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The parking lot behind Gabel Hall sits empty Monday. During a typical semester, Lot 38 is usually full, but due to the NIUs campus shutting down, most of the parking lots are barren.

New parking options are a great convenience for dorm residents

By Parker Otto | October 5, 2020

For years, the only option for students living in the residence halls to park their cars were the Orange lots by Grant and Stevenson Towers and New Hall. This gave students at Neptune and Gilbert Halls a disadvantage. This was until Campus Parking Services,...

Egyptian Theatre historic seminar gives construction update

By Parker Otto | February 19, 2020

DeKALB – Several features such as air-conditioning are being integrated into the 90-year-old structure as part of the current Egyptian Theatre’s expansion plan.The progress of the Egyptian Theatre’s ongoing expansion project was relayed to the general...

Pi Sigma Epsilon offers tools and networking opportunities to members

Pi Sigma Epsilon offers tools and networking opportunities to members

By Parker Otto | February 11, 2020

Pi Sigma Epsilon, while centered in marketing and sales, is a co-ed fraternity that offers tools and networking opportunities for students of any major looking to increase their chances of gaining employment after graduating.NIU’s Gamma Zeta chapter...

Beatles tribute band coming to Egyptian Theatre

By Parker Otto | February 5, 2020

DeKALB — The end of The Beatles came in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the group, but 50 years later the music of The Beatles lives on and will be performed by The Return, an American Beatles tribute band. The show will be 7:30 p.m....

Jennifer Lopez and daughter Emme Maribel Muniz perform Sunday during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game.

Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show impresses viewers

By Parker Otto | February 3, 2020

The Pepsi Halftime Show of Super Bowl LIV proved one thing: Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are just as relevant today as they were 20 years ago. The duo's performance was incredible and served as an tribute to Latin American culture, while completely demolishing...

Common Grounds to host Freestyle Art Night

By Parker Otto | January 22, 2020

Coffee lovers of DeKalb will be able to make their own works of art while drinking locally brewed coffee at Common Grounds. The local coffeehouse will be hosting a Freestyle Art Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday which will be open to all and will provide...

Comedian Brian Regan will perform 7 p.m. Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Comedian to visit DeKalb

By Parker Otto | January 20, 2020

DeKALB — Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, sports and guns will be among the topics comedian Brian Regan will joke about in his upcoming performance 7 p.m. Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre.The staff of the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., is more than...

Mock Trial uses classroom experience

By Parker Otto | January 13, 2020

DeKALB — Mock Trial takes students from the classroom to competitions, allowing them to compete in real-world law scenarios.Members of Mock Trial begin their journey in POLS 419. This course determines who will compete in the mock trial club competitions,...

(From Left) Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome and Jaeden Martell star as the Thrombey family in Knives Out. 

‘Knives Out’ revives murder mysteries with exciting twists

By Parker Otto | December 5, 2019

The murder mystery is a dying breed of film with very few filmmakers partaking in the genre. While some recent films have revived this style, including 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” they are mainly adaptations of pre-existing material.“Knives...

Egyptian Theatre to screen ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

By Parker Otto | November 30, 2019

DeKALB – The holiday film “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be screened at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N Second St. The screening will feature multiple additions that a viewer can’t experience at home Jeanine Holcomb, Marketing...

Joe Pesci, left, and Robert De Niro star in the The Irishman which stars De Niro  as a hitman for the Mafia.

‘The Irishman’ sees a return to form for Scorsese

By Parker Otto | November 30, 2019

In the past decade, Martin Scorsese has been experimenting with different genres of film, including dark comedy with “The Wolf of Wall Street,” family entertainment with “Hugo” and historical epic with “Silence.”When Scorsese decided to make...

‘Charlie’s Angels’ suffers from poor action

By Parker Otto | November 29, 2019

Colorful characters and decent humor are not enough to salvage “Charlie’s Angels” which suffers from poor action and a dull narrative. Based on the 70s television show and the two films from the early 2000s, “Charlie’s Angels” stars a new...