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Take up a long term video game in your free time this semester

Take up a long term video game in your free time this semester

Jacob Baker, Columnist

August 7, 2020

With the university transitioning to online and hybrid classes, students are going to spend a lot more time away from campus. With that extra time, it’s an excellent opportunity to pick up a long-running video game franchise.    FromSoftware Games  Game developer FromSoftware has garnered an abundan...

Dominic Fike uncovers his life in fame with first studio album

Dominic Fike uncovers his life in fame with first studio album

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

August 3, 2020

Diving into his first studio album after mere demo tapes that impressed the industry enough to nail him a solid multi-million record deal early in his career, Dominic Fike delivers a rebuttal against fame, an inside look into how washed up he's become by it in “What Could Possibly Go Wrong,” rel...

Egyptian Theatre launches COVID-19 relief fund

Egyptian Theatre launches COVID-19 relief fund

Colton Loeb, Reporter

July 30, 2020

DeKALB The Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb has launched a COVID-19 relief fund to help with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a July 20 news release.  To date the theater has cancelled or postponed more than 50 events with more than 20 groups, all due to COVID-19, according ...

Comic Club creates booklet for charity

Courtesy of Comic Club

Jacob Baker, Reporter

July 29, 2020

NIU’s Comic Club is holding a charity event until July 31 that features a limited release booklet full of comics and art from students at NIU. All proceeds go to the Black Art Futures Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Charity organizer and the head of the Comic Club ...

MasterClass is looking like a great investment to stay studious at home

MasterClass is looking like a great investment to stay studious at home

Parker Otto, Columnist

July 26, 2020

Learning is something I never get tired of, regardless of the topic. In my world, a perfect day is a visit to a museum, watching a documentary and reading a good book. So, despite being forced home during the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoying my summer break, I still felt a longing to learn. For this ur...

TikTok users create boundaries for music by deceased artists

Tyumen, Russia - January 21, 2020: TikTok and Facebook application  on screen Apple iPhone XR

Jacob Baker, Columnist

July 24, 2020

TikTok culture has blown up to mammoth proportions since 2019. The app has spawned countless memes, dance videos and has spotlighted new music of all genres. With the release of posthumus albums by Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD, TikTok users advocated to keep their new music from being the next dance trend...

‘Palm Springs’ film review

Palm Springs

Parker Otto, Columnist

July 22, 2020

It’s fair to say that any film that has the words “comedy” and “time-loop” attached to it will be compared to the 1993 comedy classic “Groundhog Day.” “Palm Springs," a Hulu Original film directed by Max Barbakow, was released July 10 and is a film from the same vein dealing with both...

The 7th annual Family Fun Fest will be a drive-thru

Hopkins Park

Jacob Baker, Reporter

July 20, 2020

A drive through Hopkins Park will provide families of all ages with a free opportunity to take home fun games and activities, while also learning about local businesses this Tuesday.  Family Fun Fest will be held this Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Rd., with a new drive-...

Where is your skateboard taking you?

Jamie O'Toole, Lifestyle Editor

July 18, 2020

When kids, teens, even college students were forced to stay indoors to avoid the global pandemic, there was free time to pick up a new hobby, and without guilt, take more time to enjoy the finer things in life. As skateboarding and roller skating became a larger trend, many decided to pick up a board...

School of Theater and Dance to host virtual open mic night

Courtesy of SOTD

Colton Loeb, Reporter

July 9, 2020

DeKALB — The School of Theater and Dance’s Student Advisory Committee is hosting an open mic night 7 p.m. Friday via Zoom titled Black Art Matters. The School of Theater and Dance wants to use its platform not only to help black voices to be heard in the theater community but also to influenc...

Off Da Wire jewelry gives back to communities

Courtesy of Margo Poole

Parker Otto, Reporter

July 9, 2020

As businesses have begun to open up in Phases Three and Four, more local businesses have been seeing support from their communities. One of these businesses is Off Da Wire Jewelry Designs which has been working on unique designs since October 2010. Founded by Margo Poole, Off Da Wire Jewelry Designs is an online...

Finding comfort in the chords: Midcoast

Courtesy of Midcoast

Jacob Baker, Reporter

July 6, 2020

During social distancing, Illinois band Midcoast, that plays indie rock with a fusion of R&B and funk, has found difficulties in recording, but has found creativity in making music and discovering new albums and songs.  Midcoast started playing together in early 2019 with Shayla Chaichalad on vocal...