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(From left) University Advisory Committee member Brad Cripe, Administrative Assistant Pat Erickson, University Council Chair and NIU associate professor Ismael Montana and NIU President Lisa Freeman sit at the council table during the University Council meeting Tuesday. (Christian Quevedo | Northern Star)

University Council discuss plans to introduce AI, virtual reality to classrooms

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 10, 2023

DeKALB – New technology may be introduced to NIU classrooms in the upcoming years following the University Council meeting addressing Gov. J.B. Priztker’s proposed budget for Illinois universities.  BUDGET UPDATE While addressing the budget update,...

NIUs new CFO has years of experience in education finance, according to the boards meeting report on Nov. 10, 2022.

NIU Board of Trustees approves construction, renovation of various campus buildings

By Eddie Drinkwine | November 10, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s Board of Trustees is making final moves to complete the renovation and construction of different campus buildings. Campus building updates The board approved the construction and renovation of many buildings on campus including the...

SA sees budget reduction in reflection of declining enrollment

By Kierra Frazier | February 13, 2019

DeKALB — The Student Association [SA] is creating an ad-hoc committee for finance policy revision after seeing a decrease in its budget due to low enrollment over the past year.The committee was approved by the Senate at Sunday night’s meeting and...

In this Jan. 14 photo, DeKalb City Manager Bill Nicklas sits at his desk and reviews documents after stepping into the position.

Newly appointed city manager hopes to enhance city, university relationship

By Taher Zeituoun | January 14, 2019

DeKalb — Bill Nicklas is hired as DeKalb city manager to help strengthen community budget and repair financial infrastructure.The goal of the city manager is to ensure City Council policies are implemented effectively by providing management in regard...

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‘Brandless’ Review: A (Not So) Taste Test

By Lindsey Krysinski | February 28, 2018

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Stitch Fix…Not A Quick Fix

By Rachel Sanchez | February 21, 2018

There’s no time to waste when your date is at 7 p.m. and you have nothing to wear. Then you remember, you have an unopened box: a monthly subscription to Stitch Fix.Stitch Fix is a personal shopping service that sends personal-styled outfits to your...

Enrollment task forces established

By Julia Martinez | October 10, 2016

DeKALB | President Doug Baker has formed four task forces to look at enrollment for freshmen, transfer students, adult learners and online learners.Baker said enrollment was unacceptable this fall during a University Council meeting 3 p.m. Wednesday in...

Sales tax revenue below projection

By Madison Kacer | August 25, 2016

Sales tax revenues, which help indicate the state of the local economy, are dipping 3.07 percent below projections within the Illinois Municipal League, according to the preliminary Fiscal Year end 2016 review.Illinois taxes general merchandise purchases...

Letter to the Editor: State representative supports legislator pay halt

By Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) | April 21, 2016

It was an idea heard in coffee shops around the state: “stop paying legislators.” Comptroller Leslie Munger must have heard the suggestion because over the weekend she announced that legislators will have to wait to be paid just like the state is...

Board of Trustees approves $388M budget

By Northern Star staff | September 18, 2015

The Board of Trustees approved a $388 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Thursday.The budget is an 8.6 percent reduction from FY 2015’s budget of $424.5 million. A state budget for Illinois has not been approved, but Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a $29.3...

Enrollment falls by almost 500

By Keith Hernandez | September 10, 2015

When NIU President Doug Baker announced a 2.3 percent decrease in 2015 fall enrollment at a University Council meeting Wednesday, he said it was significantly lower than expected.Fall numbers have dropped by more than 3,700 since 2010, but 2015 has seen...