Pickleball Popularity Hits DeKalb

It’s fun just to say pickleball, now imagine how fun it is to play!  Invented in 1965 as a makeshift sport between family and friends, Pickleball has evolved into one of the fastest growing sports and recreation activities in the country. Pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong using paddles and plastic whiffle balls.  It is played on a court …

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I …

NIU Women’s Tugs Weekend 2016

Recently in DeKalb, a very exciting and well-known event took place at the University Plaza Back Fields: 2016 Northern Illinois Woman’s Tugs! Woman’s Tug’s is an event hosted by the PanHellenic Council for participating sororities and over the years, it has become a highly anticipated competition that many students look forward too. On Friday, October 7th, the games began with …

NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

On Saturday, October 8th, NIU softball field held their first game in support of pediatric cancer awareness. Thanks to senior softball player, Kali Kosakowski, NIU teamed up with Cal’s Angels. This organization is based out of St. Charles and founded by Tom and Stacey Sutter who lost their 6 year old son, Cal, to leukemia. The goal of the organization …

Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

These Huntley Middle School students qualified for the ILMEA competition which will be held on November 19th at DeKalb High School.  Congratulations! BAND INSTRUMENT John (Billy) Adams (8) Bb Clarinet Annie Tyrrell (8) Trumpet Leah Valentiner (7) Flute Annika Burchell (7) Percussion Brianna Castillo (7) Percussion ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT Tess Moreno (8) Cello Sara Valentiner (8) Violin CHORUS Voice Ester Bugumba (7) Alto Bella De La Cruz (8) Soprano Amber …

NIU NAACP student advocacy group now up and running

By RHONDA GILLESPIE – rgillespie@shawmedia.com DeKALB – When Amirius Clinton arrived on the Northern Illinois University campus in 2013 to start his freshman year, he said two things stood out for him: a sizable campus and city police presence, and the absence of an advocacy organization. Coming from Chicago, a city he knew to have controversial police-community relations, Clinton said …

Downtown DeKalb Halloween Tradition Continues

The Downtown DeKalb Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular event will be entering its 19th year on Thursday, October 27th.  The event was created by the Downtown DeKalb Association as a way to bring the community to the downtown area and offer a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat. The first year of the event was so successful many of the shops ran out …

October is STEMfest time at NIU

If you are into science, technology, engineering and/or math, Northern Illinois University’s STEMfest is the place to be this weekend.   The popular annual event will amaze and inform thousand when it hits the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 8. Now in its seventh year, STEMfest is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates innovations in …