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Kind spirit of Mr. Rogers brought to life in new biopic

By Parker Otto, Columnist | November 26, 2019

In recent years, Fred Rogers has become a cultural icon in the digital age with the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” becoming the highest grossing biographical documentary of all time and episodes of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” becoming...

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis tribute group to perform in DeKalb

By Parker Otto, Columnist | October 20, 2019

DeKALB — The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Tribute Show will perform 8 p.m. Friday at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The act will pay tribute to the famous duo of singer Dean Martin, played by Tom Stevens, and comedian Jerry Lewis, played by...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

Pass/Fail: Changes made to Late Night Ride, Convo Center hosts fewer gigs

By Danny Cozzi | October 9, 2013

Pass: Changes made to Late Night RideLate Night Ride is reducing its service boundaries for the Homecoming weekend to give more attention to students and visitors, according to an NIU Today news release.The most important thing this weekend is to keep...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Drink Up’ not bad idea

By Melissa Watts | September 25, 2013

Michelle Obama stated that her cause was fighting childhood obesity, and she has been doing things to help aid in better food choices since the beginning of her husband’s presidency. For her to ask people to drink more water only makes sense. We live...

So long, Big Gulp, it’s been fun

By Holly New | September 18, 2012

The large cup is now endangered. New York City’s Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, Thursday. This ban makes it so all soft drinks which have more than 25 calories per eight ounces will not be able to be...

Professor’s dance company to perform in Chicago, NYC

By Sarah Contreras | September 5, 2012

New York-based creative think tank COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB breezes back to Chicago next week to kick off its third season of dance and performance.Founded by NIU’s own Brian Carey Chung, assistant professor of ballet, COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB came...

Laughing all the way to the bank

By Alex Fiore | May 1, 2012

It used to be frowned upon, but it seems mainstream comedians are now going for a cheap laugh. An interesting trend in the comedy world is starting to take shape: Stand-up comics are taking the release of their content into their own hands, as opposed...

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...

Local artists move work to cyber galleries

By Olivia Willoughby | November 15, 2011

NIU is not the only place in DeKalb for local artists to show their work to the community. Local artists can take to the Internet to show their work on cyber galleries. Adrienne Soroka, creater of Soroka's Fine Things art gallery's website,,...

NIU assistant professor delivers insight on bike messengers

By Chelsey Boutan | September 12, 2011

When assistant professor of sociology Jeff Kidder first rode his bike down New York City's streets, he was afraid. Angry commuters, red lights, traffic, one-way streets - Kidder struggled to weave through the urban maze so he could pick up an application...

Bon-Ton stores encourage customers to exchange clothing for coupons

By Leah Spagnoli | March 9, 2011

DeKALB | Local Bon-Ton stores are encouraging people to bring in clean, gently used clothing and textiles during their semi-annual Goodwill Sale. According to a press release issued by Bon-Ton, participating customers receive one coupon per donated item;...

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