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SA Senate prepares for speaker elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 11, 2013

Student Association senators nominated speaker candidates at their Senate meeting Sunday. Speaker elections will be held next week.The SA speaker is the regulator of SA Senate meetings and the senators. He or she is also the acting voice of the student...

Senate, police chief talk Travel Inn

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 3, 2013

Bill Nicklas, vice president of Public Safety, and NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke with Student Association Senate about gunfire Friday at the Travel Inn.The Senate’s Sunday meeting also featured an appearance from Eric Weldy, vice president of...

DeKalb Mayor John Rey visited the Skyroom Sunday during the Student Associations Senate meeting to speak to members of SA. Rey said the city and NIU are looking to bridge gaps by communicating with city departments and officials and the student body, and by reaching out to student groups and organizations.

Rey meets with SA Senate, talks about NIU-city relationship

By Shaz Sheikhali | October 21, 2013

Mayor John Rey spoke with the Student Association Senate on city-university partnerships at the Senate’s meeting Sunday.CommuniversityRey hopes to build a relationship between NIU and the community. He plans on doing this by maintaining contact with...

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips is set to retire in mid-April.

Police chief looks for ways to work with city

By Rachel Scaman | September 17, 2013

NIU’s new police chief will meet with DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery to brainstorm ideas on working together.Tom Phillips, the campus’ new police chief, had his first day of duty Monday and has been laying out his plans for the university police...

Editorial: Expectations for Phillips

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 17, 2013

A call for change is one thing NIU’s new police chief needs to hear. He says he’s already on it.The point that NIU needs change has been made since before the scandal-plagued departure of former chief Don Grady. It was made before FBI agents invaded...

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...

Bill Nicklas

Nicklas named VP of public safety and community relations

By Jessi Haish | March 22, 2013

Bill Nicklas was appointed to the position of vice president for public safety and community relations by the University Board of Trustees Thursday. This position has not officially existed before. Nicklas was named acting director of public safety in...

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2013

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady will fight his termination through “every avenue of due process available,” according to his attorney, Michael Fox. News that Grady had been terminated was released Tuesday evening. According to Grady’s notice of termination,...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

By Felix Sarver | November 27, 2012

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer who was accused of sexual assault, was dismissed during a hearing on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Rifkin’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, argued the NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County...

Williams not fit for position

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 27, 2012

The Northern Star Editorial Board doesn’t think Eddie Williams, executive vice president and chief of operations for Finance and Facilities, is doing his job. Since the summer, the Finance and Facilities division at NIU has been through controversies...

Students deliver letters in support of Chief Grady to NIU leaders

By Brooke Shinberg | November 16, 2012

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady received support from a group of students Friday. Randiss Hopkins, junior music education major, and Eric Evans, junior political science major, led students on a walk to support the NIU police. Hopkins said the walk was...

SA discusses NIU Police Department changes, elects next Speaker

By Felix Sarver and Erin Kolb | November 11, 2012

According to Austin Quick, students need to demand better of NIU. At the Sunday Student Association (SA) meeting, the SA Senate speaker expressed disappointment with various issues currently affecting the university. Among them were the allegations of...