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Midwest Museum of Natural History offers variety of exhibits

By Juliana Leprich | May 6, 2012

Anyone looking to spend quality time with natural history this summer need go no further than Sycamore. The Midwest Museum of Natural History (MMNH), 425 W. State St. in Sycamore, has a variety of different exhibits. “We have a pretty amazing collection...

Three DeKalb businesses offer book buybacks

By Juliana Leprich | May 2, 2012

Students who want to get cash back for their textbooks have a number of places where they can do so. The NIU bookstore in the Holmes Student Center has a buyback event going on. Though the bookstore buys books back year round, is it offering more incentives...

Hope Haven holds annual ‘Night by Night’ campaign

By Juliana Leprich | April 30, 2012

Today marks the start of “Night by Night,” an annual campaign to raise money for local homeless people in DeKalb. Lesly Wicks , Hope Haven executive director, said this is the ninth year Hope Haven is holding the “Night by Night” campaign. “Hope...

Some local businesses specialize in antiques

By Juliana Leprich | April 25, 2012

Those looking to add something different to their home or try out a new type of shopping have the opportunity through local businesses and vendors. Antique shops, like Sycamore Antiques, 320 W. State St., in Sycamore, carry a variety of antique items,...

Recycling day at Convo planned

By Juliana Leprich | April 17, 2012

A group of NIU students, Habitat for Humanity of Illinois and Vintage Tech Recyclers will be working together this week to safely recycle old electronics. A recycling day will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Convocation Center. Bobbi Burgstone,...

DeKalb HS music ensembles head to NYC for competitions

By Juliana Leprich | April 11, 2012

Students from DeKalb High School will sing scales and toot their horns to the Big Apple in the coming weeks for national musical competitions. The DeKalb High School a capella Ensemble earned a spot in the International Championship of High School a capella...

William Stewart, 7, and Kristen Ortman, 10, squeeze lemons to make lemon bars during the Baking with Alex event at Feedem Soup, 122 South First Street, DeKalb Tuesday evening. The event is held every second, fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month.

Feed ’em Soup hosts second ‘Baking with Chef Alex’

By Juliana Leprich | April 10, 2012

Young community members now have the chance to help make a meal for those in need. This new program, “Baking with Chef Alex,” had its second run at Feed ‘em Soup Tuesday night. The program was started as a way to get kids involved at Feed ‘em...

Junction Shopping Center to host after hours event

By Juliana Leprich | April 9, 2012

Local businesses will come together for an after hours event at the Junction Shopping Center, 818 W. Lincoln Highway, tonight. Sunshine Scoop Shoppe & Bakery, Babs & Cocos Tea Emporium, Fushi Yami and Pizza Villa will be offering different samples...

LGBT Studies Program, Resource Center host weekly ‘Northern Pride Lunches’

By Juliana Leprich | April 4, 2012

Students interested in engaging in LGBT discussion over lunch have the option every Thursday through events hosted by the LGBT Resource Center and the LGBT Studies Program. The LGBT Resource Center hosts Northern Pride Lunches from noon to 1 p.m. in the...

DeKalb, Sycamore Chambers of Commerce host Community Expo

By Juliana Leprich | April 3, 2012

The DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers of Commerce partnered up for the third annual Community Expo Tuesday. The Community Expo was created as a collaboration between the two towns to promote local business. “The big focus that the DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers...

Muslim Students Association to host screening of ‘New Muslim Cool’

By Juliana Leprich | March 28, 2012

NIU’s Muslim Students Association will host Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez, star of “New Muslim Cool” as a part of its Discover Islam Week. The film is about Perez’s spiritual journey. It also addresses the way Muslims are perceived...

Three faculty members receive 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships

By Juliana Leprich | March 25, 2012

Three NIU faculty have been named recipients of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships. According to a press release, recipients instill interest in the subject and motivate students as well as a commitment to their students. Developing and trying...