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College towns often benefit from those who study there, but not many NIU students are visiting DeKalb’s downtown district.  So city officials went to them directly to see how they can change this trend.

Like many cities of its size, DeKalb has a well-defined downtown district that’s home to many businesses and attractions.  Economic Development coordinator Jason Michnick says they’ve also been working to constantly improve it.

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Dozens of crosses line sidewalks near the MLK Commons. Each is adorned by a red heart, and the victim’s name and age.

A number on each cross represents a murder in Chicago this year.

Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Aurora, says he plans to build a cross for each victim. He takes them to different locations, like Englewood in Chicago.

For NIU students like Matthew Moore, the collection is eye-opening. He says the community needs to work together to stop the line of crosses from growing longer.

Some DeKalb residents are petitioning for the Metra system to offer service to the city.  

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In a period of declining enrollment and shrinking university budgets, adjunct and temporary faculty are taking a wider role in higher education, including Northern Illinois University.

When someone thinks of going to college, the common image is a wizened old professor lecturing to a classroom of eager undergrads. Or a teacher’s assistant holding a session for graduate students. Christopher McCord, Dean of NIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, says that’s at least the ideal.

NIU Recording Engineers Take Home A Grammy

Feb 13, 2017
NIU Today

Northern Illinois University's Dan Nichols won a Grammy Sunday.

He is head of the university's Recording Services. NIU graduate Matt Ponio also shared in the Grammy. 

They won for the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for engineering Third Coast Percussion's Album "Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich." 

Nichols is the founder and CEO of Aphorism Studios, Inc., a multimedia production company.

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