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The Distinguished Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. performs on stage in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Eight black student organizations represented their histories through stepping and performance at the Rep Yo Org event on April 15. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Creativity, passions and histories at Rep Yo Org

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 17, 2023

DeKALB – During Saturday’s storm, another electrifying manifestation occurred as eight Black student organizations exhibited what they could do. At 8 p.m. April 15 at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium, an audience gathered to witness Rep Yo Org, a showcase...

Tim Thomas picks up trash at the corner before crossing with the group.

Students clean up DeKalb during NIU Cares

By Joey Trella, Marketing Team Coordinator | May 2, 2022
NIU students and DeKalb organizations went around cleaning up campus and surrounding areas on April 29 for NIU Cares Day.
The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha walk out into the trenches on Oct. 22 on the field outside the Rec Center for the first round of Womens Tugs. They were coached by fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.

Spotlight: Women’s Tugs 2021

By Summer Fitzgerald | October 23, 2021
Moments from Women's Tugs 2021.

Informal recruitment tips

By Kennedy Jones | January 26, 2020

With the spring semester beginning, sororities on campus will start informal recruitments. This time around, instead of girls spending a full weekend in dresses and heels, they get to spend one or two nights out of the week in casual outfits.Informal...

Fraternities dance off at competition

By KeAndre Worthy | November 3, 2013

Fraternities and sororities got down in a stroll competition for a Halloween night of fun Thursday.The strolling competition, also known as party walking, involved fraternity or sorority members doing a synchronized dance in front of judges and a crowd....

Women’s tugs shows strength of sisterhood

By Rachel Scaman | October 20, 2013

Delta Zeta sorority ended the weekend with a victory in women’s tugs for the seventh year in a row.The weekend competition ended with Alpha Delta Pi in second and Sigma Kappa in third. Women’s tugs is tug-of-war competition between the social sororities....

No injuries reported in sorority house crash

By Robert Baird | April 1, 2013

A vehicle crashed through the Alpha Sigma Alpha (ASA) sorority house, 1019 Ridge Drive, shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. DeKalb Police Sgt. Jim Haacker said there were no injuries. The driver, 22, had a learners permit, Haacker said. She was taking a right...

Sororities pull together to raise money for breast cancer

By Hailey Kurth | October 20, 2011

This weekend, sororities will get together to compete in women's tugs, Pi Kappa Alpha's annual philanthropy event. Tugs isn't just a game of tug-of-war, though. NIU tugs is a more serious, strategic version of the game. "It's a giant tug-of-war [where]...

Will Rhode, freshman computer and design tech major, eats a
slice of pizza at the Huskie Bash at Huskie Stadium on Thursday

Welcome days ahead at NIU

By Matthew Frierdich | August 21, 2011

DeKALB | Even with the beginning of a new school year, some things never change. The image of confused freshmen carrying boxes followed by crying parents can be seen every fall. In order for new students to feel more comfortable acclimating to their school,...

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

The negative effects of going Greek outweigh the benefits

By Jack Baker | February 2, 2011

Fraternities are just not for me. In my time at NIU, I have never once considered joining one. Sure, a lot of people see them as a way to make new friends, have fun or get more out of their college experience, but I just do not see the appeal. I have...

Going Greek benefits the individual and the community

Going Greek benefits the individual and the community

By Kathryn Minniti | February 2, 2011

The best way to be involved in a school organization, obtain leadership qualities and make friends that will last a lifetime while keeping your grades up is to go Greek. Before you start thinking of the all of the negative stereotypes that go along with...