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Yard a long time coming for Council

By David Matz | October 13, 2010

After about four years and several negotiation talks with the university, the National Pan-Hellenic Council has been able to secure a spot and lay the concrete foundation for their NPHC yard. "Most NPHC chapters on college campuses in the south have a...

NPHC will host a slew of homecoming events

By David Matz | October 12, 2010

DeKALB | There's more to do this homecoming weekend than tailgating and watching the football game. The National Pan-Hellenic Council has a busy calendar planned for anyone looking for something to do on campus this weekend. "We want to give the community...

Active Minds kicks of mental health awareness week with celebration

By David Matz | October 3, 2010

Today kicks off Active Minds' National Mental Health Awareness Week. The national student organization, Active Minds, is sponsoring a National Day Without Stigma to celebrate the start of awareness week. "We are trying to promote awareness of the social...

Kazimier Chevas (center), junior political science major, cheers after Andrew Cinelli (right), junior KNPE major, blocks a shot during Delta Chis intramural volleyball match against Pi Kappa Phi Wednesday night in the Campus Recreation Center.

Delta Chi returns to NIU

By David Matz | September 30, 2010

Delta Chi is back on campus and looking for some recognition. In 2005, the Delta Chi Alumni Board dissolved the NIU chapter for not upholding the ideals of the fraternity. During the spring 2010 semester, Delta Chi's National Fraternity sent leadership...

NIU’s AITP to host Abbot Labs engineer

By David Matz | September 28, 2010

NIU's Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) chapter will host Clay Kohl from Abbott Labs in a speaking event on the benefits of virtualization. "Virtualization is a process of consolidating multiple servers into one server in order...

Members of Zeta Phi Beta participate in the organizations annual AIDS Walk-a-thon in this Sept. 25, 2005 file photo.

13th annual AIDS walk pushes for awareness

By David Matz | September 23, 2010

Awareness is the collective theme for Zeta Phi Beta National Sorority's 13th annual AIDS walk. "Awareness is number one," according to Mary Hodges, peer outreach coordinator for the Open Door Clinic from Aurora. "The main goal of the AIDS walk is to spread...

Religious fraternities, sororities offer faith and social life

By David Matz | September 21, 2010

Christians looking for the social aspect of a fraternity or sorority but the spiritual aspect of a religious organization have multiple options at NIU. There are four different Christian fraternities and sororities, both Greek and non-Greek, on campus....

Jeremy Wicklund accepts the 2009 IFC All Sports Challenge first place award on behalf of Phi Sigma Kappa.

Phi Sigs win trophy for IFC All Sports Challenge

By David Matz | September 20, 2010

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) presented the 2009 IFC All Sports Award Monday night at the IFC weekly meeting in the Campus Life Building Room 100. The All Sports Award is a year round competition between IFC chapters in the Recreational Center Intramural...

Hopeful girls participate in soroity rush

By David Matz | September 16, 2010

Girls throughout campus have begun the pledging process after completing rush Sunday. The three-day long formal process of the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) sorority rush allowed potential new members to tour the house and meet the girls behind the...

NIU celebrates Mexico’s independence

By Jeremy Piscoran and David Matz | September 14, 2010

Latino Heritage Month at NIU will kick off with an event, El Grito, named after the speech in which the first leader of Mexico, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, called the people to rise up against Spain. Mexican Independence Day is a celebration of...

Students strip for a cause

Students strip for a cause

By David Matz | September 8, 2010

"Strip down and run." Six students laughed around a table on the second floor of the Holmes Student Center Tuesday night. "Come on, it's for a good cause," the group continued as they came up with more alluding advertisement slogans for the Second Annual...

The NIU website,, received a new look in June. The new design allows for easier utilization of the site

NIU website gets a virtual facelift

By David Matz | August 24, 2010

Users visiting NIU's website for its many different resources may have noticed some changes. "We switched the website in June and gave it a fresh new look," said Jennice O'Brien, web communication team leader. "This is something that we'd like to do more...