Northern Star

Dividing VP role will increase productivity

Northern Star Editorial Board

November 3, 2014

NIU is taking an important step in cutting the costs of administrative positions by disassembling the job of retiring vice president Bill Nicklas.As vice president of Operations and Community Relations, Nicklas oversaw the NIU Police Department, human resources and community relations and acted as a liaiso...

Pass/Fail: Novel writing month kicks off Saturday; Cafes host open mic night simultaneously

Carl Nadig

October 30, 2014

Pass: Novel writing month kicks off SaturdayCreative minds can participate in a global writing marathon beginning Saturday and lasting until the end of November.National Novel Writing Month is a drawn-out project as participants write a 50,000-word novel before Dec. 1.The project provides resources for ...

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

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.

Northern Star Editorial Board

October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international student enrollment while completing portions of...

Weekly Gripe: Campus Internet in city overdue

Carl Nadig

October 23, 2014

NIU should’ve started expanding its wireless network to the downtown DeKalb area years ago to strengthen the relationship between the campus and city, establishing a “communiversity” with the campus Internet as the link.The Division of Information Technology and DeKalb are negotiating an installa...

Garden’s harvest feeds needy

Keith Hernandez

September 9, 2014

Volunteers of the Communiversity Gardens on the east side of Anderson Hall are planting cold weather crops that will go to those in need throughout the fall.Students, faculty and community members have planted spinach, lettuce and broccoli, among other things, all of which will grow through October. Dan K...

Seeking input on Convo lineup good for students

Northern Star Editorial Board

February 18, 2014

Northern Star Editorial BoardConvocation Center event planners are taking a step in the right direction by asking for input on entertainment performances. Providing opportunities to decide which mainstream musicians will perform on campus enhances the feeling of a “communiversity,” student recruit...

DeKalb planning for communiversity ‘square’

Lark Lewis

November 13, 2013

A developer and the city are in the preliminary stages of making revisions to NB&T square in the hopes of creating a communiversity area.The area is located on Lincoln Highway between First and Pearl streets. The plan for the project is to provide a gateway between the city and the campus as par...

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

DeKalb Mayor John Rey visited the Skyroom Sunday during the Student Association's 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.

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 student organizations and getting students involve...

Huskie Football honored through city sign

Erin Kolb

September 9, 2013

Local support for the Huskies will be more visible next week, when an NIU football schedule will be put up on the corner of Lincoln Highway and First Street.The sign will cost about $8,000 and will be paid for by resources set aside by the athleticdepartment April.Christian Spears, deputy director of ...

Communiversity comes together to help students move in

Ryan Chodora

August 26, 2013

Rain failed to sever community ties to NIU on Move-In Day Thursday.Amidst move-in day, DeKalb Mayor John Rey and Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy were on the scene at New Residence Hall helping students move into their dormitories.“It’s exciting to see 4,000 students moving into the community and the res...

DeKalb Fire Chief strengthens department

Taylor Thanos

September 20, 2010

"Relationships, trust and planning are the words that motivate me," said DeKalb Fire Department Chief Bruce Harrison. After being an active department member for over 20 years, Harrison, who believes he is simply "just the face" of the state-recognized department, has played a part in strengthening the...