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One of two properties that the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu, or Sammys, operates within on a snowy day on Greenbrier Road in the Greek Row neighborhood. Sammys has been in operation with support from the fraternity’s national chapter for the past five years, despite being unrecognized by NIU in 2018. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

‘Sammys’ fraternity seeks return to good standing

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | January 28, 2023

DeKALB – Spring semester brings new change as the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, colloquially known as “Sammys,” begins the process of returning to good standing under the leadership of new president Farzeen Ansari. The...

Junior sociology major Pat Kreis of Sigma Alpha Mu scrambles out of the pocket.

‘A’ league heats up prior to playoffs

By Eddie Garcia | October 3, 2016

Junior sociology major Pat Kreis of Sigma Alpha Mu scrambles out of the pocket.

‘A’ league plays in downpour

By Eddie Garcia | September 26, 2016

Eddie GarciaStaff WriterDeKALB | You can still feel the energy in the air after Thursday night’s flag football double header with Omega Delta (0-2-0) versus Sigma Alpha Epsilon (1-1-0) and Sigma Alpha Mu (2-0-0) versus Tau Kappa Epsilon (1-1-0).Omega...

PSK beats SAE in Tugs rematch

By Northern Star staff | May 2, 2016

After falling to Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the Tugs championship last year, Phi Sigma Kappa beat Sigma Alpha Epsilon on Saturday to claim the 2016 title.The last day of the tournament featured four matches, including Delta Chi versus Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa...

DeKalb residents line up outside of Feed’em Soup, 122 S. First St., Sept. 9, 2014, to receive food donations. 

Feed’em Soup still in debt, but getting help

By Linda Loya | September 24, 2014

Feed’em Soup is still struggling to make ends meet, but it will use fundraisers and student help to pay off its debt, according to its executive director.In April, the community service project, which feeds community members in need at a reduced cost,...

Members of Phi Sigma Kappa tug in the championship match April 26. Phi Sigma Kappa defeated Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the Tugs Championship on the east side of Huskie Stadium.

Phi Sigs crowned Tugs champs

By Northern Star Staff | April 28, 2014

Phi Sigma Kappa defeated Sigma Alpha Epsilon to take the Tugs Championship title Saturday outside Huskie Stadium.Sigma Alpha Mu beat Delta Chi to earn fifth place Saturday.Phi Kappa Theta won against Sigma Nu to go on and earn third place Saturday.The...

Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon to face off in Tugs Championship

By Northern Star Staff | April 25, 2014

Phi Sigma Kappa defeated Sigma Nu to advance to the Tugs Championship, where they will face Sigma Alpha Epsilon 4:30 p.m. Saturday.In the first match, Sigma Alpha Mu beat Phi Kappa Psi and in the second match, Delta Chi defeated Alpha Kappa Lambda Friday.All...

The Fratastic Four, which includes members from Theta Chi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Upsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon, face off with Alpha Kappa Lambda during the first round of Tugs Monday on the east side of Huskie Stadium. Alpha Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon took home victories during the first day of the tournament.

AKL, Phi Kapps, SAE take home Tugs victories for day 1

By Northern Star Staff | April 22, 2014

The first day of Tugs started off with a delay due to rainy weather conditions, said Interfraternity Council President Trevor Morrison.The tournament’s first match started with Alpha Kappa Lambda beating the Fratastic Four, a team made up of Theta Chi,...

Greek Row gears up for Tugs

Greek Row gears up for Tugs

By Keith Hernandez | April 17, 2014

Everyone has their reasons for tugging.Tugs is a weeklong tug-of-war competition between fraternities and it will start on April 21.Alpha Kappa LambdaJunior economics major Matt Cavanaugh, Alpha Kappa Lambda president and tugger, said his team is ready...

City Council reviews possible changes to landlord-tenant laws

By Joe Palmer | November 14, 2012

DeKalb City Council discussed the potential changes to landlord-tenant regulations at a meeting Tuesday. The council met to review possible changes to the city ordinances regarding landlord regulations, as well as a possible property tax levy for DeKalb...

Slippin n slidin

Slippin’ ‘n’ slidin’

August 30, 2012

(From left to right) Jake Gancarczyk, David Reczynski, Larry Alcaraz, Jake Lytle and Garrett Heidkamp, members of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity on Greek Row, celebrate the new school year. SAM set up a Slip ’N Slide party with freshmen for their hosted...

John Motley left, junior actuarial science major, and Jordan
Rush right, sophomore mechanical engineering major, return to
shore to take first place in the Recycled Boat Race at the East
Lagoon Tuesday afternoon.

Homecoming activity stays afloat with recyclables

By Lauren Dielman | October 11, 2011

Sigma Alpha Mu beat other contenders to take the first place trophy at the recycled boat race held Tuesday afternoon at the East Lagoon. The recycled boat race is a homecoming tradition. Participants, often in groups, build boats made out of recycled...