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A mobile investigation unit is seen beside NIUs Police Station on March 6. The FBI and Illinois State Police are executing a search warrant on campus.

FBI, Illinois State Police executing search warrant on campus

By Northern Star Staff | March 6, 2013

A mobile investigation unit and helicopter circles NIU's campus for an ongoing investigation.

Student Spotlight: Danielle Young

By Logan Love | February 5, 2013

The Northern Star talks diversity, leadership and family with Danielle Young, a senior sociology major from Northern Illinois University.

NIU more politically active than ever

By Taurean Small | November 7, 2012

While nationally enthusiasm for this year’s presidential election might have simmered down from 2008, the amount of involvement students at NIU took in politics this time around was inspiring. During the final weeks of national campaigning, there were...

Finalpalooza is upon us; it’s time to prepare

By Taurean Small | May 6, 2012

After a long and busy school year, the time for rest and relaxation is quickly approaching. For many of you, this last week will secure you the superb grades you’ve worked so hard to get throughout the semester. For some, this week will be the wake-up...

KONY 2012 criticisms may have aided Invisible Children’s cause

By Taurean Small | March 20, 2012

hether you support Invisible Children or criticize their business practices, you can’t deny the recent video’s, “KONY 2012”, viral success. In just two weeks, their YouTube video reached over eight million views and collected 1.3 million likes...

Columnist questions Black History Month’s value

By Taurean Small | February 14, 2012

"You're going to relegate my history to a month?" asked Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman in a 2008 interview for CBS's 60 Minutes when asked his opinion about Black History Month. Four years later, entertainer Whoopi Goldberg briefly groans...

In focus: Who is your least favorite Republican candidate?

Parker Happ I know that Trump endorsed Mittens for the GOP Nominee. I also know Donald Trump. That Apprentice ratings can stay gold for only so long and Trump's book, Time To Get Tough - which boasts a Dick and Jane sized font and content equally as...

Point, Counterpoint: Should Illinois pass a law banning cell phone use while driving

By Parker Happ and Taurean Small | January 18, 2012

Parker Happ: A new phone law would potentially decree Illinoisans to not use their phone at all while driving because, as one lawmaker said, it doesn't matter if it's out of your hand, but what's going on in your head.Should the state/federal government...

An apology from the Northern Star Editorial Board

By The Editorial Board | October 5, 2011

To the NIU and DeKalb community: We would like to sincerely apologize for the cartoon published in Wednesday's edition of the Northern Star. The publication was a clear misjudgment on our part. Though the aim of a political cartoon is to provide its readers...

In Focus: Getting through year one

Aaron Brooks Columnist Do not give up. If you never have a moment where you want to give up during these next four years, then you are very lucky. For most of you, however, life will bring, at some point, overbearing hardships. Whatever those hardships...

Blog: Important lessons learned from summer break

By Taurean Small | August 22, 2011

As I was approaching the end to an intense school year filled with term papers, Powerpoint presentations, and final exams (oh my), I realized summer employment was the last thing on my to do list. Unfortunately, procrastination brought me missed opportunities...

Freshman Survival Survival Guide

Freshman Survival Survival Guide

By Taurean Small | August 21, 2011

Congratulations: you're officially a freshman again. While it sucks starting over at the bottom of the totem pole, you should at least feel relieved knowing you are approaching the finish line of your educational career. Adjusting to college might be...