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The Center for Black Studies offers a Black Studies minor and several programs for Black students. The center creates a safe space for NIUs diverse student body for the past 50 years.

Associate Director: ‘If you don’t have a diverse faculty, you can further systemic racism’

By Parker Otto | February 25, 2022
NIU has a diverse student body but does not have the staff to match it. A more diverse staff would make college life more comfortable for students and more welcoming.

It’s time for fans to embrace NIU’s men’s basketball team

By Mike Knapp | February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team is on one of its hottest runs in years, and the community is beginning to notice.The Huskies’ six-game winning streak is the longest in Mid-American Conference play in school history. If the season ended today,...

Junior Chris Johnson prepares to take a free throw Jan. 28 during NIUs 61-59 win over Ohio University at the Convocation Center.

McCarty comes up in the clutch again for the Huskies against Ohio University

By Mike Knapp | January 29, 2020

DeKALB — When a game reaches crunch time, it doesn’t hurt to get the basketball in the hands of someone who has been there a few times before.Senior forward Noah McCarty fits that description.When it came time to deliver against the Ohio University...

R. Kelly explodes during interview, further damaging his reputation

By Peter Zemeske | March 20, 2019

Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly has brought himself further grief in addition to his sexual assault allegations filed against him after exploding in the March 8 interview with CBS’s Gayle King. The interview brought out an aggressive side of Kelly that...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...

the cannabis leaf and judge gavel

US drug laws are far too strict on marijuana

By Chris Grask | October 28, 2018

Opioids are running roughshod over the American populace, and the cure grows from the ground in the form of cannabis. The plant fails to grow because the U.S. government refuses to utilize its full potential and would much rather stick to the same old...

Northern Television Center hosts ‘Anchor Night’

By Lauren Dielman | April 18, 2012

Students got the chance to go behind the scenes of broadcast journalism during Anchor Night at the Northern Television Center (NTC) Monday. Allen May, general manager of broadcast news at NTC, and Jorge Rodas, junior journalism major, began the night...

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...

The Munsters escape from TV Land

By Jerene-Elise Nall | August 28, 2011

As with any of our favorite reruns, The Munsters has managed to entertain more than one crop of TV junkies. When I heard that NBC had this CBS classic in the early stages of a remake, I was immediately both doubtful and intrigued. Is it possible to resurrect...

The good, the bad and the ugly of this fall’s drama line-up

By Phil Case | October 14, 2010

To Blog It May Concern: Here is my rundown of the dramas in this year's lineup. NBC: The Good: Ugh. For lack of anything better right now, I will say Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Wednesday, 8 p.m.) just because it's currently the only drama...

Previewing TV’s fall line up: Comedy Edition

By Phil Case | October 11, 2010

Dear Blog, After subjecting myself to premiere after premiere over the last few weeks in an effort to establish a nightly schedule that requires my constant presence on the couch, I think I am ready to publicly present my preliminary opinions on the new...