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William Baker, junior undecided major, dresses in drag as Ana
Dior at the D.R.A.G. Show Thursday night in the Duke Ellington
Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

Wigs off to the drag show

By Aurora Schnorr | October 21, 2011

The Duke Ellington Ballroom's disco ball hung proudly Thursday night as Campus Activity Board hosted the D.R.A.G Show as one of many events on campus in honor of LGBT History Month. The university has shown acceptance and support of its lesbian, gay,...

Derek Smith of Pretty Lights, a genre of dubstep, performs live
at the Convocation Center Thursday night.

Pretty Lights preforms beautifully at the Convocation Center

By Alex Fiore | October 7, 2011

"For a tour based on an album named Lasers, I was just hoping the light show would be a little more creative than colored spotlights and a series of blinding strobe lights."That's what my fellow Scene columnist Aurora Schnorr wrote in review of the Lupe...

NIU ‘outdoorsman’ helps students experience the wilderness

By Aurora Schnorr | October 5, 2011

On the outside, junior geology major Keith Gortowski may seem like just another NIU student, but this guy might be the closest thing NIU has to Bear Grylls. When Gortowski first came to NIU, he was looking for a group in which he could release his inner...

Lupe Fiasco performs for a crowd at the NIU Convocation Center
Tuesday night. Fiascos stop in DeKalb was part of his Lasers

Fiasco at Convocation Center: Rapper draws a crowd at campus arena

By Aurora Schnorr | October 5, 2011

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco, rocked the NIU Convocation Center Tuesday night.The arena was packed with fans as Fiasco took the stage to perform songs from his new album Lasers. But the show wasn't all about Lasers.The tour marks...

‘I call you an a**hole’

By Aurora Schnorr | September 11, 2011

You've been standing outside in the hot sun for hours, waiting for your favorite band to come on stage. The moment is finally here, and just as the lights come up, the girl in front of you decides to climb up on her friend's shoulders. Or maybe, if you...

David Coleman, The Dating Doctor, gives students dating advice in
the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center

I’ll have what she’s having: ‘Real Hitch’ on romantic comedies

By Aurora Schnorr | August 30, 2011

"I realize I look more like Kevin James than Will Smith," David Coleman began his presentation in the Duke Ellington Ballroom on Tuesday night. Regardless of his appearance, Coleman is the "real-life Hitch." And yes, that means the movie was actually...

Meghan Connell | Northern Star John Balsleys Fallen is on
display at the In the House: Sculptures for the Home gallery
located in the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall 116.

Sculpture not all monuments and mountains

By Aurora Schnorr | August 23, 2011

DeKALB | The Fall exhibition "In the House: Sculpture for the Home," opened this week at the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall. Displayed among two other exhibitions ("In the Studio and Garden" and "On the Body and In the Hand") "In the House" is in stiff...

New York indie rockers bear it all

By Aurora Schnorr | July 12, 2011

DeKALB | From a one-man dorm room project to getting back at a romantic competitor, Bear Hands has grown into a four-man tour-de-force in the indie world. Bear Hands, made up of Dylan Rau, bassist Val Loper, Ted Feldman on guitar, and drummer TJ Orscher,...

Comedy Night to make DeKalb school funding a laughing matter

By Aurora Schnorr | March 7, 2011

DeKALB | A laugh a day keeps the budget crisis away? This Friday night, the DeKalb Education Foundation is hosting its 19th annual Comedy Night at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. This night of laughs is one of the foundation's biggest fundraisers....

Students get up, stand up for presentations on rebel music

By Aurora Schnorr | December 1, 2010

What do Curtis Mayfield and Israeli Nationalists have in common? They both fall under the classification of “rebel music.” A small group of students and assorted faculty attended the Rebel Music Conference on Wednesday. The conference consisted of...

International art education professor discussed art, design

By Aurora Schnorr | November 16, 2010

DeKALB | Rachel Mason gave a lecture entitled “The Case for Integrating Art and Design” Tuesday night in room 110 of Jack Arends Hall. Mason, who is a professor of art education at Roehampton University in London, delivered her lecture to a room of...