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What building a tiny house taught us about life during COVID-19

What building a tiny house taught us about life during COVID-19

Elise Smith and Carmen Smith, Alumnae

August 30, 2020

When we graduated from NIU we were lost. During the last years of our programs we came out as a queer couple to our conservative community in our industrial, Midwestern hometown. It did not go well. We were disoriented from the loss of our childhood connections, drained by the prospect of uncertainty ...

NIU should have same responsibility as students in stopping virus spread

Student organizations wait at tables to get students involved with them Sunday at NIU's involvement fair.

Danielle Elliott, Contributor

August 28, 2020

The Dean of Students office sent out an email Saturday to student organization representatives who were registered to participate in the involvement fair during the weekend. The email was sent as an effort to criticize some of the behaviors of representatives in the hopes of them not reoccurring the fol...

How to cope with the classroom being within the same 4 walls

How to cope with the classroom being within the same 4 walls

Parker Otto, Columnist

August 27, 2020

NIU has a reputation of being a commuter school, since students tend to study at school during the week and travel back home for the weekend, but there are still many students who live in NIU’s five residence halls seven days a week. Living on campus, especially if you’re a first-year student, can come ...

Glidden Hill Grill opens in DeKalb

Glidden Hill Grill

Haley Galvin, Managing Editor

August 21, 2020

DeKALB — Glidden Hill Grill and Catering is a budding business offering traditional bar food as well as traditional grilled Greek food such as pork souvlaki, gyros and a Greek burger. Being a restaurant owner for over 30 years, owner Pete Matarangas will be bringing greek culture to DeKalb.  Matarang...

Instructor denied order of protection against student

Advocacy and public communication major Roderic Moyer stands outside the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W. State St., Sycamore, wearing his cap and gown after instructor Michele Duffy’s request for an order of protection against him was denied Tuesday.

Kurt Bitting, Editor in Chief

August 12, 2020

DeKALB — Judge Marcy Buick denied an order of protection Tuesday that would have protected instructor Michele Duffy from advocacy and public communication major Roderic Moyer. Duffy was teaching a class of around 20 students at about 1:20 p.m. Nov. 20 at Graham Hall when she said she noticed someone a...

NIU Athletics addresses cancellation of fall sports

NIU Athletics addresses cancelation of fall sports

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier and Football Head Coach Thomas Hammock addressed the media Saturday in a Zoom conference call regarding the Mid-American Conference’s decision to cancel the fall sports season. Frazier and NIU President Lisa Freeman had been at the forefront p...

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

MAC cancels 2020 college football season

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

August 8, 2020

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its 2020 college football season Saturday, joining a growing number of conferences making similar decisions. The MAC has become the first Football Bowl Subdivision to cancel its season according to Stadium's  Brett McMurphy. The season was canceled d...

NIU hosts virtual Town Hall to discuss fall semester

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Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

August 4, 2020

DeKALB — The dean of students and other representatives from across campus met to discuss how health protocols will be enforced for the fall semester at a virtual Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to report any COVID-19 symptoms and if they've...

Move-in day: What you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Move-in day: What you need to know, required COVID-19 testing

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 30, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Housing and Residential Services created new procedures for fall 2020 move-in.  Testing  Students will be required to take COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests prior to moving into residence halls, according to the Housing and Residential Services website.  Students are ...

Local artists to paint mural, church to be relocated

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith partakes in the City Council meeting at DeKalb Public Library on July 27th.

Kierra Frazier, Senior Reporter

July 28, 2020

DeKALB — A public mural painting will soon emblazon the underpass of the Lincoln Highway bridge in light of recent racial injustice protests after the death of George Floyd. A $1,000 check was presented at Monday night’s meeting by the Hometown Association of REALTORS to fund the mural. Th...

NIU reveals plan to ‘protect the pack’ in Fall 2020

A mask is taped to NIU's Olive Goyle statue next to Altgeld Hall June 3..

Ahyen Labanan, News Editor

July 23, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s “Protecting the Pack” plan provides health and safety guidelines for the fall semester. Here's what the NIU community needs to know. Huskie expectations NIU employees and students are required to complete training modules on health and safety measures prior to returning to ca...