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CampusBird app offers campus navigation tools

By Brennan Schneider | November 24, 2014

An interactive map launched today on NIU’s website,, will allow users to navigate campus from home or when on the go.The $20,000 software, known as CampusBird, offers overhead and street views of NIU’s DeKalb campus through 14 filter...

3-D printing a ‘revolution:’ STEM Outreach

By Brennan Schneider | November 19, 2014

A 14-year-old boy at a science fair used 3-D printing to make a prosthetic limb for a girl after he learned her parents had paid $80,000 for one.Federico Sciammarella, an associate professor of mechanical engineering speaking at Tuesday’s 3-D Printing...

Greek Row gets lights to improve security

By Brennan Schneider | November 11, 2014

Sixteen lighting fixtures will be added to Greek Row in an effort to improve safety in the area.The lights are expected to be installed over Thanksgiving or winter break so the streets will be clear of students’ cars, said 1st ward Alderman David Jacobson....

Senior biology major Tymeka Branch collects her ballot from election judge Toney Xidis Tuesday at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

DeKalb’s midterm turnout falls

By Brennan Schneider | November 5, 2014

DeKalb County saw a slight decrease in voter turnout for midterms, moving from 51 percent turnout in 2010 to 49 percent for Election Day Tuesday.In the 2010 midterms, 57,102 people were registered to vote and only 29,197 voted. This election, 58,482 people...

Voter turnout falls in DeKalb, Johnson walks away clerk

By Brennan Schneider | November 5, 2014

Douglas Johnson was the winner of the 2014 country clerk midterm elections.Johnson received 16013, or 58.4 percent, votes to win. Johnson said he was pleased with the result despite lower turnout than DeKalb saw in the 2010 midterm.“I was very pleased...

Barbed Wire Betties team members practice during a scrimmage match Oct. 4, 2013, at Kishwaukee YMCA, 2500 W. Bethany Road. The Betties raised money to buy a roller derby track so they can host home meets at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. The first home match is Nov. 8.

Barbed Wire Betties host 1st home bout

By Brennan Schneider | October 28, 2014

The Barbed Wire Betties are coming home for the first time to challenge the DuPage Derby Dames next week.The Betties will play their first home bout 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. A 10,000-pound roller derby track will be...

Students help out Chicago Marathon runners

By Brennan Schneider | October 13, 2014

Students waited at the Chicago Marathon finish line to help the more than 40,000 runners who participated in the race Sunday.Amanda Santucci and Megan Haduch, sophomore communicative disorders major and members of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society,...

Second Ward Alderman

Alderman remembers Homecoming fondly

By Brennan Schneider | October 6, 2014

Bill Finucane, 2nd ward alderman and alumnus, fondly remembers the year he drove former Bear Ron Rivera during a Homecoming parade.Finucane came to DeKalb in fall 1970, graduated from NIU in 1984 and received his master’s in 1991. Finucane said the...