Northern Star

How do you remember 9/11?

Greg Feltes

September 9, 2004

Saturday marks the three-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. Roger Biles, a visiting professor of history, said Sept. 11 is one of the few days in modern history that can define a generation. “People of my generation always remember where they were when they heard of the ...

Twang mixes with bit of thang

Jessica Coello

September 8, 2004

Welcome back to Playback! This week’s CD comes from senior media studies major Laura Houston. Houston is from Belleville and likes to party in St. Louis. Houston interned at a radio station this summer, where she got to meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, among other celebrities. Country is Houston...

Hot tub and volleyball make crib cool

Matt Knutson

September 7, 2004

From MTV to NIU, Cribs is in the house... literally. Throughout the semester Sweeps will delve into the dopest domiciles that NIU students inhabit. This week we visited the home of NIU students Adam Stavros, Jason Wheeler, Dave Janczewski and James Grahovac and found that it housed some phat features. T...

Floor hits the party scene

Casey Toner

September 2, 2004

Cara’s Big Game Big game for NIU Sept. 11. Bigger game for Cara Zamora, a freshman special education major. The fight between two Illinois slacker schools, NIU and Southern Illinois University, kicks off the Huskies’ home schedule. Three weeks or so before game time, Zamora started practicing tr...

Variety key to a good mix

Jessica Coello

September 1, 2004

It’s time again for playback. This week’s playback comes courtesy of Chris McBride, a junior music education major from Homewood. McBride, a musician himself, performs at various clubs in Homewood and downtown Chicago, including the Velvet Lounge. The last concert Chris attended was a free showing ...

Wink and nudge required?

Greg Feltes

August 31, 2004

Last week’s photo poll on liberal bias in the media provoked quite a response from readers and polarized the entire campus. In case you missed it, I randomly polled five people to find out if they thought the media was liberally biased. None saw any problem with the “fourth estate.” It should ha...

Models assist with dating

Matt Knutson

August 30, 2004

Editor’s Note: From time to time, Sweeps will be introducing you to the vibrant personalities that embody 60115. These people are truly DeKalb characters... Three NIU students blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit parlayed their summer experience into a well-selling calendar featuring the sexiest ma...

Sociological meaning of Sox vs. Cubs

Mark Pietrowski

August 27, 2004

Chicago has its own version of the Civil War every baseball season as the south side “good guys in black” and the north side “losers deemed lovable” struggle to make the playoffs and satisfy their rabid fan bases. Editor’s Note: The White Sox don’t actually have a rabid fan base if you l...

Welcome to the floor of Grant 4A

Casey Toner

August 26, 2004

Beat reporting depends on the relationships and knowledge derived from covering a single topic extensively. As an experiment in journalism, we decided to bring that concept to the residence halls. Instead of government, we will focus on ordinary people like you and me. I plan to chronicle their live...

Guitar rock glides across space

Jessica Coello

August 25, 2004

It’s time again for playback. This week’s installment comes from Kyle Hershberger. Hershberger is a freshman biochemistry major from Cary, but originally hails from Kentucky. He misses his friends and family back home, but enjoys DeKalb and all it has to offer. Due to his tastes in music of the 1...

Is there a liberal bias in the media?

Greg Feltes

August 24, 2004

Editor’s note: Every Tuesday until the Nov. 2 elections, Sweeps will take on the local, state and national political scene with its own unique perspective. With most polls showing the race for the White House as a dead heat, the impact of media coverage has never been greater. There remains some doub...

Local artist graffiti’s it up

Greg Feltes

August 23, 2004

A.J. Solorio is one of DeKalb’s most prominent artists, but his work is rarely featured on conventional canvases. Instead, the 31-year-old small-business owner favors electric guitars, T-shirts and even boats as his media of choice. Solorio, who bills himself as a glorified graffiti artist, opened...