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SGA appoints new student directors to senate

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | October 30, 2022

The SGA approved a new director of academic affairs as well as a director of community engagement and environmental affairs to the Senate. "The director of academic affairs ... is responsible for monitoring and making recommendations for changes in...

First foreign film to win Best Picture makes Oscars history

By Jacob Baker | February 10, 2020

Korean film “Parasite” won big and made history Sunday at the 92nd annual Oscars, taking home best picture, best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay.This is the first time in Academy Award history that a foreign...

Beatles tribute band coming to Egyptian Theatre

By Parker Otto | February 5, 2020

DeKALB — The end of The Beatles came in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the group, but 50 years later the music of The Beatles lives on and will be performed by The Return, an American Beatles tribute band. The show will be 7:30 p.m....

Finn Wolfhard (left), who plays Miles Fairchild, and Brooklynn Prince, who plays Flora Fairchild, in The Turning.

‘The Turning’ disappoints with bland story and poor execution

By Jacob Baker | January 30, 2020

“The Turning” is as bland as a January horror film can get. Being another adaptation of the 1898 horror novel “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Turning” retains a lot of the dark, disturbing and intriguing material, but the execution is nowhere...

Jazz at the Egyptian enchanted audience Saturday

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 28, 2020

At the fourth annual Jazz at the Egyptian show four local jazz groups rocked the stage, allowing composers like Duke Ellington to live on.Jazz in Progress, the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble, the DeKalb High School Jazz Ensemble and the NIU Jazz Orchestra...

“1917” ends 2019 with an epic tale

By Jacob Baker | January 24, 2020

Acclaimed director Sam Mendes and the modern day great cinematographer Roger Deakins ended 2019 on an epic and emotional note with their ultra realistic World War I film “1917.” Mendes helms the true story based on the events his own grandfather...

Local jazz groups to perform at Egyptian Theatre

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — Four local jazz groups will come together for the fourth year in a row to bring a night of jazz to DeKalb.Beginning 7 p.m. Saturday, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will present its annual “Jazz at the Egyptian” show.The DeKalb...

Oscar nominations lack diversity

By Jacob Baker | January 20, 2020

The highlight of the 2010 Oscars was when female director Kathryn Bigelow took home a total of six awards for her film “The Hurt Locker” and became the first woman to win best director. In 2010, the academy featured diversity in it’s selections,...

‘Underwater’ sets scary tone for new year

By Jacob Baker | January 15, 2020

At the bottom of the ocean, no one can hear you scream.In a month known for bad horror films, “Underwater” delivers on a concept explored many times before in an effective and enjoyable way through great creature design, good performances and earned...

Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

Final Star Wars movie brings satisfying end to an era

By Parker Otto | January 6, 2020

After 42 years, the “Skywalker Saga” of episodic “Star Wars” films comes to an end with the recent release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” While the film has flaws, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is a satisfying film that ends...

The Kiskwaukee College Student Center Oct. 16.

2 Degree in 3 years program saves time and money

By Jordan Radliff | November 6, 2019

NIU has partnered with Kishwaukee College to create a program that will allow students from certain high schools to get associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in three years. This can be beneficial to students trying to save time and limit tuition costs....

University launches off-campus housing review website

By Dan Doren | October 5, 2019

Military and Post-Traditional Student Services has teamed up with Students’ Legal Assistance to host a webpage assisting students who are looking for off-campus housing.Potential student renters can look at review histories for property owners to identify...