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A phone shows the cover of Rye Lane, a new love story on Hulu. Rye Lane is an underrated rom-com, perfect for Valentines Day. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

Unconventional rom-coms for Valentine’s Day

By Lindsay Curtis, Lifestyle Writer | February 13, 2024

Valentine's Day can either be a great day or a horrible day depending on who you ask, so what better way to end the night than with a good movie. Whether you’re with a date, friends or just by yourself, here’s a list of some underrated romance...

A phone shows a ticket for an NIU womens basketball game. A sporting event could be a great alternative event to an expensive dinner date on Valentines Day. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

How-to sports date for Valentine’s day

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 13, 2024

With Valentine’s Day upon us, love is in the air. On typical dates you will see expensive dinners and gaudy gifts. How about switching it up and taking someone on a date to a sporting event? For those who have never done it before, it could be a...

Pearl (Mia Goth) from the film Pearl embraces a scarecrow. Pearl is one of the films A24 and AMC Theatres will release each Wednesday in February for Valentines Day. (Christopher Moss | A24)

AMC, A24 to rerelease ‘Valentine’s Day’ films

By Brynn Krug, Chief Copy Editor | January 31, 2024

AMC Theatres is partnering with indie film company A24 for special screenings of some of their previously released films. The series of films, “A Lovers Series,” will showcase four movies, one each Wednesday in February. The purchase of a ticket...

Sets of dice which spell out the words I Love You and I Hate You being balanced between the words love and hate.

Fill in the Blank: Valentine’s Day is…

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Editor-in-Chief | February 14, 2023

… Special Valentine’s Day is a day of love. As cringeworthy as that sounds, it’s the truth. The holiday is dedicated to expressing your love and appreciation for others. A common misconception about Valentine’s Day is that it's only for...

A red velvet cookie with white frosting with a chunk broken off and crumbles on the table.

Love at first bite: Valentine’s Day recipes to try

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | February 8, 2023

Roses are red, violets are blue, here are some sweet recipes to gain those holiday woos.  Raspberry Lemon Cake A cake can certainly be one of the most time-consuming desserts to make; however, it’s worth it in the end. This raspberry lemon cake is...

Stars of My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard and William Powell pose in a promotional photo for the film.

Movies to watch this Valentine’s Day

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | January 31, 2023

So you’re looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day that doesn’t star Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Maybe you’re tired of watching cliche, unimaginative love stories that you feel like you’ve seen hundreds of times before.  It can be difficult...

Valentines Day is not only for romance

Valentine’s Day is not only for romance

By Ally Formeller | February 7, 2022
Valentine’s Day celebrations can include friends and family.
Rae’s Amazing Creations sells desserts and treats and is owned by Raven Proctor, a junior health and human science major at NIU (Raven Proctor | Courtesy)

Valentine’s Day gifts made by local Black-owned businesses

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 3, 2022

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time of year for couples as they scramble to plan dates and get the perfect gifts for their partners. If you need a last-minute gift and don’t want to pay the expedited shipping fee, check out these three local Black-owned...

Valentines Day decor hangs up inside of Grant Towers on Saturday, January 30th. Many people think this holiday is very unnecessarily rushed.

Valentine’s Day is overhyped

By Parker Otto | January 31, 2022
Valentine's Day buildup can drive people insane when it's really not necessary.

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

By YANAN WANG | February 14, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door.The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of...

Ginsburg to present award named for her to philanthropist

February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg usually is on the receiving end of awards, but she'll be handing out one in her name next week to a prominent philanthropist.Agnes Gund, who has given millions of dollars to support criminal...