Northern Star

NIU alumnus talks about launching, being on MTV

NIU alumnus Alex Broches recently appeared on an episode of
MTV's True Life titled

Chelsey Boutan

November 30, 2011

It has been Alex Broches' and his family's goal for years to save enough money to buy a home together. But when the 23-year-old NIU graduate decided to start an academic website for college students, he borrowed $10,000 that his family saved for a down payment on a house. He reassured them he'd pay the...

Sycamore man makes the tiger blood cut

Dave Gong

March 29, 2011

DeKALB | Alex Broches, founder of the social networking site, is one of three Illinois finalists in actor Charlie Sheen's Tiger Blood internship. Broches, 23, is a Sycamore resident and recent graduate of NIU. The internship is a paid eight-week internship, during which the intern wil...

Speed networking helps local businesses

Local business members meet at O'Leary's Irish Pub and Grill Tuesday evening during a speed networking event put on by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. The event was hosted by O'Leary's as well as Kishwaukee Community College.

Melissa Mastrogiovanni

October 14, 2010

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce held its second Speed Networking After Hours event Tuesday night. The event was hosted by O'Leary's Irish Pub & Grill, 260 E. Lincoln Highway and Kishwaukee College, 21193 S. Malta Road, Malta. O'Leary's provided the food and the venue while representatives from Kishwaukee Coll...

Leader’s Corner with College Junkee creator combines academics and a social network site rolled into one.

Ryan Chambers

October 7, 2010

You see them around campus, but who are our student leaders? Every Friday, The Leader's Corner gives readers a glimpse into the personalities of the men and women behind the suits and ties. This week the Northern Star sat down with Alex Broches, senior geography major and founder of, ...