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(From Left) Trent Snyder, Will Kirby, Billy Kokinis, Danny Cozzi, Jeremey Orbach, Clayton Mutert, Adam McNeil and Patrick Price perform a capella in Stevenson dining hall, October 25, 2011.

Huskie Hunks to perform

By Beth Schumacher | March 7, 2013

If you can’t get enough a cappella, you’re in luck. NIU’s very own a cappella group, Huskie Hunks, will be performing 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the NIU school of music, Room 173. A cappella is when a person or group sings without instrumental accompaniment....

Fraternity to host body building and figure competiton

By Beth Schumacher | March 5, 2013

Phi Kappa Sigma is hosting its annual Greek Physique competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. After months of dedication, student competitors get the chance to show off as they compete in a men’s body building and women’s...

Essentials to keep in your bookbag

By Beth Schumacher | February 25, 2013

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of items for my book bag, which I’ve become very dependent on. With help from my trusty bag, I feel unstoppable and prepared for the day. Here’s what I’ve learned. In terms of school supplies, carry a small...

‘Harlem Shake’ sensation comes to NIU

By Beth Schumacher | February 19, 2013

Other universities have made “Harlem Shake” videos. Now it’s NIU’s turn. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Harlem Shake,” here’s how it goes: The video starts out with 15 seconds of “normality” in a public setting, like a cafeteria or...

Make quality meals in the microwave

By Beth Schumacher | February 18, 2013

College students are busy, and that’s nothing new. Chances are you don’t have time to make breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and the dining hall doesn’t always match your schedule. At this point, the microwave has become your best friend. You...

Recipes to make your Valentines Day sweet

Recipes to make your Valentine’s Day sweet

By Beth Schumacher | February 13, 2013

Whether you’re single or in a committed relationship, Valentine’s Day is always good for one thing: sweets. It’s hard to resist the candy and baking aisles at the grocery store around this time of year. Why not impress your friends and/or significant...

Vending machines deserve your respect

By Beth Schumacher | February 5, 2013

Getting kicked, shaken, pushed around, and having money shoved in your nostril (money slot) is probably not something you want to experience every day. This is an average day for Morty, the Founder’s Memorial Library vending machine. “It’s not easy,...

‘Warm Bodies’ brings to life zombie flicks

By Beth Schumacher | February 5, 2013

I am not a zombie fan. The thought of a zombie apocalypse scares me and yes, I do have an escape plan. However, the latest zombie movie, “Warm Bodies,” had me laughing from start to finish. The novel’s author, Isaac Marion, and director Jonathan...

New Kids on the Block returns to the music scene

By Beth Schumacher | February 4, 2013

Lyte Funky Ones (LFO) was right: New Kids On The Block did indeed have a bunch of hits. Let’s discuss this. Once upon a time, there was a boy band that created chart-topping music. This was a time before One Direction, *NSYNC and even the Backstreet...

Mark Gardner,MFA graduate student, (in white) as Husz, and BFA student Matt Yee (seated) as The Devil perform in the School of Theatre and Dances new production Bright Room Called Day, which will be opening on January 1st.

‘A Bright Room Called Day’ explores political themes

By Beth Schumacher | January 30, 2013

The School of Theatre and Dance catalyzes political and personal thought in the upcoming production of “A Bright Room Called Day.” The play will run 7:30 p.m. today until Feb. 10 at the Players Theatre in the Stevens Building. Sunday’s show starts...

Drinks to keep you warm through the winter

Drinks to keep you warm through the winter

By Beth Schumacher | January 28, 2013

Below-freezing temperatures call for a hot cup of something delicious. An inch of ice on the ground is an even bigger motivator to have your coffee pots and tea kettles rarin’ to go at 7 a.m. Although cream and sugar have become a coffee drinker’s...

‘Mama’ brings chills and thrills

By Beth Schumacher | January 21, 2013

Over the last couple of years, movies of the horror genre have been failing at doing their job: scaring the audience. The latest Guillermo del Toro film, “Mama,” was released in theaters Friday. I’m happy to report, the Paranormal Activity series...