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Glidden Homestead and Historical Center offers tours

By Maria Ahmad | September 9, 2012

Historical tours of DeKalb’s Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, encourage the community to learn and appreciate the contributions of the Glidden family to DeKalb. The Glidden Homestead and Historical Center was open for public tours of the home...

Volunteers serve as ‘siblings’ at Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Maria Ahmad | September 5, 2012

Some volunteers serve as mentors, friends and role models to the youth in the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). BBBS is housed in the Family Services Agency, 14 Health Services Drive in DeKalb. Communities across the nation have hosted...

Local farmers could receive aid

Local farmers could receive aid

By Maria Ahmad | September 4, 2012

The government has implemented a loan program to help farmers who may be in financial need due to the drought this summer. “The year was not very successful for corn, but northern Illinois was luckier than the rest of the state,” said Russel Higgins,...

Barb City Manor gives students chance to volunteer with elderly

By Maria Ahmad | August 30, 2012

Students volunteering at Barb City Manor (BCM), 680 Haish Blvd., can expect to do a variety of activities with the residents while learning more about the senior population. Various student groups at NIU host special volunteer sessions at the retirement...

Organization seeks to improve city, attract businesses

By Maria Ahmad | August 29, 2012

Re:New DeKalb is a local organization which attempts to revitalize the downtown area. The group installed new streetlights and sidewalks, added trees and street furniture to Lincoln Highway and Locust Street, and buried and removed overhead electric wires....

Ellwood House tours available

Ellwood House tours available

By Maria Ahmad | August 27, 2012

The Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St., is a historic site in DeKalb and offers tours for all ages throughout the year. According to its website, the Ellwood House Museum was originally the home of Isaac Leonard Ellwood, a partner in establishing...

Ramadan celebrated from July to August

By Maria Ahmad | July 24, 2012

DeKALB | Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, began on the night of July 20. According to a Muslim Academy article, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is considered a holy month for Muslims because the Quran, the holy book...

Volunteers, donations help with ‘food insecurity’

By Maria Ahmad | July 2, 2012

School is out for the summer, and while that may mean vacation for some, others are struggling to provide a meal for themselves. Data from Map the Meal Gap shows that DeKalb County had about 4,500 children who were considered “food insecure” in 2010....

High temperature weather poses potential health risk

By Maria Ahmad | July 2, 2012

Warm temperatures in DeKalb create potential heat-related health hazards. Those without air conditioning are encouraged to go to local cooling centers, according to the American Red Cross website. A cooling center can be a local school, library, mall...

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...

Lead NIU Summit gives students chance to network, develop leadership skills

November 2, 2011

NIU students can get "buried" this weekend as a part Student Involvement and Leadership Development's Lead NIU Summit.SILD's Lead NIU Summit, held 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, will host a number of events in the Holmes Student...