DREAM Action NIU hosts sixth annual Coming out of the Shadows

DeKALB — Undocumented students came out of the shadows to tell personal stories to students and faculty while reflecting on the hardships they face in America. DREAM Action NIU hosted its 6th annual Coming Out of the Shadows event in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Due to the rain and cold weather, the event didn’t hold a unity march as it …

DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference

The DeKalb School District  was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the four National Honor Choirs, approximately 1,600 students from all 50 states performed at the National Conference. These students auditioned against tens of thousands of other students across the United States …

DeKalb School District Art Show!

According to Art Education Coordinator Tricia Schumacher, the District 428 Art Show has been going on since at least 1999 when she started teaching in DeKalb. While it was previously held at the DeKalb High School Library (in the old building) it was clear that space was outgrown when there would be a line of people waiting to get into …

Support local farmers, artists at market Dec. 1

DeKALB – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St., will host a winter farmers market with local artisans and a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 Admission is $1. Organizer Dan Kenney said there will be more than 20 vendors, including many newcomers. Hasselmann Family Farm will offer grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, eggs, …

Oscar nominee takes in the shape of his alma mater at DeKalb High

DeKalb High School Athletic Director Peter Goff presents Richard and Sharon Jenkins with school spirit wear as Principal James Horne looks on Monday afternoon. Richard Jenkins, a member of DHS’ Class of 1965, got a tour of his alma mater and will be in town through Tuesday night, when “The Shape of Water,” for which he was nominated for an …

Steelpan in The Last Jedi influenced by NIU’s Liam Teague

A distinctive part of the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the steel drum on the music that played during the movie’s scenes on the planet of Canto Bight.  That influence, it turns out, can be traced back directly to NIU’s Liam Teague, Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan Studies.   But it wasn’t until last year’s release of The Last …