Northern Star

Female leaders take spotlight on campus

Linda Saborio, Faculty Senate president and University Council executive secretary,  speaks during a Wednesday University Council meeting. Saborio is one of the five females who represents a shared governance group. 

Lindsey Slavatelli

December 11, 2017

DeKALB — Representatives of shared governance groups had already been elected by their councils when it was announced acting President Lisa Freeman would take office July 1, making for NIU’s first entirely female leadership team.Shared governance groups have an elected representative that speaks ...

Trustees re-approve Baker’s severance package

Michael Urbanec

December 11, 2017

DeKALB — Several months and a lawsuit later, the Board of Trustees re-voted to approve former President Doug Baker’s severance package.Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, filed for an injunction against Baker’s severance pay June 27 after the presidential transition agreement was passed ...

Asian American Resource Center to get new site

James Krause

December 11, 2017

DeKALB — NIU is working to finalize the relocation of the Asian American Resource Center after a call for action by students earlier this year.There is no definite timeline in place, but Chief Diversity Officer Vernese Edghill-Walden said she hopes a move is completed by spring break. Edghill-Walden...

Panel discusses opioid epidemic

NIU Police commander Joseph Przybyla speaks at a STEM Cafe event Tuesday at Fatty’s Pub and Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, regarding the opioid epidemic impacting the community. 

Michael Urbanec

December 7, 2017

DeKALB — As the opioid epidemic tightens its grips on the surrounding area, a local pub hosted a STEM Cafe panel Tuesday to discuss how to combat its effect.Students and residents packed into a back room at Fatty’s Pub and Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, prepared to have their questions about the ...

Autism: moving beyond labels

Autism spokesperson Temple Grandin talks about her personal experience with autism during her event, Developing Individuals Who Have Different Kinds of Minds. Grandin spoke Wednesday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

Jessie Kern

December 7, 2017

DeKALB — Famed autism spokesperson Temple Grandin spoke about the relevance of different minds in society and the different ways individuals think and learn on campus Wednesday.As someone with autism herself, Grandin focused the presentation on the autistic brain during the event in the Duke Ellingto...

Trustees to reassess severance ; Board to reevaluate Former president’s pay

Northern Star Staff

December 7, 2017

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to discuss former President Doug Baker’s severance pay.Wheeler Coleman, Board of Trustees chairperson, will deliver the chair’s report, which consists of the terms of Baker’s resignation and severance pay. The package is being reconsidered after a...

Huskies Den may serve alcohol after renovations

Jessie Kern

December 4, 2017

DeKALB — The Huskies Den will be adding a sports grill and staircase connected to the BlackHawk Cafe if the Board of Trustees approves renovation plans during a Thursday meeting.The proposed renovations to the Huskies Den are not yet approved, but the entire project is moving toward developing cons...

Tax bill to affect higher education

James krause

November 30, 2017

DeKALB — Anna Quider, NIU Government Relations director, spoke to Faculty Senate Wednesday about pressing issues in Washington D.C. that have an effect on higher education.Quider, who spoke via Skype from the nation’s capital, talked about a likely vote on a tax bill in the U.S. Senate and its diff...

Campus tours attract future Huskies

Campus tours attract future Huskies

Morgan Fink

November 30, 2017

DeKALB — With overall enrollment down 5.1 percent from the past fall, enrollment officials said campus visits are one of the most important factors in ensuring students choose NIU in pursuing higher education.NIU offers individual, small-group and open-house tours to acquaint interested students w...

Party protocols increase

Michael Urbanec

November 30, 2017

DeKALB — Party-goers may have noticed an increased presence from police and university officials in the Greek Row neighborhood after new university protocols were implemented this semester.NIU officials, in conjunction with members of the Student Association, started conducting compliance checks this seme...

Haji-Sheikh wins board lawsuit; trustees violated Open Meeting Act

Michael Urbanec

November 27, 2017

SYCAMORE — DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller ruled during a summary judgment Wednesday in favor of Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, finding the Board of Trustees in violation of the Illinois Open Meeting Act and voiding the unpaid portion of former President Doug Baker’s severance ...

Protesters gather outside president’s office

James Krause

November 27, 2017

DEKALB — Protesters chanted and marched outside of Altgeld Hall Nov. 20 to protest a contract negotiation process they feel has been unfair because of actions carried out by NIU’s bargaining team.The rally was organized by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District ...