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Two first-generation student events will be held in the Holmes Student Center on Nov. 7 and 9, 2022. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU celebrates first-generation students

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | November 3, 2022

DeKALB – This week NIU will celebrate its first-generation Huskies with two events, a luncheon and fireside chat, focused on sharing their stories and gaining a network of support through the campus. About 55 percent of NIU’s student populace are...

The Huskie Den in Holmes Student Center is reopening after being remodeled and shuttered due to COVID-19.

Activities for students to try while on campus

By Quade Evans, Opinion Columnist | January 27, 2022

Campus has reopened to students this week following the low COVID-19 positivity rates. For first-years and transfer students who still have to get used to NIU’s campus it can be challenging to step outside of your comfort zone and make connections....

Vinyl records are a classic form of art that has died down due to the digital age.

Students need to respect older art

By Parker Otto | January 14, 2022
There should be more of a drive amongst students to explore classic art because it can really speak to people.
Group of teenagers lighting sprinklers and celebrating New Year.

New Year’s resolution ideas and tips for students

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | December 25, 2021

The new year is right around the corner, which means that people are about to start making New Year’s resolutions. For college students, resolutions can be a bit different, like focusing on mental health, school, or career opportunities.  Making...

Enrollment can increase by encouraging students to start at NIU

By Jack Baudoin, Lifestyle writer | February 9, 2020

Going away to college is something a lot of people dream of. Every year, students around the world apply to and enroll at different universities. Despite this, NIU’s enrollment is dropping every year. If the university hopes to break this trend, it...

Iran-US relations grow increasingly tense

By Dan Doren, News Reporter | January 20, 2020

DeKALB — The most recent events in the ongoing Iran-U.S. conflict began when the U.S. blamed Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, for a Dec. 27 rocket attack that killed an American defense contractor, a charge Kataib Hezbollah has denied.Two...

New laws affect university life

By Noah Johnson | January 15, 2020

DeKALB — Over 250 new laws went into effect in Illinois at the start of the new year, some of which impact higher education in Illinois.Retention of Illinois Students and Equity ActHB 2691 allows transgender and undocumented students to be eligible...

Editor in Chief Sam Malone (left) and Zack Edwards, Chicago Ridge, stand in front of a tractor at the 2018 Corn Fest

Students should attend Corn Fest

By Sam Malone | August 23, 2019

Whether this will be your first or if you’re bringing someone to their first, popping the Corn Fest kernel is a must.Imagine the joy of butter dripping off your chin after a satisfying chomp on a county-grow corn cob, or the sound of music filling the...

Administration plans to combat falling enrollment with branding, targeted recruitment, equity

By Noah Thornburgh | July 12, 2019

The administration responded to falling higher education enrollment in Illinois with a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, a five-year, three-goal plan laying out a timeline to bolster enrollment.Sol Jensen, vice president of enrollment management,...

Officials host inaugural First-Generation Student Success Conference

By Taher Zeitoun | November 12, 2018

DeKALB — NIU and professors from surrounding colleges gathered to discuss the success of the CHANCE [Counseling Help and Assistance Necessary for a College Education] program and share ideas on how to best serve first-generation students. A first...

A cellphone displaying a big red breaking news alert encompassing the whole screen.

Safety Bulletins need to be sent out more often to make students feel safer

By Lisa Lillianstrom | October 7, 2018

When it comes to feeling safe on campus, students want to know what is going on so they can keep an eye out for unsafe situations, which is why safety bulletins are necessary and should be sent out more often.The NIU Police Department sends bulletins...