Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Jailon Berry describes being a woman as having a superpower and credits NIU for much of her inspiration in life.

Alumnae display pride

By Darius Parker | March 6, 2017

Jailon Berry describes being a woman as having a superpower and credits NIU for much of her inspiration in life.

Local residents and their families flocked to Kite Fest on Sept. 14 to watch and fly kites of all shapes and colors near Annies Woods in front of the Engineering Building.

Kite Fest to celebrate 10th anniversary

By Northern Star staff | August 27, 2015

Visitors from as far as Wisconsin and Minnesota are expected to trek to NIU for the 10th annual Kite Fest.Kite Fest provides open space for people to build and fly kites, eat and participate in other activities. This year’s festival will be held from...

Dog Pound Deli reopens at Stevenson

By Jon Lindley | October 14, 2014

The Dog Pound Deli celebrated its grand re-opening in Stevenson Hall while its manager hopes to take the brand campuswide.The Tuesday grand reopening featured free cookies and drinks, along with a raffle and photo shoot with Victor E. Huskie. The Dog...

In Focus: How should Mass Transit promote Huskie Pups?

By Perspective Staff | October 8, 2014

Scott GlavacHuskie Pups would be best advertised through a humorous YouTube video distributed via mass email to every student.Most students are probably unaware of how to use Huskie Pups, what their purpose is and to whom they’re available. Students...

Prospective students pose with Victor E. Huskie during NIU’s Open House and Campus Tour in April 2014. The Open House — the biggest in NIU’s history — drew in more than 4,000 prospective students.

Victor E. Huskie in contention for Hall of Fame nomination

By Mitchell Spence | September 30, 2014

Victor E. Huskie has made it to the final round of a poll being conducted by the Chicago Tribune for a Mascot Hall of Fame nomination.The poll, hosted on the newspaper’s website at, has four contestants in the final round of public voting....

2014 American Summer Education Camp

2014 American Summer Education Camp

By Alex LaBee | July 20, 2014

Taiwanese students from the National University of Tainan affiliated primary school celebrate the end of their summer camp in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center, Wednesday. Victor E. Huskie made a guest appearance to pose for pictures with the...

Students get taste of early tailgating

By Ryan Chodora | October 9, 2013

Students got an early Huskie tailgate experience Wednesday night.Graduate students Anne Weber and Veronica Skradzinski orchestrated a special tailgate event in the Stevenson dining hall Wednesday.Special menu items were implemented for the evening, including...

Rockford Chariots roll into the Convo

By Danny Cozzi | March 31, 2011

Numeroussupporters gathered for the <a href="" target="_blank">RockfordChariots’ wheelchair basketball exhibition game Thursday nightin the <a href="" target=""_blank">Convocation...

Photo Poll: Victor E. Huskie

By Mike Buda | September 8, 2010

With NIU unveiling a brand new Victor E. Huskie Saturday, the Northern Star asked students what they would change with the school's mascot. "Bigger whiskers." -Nathan Ewald, post-baccalaureate biology student "I really don't think they need to upgrade...

Victor E. performs during a football game last season.

Victor E. Huskie getting makeover

By Jerry Burnes | August 30, 2010

DeKALB | Victor E. Huskie is getting a makeover for the 2010 season. After eight years with his current look, Victor is hitting the weights and becoming what Ryan Harris, assistant director of sales at NIU, describes as, "more fierce, more muscular, yet...