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Tips for keeping efficient in life

By Holly New | August 28, 2012

A new school year is upon us. And while many of us spent the summer working, for a lot of us, employment continues. Working while going to school can seem overwhelming; however, here are some techniques to make juggling multiple commitments a little easier....

Improper cooking causes fire at Carniceria Del Sol

Improper cooking causes fire at Carniceria Del Sol

By Olivia Willoughby | May 6, 2012

A structure fire caused extensive damage at a downtown DeKalb business Friday night. Tony Cox, DeKalb Fire Department captain, said the fire was caused by improper cooking at Carniceria Del Sol, 323 E. Locust St. The DeKalb Fire Department was called...

DeKalb area artists struggle to start galleries

By Olivia Willoughby | May 2, 2012

DeKalb area artists and gallery owners say they struggle to start galleries and struggle keeping their doors open. Dan Grych, owner of The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway, said the reason artists struggle deals with their lifestyle. “Most artists will...

History’s Foundations: Altgeld Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 29, 2012

It looks like a castle that is not-so-ironically placed on Castle Drive, just without the flying, flaming arrows like in the old days, and it’s the oldest building at NIU. “The story is that Governor Altgeld had really liked castles,” said Cindy...

Community members donate clothes during semiannual Undie Run

Community members donate clothes during semiannual ‘Undie Run’

By Olivia Willoughby | April 29, 2012

Off with their pants! The semiannual Undie Run started at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Welsh Park on the corner of Russell Road and Crane Drive. Participants stripped down to their underpants and tossed their clothes in a pile that would later be sent to Goodwill....

History’s Foundation: Williston Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 22, 2012

During the early 1900s, this building was for ladies only. Shevawn Eaton, director of Access to Courses and Careers through Educational Support Services (ACCESS), said Williston Hall was the first women’s residence hall and was dedicated to the university’s...

Diabetes tips shared at Kish hospital

By Olivia Willoughby | April 17, 2012

A gathering was held 6 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where a three attendees shared their experiences with diabetes. During the discussion, the group talked about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and how people who have been...

Sebenste: DeKalb to experience calmer weather this week

By Olivia Willoughby | April 16, 2012

Despite the wind DeKalb has received in the past few days, Mother Nature is finally cooling her jets. Staff Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said this week is going to be much calmer. “It’s going to be a pretty boring week,” he said. “There will...

Community activists attend peaceful protest training

By Olivia Willoughby | April 16, 2012

The group 99% Spring of DeKalb and people from other parts of Illinois attended training for peaceful protesting. The training took place Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 158 N. Fourth St. Richard Gallati, one of the event’s organizers,...

Steve Dobberfuhl, senior finance major, Christina Snarez, junior athletic training major, and Ed Domich, English alumnus enjoy a bonfire and bag tournament in the University Plaza parking lot Wednesday night.

DeKalb Fire Department warns residents about outdoor burning

By Olivia Willoughby | April 11, 2012

Residents are warned by the DeKalb Fire Department to take safety measures with open and outdoor burning due to the dry weather and speedy winds. Greg Hoyle, interim assistant chief at the DeKalb Fire Department said dry weather has been a concern for...

DeKalb can expect cold mornings throughout week

By Olivia Willoughby | April 10, 2012

Mother Nature seems to be back to her old shenanigans again. NIU Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said this week is going to be much colder than the last few weeks. “It’s going to be chilly and windy through Thursday, and we’ll be up in the 50s tomorrow,”...

Brittany Carr, senior photo major, prepares film for development in the Jack Arends Art Building Monday evening.

Cost of art supplies burdens student wallets

By Olivia Willoughby | April 9, 2012

There’s no painting without pain. That is, pain to the wallet. Aside from tuition, art students at NIU have another financial aspect to worry about: art supplies. While some supplies may come cheap, such as paper and some drawing utensils, others, such...