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COVID-19 rules for local fitness centers

In this Nov. 11, 2013, file photo, students exercise at the Recreation Center Friday night.
November 27, 2020

Navigating fitness in a pandemic can certainly be tricky. Gyms in the DeKalb area, including NIU’s Recreation Center, have put protocols in place to keep patrons safe when pumping iron. Those who...

Comfort food recipes for one this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving decorations on a table
November 26, 2020

Holidays are normally a time of year for people to gather with their loved ones and spend some quality time together. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic many people might not be able to spend the holidays...

Local sketch artist opens online business ‘Pamela Sanders Fine Art’

Pamela Sanders' sketch of a lion.
November 25, 2020

DeKALB – 2020 has been exceptionally hard for small businesses due to COVID-19 resulting in a reduction in hours and preventing people from visiting storefronts. However, DeKalb resident Pamela Sanders,...

How to have a successful virtual Thanksgiving

Managing Editor, Haley Galvin (Top Right), and friends gather for a virtual Friendsgiving
November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving is a beloved tradition for many American families. This holiday brings good food and the people who we are thankful for together. With COVID-19 surging across the country, it’s an excellent...

Several steps to make this year’s Thanksgiving celebration safer

Thanksgiving 2020, coronavirus days, Protective face mask and thanksgiving flatlay on wooden background. COVID 19 spread prevention measure
November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, and with that usually comes a big family gathering with a variety of foods to give thanks. With COVID-19 surging across the U.S, it’s important to realize...

Ways to volunteer, socially distanced

Alison Pacey, 14 Genoa, plays with a few cats at Tails Humane
Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road, as a part of her volunteer
November 21, 2020

Volunteering has always been a way for students to give back to their community or help those in need. During a pandemic volunteering might not be the same as it used to be with social distance and other...

Four concerts to look out for

Vector hand drawn illustration on white background.
November 18, 2020

DeKALB – With COVID-19 canceling nearly all concerts and tours by popular artists, musicians have begun to live-stream their performances for fans. Here are a few concerts to check out in the coming...

Local musicians face repercussions without live music in restaurants

Luke Underhill, Yorkville High School senior and co-host of open mic night, sings and plays acoustic guitar Monday at Fatty’s Pub, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway.
November 15, 2020

Local bars and restaurants lost their live music when dining rooms were ordered to close due to COVID-19, leaving musicians with lost income and exposure necessary to build a fanbase. Before the pandemic,...

NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center to host virtual panel

closeup of a rainbow flag waving on the blue sky, moved by the wind, with the sun in the background
November 14, 2020

NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host two virtual panels for students to learn about the LGBTQ+ community from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 21. The meeting, held via Zoom, will...

Masters in Fine Arts program holds Sleight of Hand Exhibition

November 13, 2020

NIU’s Masters in Fine Arts program is currently hosting its Fall 2020 Art Exhibition Sleight of Hand. The exhibit opened Tuesday and closes Nov. 17. Viewings are by appointment only. Attendees must contact...

Movie review: ‘Let Him Go’

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Let Him Go tries to follow in the footsteps of neo-westerns and succeeds
November 13, 2020

While westerns aren’t as popular as they used to be in the film industry, a new breed of 20th century set, period piece westerns, like “No Country for Old Men” and “Hell or High Water,” have...

Film review: Reality Bytes Film Festival part three

Dusable, the building reserved for media studies.
Third and final installment doesn't live up to its two preceding parts
November 11, 2020

The third and final installment of the 20th annual independent student film festival Reality Bytes is the weakest link of its other two parts. After the exceptional second part, this part doesn’t live...

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