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A young woman sitting and reading on a bench in front of a pond. The bench is in the park next to the Engineering Building, one of the best outside study spots at NIU.

The great outdoors can be pretty great

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | March 9, 2023

As the warmer weather inches closer, moving our study time into the great outdoors proves to be beneficial for our minds and bodies.  Human beings aren’t wired to be indoors 24/7. Take advantage of the spring weather and feel the sun. Going outside...

The Sycamore High School Jazz Band on stage during Jazz at the Egyptian. The band was one of three to receive an $1,000 donation from the Egyptian Theatre.

Egyptian Theatre donates to local ensembles

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | March 9, 2023

On Feb. 4, The Egyptian Theatre hosted its sixth annual Jazz at the Egyptian concert. The event included performances by the DeKalb and Sycamore high school jazz ensembles, the Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz in Progress, a local...

The Office for Undocumented Student Support is located in the Peters Campus Life Building, Room 230. The office is hosting a night poetry workshop in the Holmes Student Center on March 22.

Undocumented Student Resource Center to host poetry workshop

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | March 8, 2023

Storytelling is at the heart of the human experience. Angélica Maria Aguilera, a latina musician and writer known for highlighting the power of latina women, will be holding a poetry workshop at NIU. Angélica Maria is known for holding a number of...

Womens History Month written on a March 2023 calendar in front of a wood background.

Women’s History Month event calendar

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | March 2, 2023

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these upcoming events at NIU, presented by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. March 1-3, 2023: "Women's history is..." photo series Students can have their photo taken and talk about what women’s history...

The Ellwood Mansion on a sunny March day. The estate is home to guided tours, including an upcoming tour Saturday.

Concerts, plays and a Tudor-style house tour Saturday

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | March 2, 2023

Escape the chilly weather and watch some performances or take a tour of an 1898 mansion.   Jean-Marc Fessard Guest Clarinet Recital From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at NIU’s music building, Jean-Marc Fessard, Armand Fessard and Minjung Kim will perform...

The Spring Pops Concert compositions will include Overture to Candide, Waltz from Sleeping Beauty and March from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra to host concert

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | March 1, 2023

DeKALB – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be holding a Spring Pops Concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in the Bountel Memorial Concert Hall located in the NIU music building The show will feature compositions from Leonard...

An alter to nats stored in the Pick Museum of Anthropology.

To be or “Nat” to be – a look into Burmese spirituality

By Anika Haley, Lifestyle Writer | March 1, 2023

As a part of a lecture series hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine Raymond, a professor in art history and the director of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU, gave the lecture “Healing while Performing the Ritual to the Burmese...

Fred Hampton giving a speech during protest outside of a courthouse in Chicago.

Egyptian Theatre hosts ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ screening, discussion

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 1, 2023

Editor’s Note: The following piece contains spoilers about the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.” “Judas and the Black Messiah” is a powerful and raw film unlike any other story told about the Civil Rights Movement.  A screening of the...

At 8 p.m. Friday, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will be host to Gaelic Storm, a Celtic style band. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Gaelic Storm band play Egyptian Theatre Friday

By Daniel Massa, Lifestlye Writer | February 28, 2023

DeKALB – At 8:00 p.m. Friday, the Celtic band Gaelic Storm, well-known for their music in the 1997 “Titanic” film, will be performing live at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb. Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band founded in 1996 by Patrick Murphy...

The stage covered in rocking chairs and side tables set up for in a word.

‘in a word’ blends heartfelt comedy with tragedy

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | February 28, 2023

The theater becomes silent as a spotlight shines down on a woman rocking back and forth in a rocking chair.  The rest of the room is dark, the focus being on her face which looks distant, as if she’s in her own world, remembering something. The...

The pickup basketball games will be held at the NIU Recreation Center.

NIU to host faculty, staff pickup basketball games

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 24, 2023

NIU will be hosting pickup basketball games where attendees can join NIU staff and faculty members. The basketball games will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Recreation Center. All ages are welcome to attend the event and can participate...

NIU womens basketball team huddled in a circle before the game on Feb. 18 against Ball State. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

DeKalb day planner: Feb. 25

By Michael Mollsen, News Editor | February 22, 2023

Get out of the house this Saturday and enjoy all that DeKalb has to offer! Baila Conmigo: Bachata From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, the DeKalb Public Library will be hosting an hour long class on the popular Latin dance Bachata. Those who attend will...