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Some students may be required to delay graduating

By Felix Sarver | April 25, 2012

Drew Veskauf was prepared to graduate this semester, before he discovered something was going to prevent him taking up his cap and gown. The journalism and history major met with his academic advisers and discovered he needed two more classes, and one...

Gavin Weaver | Northern Star Betty Corns Math 110 students take
notes in Montgomery Auditorium Wednesday afternoon.

NIU gets $2 million grant

By Drew Veskauf | September 14, 2011

For the next five years, NIU will be the recipient of a $2 million grant provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The initiative is planned to expand studies within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and to support...

NIU sees enrollment decrease

By Drew Veskauf | September 8, 2011

For the second year in a row, NIU has seen a decrease in enrollment. NIU's 10th day enrollment numbers, which indicates the number of students enrolled each fall, reports the total number of students at 22,990, a decrease of 680 students from last year....

Small step for LGBT rights

Small step for LGBT rights

By Drew Veskauf | August 30, 2011

Gay couples in Illinois can join together in civil unions since June 1, but to some members of the NIU community, this step forward for gay rights is a small one. The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, passed in January and effective...

DeKalb Community School District 428 election results

By Drew Veskauf | April 5, 2011

DeKALB | Members of DeKalb Community School District 428 were elected Tuesday. Tracy Williams received 1,789 votes or 16 percent of the vote. Thomas Matya received 1,714 votes, 15 percent of the vote. Nina Fontana received 1,489 votes, 13 percent and...

Certified therapy poodle brings hope, happiness

By Drew Veskauf | March 1, 2011

For a dog, being man's best friend is one thing, but to be certified for therapy is a whole different world. Former NIU office manager Sharon Pflaumer and her black miniature poodle, Jester, make their way around to local nursing homes, assisted living...

Fire alarm causes Founders Memorial Library to be evacuated

By Drew Veskauf | February 24, 2011

DeKALB | The Founders Memorial Library had to evacuate Thursday afternoon due to the fire alarm being sounded.The alarm went off around 11:30 a.m. and the evacuation went smoothly, said Byron Anderson, associate dean for Public Services.“People were...

Borders bookstore files bankruptcy, DeKalb branch will close

By Drew Veskauf | February 16, 2011

The Borders bookstore in DeKalb will close its doors within the next several weeks. The DeKalb branch, 2520 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, along with about 200 other locations, will close after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday....

Warmer weather expected for DeKalb area

By Drew Veskauf | February 11, 2011

DeKALB | Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing this weekend, bringing an end to the frigid temperatures seen for the past week, said NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste. The cause of the recent single-digit temperatures and below-zero wind chills...

Students view bloody documentary for money

By Drew Veskauf | February 10, 2011

DeKALB | Students were able to earn a dollar for viewing a documentary on the horrors of factory farming Wednesday afternoon. The Vegetarian Education Group partnered with DeKalb County's Justice For Animals to share a stand in the Holmes Student Center...