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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...

A little dirt couldnt hurt

A little dirt couldn’t hurt

By Kimberly Randall | February 5, 2013

Do you remember when you were younger and loved to make mud pies and cakes out of dirt, longing to taste the finished product of your spectacular, unmatched creation of greatness? Though, it was never permitted by those darn grown-ups who told you not...

InFocus: Thanksgiving

By Cody Laplante, Troy Doetch, and Leah Spagnoli | November 19, 2012

All the food at Thanksgiving is simply amazing. More importantly, after a semester of dorm food, Thanksgiving means a fresh, home-cooked meal. But every year there is one thing that stands out in my mind and stomach. I just love a well-done turkey. Last...

Feed ’em Soup hosts community meals

By ALAN KOZELUH | September 24, 2012

Feed ’em Soup, 122 S. First St., will hold a free community meal from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The charity will serve meatloaf, corn casserole and mashed potatoes to all attendees, according to its website. The food is free, but the meal isn’t only...

Geese invade NIU

By Anthony Szudarski | September 23, 2012

NIU has been invaded by monsters from Canada. No, not Justin Bieber—geese. These birds are crazy and they don’t care about the people on campus. I’ve walked by one of these fearless geese on the sidewalk outside DuSable and the bird kept staring...

Volunteers, donations help with ‘food insecurity’

By Maria Ahmad | July 2, 2012

School is out for the summer, and while that may mean vacation for some, others are struggling to provide a meal for themselves. Data from Map the Meal Gap shows that DeKalb County had about 4,500 children who were considered “food insecure” in 2010....


In Focus: What are the best and worst parts of Thanksgiving?

November 21, 2011

Jack BakerColumnistBest: The best thing about Thanksgiving is the food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie make it one of the best days of the year. How could anyone not love a holiday dedicated entirely to gorging yourself on food and then passing...

Food could be the newest fashion statement or faux pas

By Amanda Shaffer | October 5, 2011

In a world where brand names can rule the world, could your lunch be your newest accessory? Some say yes.English professor Sean Shesgreen said food draws a great amount of fashion interest."[The] interest...shifts in focus and intensity," Shesgreen said....

Freshman English major Hantac Chang grabs a piece of fruit while
going through the line in Dog Pound Deli in Douglas Hall.

Pest control: Insects move indoors as winter weather creeps closer

By Andrea Azzo | September 26, 2011

Students eating at cafeterias on campus may have noticed flies buzzing around their food. This problem persists as temperatures drop and fall arrives, said Richard Fritz, residential dining director for Housing and Dining. Fritz said it's a challenge...

Guest Column: Buying organically-grown food is good for you and the environment

By MELISSA BURLINGAME | September 25, 2011

What is organically-grown food? Organic growing practices are farming methods to control pests and retain soil nutrients that exclude the use of manufactured (the key word!) pesticides, fertilizers, or other additives to regulate growth, and include other...

To cook or not to cook: Students dish on the merits of making their own cuisine

By Shelby Devitt | September 13, 2011

Kevin Schwartz cannot cook."I tried," the sophomore mechanical engineering major said. "My girlfriend was visiting, so I decided to buy steaks and tried to cook them on the George Foreman. It was a disaster."Living away from home for the first time can...

Surviving Black Friday

Surviving Black Friday

By Eric Titus | November 22, 2010

As we near the end of our school year, we approach Thanksgiving, when students go home, meet with family and loved ones, and eat excessive amounts of food. It is a great holiday, and is usually followed up by the monstrous sale event dubbed "Black Friday,"...