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Film festivals can help broaden horizons

Film festivals can help broaden horizons

By Paker Otto | February 18, 2020

Going to the theater is a special experience, and the feeling of seeing an engaging story play out on a large screen in the dark with no distractions is paradise. The 2020 spring semester brings several film events to students that they can use to broaden...

A construction crew works on expanding the basement, concession stand and bathrooms of the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., in September 2019. The theater has been under construction since May.

Egyptian Theatre nears 90 year anniversary, construction continues

By Parker Otto | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — As the Egyptian Theatre rapidly approaches its 90th birthday on Dec. 10, the theater’s staff is preparing to celebrate the structure’s anniversary, along with the upcoming completion of the theater’s expansion project.  The construction,...

Former students, colleagues remember late professor Philip Gray

Former students, colleagues remember late professor Philip Gray

By Maddie Barrett | September 19, 2019

DeKALB — Colleagues of Philip Gray remember him with a delightful sense of humor, as a motivating teacher and a professional within the Department of Communication.Gray, former assistant chair of the Department of Communication and award winning professor...

From playwriting to starring in his own local TV show, media studies professor Matt Swan has led an interesting life all leading up to his teaching career.

Professor reveals secrets

By Victoria Lunacek | May 8, 2017

Before teaching media classes at NIU, Matt Swan had adventures writing plays and hosting his own local television show on channel 39.Swan did not intend to teach as he received a masters in fine arts from Florida State University. During which, Swan thought...