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History of the Week: 150 trees planted in ‘treetment’ plan

By Northern Star staff | April 25, 2016

On April 25, 1968, NIU brought approximately 300 trees in to be planted all around campus to help beautify it, according to a Northern Star article.This effort was made to beautify NIU and in response to students who had written to the Northern Star who...

Douglas Hall residents protest the residence halls weekend food service policy in a photo published in the Northern Star on Jan. 26, 1976.

History of the Week: Students hold protest for closed dining hall

By Northern Star staff | January 27, 2016

Douglas Hall residents filled “Sunday dinner” lines at Grant Tower South in protest of Douglas Hall denying weekend food services for the third year.The protest was sponsored by Douglas Hall Council and publicized within the dorms with a petition...

Extension brings 10-minute campus in reach

Extension brings 10-minute campus in reach

By Rachel Scaman | November 19, 2015

An extended Lucinda Avenue opened to cars, buses, bikers and pedestrians Wednesday after a year-long $4.5 million construction.The road now extends 1,495 feet through where Douglas Hall once stood, said Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration...

The Lucinda Avenue extension sits partially constructed on an area of land where Douglas Hall used to stand. 

Lucinda extension to open Wednesday

By Northern Star staff | November 17, 2015

NIU will hold a grand opening of the Lucinda Avenue extension, a stretch of road that connects Lucinda Avenue to Stadium Drive West, Wednesday.The event will mark the conclusion to a year-long project to help create what NIU President Doug Baker has called...

The Lucinda Avenue extension sits partially constructed on an area of land where Douglas Hall used to stand. 

Lucinda Avenue extension nears completion

By Satta Kendor | October 15, 2015

NIU President Doug Baker’s plan for a 10-minute campus will soon be a couple blocks closer with the completion of the Lucinda Avenue extension.The project, intended to create a direct route to Stevenson Hall and the Convocation Center by extending Lucinda...

Victor E. Huskie rides a Huskie Pup at the Communiversity Block Party on April 13 outside Huskie Stadium.

NIU Pup shuttles still here, but no longer for on-campus use

By Ashley Morse | October 8, 2015

Huskie Pups, small electric shuttles introduced last October as a part of NIU President Doug Baker’s plan for a 10-minute campus, will not be returning for general student use this year.One large Huskie Pup and three smaller ones, which cost $40,000...

Student Association Senator Robert Kreml talks about the addition of an ad hoc committee, of which he is chairman, on April 11 at SA Senate in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA Senate to amend election bylaws

By Ashley Morse | April 13, 2015

The Student Association Senate is considering 12 amendments to its bylaws to reflect the move to online elections.The 2015 executive elections saw the SA’s first use of online voting through HuskieLink, a social media platform for student groups. Now,...

Douglas Hall torn down to make way for Lucinda Avenue extension

By Satta Kendor | January 12, 2015

The ramped-up deconstruction of Douglas Hall during winter break was the first step in extending Lucinda Avenue.The deconstruction is part of NIU President Doug Baker’s Master Plan Thesis, an outline of ideas to improve campus. The extension of Lucinda...

Douglas Hall torn down over winter break 2014

By Frank Gogola | December 17, 2014
This photo shows the deconstruction of Douglas Hall on Dec. 16, 2014. NIU continued its deconstruction of Douglas Hall as part of the Master Plan Thesis during winter break 2014. The residence hall, which was shuttered at the beginning of the fall semester, is being removed so Lucinda Avenue may be extended.
Doug Baker reflects on 1 year at NIU, sets out goals

Doug Baker reflects on 1 year at NIU, sets out goals

By Kelly Bauer | November 13, 2014

Doug Baker is 6 or 7 years old, if his memory serves right.He is on a trip with his grandma from Hood River, Ore., to Monache, Wash., to visit family. Stopped at a cafeteria, Baker piles food atop his plate and sits by his grandma.“I think your eyes...

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.

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

By 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...

Dog Pound Deli reopens at Stevenson

By Jon Lindley | October 14, 2014

The Dog Pound Deli celebrated its grand re-opening in Stevenson Hall while its manager hopes to take the brand campuswide.The Tuesday grand reopening featured free cookies and drinks, along with a raffle and photo shoot with Victor E. Huskie. The Dog...