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DeKALB — DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo spoke at the Student Association’s State of the SA and town hall meeting Monday night to discuss the progress of a police statistics website as well as the department’s community relations and training initiatives, in light of an Aug. 24 use of fo…

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DeKALB — The dark skies and rain did not stop the annual Take Back the Night march 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the MLK Commons. The event aimed to increase awareness about sexual assault and violence as well as to offer support to survivors.

DeKALB — NIU’s Division of Finance and Administration raised the minimum stipend rate for full-time graduate assistants Aug. 16 to be $1,500 per month, according to a March 29 memo obtained through a FOIA request.

NIU STEM Fest will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Convocation Center, 1525 West Lincoln Highway. 

The Student Association Senate passed a resolution to have the SA officially proclaim National Ombuds Day at Sunday night’s Senate meeting.

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The Northern Television Center was nominated Friday for two Midwest Emmy student awards for productions made by students last spring.

NIU President Lisa Freeman spoke at Thursday’s Operating Staff Council Meeting. The following are excerpts from her speech. The speech was lightly edited for clarity and consistency.

The Faculty Senate will move forward with drafting a set of shared governance reforms, which are aimed at vesting the Faculty Senate with academic responsibility and authority and at simplifying the current shared governance structure and processes.

NIU released its Annual Safety and Security Report, containing crime statistics and safety information for each of its campuses. Compared to 2017, NIU’s DeKalb campus reported 58 fewer criminal offenses in 2018, dropping from 303 in 2017 to 245 in 2018, according to the report.

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid is open. It's best to apply early, according to the Office of Financial Aid.