Cambodian student one of four to receive the Lincoln Laureate award

DeKALB — International Cambodian student I Younan An, who is also a senior political science major, proves anything is possible by becoming the first international NIU student to win the Lincoln Laureate award. An said he believes taking advantage of his time played a vital role in being honored with NIU`s Lincoln Laureate Award. The award is given to an …

Northern Illinois University powers up with regional high school students

Participants build, race solar cars to learn about renewable energy DeKALB – Regional high school students put their renewable energy-powered engineering skills to the test Thursday at Northern Illinois University. It wasn’t easy, some burgeoning engineers said. “It was actually really hard [to build the cars],” said DeKalb High School student Selina Diaz, 17. Her teammate, Yuliana Sanchez, 15, said …

Award-winning film by NIU prof. about local food production, hunger makes DeKalb debut

DeKALB – An award-winning film focused on food production and hunger in DeKalb County will make its local debut this weekend. The 35-minute documentary, “Think Globally, Eat Locally,” directed by DeKalb filmmaker and Northern Illinois University faculty member Laura Vazquez, was filmed in DeKalb County and released in 2016. It will be screened in DeKalb for the first time at …

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 …

Kemp brings hometown pride to Huskie volleyball

First-year middle blocker Jasmine Kemp said she is not enamored with the flash or glamor of a big city. She describes herself as an old soul who is more likely to listen to British-American rapper Slick Rick’s discography than anything else; she knows all of “Children’s Story” more than the current era’s rap music. Kemp said her desire to be …

Clinton Rosette Middle School to host second annual Taste fundraiser Thursday

DeKALB – Now that they’ve had a taste, Clinton Rosette Middle School’s PTO can’t wait for a second helping of Taste of CRMS. The middle school, at 650 N. First St., will host its second annual fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Event organizer Stephanie Gooden, vice president of CRMS’ Parent Teacher Organization Board, said last year’s inaugural event was …

NIU, DeKalb community members host fifth-annual Unity Walk

  DeKALB – New Hope Church senior pastor Joe Mitchell said he remembers a lot of unrest across the U.S. after protests in Missouri over the death of Ferguson resident Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer, five years ago. Mitchell said he noticed that the only time there was no violence during the Ferguson protests …

NIU’s ROTC and military sciences director honored at Chicago Bears game

  Lt. Col. Karl Nilsen, NIU Military Sciences Department chair, will be the Soldier of the Game during the Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks game 7:15, Monday, at Soldier Field. A deserving member of the military is honored during an on-field recognition during the third quarter of each Bears home game. Nilsen will be accompanied by his wife Kathryn and sons Clark …

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore awards $6.5K in literacy grants

There are so many ways to spell winners when it comes to the Altrusa International Community Spelling Bee. Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore recently awarded $6,500 in grants to the following local schools, libraries and other literacy-focused organizations: 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care), Clinton Rosette Middle School, Littlejohn Elementary School, NIU Campus Child Care, Children’s Learning Center, the DeKalb Public Library, …