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About 70 cigarettes and butts were collected Wednesday on the east side of the Campus Life Building. There used to be ashtrays there and by other buildings around campus. They’re starting to disappear, leading to smoking litter.

Ashtrays need to stay at NIU until start of Smoke-Free Campus Act

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 25, 2015

The Smoke-Free NIU task force needs to maintain a litter-free campus by keeping ashtrays at NIU until the Smoke-Free Campus act’s July 1 mandate — not before it.In a January meeting, the task force discussed removing all campus ashtrays in or before...


Task force to help NIU be smoke-free by July

By Margaret Maka | November 12, 2014

An NIU smoking ban task force is creating initiatives to ready the campus for the Smoke-Free Campus Act by July 1.The Smoke-Free Campus Act is a piece of legislation signed in August by Gov. Pat Quinn to prohibit smoking on campuses of all state colleges...

Don’t blow off state ethics training, waste resources

By Marilou Terrones | October 29, 2014

Completing annual ethics training doesn’t mean the training has effectively influenced employees: Some rush through the standardized training, which defeats its purpose.Some employees don’t view the ethics training as a serious learning experience...

Ethics Act requires employee training

By Northern Star Staff | October 14, 2014

University employees must complete ethics training by 5 p.m. Nov. 12.The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act requires full-time and part-time, regular and temporary faculty, staff, graduate assistants, extra help and student employees to complete...

Letter shows NIU’s pension worries

Letter shows NIU’s pension worries

By Gavin Weaver | May 1, 2014

Alan Rosenbaum, University Council executive secretary, receives an award from NIU President Doug Baker during his last University Council appearance as executive secretary Wednesday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. University Council approved a draft statement addressing NIU’s pension worries.

Faculty approves budget motion

Faculty approves budget motion

By Jackie Nevarez | February 20, 2014

Faculty Senate approved a motion to send a statement of budget priorities to the University Council Wednesday.Interim financial officer Nancy Suttenfield and Lisa Freeman, interim executive vice president and provost, presented a PowerPoint concerning...

Summer schedule returns to 5 days

By Allison Krecek | February 17, 2014

Faculty and staff will change up their summer schedule to now work five days a week on campus.NIU has had a four-day schedule over the summer from Monday to Thursday. This year, it has been changed to a five-day schedule to accommodate current and prospective...

During the open discussion portion of a March 7, 2012, meeting on pension reform, Michael Peddle, assistant dean of academic administration, suggested the state start taxing all pensions in Illinois.

Professors, legislators to meet for pension forum

By James Bartley | November 20, 2013

A town hall-style forum with state legislators on pension reform will be held at noon today in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.Representatives Bob Pritchard, Tom Demmer and Mike Fortner will be in attendance, as will Steve Cunningham,...

Ombudsperson reveals workplace skills

By Keisha Howerth | November 6, 2013

Campus supervisors learned conflict-resolution skills in a workshop Tuesday.The workshop was presented by Deborah Haliczer, employee relations and training director for Human Resources, and ombudsperson Sarah Klaper.“This isn’t a special event; we...

Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum spoke about the importance of student retention, and the desire to enroll international students, and providing the campus a more global perspective.

Faculty senate talks syllabi

By James Green | October 30, 2013

The Faculty Senate voted to revise syllabus requirements, endorsed a pension resolution and talked budget concerns at Wednesday’s meeting.After a presentation by Greg Long, professor and Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities chair, the...

Point Counterpoint: Concealed Carry

By AJ Edwards and Holly New | September 24, 2013

AJ EdwardsCarry law needs guidanceOn July 9, Illinois approved the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, giving licensed residents permission to carry a concealed handgun. While I can see the good intentions behind this act and support it to an extent, I feel...

Some professors, staff members choose to retire in light of pension legislation

By Ian Gogh | March 28, 2012

As a result of potentially negative pension legislation in Springfield, some professors and staff members at NIU have taken precautions and made the choice to retire. The Institute of Government and Public Affair’s (IGPA) 2011 Annual Report states,...