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Alumni share their stories of social change

By Dan Doren | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Five NIU alumni shared their personal stories of social change leadership both on- and off-campus at a university-hosted speaking event titled “125th Anniversary Dialogue on Diversity: Groundbreakers” 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sandburg Auditorium...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right), tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump’s State of the Union address doesn’t unify

By Jack Baudoin | February 5, 2020

President Donald Trump gave his third State of the Union address Tuesday. Meant to show the country that it is in a good state, the address showed that there is a huge divide between the political parties. While the address is given every year, this year’s...

Candy company to build distribution center in DeKalb, city estimates growth of 500 jobs

Candy company to build distribution center in DeKalb, city estimates growth of 500 jobs

By Northern Star Staff | January 31, 2020

DeKALB — Ferrara Candy Company, owners of SweeTarts, Fun Dip, Nerds and more, will construct a 1.6 million square foot distribution complex in DeKalb.The distribution center is expected to be operational in 2021 and will bring an estimated 500 jobs...

A plaque placed below the tree has Holmes name and dedication written on it for students and anyone who walks by.

Namesake: Holmes Student Center tree dedicated to fifth university president

By Parker Otto | January 27, 2020

On the East side of the Holmes Student Center, facing Normal Road, is an oak tree with a plaque dedicated to a man named Leslie A. Holmes from 1975. While this tree may go unnoticed at times, the oak and the student center behind it are both named in...

Video Editor Brandon Giesey, (from left), Editor in Chief Sam Malone and Sports Editor Marcel Carrasco laugh together Oct. 12 at the Northern Star office. Giesey and Carrasco will graduate Sunday.

Editors graduate and say farewell

By Northern Star Editors | December 8, 2019

Despite obstacles, make the most out of collegeBrandon Giesey | Video EditorMy college career is one that has experienced many ups and downs. I started my time in community college, transferred to a school in the Southeastern Conference and then ended...

Top Dog: Q&A with Aaron Wilkins

Top Dog: Q&A with Aaron Wilkins

By Mike Knapp | September 19, 2019

DeKALB — Huskies cornerback coach Aaron Wilkins is in his first year at NIU after coaching for five years at Liberty University. This season marks his 13th season coaching football, making stops at the high school, junior college and major college levels.The...

Point/ counterpoint: Texting and driving laws

By Jordan Radloff and Nicole Kain | September 15, 2019

Texting while driving law too stringentJordan Radloff | Contributor A law pertaining to distracted driving laws was recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly to change Section 5 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. The new law was put into effect on...

Editorials convey important ideas

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 28, 2019

Welcome to the Northern Star Editorial, where you can find editorials on a regular basis. There is a distinction between an opinion column and an editorial, and we are here to clarify the difference. In doing so, we hope to provide insight into how we...

A boarded-up window stands at 808 Ridge Drive apartments in 2019.

City of DeKalb acts on tenant association concerns

By Kierra Frazier | August 28, 2019

DeKALB — A proclamation was put in place during Monday night’s City Council meeting where current and former tenants of Hunter Properties spoke about property issues they experienced while leasing with the company.{{tncms-inline alignment="right"...

Heading across the pond: A first-hand account of studying abroad

Heading ‘across the pond:’ A first-hand account of studying abroad

By Catherine Carter | July 1, 2019

 All of my last minute Amazon deliveries are here, my bags are packed, and I’m ready to leave America behind! Well, temporarily at least. My name is Catherine Carter. I am an English major and just finished my freshman year here at NIU. I am also...

Star editors say goodbye

Jessie Kern | News EditorIt’s crazy to think after this week I will be writing the end of, arguably, my greatest chapter yet. Transferring to NIU, I wasn’t in the greatest headspace. The ground I found myself standing on was the furthest thing from...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...