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Janson connects with audience in DeKalb

Country artist Chris Janson smiles at the audience Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Jamie O'Toole, Columnist

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — Country artist Chris Janson kept it real with his fans in DeKalb on his Real Friends tour, telling personal anecdotes attached to his songs and personalizing what songs he played to the stories of his fans. His hospitality and gratitude diminished the separation between celebrity and fan. F...

Alpha Phi raises money for heart health at annual philanthropy event

A member of Alpha Phi presents a basket Saturday to a Red Dress Gala attendee at the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center.

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — A sea of red dresses and ribbons covered the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center for the annual Red Dress Gala, hosted by Alpha Phi’s Epsilon Delta chapter. The event was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and saw current members of the sorority, Alpha Phi alumnae and comm...

Steel drum duo to perform in DeKalb

Dylan Donnelly (left) and Todd Donnelly will perform 8:45 Friday at Stage Left by Hometown Bar & Grill, 241 E. Lincoln Highway.

Jamie O'Toole, Senior Reporter

February 28, 2020

Growing up, steel drummer Todd Donnelly was fascinated by the Carribean sound of steel drums, so he ventured in to forming a band and making his own music. His contagious passion rubbed off on his 2 sons, and on Friday he and his son Dylan Donnelly will perform in DeKalb. The duo will perform at 8:45 p.m....

Parker Otto, Senior Reporter

February 25, 2020

DeKALB — As Wednesday approaches, Christians of different denominations will participate in the tradition of Ash Wednesday. The Newman Catholic Student Center, 512 Normal Road, will be hosting five masses at 12:05, 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. for students to partake in. Ash Wednesday, as a Christian h...

Ellington’s menu gets an update

Ellington's menu gets an update

Jacob Baker, Reporter

February 25, 2020

DeKALB – NIU's student-run restaurant, Ellington's, will be featuring a vast selection of menus from February to April. Located in the Holmes Student Center, customers can experience a three-course meal from students getting hands-on experience through tourism, hospitality and dietetics and nutrition pr...

Chris Janson comes to DeKalb

Jamie O'Toole

February 23, 2020

DeKALB — A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Chris Janson, will be delivering his Real Friends Tour to DeKalb 7:30 p.m. Saturday providing a taste of his country music to fans.He will be performing at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.“[Janson is a] super, super high energy performer,” Jeanine Holcomb...

Alpha Phi plans Red Dress Gala

Kennedy Jones

February 23, 2020

DeKALB — The Alpha Phi sorority is hosting its annual philanthropy event, Red Dress Gala for Women’s Cardiac Care, 6 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. The event is a cocktail-style evening with a casino theme and will include appetizers, desserts, casino games and silent auctions.NIU is...

NIU celebrates National Eating Disorder Awareness week

Jamie O'Toole l Senior Reporter

February 21, 2020

Upon entering the residence halls around campus and the Holmes Student Center, students will find a display of mannequins accurately portraying faulty “ideal” body types that society has instilled in many people’s minds. The traveling display will lead up to the National Eating Disorder Awareness Fair...

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

Hometown Sports Bar & Grill to host rock-filled weekend

Parker Otto

February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Classic rock hits will be played at Hometown Sports Bar & Grill this weekend with the bands HiFi Superstar and Street Legal performing at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Stage Left by Hometown's Sports Bar & Grill music venue.Both groups will perform at Stage Left by H...

Egyptian Theatre historic seminar gives construction update

Parker Otto

February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Several features such as air-conditioning are being integrated into the 90-year-old structure as part of the current Egyptian Theatre’s expansion plan.The progress of the Egyptian Theatre’s ongoing expansion project was relayed to the general public by theater staff during a learning s...

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Paker Otto

February 18, 2020

Going to the theater is a special experience, and the feeling of seeing an engaging story play out on a large screen in the dark with no distractions is paradise. The 2020 spring semester brings several film events to students that they can use to broaden their horizons and experience film with others.T...

‘Changes’ shows how Bieber’s sound has changed

'Changes' shows how Bieber's sound has changed

Jamie O'Toole

February 18, 2020

Since Justin Bieber was 16, Beliebers have followed his life journey. As an adult, he has largely refrained from making his life public, keeping his relationship and marriage with Hailey Bieber fairly private. With his latest album, “Changes,” fans are able to revel in the Biebers’ love and have...