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Connor Rice

November 10, 2011

"Champagne comedy:" That's how Neil Hamburger describes an evening of his special brand of humor. The joke being, of course, that he is nowhere near as classy as a glass of champagne might be. Nor as funny. "We've got over a thousand jokes to draw from over the course of my show," he said. "Jokes that I'...

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

Connor Rice

November 9, 2011

This is part two of a multi-week series chronicling columnist Connor Rice's experiences during No Shave November 2011. If a beard grows on a quiet man, does it really count? I've always been introverted in school settings. Even if I have full comprehension of a lesson, and there is something I can add to...

DAYGLOW set to paint the Convo red

Alex Fiore

November 9, 2011

Paint it, black. Or red. Or yellow or purple or any color you like next semester. The NIU Convocation Center, 1525 Lincoln Highway, announced via press release Wednesday it will host DAYGLOW, the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Paint Party," on Feb. 25. DAYGLOW is a rave/concert/dance party hybrid,...

Top 5 online time-wasters

Aurora Schnorr

November 9, 2011

"Have internet, will procrastinate" is my motto. Paper and project deadlines are stacking up almost as high as the pile of reading I need to catch up on, and yet it seems there is always something more interesting than homework. As college students, most of us become artists of procrastination, and ...

Novembeard lacks focus

Dan Martynowicz

November 8, 2011

No Shave November is a celebration of testicular fortitude, manliness, grizzly-bear-wrestling-capability, civil disobedience and testosterone. For the entire month of November, men of all ages choose not to shave. Why? Well, let’s be honest, I made all those reasons up. The event has no clear purpose...

Confessions of a picky eater

Confessions of a picky eater

Chelsey Boutan

November 8, 2011

As I looked into my refrigerator, I grimaced at the sight of a bag filled with what a picky eater like me dreads most - broccoli.I didn't want to eat the broccoli but I was determined to fulfill the promise I made to Martha O'Gorman, coordinator of nutrition programming at Campus Recreation. During my ...

Cheap birthday dessert succeeds on many layers

Sarah Contreras

Sarah Contreras

November 7, 2011

When you're a poor college student eager to impress others, it can be difficult to throw a party and stay within your meager budget.It being my birthday Saturday, I decided that instead of doing the usual "going out and spending a ton on Malibu and Cokes," it would be nicer to invite my friends over ...

Boots, boots, boots rockin’ everywhere

Senior sociology major Samantha Carlson shows off her boots.

Melissa McKenna

November 7, 2011

In this blistering winter season, there's only one thing that truly guarantees a warm trek across campus: boots. In the snow and through the biting cold wind, a sturdy pair of boots is exactly what one needs to avoid these unfortunate hypothermic temperatures. Don't surrender to the puffy layering th...

“The Buried Life,” fulfilling dreams in DeKalb

Duncan Penn (left) and Ben Nemtin (right) watch a video of
fellow cast member and friend Dave Lingwood run across a soccer
field naked to cross #50, streak a field, off of their bucket list
at the Duke Ellington Ballroom Friday night.

Jerene-Elise Nall

November 6, 2011

The boys of MTV's The Buried Life brought their Megatour to NIU Friday to share their experiences with crossing items off bucket lists and to ask students: What do you want to do before you die? Their story, though buried itself in excessive T-shirt giveaways and excessively bad dance music, was surprisin...

Singer Darius Rucker more than ‘alright’ at the Convo

Melissa Mastrogiovanni

November 6, 2011

Thank God for all he missed because watching Darius Rucker take the stage at the NIU Convocation Center, "it all made perfect sense." Thompson Square kicked off the concert Saturday with some "Rock N' Roll" energy with their rendition of a Led Zeppelin classic. Thompson Square also performed their own ...

‘The Rum Diary’ needs less sheen, more ‘fear, loathing’

Ross Hettell

November 3, 2011

Hunter S. Thompson once wrote a book, forgot about it and published it years later. It was called The Rum Diary, and now it's a major motion picture. The Rum Diary is set in the 1960s and follows Paul Kemp (played by Johnny Depp), a journalist from New York who has a slight problem "at the upper end of s...

The Breakup Breakdown: Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel

The Breakup Breakdown: Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel

Sarah Contreras

November 3, 2011

News broke Wednesday that indie music's most adorable couple, Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard, have opted for a divorce. Upon hearing this, you may have been shocked. You may have shed a tear. You may have decided you are never going to believe in love again because if they can't make it, who on Gaia's...