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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.

Seven Considerations when thinking about joining Greek life

By Abby Wisecarver | October 12, 2018

For some people, joining a sorority or fraternity is the best part about their college career. Others pride themselves in never participating in it. Whether Greek life is for you or not, there are many considerations to think about before joining. So,...

Success, experience valuable from sources outside the classroom

By Anthony Szudarski | August 26, 2013

What are you going to do now?Classes are starting and while that’s the most important thing to keep in mind, many of us are going to be left with free time to fill between classes, studying and work.Now, you could spend that time playing video games,...

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...

NIU Building Services workers clean up the Lincoln Hall A-wing first floor after the sprinkler system activated in 2011. Interim Fire Chief Eric Hicks has proposed sprinkler systems be installed in local Greek residences.

Greek houses may be required to install sprinkler systems

By Samantha Brockett | September 19, 2012

City Council is considering requiring all Greek houses to have fire sprinklers installed by 2019. The Greek Housing Fire Safety Act was proposed to the DeKalb City Council by the Fire Department. The act would require fire sprinklers be installed in Greek...

International food and dance to be celebrated Friday

By Felix Sarver | November 16, 2011

DeKALB | A night of ethnic food and dance awaits students at Barsema Hall Atrium Friday.The International Dance and Global Village Potluck will feature a wide variety of ethnic dishes, exhibitions and dances.Elisabeth Wright, international student advisor...

SA Senate votes down bill, recognizes Social Media Consultants

By Felix Sarver | October 23, 2011

Greek governing councils will not be able to judge if a Greek organization is eligible for permanent Student Association recognition. The SA Senate voted down a bill Sunday in which governing councils would be able to approve an organization's eligibility...

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...

Going Greek benefits the individual and the community

Going Greek benefits the individual and the community

By Kathryn Minniti | February 2, 2011

The best way to be involved in a school organization, obtain leadership qualities and make friends that will last a lifetime while keeping your grades up is to go Greek. Before you start thinking of the all of the negative stereotypes that go along with...

IFC votes for changes, awards all sports trophies

By David Matz | November 8, 2010

DeKALB | The Interfraternity Council presented the 2009-10 All Sports Award at its Monday night meeting. Phi Sigma Kappa won first place in the IFC All Sports Challenge, a competition between Greek fraternities in intramural sports throughout the year....