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Northern Star contributor Jack Baudoin (back) stands in front of the Washington Monument with his grandfather, James Hill, April 20 in Washington D.C.

That time I was my grandfather’s guardian for a veteran’s honors flight

By Jack Baudoin | January 22, 2020

Northern Star contributor Jack Baudoin (back) stands in front of the Washington Monument with his grandfather, James Hill, April 20 in Washington D.C.

Acting President Lisa Freeman discusses her possible presidency in her office.

Freeman reconsiders her candidacy

By Jessie Kern | July 23, 2018

DeKALB — After unexpectedly stepping into the role of acting president for the last year, Lisa Freeman has reconsidered her candidacy for president.NIU has been preparing for the presidential search after Doug Baker’s unexpected departure in June...

Point/Counterpoint: Shooting prevention

By Mackenzie Meadows | February 26, 2018

Many Americans have strong opinions on school safety. On Feb. 23 President Donald Trump proposed we arm teachers to combat shootings.More armed security needed Mackenzie MeadowsPrincipals, deans and other office staff in every elementary, middle and...

President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

Donald Trump gives State of the Union address

By Associated Press | February 1, 2018

WASHINGTON — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration...

Chicago Women’s March (PHOTOS)

By Yeon Woo Kim | January 23, 2017

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InFocus: What are you most excited about for summer break?

By Perspective Staff | April 29, 2014

See what the Perspective Staff has to say about summer plans.Jeremiah CaterinaAlthough my break is shortened due to summer classes, I plan to pack my free time with fun.First, I look forward to restarting my favorite hobby. I love power-lifting, a strength...

DeKalb police help tornado victims

By Deanna Frances | November 27, 2013

On Nov. 26, employees and volunteers of the DeKalb and Sycamore Police Departments visited the towns of East Peoria and Washington, Ill., where tornadoes destroyed more than 1,000 homes and left one dead and many injured Nov. 17.The tornado disaster relief...

Editorial: Tornado relief efforts show communities care

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 24, 2013

The DeKalb-Sycamore community has stepped up in the wake of Illinois’ recent storms and tornadoes.On Nov. 17, one of several tornadoes in the Midwest destroyed much of Washington, which is about two hours from DeKalb. The tornado ravaged buildings and...

Alumna’s business focuses on history of prostitution in Bellingham

By Jack Manning | November 21, 2013

Alumna Melissa McGrath spoke Wednesday night about the business she founded and the history of Bellingham, Wash., the town she lives in.McGrath and a friend, Sara Holodnick, started a business, Good Time Girls, in Bellingham. They give tours of the town...

A neighborhood in the Devonshire subdivision of Washington, Ill., is left in ruins after a tornado tore through the northern part of the town on Sunday. Members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, are collecting items for care packages to send to the victims of the tornado. Student volunteers will also work with the Red Cross.

Students reach out to help tornado victims

By James Green | November 19, 2013

In response to the weekend’s outbreak of tornadoes in Illinois, Alpha Phi Omega will collect donations for relief packages for the victims.Will Wight, Alpha Phi Omega member and junior mechanical engineering major, has been storm watching for five years,...

D.C. internship registration open

By Northern Star staff | October 13, 2013

Students can apply for the university’s annual congressional internship program.This program is held in Washington, D.C., and is open to all majors. Four students will be selected to live and work in the nation’s capital. The program runs from late...

MSII Cadet Andrew Hansen, sophomore business administration major, secures the base during an exercise demonstrating a late-night attack during ROTC training at the Marseilles Training Center Friday night.

ROTC cadets take part in field training exercises over weekend

By Hailey Kurth | April 29, 2012

As two helicopters approached the intramural fields near Stevenson towers Friday, NIU ROTC cadets filed in line and waited for their “deployment” to Marseilles Training Center, located in LaSalle County. The helicopters took the freshmen and sophomores...