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Triathlon brings in locals

By Ryan Chodora | February 23, 2014

The Sochi Winter Olympics may have been the highlight of athleticism in February, but that didn’t stop locals from pushing their own athletic abilities Sunday.The Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 W. Bethany Road, held its ninth-annual triathlon. There were...

Program lets drivers zip around

By Ryan Chodora | February 19, 2014

Students without transportation have a reason to rejoice: The Zipcar program has made its way to NIU.Zipcar is a car-rental service with a focus on convenience and simplicity. Two Zipcars have made it to campus: a Ford Focus and a Ford Escape. On Thursday,...

300 locals apply for concealed carry

By Ryan Chodora | February 16, 2014

Locals are taking advantage of Illinois’ concealed-carry law as more than 300 people have applied for a concealed-carry permit in DeKalb County.A concealed-carry permit allows a person to conceal a handgun or other weapon in permitted public places....

Drivers educated on cellphone law

By Ryan Chodora | February 13, 2014

Illinois is launching a campaign to educate drivers about a ban on driving with hand-held cellphones.Several state departments have launched a campaign, Drop it and Drive, to raise awareness of the law. The campaign will include the distribution of posters...

Professor talks Higgs boson

By Ryan Chodora | February 11, 2014

Locals gathered to learn about what some call the “Holy Grail” of physics at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Highway.Physics professor Dhiman Chakraborty gave a presentation about the Higgs boson.The presentation...

Students learn ‘What to Wear’

Students learn ‘What to Wear’

By Ryan Chodora | February 6, 2014

Students got a crash course presentation on dressing professionally outside of academia.Community advisers from New Residence Hall, Career Services, Goodwill, Empire Modelz and NIU Athletics hosted ‘What to Wear,’ a professional fashion presentation,...

Library weight loss program begins

Library weight loss program begins

By Ryan Chodora | February 4, 2014

The Sycamore Public Library is helping residents lose their unwanted weight with a health program.Mission SlimPossible is a free, public weight-loss support group created by the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St. The group’s first meeting was...

Task force to meet to talk city hall changes

By Ryan Chodora | January 28, 2014

Mayor John Rey has created a task force to assist in the renovations to City Hall. The group will meet this week.Second ward alderman Bill Finucane, fifth ward alderman Ron Naylor and others from the city’s staff and finance advisory board have been...

Temporary dog park is popular, may stick around

By Ryan Chodora | January 27, 2014

DeKalb’s first dog park, while temporary, is raising ears amongst the park board after positive reception.The DeKalb Park District set-up a temporary dog park in Katz Park on Dresser Road in December. This temporary dog park was designed to gauge interest,...

MLK’s legacy inspires students to share their dreams

By Ryan Chodora | January 23, 2014

Students are penning their dreams on NIU’s commemorative MLK Dream Wall for Martin Luther King Jr. service week.The Dream Wall was organized by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and was divided into six panels and delivered...

Search begins for park board leader

By Ryan Chodora | January 20, 2014

It’s expected that the DeKalb Park District will have a new executive director May.Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates have been commissioned to find the executive director of the DeKalb Park Board.The director acts as a connection link between the...

Artist uses work to share stories

By Ryan Chodora | January 16, 2014

A faculty member and artist showcased her work from throughout the years at a Wednesday presentation.Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz, School of Art foundations coordinator, gave a presentation where she showcased her work with colored pencils at noon Wednesday...