Backup Has Arrived

  Years ago, I was out on a ride along with the DeKalb Police Department, with Sergeant (now Commander) Craig “Woody” Woodruff.  We were stopped on a normal call that escalated to a bad call.  Without thinking, Woody stepped between me and the danger.  His first reaction to a threat was to protect–to put himself at greater risk in order …

Discover, NIU announce partnership for new student innovation program

DeKALB, ILLINOIS – Students soon will have the opportunity to help develop new technologies through a new partnership between Northern Illinois University and Discover Financial Services on NIU’s DeKalb campus. Starting in the fall, 40 to 50 students will be paid an hourly wage for no more than 19 hours a week to work on and help develop new Discover …

NIU Robotics beats out U of I, Northwestern to win regional title

The NIU Robotics team is flying high after securing its first-ever first-place finish at the Midwestern Robotics Design Competition, beating out such competitors as the University of Illinois and Northwestern. “I am incredibly proud of NIU Robotics and the hard work that went into this success,” NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Dean Donald Peterson said. “Our students have the vision, …

NIU students care for Earth, community during annual event

Northern Illinois University sophomore Keira Donnamario (left) and senior Alexis Isely work Saturday in the garden at DeKalb resident Mary Lu Stracker’s home during NIU Cares Day.   DeKALB – Alexis Isely never gets tired of seeing the faces of those she helps on NIU Cares Day. This year, the Northern Illinois University senior raked leaves and worked in the …

New bike share program ready to ride onto campus

Those looking to get around campus easily and affordably will soon have a convenient option as the university debuts a new bike share program. Red bicycles will be parked across campus for quick and convenient rentals beginning Tuesday, April 24. A kickoff event for the new service will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Promenade Lounge of the Holmes …

Volunteers Rock on Downtown Clean Up

It began as a discussion on David Bell’s “You Know You’re From DeKalb, When” Facebook group page. DeKalb elementary school teacher Cate Cardella then put words into action and organized a 2018 Downtown DeKalb Clean-up Day. More than 60 volunteers showed up on a Sunday afternoon to clean debris from the old central business district. First ward alderman David Jacobson brought …

History professor Aaron Fogleman wins Guggenheim Fellowship

With scarcely a day going by without proposals, protests or headlines surrounding the issue of immigration, Northern Illinois University historyprofessor Aaron Fogleman informs present-day issues by peering deep into the past. From 1492 to 1870, more than 22 million migrants made their way to the Americas, says Fogleman, who quantified the wave of migration through meticulous research. In many respects, current debates echo …