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NIU response to shooting aimed for accuracy, quick delivery

By Thomas Verschelde | November 30, 2011

Both on and off-campus public relations practitioners agree NIU succeeded in its response to Wednesday's shooting at 809 Edgebrook Drive.Kathy Buettner, vice-president of University Relations, said the first thing the university had to deal with was determining...

PeaceJam Scholars combats violence

By Thomas Verschelde | November 30, 2011

A student organization known as PeaceJam Scholars is pledging that, in the face of new violence, the campus must be proactive about peace, said David Shernoff, faculty representative for PeaceJam Scholars. PeaceJam Scholars is a student-run group dedicated...

Gary Billings, 66, Dekalb, sorts donated food into bags at The
Salvation Army on 830 Grove Street in DeKalb Friday afternoon. They
will be hosting a Thanksgiving food drive next Tuesday at 9

Local organizations offer donation, volunteer opportunities for the holidays

By Thomas Verschelde | November 22, 2011

DeKalb County offers many opportunities to give or volunteer this holiday season. From donating food to those less fortunate to volunteering at a soup kitchen, it is important to get involved and help out the community, said Samantha Hunt, secretary at...

Dead Man Walking

By Thomas Verschelde and Dave Gong | November 20, 2011

Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of this material, the subject's name has been changed at his request to protect his privacy. At age 21, Adam Larson died for the first time. Larson, a Rockford resident, began using drugs at age 16. "I smoked...

Molly’s to relocate

By Thomas Verschelde | November 15, 2011

Molly's Eatery & Drinkery is in the process of moving from its longtime location at 1022 W. Lincoln Highway to where the Campus Club dance club used to be. Kujtime Redzepi, owner of Molly's Eatery and Drinkery, said they are moving because their lease...

Winter is coming

By Thomas Verschelde | November 13, 2011

Getting your car ready for winter is more than just filling your antifreeze, said Brian Durfey, part sales manager at AutoZone, 1530 Sycamore Road. Durfey said the first thing that needs to be checked is the starting system. He said to check the battery,...

Mikey Brown, junior family and individual development major,
performs at Diversity Monologues at Grant South Tuesday

Project RED brings three days of diversity celebrations to Grant Tower

By Thomas Verschelde | November 8, 2011

Grant Tower is celebrating diversity through the the Residents Engaging in Diversity Project, also known as Project RED."Diversity is much bigger than race and culture," said Martise Cooks, full-time hall director of Grant D Tower. "It can be other things...

Deadline for Promise Fund apps set for Nov.1

By Thomas Verschelde | October 26, 2011

The DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) is accepting applications for a Promise Fund grant that would provide up to $1,500 to educational institutions and community organizations that provide services to the underserved.Elaine Suarez, DCCF Community...

Gov. Quinn promises to veto gambling bill after Ill. pastors send protest letter

Gov. Quinn promises to veto gambling bill after Ill. pastors send protest letter

By Thomas Verschelde | October 25, 2011

Senior Pastor Jon Hutchison of the United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., said gambling expansion in Illinois is not a good way to raise money for the state. A gambling expansion bill caused great controversy in Illinois, leading hundreds of pastors across...

Student Affairs offers scholarship

By Thomas Verschelde | October 18, 2011

NIU's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will offer a $1,000 scholarship for a video of how students have become involved at NIU."We want students to be able to see as many success stories as possible," said Becky Harlow, assistant...

DeKalb helps connect seniors, people with disabilities to the Internet

By Thomas Verschelde | October 17, 2011

NIU participates in a project dedicated to bringing high speed Internet to low-income families and senior citizens. The "Getting Illinois Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities Online Demonstration Project" will provide 3,000 people with high-speed...

Judge Robert Spence named chief judge of 16th Judicial Circuit

By Thomas Verschelde | October 16, 2011

Kane County Judge Robert Spence was appointed chief judge of Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit and will begin his new position in December. "I am excited for him," said Circuit Judge Kurt Klein. "I think he is going to be a great chief judge. He is going...