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Freeman connects to student body

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 4, 2019

As NIU President Lisa Freeman approaches her first full year as NIU’s official president, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made in mending the relationship between students and the administration.Prior to Freeman’s presidency,...

Law and Justice, Legality concept, Judge Gavel on a wooden background, Law library concept.

University should proceed carefully

As the administration takes steps in better codifying the NIU Constitution, administrators must remain cautious, remembering the lack of transparency NIU’s previous governing bodies have demonstrated.The attorney general issued an opinion Monday that...

Jackson, NIU to settle in wrongful termination case

By Roland Hacker | April 18, 2019

DeKALB — A settlement conference for the wrongful termination lawsuit of former NIU Controller Keith Jackson against NIU, the university’s Board of Trustees, former President Doug Baker and former interim Chief Financial Officer Nancy Suttenfield...

NIU President Lisa Freeman speaks during her investiture Friday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building, where she accepted the university medallion and mace, symbols of the presidents authority and academic designation.

Freeman’s inauguration attended by hundreds

By Sophia Mullowney | April 10, 2019

DeKALB — President Lisa Freeman was awarded her presidential investiture Friday for the celebration of her executive office.At 2 p.m. Friday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building, students, faculty, staff and representatives from...

Fill in the blank: NIU’s presidential choice is…

By Northern Star Perspective Staff | September 16, 2018

Chris Grask | Perspective Contributor acceptable choice.A new president is one of the most newsworthy events to happen on campus. Freeman has been the temporary president since Doug Baker resigned. Dr. Freeman being appointed as the first ever...

Acting President Lisa Freeman discusses her possible presidency in her office.

Freeman reconsiders her candidacy

By Jessie Kern | July 23, 2018

DeKALB — After unexpectedly stepping into the role of acting president for the last year, Lisa Freeman has reconsidered her candidacy for president.NIU has been preparing for the presidential search after Doug Baker’s unexpected departure in June...

Former President Doug Baker

Bill proposed to block payouts

By Northern Star Staff | April 23, 2018

DeKALB —State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has introduced a bill to curtail the amount public institutions pay out when paying unethical severance agreements.The bill, known as the Government Severance Pay Act, was introduced by Cullerton April...

Judge Waller: NIU must pay lawyer fees

By Lindsey Salvatelli | April 2, 2018

DeKALB — Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, has been awarded lawyer costs and fees in a suit she filed against NIU.Haji-Sheikh requested DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller award her $83,118.89 in court costs and lawyer fees for the lawsuit...

Former CFO Nancy Suttenfield speaks about NIUs budget proposal during a Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting Sept. 1, 2014, in Altgeld Hall.

Former CFO files summary judgment for wrongful termination case

By James Krause | February 1, 2018

DeKALB — NIU’s former interim Chief Financial Officer filed for a summary judgment in the latest court date of former Controller Keith Jackson’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the university Dec. 21.Jackson filed the lawsuit in October 2015...

Tax bill to affect higher education

By James krause | November 30, 2017

DeKALB — Anna Quider, NIU Government Relations director, spoke to Faculty Senate Wednesday about pressing issues in Washington D.C. that have an effect on higher education.Quider, who spoke via Skype from the nation’s capital, talked about a likely...

Haji-Sheikh wins board lawsuit; trustees violated Open Meeting Act

By Michael Urbanec | November 27, 2017

SYCAMORE — DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller ruled during a summary judgment Wednesday in favor of Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, finding the Board of Trustees in violation of the Illinois Open Meeting Act and voiding the unpaid portion...

The presidential search process cannot be secretive 

EDITORIAL | Consistent community feedback needed in presidential search

By Editorial Board | August 31, 2017

The Northern Star Editorial Board would like to commend the Board of Trustees on the preliminary steps it has taken in the search for NIU’s next president; we also ask the Trustees take these steps even further and learn from past mistakes.In the past,...