those with disabilities.Only 18.7 percent of people with a physical or mental disability were employed in 2017, contrasting...

Fill in the blank: My experience as a first generation student is….

By Northern Star Staff | September 23, 2018

Being a first generation student is....Josie Janicki | Perspective Contributor...lonesome, yet strengthening.I went to a community college before coming to NIU, and everything is different. That being said, I am experiencing everything by myself. As an...


Study Scores

By Victoria Lambton | October 30, 2017


A student boards the 3A Huskie Bus on Tuesday at the Holmes Student Center. The Huskie Bus system will be seeing new route changes next semester.

Huskie bus routes to see major changes

By Mariah Stubbs-Johnson | April 30, 2013

Huskie Transit will save more than $150,000 with its changes to the fall 2013 bus route system, said Seth Peritz, Student Association director of mass transit. Bus route changes have been made for fall 2013 to make the routes more effective and convenient...

Senior runner reflects on team, season

By Ed Rietveld | April 29, 2013

One senior member of the track program truly personifies what it means to be a student athlete, and that’s senior Jenelle McCalla. McCalla, a sprinter and hurdler, set two school records while competing in track: One in the 400 hurdles with a time of...

NIU sees low trend in parking ticket fines

By Logan Love | April 22, 2013

Even though fewer parking tickets have been issued in the past few years, Parking Services still collected more than $545,000 in ticket revenue in Fiscal Year 2012, according to information provided by Parking Services Director Scott Kangas. Parking Services...

Student assistant coach looks forward to moving up in athletics

By Ed Rietveld | April 2, 2013

With 39 athletes on the track and field team and only three full-time coaches to help manage sprinting, distance running and field events, the coaching staff needs all the help they can get. One student, junior Adam Lotito, is helping the program with...

Rapper Kid Cudi performs on Friday night at the Convocation Center during his sold out show.

Kid Cudi parties it up at NIU

By Aymie Telinski | March 31, 2013

Students joined Kid Cudi in the “Pursuit of Happiness” at his concert 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Convocation Center. Kid Cut Up took the stage first and set the tone for the rest of the night’s entertainment. The DJ opened up with a set that included...

Guest Column: Lead the environmental movement

By Melissa Burlingame | November 3, 2011

"Learning today, leading tomorrow." NIU's motto is fitting, but students should also focus on leading today. In the environmental movement, we can't wait until tomorrow; we need leaders to inspire action today. The evidence for climate change is clear...