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Christianah Olojede, junior rehabilitation service major; Megan Taylor, junior rehab counseling major; and Nicoya Parer, senior public health major, work on a group presentation for their counseling class Thursday in the computer lab of Founders Memorial Library.

Internet vulnerability causes wireless, password problems

By Carlos Galvez | May 4, 2014

With Internet Explorer being vulnerable to malicious viruses, students are recommended by ITS to use a different Web browser to prevent harm to their computers.NIU’s Wi-FiOn an average weekday, NIU has up to 20,000 unique devices connected to the Wi-Fi...

Speaker shares identity struggle

Speaker shares identity struggle

By Alex LaBee | April 16, 2014

A man of many identities, Kye Allums, a transgender male and mentor to LGBT youth, shared the challenges he faced in finding his own identity.The LGBT and Women’s Resource Center hosted Allums as part of LGBTQ Awareness Month Tuesday in the Duke Ellington...

Undocumented students rally

Undocumented students rally

By Carlos Galvez | April 9, 2014
Students and locals gathered at the Coming Out of the Shadows rally Tuesday in the MLK Commons to demonstrate against policies and procedures put upon undocumented students who intend to do research, gain scholarships and continue their education at universities all around the nation.

Lincoln as study hall proposed by student

By Carlos Galvez | April 8, 2014

Lincoln Hall, which is vacant, might become a new home for students to study at, with 509 students responding to the idea through a survey.Freshman accounting major Selena Saucedo was part of an English 104 class that pitched the idea of turning Lincoln...

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Grievance policy passes with applause

By Carlos Galvez | April 3, 2014

A grievance policy that will give students guidelines to resolving issues with faculty members was passed with 50 votes by the University Council Wednesday.Student grievance policyThe student grievance policy has been a heavily discussed issue for more...

Sociology professor Diane Rodgers speaks about the sociological effects of hoarding and how America’s hoarding isn’t psychological but cultural Tuesday in Altgeld Hall. She spoke about this topic during the lecture event The Social Spaces of Hoarding. The event was held to support the hoarding art exhibition.

Hoarding part of culture

By Carlos Galvez | April 1, 2014

With sentimental objects and a ridiculous amount of knick-knacks, the sociological aspect of hoarding was explored Tuesday in Altgeld Hall to support the hoarding art exhibition.According to the Self-Storage association, America has more than 52,500 storage...

NIU aims to raise pop tabs

By Carlos Galvez | March 30, 2014

Collecting 150,000 pop tabs for charity last year just wasn’t enough, as NIU now aims to raise 1 million.The pop tabs, which will be collected throughout the year, will be sent to the Ronald McDonald House, which recycles the tabs to pay for its charity:...

Voter turnout rises with fliers, T-shirt help

By Mitchell Spence | March 27, 2014

About 2,600 students voted in this year’s Student Association executive elections, surpassing the 1,500 who voted last year.There were 1,750 students who voted Tuesday and 850 who voted Wednesday. Candidates handed out handbills with information about...

Frascello ticket sweeps SA

By Carlos Galvez | March 27, 2014

Joe Frascello’s “A Better NIU” ticket took every Student Association executive position following Wednesday’s elections, with Frascello claiming the top spot as president.Frascello tallied 1,343 votes while presidential candidate Randiss Hopkins...

Douglas Hall to be demolished

By Carlos Galvez | March 26, 2014

Before the fall semester, Douglas Hall will be demolished and students will have to look to other residence halls for housing.The closing of Douglas Hall is a part of NIU President Doug Baker’s Master Plan Thesis, designed to create a new campus, said...

Activists talk drones, monitoring citizens

By Carlos Galvez | March 23, 2014

Privacy is diminishing as the government uses loopholes through outdated privacy acts and observing the public by using drones, according to activists who visited campus.Three activists who had military or political backgrounds spoke at 7:15 p.m. Thursday...

Student Association presidential candidates Randiss Hopkins (left) and Joe Frascello (right) answer questions during a debate Wednesday night in the Holmes Student Center. Hopkins said NIU should use alumni to recruit prospective students, and Frascello said NIU should make improvements to become a “fun campus.”

SA election candidates’ focus: student outreach

By Carlos Galvez | March 20, 2014

Student enrollment was discussed at the debate among Student Association executive candidates Wednesday.PresidentsSA candidates were asked to give their ideas about how they would tackle NIU President Doug Baker’s plan to increase student enrollment.“One...

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