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Polo G performs  9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. 

Rappers kick off Homecoming with energetic show

By Quentin Wilson | October 23, 2019

DeKALB — Rapper Polo G kicked off Homecoming Week with a heartfelt performance 9 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. The event was hosted by the Campus Activities Board.Chicago rapper Queen Key and NIU students...

Chess should be a core subject in schools

By Anthony Parlogean | October 6, 2019

“Chess is engaging, challenging and it stimulates [the] brain,” associate professor of counseling Scott Wickman said. “In addition to that, chess is a parallel to life.”Chess is more than a game – it is a valuable tool that can be used in life,...

Blast From The Past: Hot Space

By Parker Otto | May 20, 2019

With the release of the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in November, a killer performance at the 91st Academy Awards in February and an upcoming North American tour starting July 10, Queen is on fire. The music that their current and past members have...

DeKalb welcomes Scottish rockers

By Peter Zemeske | April 1, 2019

World renowned bagpipe rockers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers brought their Scottish-tinged rock covers and original music to the Egyptian Theatre Friday.Not to be confused with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers formed in Scotland in 2002...

Queen + Adam Lambert to tour North America

By Parker Otto | December 22, 2018

Just after the success of the 2018 “Bohemian Rhapsody” film Dec. 3, Queen announced their latest North American tour with vocalist Adam Lambert simply dubbed “The Rhapsody Tour.” The tour is set to start July 10 and finish Aug. 23 with venues...

Rami Malek embodies Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By Parker Otto | November 7, 2018

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is an entertaining and heartwarming film that tells the story of the larger-than-life band Queen. The film, released Nov. 2, contains a stellar cast, fantastic music and a great balance of comedy and drama.The film tells the story...

Wooden guitar.

Editor’s choice playlist

By Sam Malone | April 13, 2017

Wooden guitar.

Beats from the Street: Sept. 17

Beats from the Street: Sept. 17

By Northern Star staff | September 18, 2015

Here is what music students had on their playlists this week:Kristin Patel, sophomore visual communications major, said she listens to a playlist called "Stuff I Like," which includes Coldplay, Rise Against and Awolnation. Patel said new music doesn't...

‘Dirty Dancing’ reduced, reused, recycled

By Katie Finlon | July 9, 2012

What do Pitbull and Patrick Swayze have in common? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a movie. About a month ago, I was listening to the new Pitbull song, “Back in Time.” While jamming to that and driving, I recognized this hook: “Baby, oh baby, my...

Freshman undecided major Anja Carlson votes for Homecoming King
and Queen at the Holmes Student Center Wednesday afternoon

Homecoming royalty voted in

By Andrea Azzo | October 12, 2011

Students had the opportunity to crown royalty during Wednesday's homecoming court elections. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, ballots could be cast in DuSable Hall and the Holmes Student Center. Some students said they voted for people they know. "The...