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The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Weekly events: Week of Oct. 12

Weekly events: Week of Dec. 6

Northern Star Staff December 5, 2021

Monday NIUCG Winter Plant Sale: Support scholarships for student interns by purchasing a winter planter bowl from NIU Communiversity Gardens. Students can choose from three different options or grab one of each. The cost is $20 per planter. Pick...

Kelly Bauer, breaking news editor at Block Club Chicago, garnered national attention by cracking the vaccine scandal in March 2021 at Loretto Hospital in Chicago.

Northern Star alumna snags prestigious journalism award

Yari Tapia, News Editor December 3, 2021

Kelly Bauer, former Northern Star Editor-in-Chief, was recently awarded as Chicago’s Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association. “It was really exciting and unexpected,” Bauer said. “It's just like a really, you know, huge...

John Vinson spoke about his goals for the NIU Police Department if selected as the next chief of police Thursday during an open forum. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

John Vinson’s pitch to be next police chief: ‘What do you need from us?’

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

DeKALB — John Vinson, current director of strategic planning and accreditation at Indiana University, discussed in a Thursday forum a plan toward community policing not based on his wants but focused on the wants of the community. Vinson discussed...

NIU Chief of Police candidate John Vinson was the Chief of Police at the University of Washington during a time that saw the department the subject of an external investigation. The department is also facing a civil suit alleging a culture of racism during and after Vinsons departure in 2019. (Cliff DesPeaux & Jordan Pickett | The Daily)

Police Chief candidate’s former department subject of external investigation

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2021

DeKALB— Prior to his time at Indiana University, NIU Chief of Police candidate John Vinson served 10 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Vinson served at Washington during a time that saw the department not just receive triple accreditation...

Gas prices in Illinois.

Week of Nov. 30 gas update: Prices increase 2 cents per gallon

Aidan Bengford, News Reporter December 1, 2021

DeKALB – Gas prices have maintained similar prices in Illinois for the past month. Illinois gas prices have risen by 2 cents in the past week averaging $3.52/g on November 29th. These prices are 1.2 cents higher per gallon than the average in Illinois...

DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study is updating its 2019 Active Transportation Plan. DeKalb County is working on another path connecting the health department going next to the community gardens along Dresser Road by the fire department.

Updated active transportation plan adds connector paths

Elisa Reamer, News Reporter December 1, 2021

DeKALB — DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study is updating its 2019 Active Transportation Plan to reflect the addition of a connector path between N. Annie Glidden Road and W. Dresser Road by DeKalb High School.  The Active Transportation Plan...

Red flag warning: NIU Foundation invests nearly $7 million in fossil fuels

‘Red flag warning’: NIU Foundation invests nearly $7 million in fossil fuels

Kierra Frazier, Managing Editor November 30, 2021

DeKALB – Within the NIU Foundation’s top 16 investments – worth $2 million or more – in its $95.6 million endowment fund, an estimated 13% is invested in fossil fuel stocks. The Foundation’s top investments, amounting to $52.6 million...

Snow covers the East Lagoon as more colder temperatures are expected this week.

Weather update for week of Dec. 1-5

Kyron Lewis, Lifestyle Writer November 30, 2021

DeKALB — The weather for the week of Dec. 1 will be mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain. This information is provided by the National Weather Service.  Wednesday Wednesday will have a 30% chance of rain; it will be mostly cloudy with a...

Roderick Robinson, candidate for the NIU chief of police position, wants students to have a relationship with the police department and develop trust.

C.P.D. veteran highlights building trust in open forum

Yari Tapia, News Editor November 30, 2021

DeKALB — Roderick Robinson, a 26 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, plans to prioritize community engagement if selected as the next NIU chief of police.  The Chicago Police Commander helped to reduce the crime rate in Englewood by 12%...

John Vinson was named the final candidate in NIUs search for a permanent Chief of Police. Vinson currently serves as the director of strategic planning and accredidation at Indiana University and served as the Chief of Police at the University of Washington from 2009 to 2016.

Indiana University director named final NIU Police Chief candidate

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2021

DeKALB— With 25 years of experience in public administration and safety, John Vinson was named as the final applicant for the open NIU Chief of Police position. The current director of strategic planning and accreditation at Indiana University, Vinson...

Darren Mitchell, acting NIU chief of police, spoke  as the first candidate of a series of open forums. Mitchell outlined a priority to establish a better sense of trust between students and campus police. (Abigail Norton | Northern Star)

Mitchell emphasizes relationship building in police chief pitch

Jack Strunk, News Reporter November 29, 2021

  DeKALB — Darren Mitchell, acting NIU chief of police, outlined his goals for increasing campus safety and building trust with the NIU community if selected as the next permanent NIU chief of police in an open forum Monday.  Mitchell has...

Weekly events for week of Nov. 29.

Weekly events: Week of Nov. 29

Northern Star Staff November 28, 2021

Monday Open Forum for Chief of Police Candidate #1: Join the campus community for an open forum with Candidate #1 for the position of Chief of Police and Public Safety. Those who are not able to attend in person are invited to watch virtually through...

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