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Tending to RBG’s seeds in the face of her possible replacement

RBG's memorial

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

September 26, 2020

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, a close ally to Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago, attended a gathering in Chicago at federal plaza to mourn Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She quoted the musical Hamilton in the speech she gave, according to the Chicago Tribune. Leg...

NIU discusses the role of political activism on campus throughout history

NIU discusses the role of political activism on campus throughout history

Colton Loeb, Reporter

September 26, 2020

DeKALB— NIU hosted a Microsoft Teams meeting to discuss the role of political activism on campus throughout history at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.  The speakers included John Butler, NIU alumnus and Board of Trustees Member, Sue Doederlein, Emeritus professor, Cindy Henderson, NIU alumnus and Joe Sosnowski,...

Alumnus civil rights attorney shares his experience with Minneapolis Police Department in upcoming book

Author Mike Padden holding his book “The Minneapolis Police Department: Blue Code of Silence”

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

September 25, 2020

At around 2 a.m. on May 26, NIU alumnus, civil rights attorney Mike Padden received a video from someone he says has their finger on the pulse of the Minneapolis community. For no particular reason, Padden woke up in the middle of the night and, with sleepy eyes, watched George Floyd’s tragic death t...

Mark Walters previews upcoming album at #815 livestream concert

Empty Egyptian Theatre

Kennedy Jones, Reporter

September 25, 2020

Every Thursday night at 6 p.m. for the past seven weeks, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N 2nd St., has been hosting a livestream concert on their Facebook page, called #815 Live. #815 Live is the chance for local artists and groups to perform virtually due to Covid-19, as explained by the host Jeanine Holcomb, a ...

How to spread awareness for suicide awareness month

Know the Signs

Kennedy Jones, Columnist

September 18, 2020

September is Suicide Awareness month: 30 days reserved for sparking important conversations and sharing resources with anyone who is struggling mentally and emotionally. Spreading awareness is important for those who feel lost or unwanted. Having access to resources that help them realize everything is...

Egyptian Theatre hosts weekly Facebook concert ‘815 Live’ to spotlight local artists

Egyptian Theatre

Jacob Baker, Reporter

September 17, 2020

DeKALB — The Egyptian Theatre has been hosting a live Facebook concert called 815 Live at 6 p.m. every Thursday since mid-August that spotlights local artists of all genres with the goal of keeping stages alive during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each week, the Egyptain Theatre, 135 N. Second St., i...

DeKalb County History Center will offer their seven week genealogy class virtually

DeKalb County History Center

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle editor

September 17, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb County History Center is offering their seven week Genealogy Class virtually at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting Sept. 22. It is open to all ages. Genealogist Julie Dresser will lead the class and provide hints, tips and tricks for genealogists, according to a DeKalb Count...

Safe Passage to showcase sexual violence art exhibit

Pick Museum

Jacob Baker, Reporter

September 16, 2020

DeKALB — Domestic violence agency Safe Passage will be hosting an art exhibit “Swept Under the Rug” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the NIU Pick Museum of Anthropology. They will showcase artwork and galleries from survivors of domestic and sexual violence to shed light on the impact of sexual vi...

Jonamac Orchard commemorates NIU’s 125th anniversary with annual corn maze

Jonamac Orchard

Jacob Baker, Reporter

September 13, 2020

In honor of NIU’s 125th anniversary, a commemorative corn maze opened Aug. 29 at Jonamac Orchard, and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Oct 31.  Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Road, has played a role in the community and with NIU over the years. Jonamac is a family-owned business with ...

Professors adapt to an online classroom

Empty classroom in Dusable

Colton Loeb, Reporter

September 11, 2020

DeKALB — As the semester begins, professors are faced with a landscape unlike previous semesters. With online learning accounting for many classes, teachers like Natalie Santiago, English instructor, find themselves managing classes behind a screen. “[Online learning] is my natural environment,” Santiag...

Alumna creates protective STEM gear for women

Courtesy of Beau Wangtrakuldee

Parker Otto, Reporter

September 10, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has become more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are a number of women in science who lack the necessary PPE that is made for women. With the high demand for PPE, one company named AmorSui, founded by NIU alumna Beau Wangtrakuldee, has...

Annual Kite Fest will take place Sunday

Annual Kite Fest will take place Sunday

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

September 10, 2020

DeKALB — The DeKalb Park District’s annual kite fest will be at 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at Kiwanis Park, Fairview Drive and S. Fourth St.  The event will be free and friendly for all ages. Participants must pre-register and choose a Kite Fest time slot, according to DeKalb Park District website. The eve...