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Valentines Day is not only for romance

Valentine’s Day is not only for romance

By Ally Formeller | February 7, 2022
Valentine’s Day celebrations can include friends and family.
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DeKalb Public Library to host game night

By Kyle Mathas | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — On the week of Halloween, the DeKalb Public Library will be hosting a game night with games and snacks. The game night will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Bilder Family Meeting Room.The event is meant to be a fun outing for friends, family...

YMCA to host Halloween Bash

By Jacob Roushia | October 16, 2019

DeKALB — The YMCA will host its annual YMCA Halloween Bash at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sycamore High School Field House, 427 Spartan Trail, Sycamore.The event is open to the public and admission will cost $3 if purchased before noon and $5 starting...

Day 25 and 26 – Family time: A first-hand account of studying abroad

By Catherine Carter | August 5, 2019

Day 25: Family comes to visitHello Huskies! Today has been fantastic! I got a visit from one-half of the Carter fam! My mom and one of my sisters arrived in Oxford today and I have enjoyed showing them around. They arrived at the bus station and I impressed...

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

Thanksgiving meals can be healthy in moderation

By Blake Glosson | November 24, 2014

You can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without regret — and without derailing your health goals.I know that’s hard to believe when the starting lineup this Thursday includes succulent turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, casseroles and warm stuffing — all...

Passion for music shared with love of food, family

By Sarah Contreras | February 6, 2013

There is only one thing I love more than I love music. That thing has many facets. It’s sensual and complex. It changes moods and alters world views. It’s finicky. It requires a certain kind of touch. Both delicate and bold, this thing takes up about...

Office Manager Pat Siebrasse looks up forms for a faculty member at the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences in Wirtz Hall.

Longest-serving employee retiring, rewarded

By Julia Layton | July 10, 2012

Pat Siebrasse is retiring after 50 years at NIU. Siebrasse is the longest-serving employee at NIU and did all of her work in the school of family, consumer and nutrition sciences as an Office Manager. She said she remembers the Holmes Student Center was...

Pit bull gains superhero persona

By Linze Griebenow | April 8, 2012

Bruce Wayne: Tamer of hearts, commander of street justice, sniffer of butts. He’s not quite the suave, hyper-vigilant master of mixed martial arts most of us grew up with. He’s my dog, and he’s a pit bull. Holy heartworm, Batman! From the moment...

Empty Bowls event aims to raise hunger awareness

By Lauren Dielman | March 21, 2012

Everyone is encouraged eat soup for a good cause. The School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences and the NIU Ceramics Club organized the event Empty Bowls to bring awareness to hunger. The event will be hosted by Bread for the World (BFTW) and...

Relieving end-of-semester stress

By Linze Griebenow | December 4, 2011

Midterms, Halloween, Thanksgiving and finals all fall within the last eight weeks of school. When jobs, internships, self-care, personal relationships, family, financial stress, graduation and seasonal gifts are added to the mix, one is living the life...

A Family’s Response to the Nov. 1 “Face of homelessness” article

November 13, 2011

After reading your story regarding the mother who "struggles to rise above hardships and homelessness" it was apparent not all reported information, with respect to this particular mother, was truly investigated, confirming the facts of how and where...