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‘Birth Matters’ event brings to light natural birth as an alternative

By Zach Brictson | April 5, 2011

DeKALB | Not every child has to be born in a hospital. An expo brought attention to natural living and holistic approaches to child birth Saturday at the House Cafe. The free event, ‘Birth Matters: A Whole Life Event', was open to the public and consisted...

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Amitabh Pal, managing editor of Progressive Magazine, speaks about violence in Islam Wednesday night at Hertiage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Islam stands for peace, says Progressive magazine editor

By Candice Beasley | March 9, 2011

"Islam has a very strong strand of peace," said Amitabh Pal, managing editor of Progressive magazine. Pal spoke about his first book titled "Islam Means Peace," and also touched on some misinterpretations of Islam Wednesday evening. DeKalb Interfaith...

Study space series: Holmes Student Center provides more than one option

Study space series: Holmes Student Center provides more than one option

By Kyla Gardner | March 9, 2011

Don't exhale just yet; it's still midterms week. You've got plenty of time to log some study hours. Follow the Northern Star through its weekly installment of the best study spaces on campus and around DeKalb to find a place to hunker down with your textbooks,...

Overnight at the museum: natural history museum to host family event

By Meaghen Harms | March 9, 2011

The Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., will have a night of adventure and learning for people of all ages. The museum will host "Family Overnight at the Museum" on Saturday and Sunday. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. "This is...

Sycamore School District 427 cuts programs to help balance the budget

By Thomas Verschelde | March 8, 2011

DeKALB | Sycamore School District 427 will cut a total of 35 staff positions and three programs, effective next school year. Two of the programs that will get cut include intramural sports and the Spartan Academy, a summer school program for kindergarten...

No debate: NIU Forensics team takes third place in state

By Eric Beesley | March 8, 2011

DeKALB | The NIU Forensics Team placed third in the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensic Association's state tournament last weekend. "I think this is the best the team has done in probably 10 years," said NIU Forensics coach Judy Santacaterina. The team...

Local lodge’s unity helps out community

By Danny Cozzi | March 2, 2011

An organization begun as a fraternity has grown into a nationwide fraternal institute. Though you may have never heard of it, the DeKalb Elks Lodge, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road, is a part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, a nationwide...

Jazz up your workout to get in shape

By Meaghan Harms | March 2, 2011

Those looking for a fun way to get in shape without the usual routine of normal exercise need to look no further than Jazzercise Sycamore Fitness Center, 1210 E. State St.. The fitness center will host two events this month, the first of which is a twelve-week...

Sales blossom on Valentine’s Day

By Alex Fiore | February 8, 2011

DeKALB | This Valentine's Day, students will stop to smell the roses. Not to mention the carnations, lilies, and an assortment of other flowers. Local florists are preparing for the Valentine's Day rush, when NIU students come looking for the perfect...

Alternative options for a date with a ‘case of the Mondays’

By Candice Beasley | February 8, 2011

DeKalb | With Valentine's Day falling on a Monday, some may find trouble planning something special because of school or work. For those not wanting a traditional Valentine's Day date, there are other options. This year, from 5 to 8 p.m., White Castle,...