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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...

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...

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...

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...

Chicago Police Commander Roderick Robinson was named the second of three NIU Chief of Police finalists.

Chicago Police Commander named second police chief finalist

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 27, 2021
Roderick Robinson was named the second of three candidates for the available NIU Chief of Police position.
Interim NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell will speak to the NIU community Monday about his goals for the NIU Police Department if named the next chief of the department. Mitchell has been a member the NIU Police Department since 2000.

NIU Interim Chief of Police named a finalist for permanent position

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 24, 2021

DeKALB — NIU announced the name of the first candidate for the open NIU Chief of Police position Wednesday as Interim Chief of Police Darren Mitchell. Mitchell is a graduate of NIU and joined the NIU Police Department in January of 2000 as a patrol...

An NIU police car parked on campus.

Open forums scheduled for 3 NIU Police Chief finalists

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 22, 2021
NIU will be holding open forums for its three potential candidates for the chief of police position that opened back in April.
SGA Senate The Student Government Association Senate unanimously approved its first senator for the semester at Sunday’s meeting.

SGA appoints new chairperson for Organization Oversight Committee

Jack Strunk, News Reporter November 22, 2021

DeKALB — The Student Government Association Senate appointed the 2022 Board of Elections at Sunday’s meeting, along with appointing Senator Jacob Burg as the Chair of the Board of Elections. The Senate appointed the five members of the 2022 Board...

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