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The Distinguished Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. performs on stage in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Eight black student organizations represented their histories through stepping and performance at the Rep Yo Org event on April 15. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Creativity, passions and histories at Rep Yo Org

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 17, 2023

DeKALB – During Saturday’s storm, another electrifying manifestation occurred as eight Black student organizations exhibited what they could do. At 8 p.m. April 15 at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium, an audience gathered to witness Rep Yo Org, a showcase...

The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha walk out into the trenches on Oct. 22 on the field outside the Rec Center for the first round of Womens Tugs. They were coached by fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.

Spotlight: Women’s Tugs 2021

By Summer Fitzgerald | October 23, 2021
Moments from Women's Tugs 2021.
The Theta Chi, Pi Colony chapter, is seen at 829 Greenbrier Road. The Greek organization joined NIU on Jan. 7 1961 and returned in January 2014. 

Theta Chi fraternity opens new house

By Northern Star staff | September 2, 2015

The Theta Chi, Pi Colony chapter, is seen at 829 Greenbrier Road. The Greek organization joined NIU on Jan. 7 1961 and returned in January 2014. 

Fraternities prepare for Tugs event

By Keith Hernandez | March 25, 2014

To Phi Sigma Kappa, Tugs means brotherhood.Tugs is an annual tug of war tournament sponsored by the Interfraternity Council that takes place during the week of NIU’s Red and Black spring football game. The tournament, which has been around since the...

Fraternities dance off at competition

By KeAndre Worthy | November 3, 2013

Fraternities and sororities got down in a stroll competition for a Halloween night of fun Thursday.The strolling competition, also known as party walking, involved fraternity or sorority members doing a synchronized dance in front of judges and a crowd....

Day three of Tugs wraps, Phi Kappa Theta prevails

By Rachel Scaman | April 25, 2013

Phi Kappa Theta continued its winning streak in Wednesday’s Tugs competition. Delta Chi and Phi Kappa Sigma also pulled a win for the day over Phi Kappa Psi. Phi Kappa Theta ended the night with a three-round win after Sigma Nu’s coach stepped on...

Members of Sigma Alpha Mu compete against Delta Chi and Phi Kappa Sigma Monday at the annual Tugs competition held adjacent to Huskie Stadium.

Day one of Tugs ends, three teams advance

By Rachel Scaman | April 22, 2013

Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Nu and Phi Kappa Theta ended the first day of Tugs with wins. The Tugs competition between the social fraternities began Monday in front of Huskie Stadium. Tugs is a weeklong tug-of-war competition between 10 fraternities. Each game...

(From left to right, across table) Rachel Udley (left), sophomore family social services major, Shelbey Lippeth, junior elementary education major, and Manas Chug, freshman biology major help serve food Wednesday night at the Relay For Life benefit dinner in the basement of the Newman Center.

Fraternity holds pasta fundraiser for cancer research

By Newell Miao | April 3, 2013

Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity gathered students to raise money for Relay for Life through a pasta dinner fundraiser on Wednesday night. Pasta, cupcakes and lemonade made by the brothers and sisters of Alpha Phi Omega was served alongside bread donated by...

David Bogenberger

Bogenberger family files lawsuit against Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

By Robert Baird | February 17, 2013

The family of David Bogenberger, a freshmen Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pledge who died Nov. 2, filed a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $100,000 against the fraternity on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. All 22 Pi Kappa Alpha members facing...

Greek Row sits empty on a night in October. Policing Greek Row has been a contentious topic, whether the status quo should stay or if the university and police should take control.

How should Greek Row be policed?

By The Editorial Board | May 2, 2011

Within the past two years, there have been two high-profile gun incidents in DeKalb involving members of NIU's Greek community. On Feb. 19, 2010, NIU student Zachary Isaacman shot another student, Brian Mulder, outside of Stevenson Towers. At the time,...

Kappa Sigma fraternity works to be recognized

By Leah Spagnoli | April 17, 2011

DeKALB | Starting a fraternity at NIU is considered a long and hectic process, not something that happens overnight. Chris Wiedmaier, freshman education major, has been working over the last semester to bring Kappa Sigma back to NIU Greek life. “I wanted...

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

By Jack Baker | February 2, 2011

Fraternities are just not for me. In my time at NIU, I have never once considered joining one. Sure, a lot of people see them as a way to make new friends, have fun or get more out of their college experience, but I just do not see the appeal. I have...