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Grad student competes on Danish TV show

By Chelsey Boutan | September 12, 2012

As Katy Bisby skimmed through Craigslist postings, she sent some links with funny content to her friends. But when she came across a listing for a Chicago casting call for a Danish reality show, the NIU art graduate student was intrigued. She had never...

NIU recycling made easier with changes to bins

By Chelsey Boutan | September 4, 2012

Sarah Wawerski spent her summer and will spend this semester trying to get the NIU campus community to do one thing--recycle more. But getting people to recycle more, if at all, can be difficult. And with limited funding for campus recycling efforts,...

Dr. Larry Bolles, director of the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year after over 30 years at NIU.

Larry Bolles to retire after 34 years at NIU

By Chelsey Boutan | April 25, 2012

After finding out that he’s retiring, Larry Bolles said students stop by his office almost every day with one pleading request: “Please don’t go. What are we going to do without you?” “That tells you that you must have done something right,”...

Retired journalism professor Hallie Hamilton holds a photograph taken when he was 19 and first stationed at Fort McClellan, Ala. in 1942.

Retired professor, WWII veteran takes Honor Flight to D.C.

By Chelsey Boutan | April 22, 2012

While sitting in his living room, World War II veteran Hallie Hamilton clenched a blue and white paisley handkerchief. Occasionally, he would bring the handkerchief to his face and use it to blot away tears. As he reflected on his emotional visit to the...

NIU Stand raises hunger awareness through day of fasting

NIU Stand raises hunger awareness through day of fasting

By Chelsey Boutan | April 18, 2012

STAND President Dave Anians fasted on Wednesday to remind the campus community of a problem people around the world face every day — hunger. Anians, along with other members of STAND, fasted and passed out fliers in the MLK Commons on Wednesday to raise...

National Day of Silence speaks out for LGBT community

By Chelsey Boutan | April 17, 2012

With duct tape-covered mouths and linked arms, Prism members will solemnly encircle their rainbow colored LGBT flag at the MLK Commons on Friday. They all will remain silent, except for a few members who will yell out facts about suicides, bullying and...

A goose nesting near Founders Memorial Library moves her egg.

‘A nuisance brought on ourselves’: Geese at NIU

By Chelsey Boutan | April 2, 2012

As senior English major Chris Rowe walked across the bridge near Cole Hall, he heard a faint squawking noise behind him that suddenly grew louder. Rowe turned around and was startled to see a goose flapping its wings at him. The two looked at each other...

Weather not only factor in campus crime rates

By Chelsey Boutan | March 27, 2012

During warm weather, less students are inside, which could decrease the chances of criminal infractions occurring, said NIU Police Sgt. Alan Smith. “When it’s cold outside, students tend to come inside and not be outside,” Smith said. “So when...

Victor E. and Me matches students with campus organizations

By Chelsey Boutan | March 25, 2012

To some, it may appear as if Victor E. and Me is trying to romantically match up NIU students. In fact, the website is part of a marketing campaign that started last year, which shows prospective, new and current NIU students how to get involved with...

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Tablet devices may have advantages over traditional textbooks

By Chelsey Boutan | March 21, 2012

When Jeffrey Hecht watches his 14-year-old daughter head off to class with a 30-lb. backpack, he starts to wonder. He thinks about if all students had to carry was a 1.6 lb. iPad like the one he has. Students could access the internet, their notes, textbooks...

Knitters & Crocheters group open to students, faculty

By Chelsey Boutan | March 6, 2012

About four years ago, NIU Internal Auditor Kathleen Clark had an idea while she was knitting at the Employee Assistance Program’s monthly grief group. As Clark held the yarn and needles in her hands, she thought about how it would be a good idea to...

Dependent or independent: Check your income tax status

By Chelsey Boutan | February 28, 2012

Before filling out their income tax returns, students should make sure they talk with their parents first. Brad Cripe, assistant professor of accountancy, said the IRS could withhold your tax return or audit you if you don’t claim yourself as dependent...