September 18 – September 22 – North Star

FromKALB – The main stories of the week from September 18 to September 22, including Tuesday’s story about a student who was hit by a vehicle outside New Hall.

September 18: El Grito kicks off Latino Heritage Month celebrations at NIU

Latino co-ed fraternity Alpha Psi Lambda kicked off Latino Heritage Month on Thursday with El Grito, the annual event to support Latino pride and independence.

The event featured a new addition this year with the inclusion of a parade of students, alumni and faculty marching around campus with flags from various Latin American countries, according to the Northern Star.

Latin Heritage Month events and activities will continue throughout September and early October.

September 19: NIU Police: Student hit by vehicle near New Hall

An NIU student was hit by a vehicle near the new residence hall around 12:20 p.m. Monday.

The person who was struck by the vehicle has been released from the hospital, according to Deputy Chief Jason John and the NIU Police Department. The person who was struck was not walking in a crosswalk when the incident occurred.

September 20: GSRC to host the Cultural Sister Summit

The Cultural Sisterhood Summit will take place Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center at 231 N. Annie Glidden Road.

The Cultural Sisterhood Summit aims to empower women of all backgrounds. They also aim to educate women about gender identity, femininity and intersectionality. According to the Northern Star, the program wants to connect people who are different, whether in their racial background or in their sexuality.

September 21: Bertucci wins MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

Francesca Bertucci, NIU Volleyball’s No. 2 Defensive Specialist/Libero, is the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, the conference announced Monday.

Bertucci’s performance last weekend at the NIU Invitational against the University of Rhode Island and the University of Southern Indiana also earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team, according to the Northern Star. It was his fourth all-tournament team cap this season.

Bertucci currently leads the program with 197 kills and 5.63 digs per set over 10 games. The second has now won four MAC West Defensive Player of the Week picks, as she also won two last year.

September 22: DeKalb County Health Department: COVID-19 updates, vaccination options

The DeKalb County Health Department has released an update on community health and COVID-19.

DeKalb County is currently at high levels of COVID-19 cases, according to DCHD. The department recommends that all residents who can get vaccinated and receive booster shots do so.

According to the Northern Star, the health department also recommends DeKalb residents get a flu shot. Due to delays, the DCHD is currently out of stock of flu shots, but community members can find flu shot locations through the CDC’s vaccine website.

The DCHD also offers assistance to residents applying for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace. The DCHD also offers back-to-school vaccinations.