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In Fall 2021 Greek and non-affiliated NIU students tailgate outside the Huskie Stadium for a football game. NIU has seen Greek involvement decline sharply since its peak in the 1990s, with less than 700 Greek members reported in the 2020-2021 academic year. (Northern Star File Photo)

New Greek Life Center approved for Annie Glidden neighborhood

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | August 30, 2023

DeKALB – NIU has finally entered the approval stages of building its first Greek Life Center in the Annie Glidden neighborhood near Greek Row. The city approved a redevelopment agreement at the July 10 DeKalb City Council meeting which was the first...

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

Upcoming events: week of Sept. 9

By Northern Star Staff | September 8, 2019

MondayNIU Archery Club: NIU’s Archery Club will be holding its first meeting 4 to 6 p.m. in Anderson Hall, Room 100. Individuals of any skill level are invited to attend. The first two visits are free, and a membership fee is required after. They can...

Law enforcement hopes to improve relationship with students

By Sophia Mullowney | September 13, 2018

DeKALB - Campus and DeKalb police, various Greek organizations and students gathered at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening at Barsema Hall for a safety meet-and-greet intended to connect the campus with law enforcement.Various Greek liaisons and campus organizations...

IFC: cultural renewal plan begins March 19

By Lindsey Salvatelli | March 9, 2018

DeKALB — Students poured outside of the Board of Trustees conference room during a recent meeting in solidarity of Greek life.The March 8 meeting’s scheduled public comment period had 16 requests; 14 of the speakers were Greek life affiliated and...

Greek Row gets lights to improve security

By Brennan Schneider | November 11, 2014

Sixteen lighting fixtures will be added to Greek Row in an effort to improve safety in the area.The lights are expected to be installed over Thanksgiving or winter break so the streets will be clear of students’ cars, said 1st ward Alderman David Jacobson....

A DeKalb police cruiser.

More cops patrolling Greek Row after fight breaks out at fraternity

By Keith Hernandez | September 22, 2014

Greek Row has seen a larger police presence due to a fight that resulted in several injuries earlier this month.The fight occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, 919 Greenbrier Road, after members denied entry to a group of more...

NIU fan packages include ride, ticket

By Northern Star Staff | September 3, 2014

Students are able to purchase a ticket and ride package to the Saturday NIU vs. Northwestern football game at Ryan Field.Student fan bus tickets are $20 and available for purchase at The package includes a coach bus ride to Ryan Field...

Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon to face off in Tugs Championship

By Northern Star Staff | April 25, 2014

Phi Sigma Kappa defeated Sigma Nu to advance to the Tugs Championship, where they will face Sigma Alpha Epsilon 4:30 p.m. Saturday.In the first match, Sigma Alpha Mu beat Phi Kappa Psi and in the second match, Delta Chi defeated Alpha Kappa Lambda Friday.All...

Tugs delayed due to weather conditions

By Northern Star Staff | April 23, 2014

Tugs matches, originally scheduled for today, will be postponed to Friday due to severe weather conditions, said Interfraternity Council President Trevor Morrison Wednesday.In the first match Wednesday, Phi Kappa Psi defeated the Fratastic Four. Phi Kappa...

Members of Phi Sigma Kappa pull their way to victory in the finals of the NIU IFC Tugs competition during last years competition.

Tugs: A history of brotherhood, tradition among Greeks

By Keith Hernandez | April 10, 2014

There is a sound every tugger longs to hear from the start of training in January: “This is for real! High bank, are you ready? Low bank, are you ready? Tuggers ready. Tuggers set. Tug!”There is a long history behind these words, which have been announced...

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...

Phi Sigma Kappa takes home IFC championship

By Sierra Lowe | October 28, 2012

Some will win, others will lose. All Sports Trophies were given by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to reward fraternities Sunday. Fraternities that accumulated the most points throughout the school year in selected intramural sports won awards. The...