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Construction continued Monday on the parking lot at the corner of Lucinda and Garden Avenue.

Res. halls, parking lots get summer facelift

By Ali Combs | July 29, 2013

Structural improvements are being made across campus, from major renovations like Gilbert Hall’s to smaller improvements like better parking lot lighting.According the NIU’s website, there are 64 major buildings on the main NIU campus in DeKalb. The...

Pension decision yet to made by Legislature

By Ali Combs | July 23, 2013

Past deadline and without pay, the General Assembly has yet to come to a decision in regard to pension reform.With Illinois state employees’ salaries frozen and pension plans up in the air, a conference committee has been set up to more efficiently...

City Council votes “no” on Irongate annexation

By Ali Combs | July 23, 2013

The long-debated Irongate annexation was officially turned down at Monday’s City Council meeting.With comments from former mayor Bessie Chronopoulos, local landlord Paul Saucer, neighbors to the proposed Irongate land, and a speaker from the Park District...

Online course made by faculty, students

By Ali Combs | July 16, 2013

NIU students and faculty have collaborated to create a public online course.The course will be similar to the general education course Disability in Society, but will last 10 weeks instead of 16.The new online course, called Perspectives on Disability,...

Former Sycamore city manager Bill Nicklas

Nicklas evolves with new role on Board of Trustees

By Grace Martin | July 15, 2013

Bill Nicklas’ work load just got bigger.Not only will Nicklas be serving as vice president of Public Safety and Community relations, a position he was promoted to in March, but he will now also serve as the Board Liaison to NIU President Doug Baker...

New Board of Trustees chair prioritizes engagement

By Ali Combs | July 15, 2013

In the early ’90s, John Butler served as the student regent on NIU’s Board of Regents, similar to today’s Board of Trustees. Twenty years later, in 2013, Butler is chairman of the Board of Trustees.With new university leadership, Butler looks to...

David Schreiber, of Madison, Wis., speaks to City Council Monday on improvements for the NIU campus and readily accessible transportation from campus to downtown DeKalb.

City Council OK’s 2 percent raise for attorney

By Ali Combs | July 9, 2013

City attorney Dean Frieders can breathe: His salary will see an increase in line with city staff and other private contractors who work with the city.At Monday’s City Council meeting, members approved an increase to Frieders’ salary which was debated...

NIU President Doug Baker and Denise Schoenbachler, dean of the College of Business, relax and share a laugh during a break while filming a greeting video July 2 inside Barsema Hall.

Beginning of a new era: Baker starts at NIU

By Ali Combs | July 9, 2013

Nearly 2,000 miles from home, NIU President Doug Baker found his way to his new home at Altgeld Hall to tackle a list of initiatives and lead NIU into a new era.Before his official first day as NIU president, Baker spent a full week working on campus,...

Honors pursues unique experiences for students with new leader

By Ali Combs | July 8, 2013

University Honors is to expand its student engagement opportunities with J.D. Bowers, the new associate vice provost of University Honors, leading the way.Bowers wants to give students unique experiences and create a program more focused on interdisciplinary...

At City Council, money talks

At City Council, money talks

By Ali Combs | June 25, 2013

What started as a blanket vote for more than a dozen resolutions for the city’s budget turned into a two-hour discussion about salary raises, pension funds and DeKalb’s financial future at Monday’s City Council meeting. Twenty resolutions were set...

Women’s studies proposes merger with LGBT studies

By Ali Combs | June 25, 2013

The Women’s Studies program is looking at big changes over the next several months, including a possible name change, new certificates to be offered and a more inclusive curriculum. During the spring semester, students on the mailing lists for either...

NIU student a finalist in hero campaign

By Ali Combs | June 19, 2013

Junior communications major Richard Bennett is a finalist in the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, according to NIU Today. Bennett served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Bennett is being considered for shielding his platoon’s medic from enemy...