Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Division persists after leadership change

By Morgan Fink | April 24, 2017

DeKALB — The Division of Student Affairs has continued to move forward after facing a semester of leadership changes and program realignment.Kelly Wesener-Michael, associate vice president of Division of Student Affairs, has been acting as the leader...

President addresses changes

By Northern Star staff | March 8, 2017

DeKALB — An update of President Doug Baker’s November Program Prioritization progress report will be released March 22.The update will include a chart breaking down progress related to Program Prioritization thus far and pending work for administrative...

New leaders ensure consistency

By Morgan Fink | January 17, 2017

DeKALB — Leaders of the Division of Student Affairs will oversee the department as the search continues for a permanent replacement of former Vice President Eric Weldy.Weldy, who left NIU Jan. 1 after accepting the position of vice chancellor of student...

This year, 3,724 students signed up to live in residence halls this year, which is 449 less than last year, following a three-year downward trend.

Residence hall sign-up decreases by 449 students; Vice president proposes fix

By Leah Nicolini | November 22, 2016

The Northern Star mistakenly reported NIU made $31 million from students living in residence halls a semester. However, NIU makes $31 million annually from students living in residence halls.DeKALB | This year, 3,724 students signed up to live in residence...

Protestors hold “12 years too long” signs, advocating for a better resource facility for the Asian American community Tuesday in the MLK Commons. NIU gave the resource center to students 12 years ago as “temporary” space. 

NIU officials rethink facility

By Leah Nicolini | October 27, 2016

DeKALB | About 35 students have or have almost fallen down the basement stairs of the Asian American Resource Center.The narrow staircase that fits one person at a time and is difficult to climb is among the list of issues the resource center has along...

Students protest for better resources

By Northern Star staff | October 25, 2016

DeKALB | About 35 students protested in favor of a better facility for the Asian American community 4 p.m. today in the MLK Commons. The Asian American Resource Center was given to students 12 years ago and was intended as a temporary space for...

Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said the enrollment decrease is because of the 12-month budget impasse, which resulted from state lawmakers disagreeing on a budget for Fiscal Year 2016. State budget appropriations could not be dispersed, including funding for higher education, until the budget was passed June 30.

NIU pins state for 1,115 drop

By Sanah Baig | September 19, 2016

DeKALB | Administrators are blaming the budget impasse for enrollment being down to 19,015 students, with the freshman class taking the biggest hit at 20 percent.NIU’s freshman enrollment has been declining for seven years, dropping by 457 students,...

Board asks for breakdown of enrollment numbers

By Leah Nicolini | February 8, 2016
NIU enrollment for the past four years, including both fall and spring semesters. Read more at
NIU spent $789K to up retention

NIU spent $789K to up retention

By Leah Nicolini | November 12, 2015

NIU administrators are attributing an increase in retention and a smaller enrollment decrease than anticipated to more than $600,000 worth of marketing strategies from a consulting firm hired in December.The fall 2015 retention rate increased by 1 percent...

VP saddened by student death

By Northern Star staff | September 28, 2015

A student was pronounced dead after having fallen from the 11th floor of a tower at Stevenson Hall on Saturday.The student was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital, where the student passed away, according to an email from Eric Weldy, vice president of...

Enrollment falls by almost 500

By Keith Hernandez | September 10, 2015

When NIU President Doug Baker announced a 2.3 percent decrease in 2015 fall enrollment at a University Council meeting Wednesday, he said it was significantly lower than expected.Fall numbers have dropped by more than 3,700 since 2010, but 2015 has seen...

NIU President Doug Baker (left); Allan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance; Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Admissions Director Dani Rollins; and Lisa Freeman, executive vice president and provost, discuss state funding, falling enrollment and program prioritization during a town hall meeting Sept. 2 in the Student Holmes Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Baker said NIU will find alternatives for the State Employees Group Insurance Program who will have to pay out of pocket for medical claims.

NIU leaders talk enrollment, state funding issues

By Keith Hernandez | September 3, 2015

NIU President Doug Baker and four administrators updated an audience of more than 100 community members, faculty, staff and students on funding cuts, falling enrollment and program prioritization during a town hall meeting Monday.Among the individuals...