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Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

Fill in the blank: A public figure who inspires me is…

By Northern Star Opinion Staff | September 27, 2019

Jameela JamilNina Kasman | ContributorA celebrity that inspires me is Jameela Jamil because I really admire the way that she spreads positivity and self-love. Jamil uses her platform to fight against companies that profit from selling weight-loss solutions...

‘Baby It’s Cold Outisde’ is not a song about rape

By Lisa Lillianstrom | December 17, 2018

“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the 1944 holiday classic by Frank Loesser, never seemed to be a problem for listeners until recently when radio stations started banning the song because it was deemed controversial even though the song, which has since...

An atypical college girl’s guide to bullet journaling

By Maddie Barrett | August 16, 2018

Image Courtesy PexelsBullet journaling is all over social media. It’s a customizable journal that can be anything the writer wishes it to be. It can be a planner, sketchbook, diary or all of the above.Get a journalAn obvious, but important first step...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and teammate kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game.

Sports and politics shouldn’t mix

By Peter Zemeske | June 24, 2018

The NFL’s May 23 decision to prohibit kneeling during the national anthem comes on the heels of the divisiveness caused by players protesting oppression of minorities in America, however the rule isn’t unreasonable. The NFL wants to keep football...

Top Editors’ farewell to the Star

By Top Editors | May 8, 2017

Chief shares in a sweet, final send-offJay Ibarra | Editor-in-ChiefToday is my last day as Editor-in-Chief, and I am graduating this Saturday with a major in journalism and minor in political science. It took me five years, five majors, possibly five...

Columnist explains writing process

By Deanna Frances | April 16, 2013

Most of the time, if a 14-year-old girl told you she was writing a full-length novel you wouldn’t believe her. You would probably think she is actually writing a short story that she considers a “novel.” That is what a lot of people thought when...

NIU alumnus/author visiting campus Thursday

By Phil Case | November 8, 2010

On Thursday, NIU welcomes back Kenneth Womack, professor, published author and alumnus, to give a lecture in Reavis Hall Room 211 at noon to 2 p.m. Being an English major and aspiring writer myself, I was interested in interviewing someone who had studied...