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More cold, snow to hit DeKalb

By KeAndre Worthy | January 14, 2014

The polar vortex that kept northern Illinois cold last week may come back.NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said the polar vortex is a low-pressure system that occurs in northern Canada and is an annual phenomenon. Normally, the vortex doesn’t have...

Football saw higher attendance

By KeAndre Worthy | December 9, 2013

Huskies received more support when they battled on their gridiron this year than in the team’s past few seasons.NIU, which was undefeated until its loss in the MAC Championship game Friday, saw higher attendance at home games and several sold-out games.“I...

Students share winter tips

By KeAndre Worthy | December 1, 2013

Low temperatures may mean chillier residence halls and apartments, but students have tips to combat that.According to National Weather Service predictions, the week may see rain and temperature highs in the upper 40s, with some days hitting lows in the...

Diesel prepares for goodbye to Huskies

By KeAndre Worthy | November 26, 2013

NIU has a new dog ready to learn old tricks.Today will likely mark the last time Diesel, NIU’s mascot, will represent the Huskies during a home game. Master Sgt. Rufus Beamon, an instructor in Huskie Battalion, said Diesel’s job will be passed to...

Student named Tough Mudder

By KeAndre Worthy | November 26, 2013

NIU is home to one of the World’s Toughest Mudders.Graduate student Matthew Hanson took fourth place overall, first in his division, in the World’s Toughest Mudder competition. The event was held Nov. 15 to 17 in Englishtown, N.J.During the competition,...

Pension concerns shown at legislator, faculty forum

By KeAndre Worthy | November 21, 2013

About 400 faculty and staff, active and retired, gathered Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center to discuss pension reform with state legislators.Representatives Tom Demmer and Bob Pritchard and Senator Dave Syverson attended to get the peoples’ perspectives...

Fast held to raise awareness of hunger

By KeAndre Worthy | November 20, 2013

Students will go hungry Friday to raise awareness of homelessness and the hardships that come with it.The Muslim Student Association and the Anthropology Club are signing up students to fast from sunrise to sunset Friday for Fast-A-Thon. Participants...

Huskie Hunks prepare to compete

By KeAndre Worthy | November 18, 2013

The Huskie Hunks are preparing to compete at their first a cappella competition as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella approaches.The quarterfinals for the competition will be held at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road; the semifinals...

Jerseys to support military

By KeAndre Worthy | November 11, 2013

The football team will show its support for military veterans at Wednesday’s game against Ball State.Football players will wear patriotic jerseys during the game. Athletics will auction off the jerseys for charity, with proceeds going to Active Heroes.Active...

Journey of Heroes inspires students

By KeAndre Worthy | November 7, 2013

Veterans shared their wartime experiences with students Wednesday.The seminar, called Journey of a Hero, was put on by Military Student Services. The speakers were Cpt. Regis Snyder, who fought in the Vietnam War, and Private Don Schoo, who fought in...

Lack of weekend events sends students home

By KeAndre Worthy | November 7, 2013

A lack of weekend events may send students home.MAP-Works survey results show 43 percent of freshmen or transfer students reported dealing with some form of homesickness. Randi Napientek, assistant director of the Office of Student Academic Success, said...

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....