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Feline pair in need of forever home

Courtesy of Tails Humane Society

Jacob Baker, Reporter

June 5, 2020

Pet of the Week for June 1 at DeKalb’s Tails Humane Society is a mother and daughter duo of cats named Dakota and Sienna, respectively. Dakota, seven-years-old, and Sienna, six-years-old, were adopted together by a previous owner through a rescue operation in Chicago four years ago until that owner...

The show must go on for theatre students

Taken during NIU’s production of

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 23, 2020

Being a student of NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance means fully committing to performing in front of an audience. In spite of campus being closed because of concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vincent Juarez, sophomore acting student, continues to devote himself to the craft of acting, proving that...

Prine leaves behind lasting memory, music

John Prine, country folk singer-songwriter, sits in his office in in Nashville in a 2017 file photo.

Colton Loeb, Columnist

April 21, 2020

On April 7, John Prine, a country-folk singer-songwriter, passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. Prine made a stop in DeKalb for NIU homecoming in 1975 while on his American tour. Prine’s 1975 album “Common Sense” had just reached No. 66 on the charts just five months before his...

DeKalb Music Boosters present Muse Award to first president

Sheila Barrow (from left), Gloria Hollifield, Nancy Apperson and Cathy Carter.

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 21, 2020

In 1997 Nancy Apperson walked into her son’s school auditorium, prepared to take annual pictures of the Huntley Middle School band that her son was a part of. To her surprise, there was no designated place for band practice and music equipment as she assumed an auditorium would reserve. Scattered all ov...

Easy ways to keep the romance alive during social isolation

dates for a year craft to make while dating during social isolation

Sam Malone, Editor in Chief

April 18, 2020

Giggling and stuffing my face with sushi while my boyfriend talks a little too loud for being inside of a restaurant is where I should be as we enter our third month of dating, but instead we’ll have to settle for video calls and Snapchats.  We’ve been dating for a short three months, but one of those m...

How to celebrate birthdays in self isolation

How to celebrate birthdays in self isolation

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 18, 2020

While in-person social interaction has been discouraged due to concerns of COVID-19, having a happy birthday while in self-isolation is still possible through digital interaction. Using apps like Zoom and Houseparty to virtually contact others create the illusion of a large group without any physic...

Streaming services bring the theater to you

Streaming services bring the theater to you

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 17, 2020

The film industry has been in a prolonged “wrap” or, in non-film terms, at a complete stop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Productions have stopped, movie theaters are closed and people are stuck in their homes with only cable and streaming services to provide films. However, there are still ways t...

Students, professors adapt to new normal

As the pandemic continues, students and professors have had to adapt to learning entirely online.

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 16, 2020

DeKALB – Both students and professors at NIU have had to rearrange their entire lives to continue the Spring 2020 semester amid COVID-19 concerns. Due to the closure of the NIU campus, many students have moved back home, teachers have had to transfer courses online and everyone has to stay indoors. The rest of the academic year has been spent doing coursework on...

Reality Bytes film festival postponed

Reality Bytes film festival postponed

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

April 4, 2020

DeKALB – The COVID-19 pandemic has created chaos in the world of film and entertainment. Films have pushed back their release dates, theaters are shut down and now the annual NIU Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival has been postponed until fall. The festival announced on its Facebook page March ...

Guitar store hosts lessons through Facebook Messenger

Guitar store hosts lessons through Facebook Messenger

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 2, 2020

DeKALB — The local guitar store Ax in Hand has turned to Facebook Messenger to continue teaching students old, new and across the world how to play guitar. Ax in Hand, 817 W. Lincoln Highway Suite B, decided to use Facebook Messenger as a means of conducting lessons because it's something almost...

Record store pauses profit to serve during pandemic

Record store pauses profit to serve during pandemic

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

April 1, 2020

DeKALB — After suspending store hours March 15 out of fear of a recession and not knowing when the store could reopen, Green Tangerine Records turned to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic and put a pause on profit. On the record store’s Facebook page, customers will find the items they currently have in stock. From there,...

Local businesses bring donations to Kishwaukee Hospital

Kishwaukee Hospital President Jay Anderson (from left), Kate's Place owner Kate Huftalin and Wired Nutrition owner Kimberly Zepeda during one of the deliveries of shakes to Kishwaukee Hospital.

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — Two local businesses in DeKalb and Sycamore have committed themselves to helping nurses at Kishwaukee Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic with Operation Fuel Our Community. Wired Nutrition, 830 W. Lincoln Highway, and Kate’s Place, 114 S. California St., Sycamore, two healthy eating e...