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Local artists find ways to keep music alive

The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, is continuing to serve its patrons by live streaming concerts.

Jamie O'Toole and Quentin Wilson

March 27, 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, concerts and gigs have been canceled to avoid further spread of the virus. This has caused income and exposure for developing musicians to come to a halt, but they’re getting creative with keeping music alive until COVID-19 blows over. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker annou...

College of Visual and Performing Arts modifies schedule

Students work on class projects March 4 in the Jack Arends Building.

Northern Star Staff

March 16, 2020

DeKALB — The College of Visual and Performing Arts announced Friday that multiple events would be canceled or rescheduled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. In the School of Music, all recitals and other events from March 16 through March 24 have been canceled. Most other events after Ma...

TikTok changes music industry

TikTok changes music industry

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

March 14, 2020

The popular social app TikTok made its appearance in 2017 but exploded in 2019, shortly after the death of Vine. Taking Vine’s place as a platform for making short, funny videos, TikTok has blossomed into an app used for making quick dance routines and relatable comedy videos to appropriate song lyrics....

Egyptian Theatre postpones two performances, cancels one

Egyptian Theatre postpones two performances, cancels one

Northern Star Staff

March 13, 2020

The Egyptian Theatre has postponed the Wizard of Oz and Swan Lake performances by the Beth Fowler School of Dance that were scheduled to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Rhythms of the Dance performance on Tuesday has also been canceled, according to a Friday Egyptian Theatre news release...

Dollar Shave Club provides worth-while subscription experience

Dollar Shave Club provides worth-while subscription experience

Parker Otto, Columnist

March 11, 2020

For students looking for high quality, cheaper grooming products, Dollar Shave Club is one subscription that shouldn’t be overlooked. The subscription service offers a wide range of products besides those meant for shaving including shower, oral care, hair care, deodorant and skin care. There are a few way...

Ways to enjoy spring break on a budget

Ways to enjoy spring break on a budget

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

March 11, 2020

Visit the Chicago Poetry Foundation An hour from NIU, the largest poetry collection in the world, 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, is completely free, and there's events being held every other day. Throughout the week of spring break there will be: The center is organizing “Li...

‘The Lodge’ review: cabin fever horror at its best

Lia McHugh at the 2019 San Diego Comi Con International in San Diego. She plays Mia in

Jacob Baker, Columnist

March 8, 2020

The creative minds behind 2014’s “Goodnight Mommy” are back with a new psychological horror film, “The Lodge.” The film successfully drags the viewer into the horrific reality of its world, making them question their own sanity. Riley Keough plays Grace, soon-to-be stepmom of two kids, Aiden, p...

Music events to attend in and around DeKalb

Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm

Jacob Baker, Reporter

March 5, 2020

DeKALB — In the coming months, venues around Illinois will feature several music shows that range from Celtic rock to experimental metal bands. The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will be hosting Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. "It's 10 days before St. Patrick's Day, a...

Try a Snack Roundup to eat healthier

Try granola bars instead of Ritz cheese crackers.

Kennedy Jones, Contributor

March 4, 2020

Eating healthy isn’t easy, especially in college. Students are constantly busy juggling school, work and social lives, which leads to a lot of on-the-go snacks. It’s important for young adults to provide themselves with quality healthy food items. There are many healthy snacks students can have on...

Fatty’s to host fundraiser for cheer team

Fatty's to host fundraiser for cheer team

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

March 4, 2020

DeKALB — Since NIU cut athletic funds in 2017, the cheer team has been considered a club. In an effort to assist the team in affording its trip to nationals, Fatty’s Pub & Grille and the cheer club will team up to host a fundraiser on Thursday for locals and students to donate. The fundraiser, at 1...

Free Fitness Friday has ‘something for everybody’

NIU student Blake Clakston lifts weights Monday at the Recreation Center weight training room.

Jacob Baker, Contributor

March 3, 2020

DeKALB — For those looking for a fitness outlet, Recreation and Wellness is hosting a selection of fitness activities for free to all students, faculty, staff members and community members. Free Fitness Friday will be at 4:30 p.m. every Friday from March 20 to April 24 at the Student Recreation Cente...

Pop Smoke leaves rap legacy

Pop Smoke leaves rap legacy

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

March 2, 2020

On Feb. 19,  20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in his West Hollywood home. Although his career was short, the young rapper left behind an immense legacy that will positively impact the rap industry for years to come. Pop Smoke’s career made a breakthrough in 2019, with five scattered ...