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5 TV shows relatable for college students

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 8, 2022

College students are stuck between childhood and adulthood trying to juggle school while dealing with everything else in the world. Here are five TV shows that are relatable and tackle those same topics. The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max) This...

State releases initial funds for new facilities, DuSable improvements on hold

By Kyle Mathas | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — The state has begun to release funds for NIU's capital budget, following an announcement from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.The state has released more than $22 million for NIU to move forward on building two new facilities in its capital budget, according...

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The Collegiate Road Less Traveled

By Afia Jones | October 2, 2018

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Flames engulf the experience of welcome week

By Afia Jones | September 6, 2018

 After a week of ice breakers, packets of syllabuses and personal introductions that you’ve reiterated so much it feels like you’ve memorized a script containing your major, year and hometown, we can all rejoice that it is finally over.Hopefully,...

Congress rightly defends school funding from DeVos

Congress rightly defends school funding from DeVos

By Editorial Board | April 12, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board applauds the decision made by the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a proposal for educational funding made by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.On March 21, DeVos and President Donald Trump proposed the most recent...

Lawrence Nassar (center) was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Huskies speak out on Michigan State scandal

By Khobi Price | February 26, 2018

Lawrence Nassar (center) was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.


Study Scores

By Victoria Lambton | October 30, 2017


Campus community honor President Peters at informal reception

By Logan Love | May 2, 2013

As NIU President John Peters nears retirement, faculty, students and staff gathered to talk about his legacy and wish him well. An informal reception was held to celebrate Peters after the University Council meeting on Wednesday in the Holmes Student...

President John J. Peters awards communications graduate student Melissa Entzminger with a certificate of appreciation on Wednesday during Peters last University Council meeting.

University Council honors President Peters at final meeting

By Rachel Scaman | May 1, 2013

Kathleen Coles, University Affairs Committee chair, gave a status report on the student grievance policy at the last University Council meeting of the semester on Wednesday. Coles said the university’s policies are not as modern as they should be, and...

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...

The normal stream of water outflowing from the East Lagoon into the Kishwaukee River was turned into a violent rapid during Wednesdays severe thunderstorm.

Storm knocks out campus communications

By Julia Boyle & Erin Kolb | April 17, 2013

The disconnected phone lines were the only technology affected by the storm on Wednesday, said an NIU spokesman. The rest of the university was able to function normally, said Paul Palian, director of public and media relations. A lightning strike knocked...

The Clery Act needs amending

By AJ Edwards | April 7, 2013

Every year, universities publish a safety report under the Clery Act. Issuing these reports is a great idea; however, there needs to be some adjustments made in order to be more accurate and effective at giving future and current students safety information....