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Senior history major Nina Cunningham is escorted from the city
council meeting by police chief Bill Feithen after raising her
voice in protest of the DeKalb Police Stations relocation Monday

Students removed from council meeting

By Olivia Willoughby | February 13, 2012

Several angry students had to be removed from the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.After discussing the main agenda, the council invited citizens to speak about issues they were concerned with. Three students took the opportunity to address the new...

Editorial: Obama’s promises have small chance of becoming reality

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 12, 2012

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama promised to make university education more available to Americans.His plan included promises to freeze upcoming rises in federal student loan interest, double the number of work-study jobs available...

DeKalb County Sheriff offers scholarship

By Northern Star Staff | February 8, 2012

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott will award one $500 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.According to a press release, the scholarship will be given on behalf of the Illinois Sheriff's Association, who will award 105 scholarships throughout the...

Winning the FAFSA race

By Parker Happ | January 17, 2012

New Years resolutions are hard to keep, but one you should definitely look to fulfill is filling your FAFSA form fast, my friend. Say that five times fast.In all seriousness, the sooner you file, the better. Students new to filling out the form should...

Take advantage of the opportunities Housing and Dining offers

By Martha Lueck | November 30, 2011

Drop the books and let the jousting begin! Usually I wouldn't say this, but when flyers advertise a trip to Medieval Times for only $25, I just can't resist, especially with stress of finals. Usually when trips like this come around, I tend to ease up...

Graduating students have until Friday to pick up commencement tickets

By Northern Star Staff | November 28, 2011

Students graduating next month have until the end of the week to pick up commencement tickets.Through Friday, up to 15 guest tickets are available for students to pick up from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center.Students must fill out an online...

NIU needs to spend money to benefit all students, not just student-athletes

By The Northern Star Editorial Board | November 21, 2011

There's nothing more appalling than watching NIU's money burst into flames in the shape of a firework.We're sure the pretty display roused some NIU football team spirit (despite the fact that it started before the game ended), but let's be honest; was...

You shouldn’t assume college students know it all

By Martha Lueck | November 13, 2011

As I walked through the English department in Reavis Hall, I found myself feeling insecure about all of the things I didn't know. It's easy to assume that others know exactly what you know. But the truth is, we don't all know the same things. Melissa...

In Focus: What does Veterans Day mean to you?

By Alyssa Pracz | November 10, 2011

Parker Happ Columnist Veterans Day is getting better. One of my friends, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, has return home and earned a job working on Marine One. Another one of my friends who came home this past year was able to see his son born...

Freshman undecided major Katie Bentley selects an energy drink
at the Hot Spot, 901 Lucinda Ave. Wednesday evening.

Students may want to reconsider relying on energy drinks

November 2, 2011

Energy shots and Red Bulls may not be the right solution when students are seeking an energy boost.These neurological stimuli don't provide the same type of energy that food or sleep would."[These stimuli provide] the feeling of energy, but not a true...

Security measures at new DHS cost $660K

By Kelly Bauer | November 1, 2011

A new facility with around 120 motion-detecting cameras, an intercom system, telephones in each classroom and fire-retardant gates does not come cheap. However, these safety measures - installed in the new DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road - were...

Pause-Off provides resources for students dealing with domestic violence

By Colin Remes | November 1, 2011

One group that you might have seen advertised in chalk on a sidewalk lately is Pause-Off. Pause-Off is a peer educational theater troupe that acts as an educational tool and resource for students who may be dealing with issues of sexual assault and/or...