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Task force to volunteer ten programs for elimination

By Alexander Chettiath | January 19, 2016

Ten undisclosed academic programs have been volunteered for elimination after an initial review of the program prioritization reports.Program prioritization, which began in 2014 after a recommendation from the Higher Learning Commission, uses task forces...

A person sleeps on a sidewalk bench.

Homelessness up for NIU students

By Alexander Chettiath | November 23, 2015

A person sleeps on a sidewalk bench.

NIU credit rating down

By Alexander Chettiath | October 29, 2015

NIU and three other Illinois universities saw a downgrade in their credit ratings on Monday because of their “high reliance on the State of Illinois for operating funding,” according to a report issued by Moody’s Investor Services.Moody’s is a...

SA Senate approves environmental affairs position

By Alexander Chettiath | October 19, 2015

The Student Association Senate approved a new cabinet position, director of Environmental Affairs, with 29 of 30 senators voicing approval Sunday.The position was proposed by SA President Nathan Lupstein, after he introduced it to the senate in his executive...

Panel discusses program prioritization

Panel discusses program prioritization

By Alexander Chettiath | October 15, 2015

NIU held a question and answer session with a program prioritization panel Wednesday, addressing concerns regarding the structure and public availability of program reports, use of data and frequency of grading.Program prioritization at NIU, which began...

Brett Williams, former Student Association director of Mass Transit, facilitates a focus group on the HuskieLine on Feb. 23 in the Campus Life Building. A new tracking system may debut next semester at the earliest, said Rob Jusino, Student Association director of Mass Transit.

HuskieLine to receive new GPS

By Alexander Chettiath | October 8, 2015

Students may not see a new HuskieLine bus tracking system until next semester, said Rob Jusino, Student Association director of Mass Transit.The new GPS system, which Jusino said would range in the thousands of dollars, stemmed from SA’s 2015 spring...

A partially reconstructed Stevens Building is seen Sunday outside of Zulauf Hall. Maintenance for the Stevens Building, which will include covering certain areas of the construction site and heating, may cost up to $50,000, said Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance.

Stevens Building could have delays

By Alexander Chettiath | September 14, 2015

Junior theatre major Julian Serna said it is a “bummer” that he has to cross campus to attend his theatre classes.“I’ve had classes at McMurry Hall, then right after that at Graham Hall, so I have to hightail it across campus,” Serna said.Serna...

DeKalb citizens talk strategic plan

By Alexander Chettiath | July 27, 2015

The City of DeKalb, with help from the NIU Center for Governmental Studies, has held five community meetings in hopes to receive citizens’ input for a strategic 10-year plan.The project began in 2013 when City Council hired the NIU Center for Governmental...

3M move to produce $50K annually

By Alexander Chettiath | July 20, 2015

3M, a Fortune 100 company, will move into a different DeKalb location, with operations expected to begin by early fall 2016.City Council approved a tax abatement agreement on June 13 that will allow the reduction of property taxes on 3M’s Park 88 facility...

Drinking immunity bill awaits approval

By Alexander Chettiath | July 13, 2015

A bill that would give immunity to underage drinking violators is awaiting approval from Gov. Bruce Rauner to become law.The bill, drafted by Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood), allows minors to call for help in situations of overconsumption of alcohol without...

Smoking ban so far effective

By Alexander Chettiath | July 6, 2015

No students or faculty were seen smoking although more than ten urns remained at NIU as the campus-wide smoking ban entered its third day Friday.The Smoke-Free Campus Act was implemented Wednesday at all Illinois institutions of higher learning. The prohibition...

Riders finish iron butt trek

By Alexander Chettiath | July 6, 2015

The Smokin’ Guns, a police motorcycle organization based in Denver, made a 965 mile trip to DeKalb in a day to meet 10-year-old Tyler Neppl, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF) at 9 months old.The trip to visit Tyler was the second taken by...