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BOT approves new school, removes program

By Felix Sarver | December 9, 2012

A new school was approved by the Board of Trustees (BOT) during its meeting Thursday. The School of Public and Global Affairs will house the Political Science Department and Nongovernmental Organizations Leadership and Development Center. The school was...

BOT approves job description for NIU president

By Felix Sarver | December 6, 2012

A job description for the next university president was approved by the Board of Trustees (BOT) on Thursday. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) met before a joint meeting with the BOT to discuss the proposed qualifications for the next...

Plus/minus grading gets final approval at University Council

By Felix Sarver | December 5, 2012

An appeal to let students have more input on the plus-minus grading policy failed at a University Council meeting Wednesday. Student Association (SA) members put together a petition for an appeal after the plus-minus grading policy was not vetoed at a...

NIU President John G. Peters greets people after his State of the University Speech in front of Altgeld Hall Thursday afternoon.

Search for next president to continue at meeting

By Felix Sarver | December 4, 2012

The search for the next university president will continue this week. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) will meet at noon on Thursday in Altgeld Hall, Room 315. The committee will discuss the job description for the position of university...

Family watches the MAC Championship game

Family watches the MAC Championship game

By Felix Sarver | November 30, 2012

Melanie Kozinski (second from right) sits with her children, Nathan Kozinski, math graduate student (from left); Andrew Kozinski; Allison Kozinski; and Katelyn Kozinski, violin performance graduate student, as they all watch the MAC Championship game...

Michael Theodore, member of the Student Association Senate, gives a report at the faculty senate meeting on Wednesday.

Faculty Senate looks at future of higher education

By Felix Sarver | November 28, 2012

The challenges of higher education were discussed at a Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday. Raymond Alden, executive vice president and provost, gave a presentation to the senate on the problems higher education institutions are facing and the ways public...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

By Felix Sarver | November 27, 2012

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer who was accused of sexual assault, was dismissed during a hearing on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Rifkin’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, argued the NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County...

Lt. Gov. talks cost of college with NIU students

By Felix Sarver | November 16, 2012

When it comes to paying for college, Shondell Coleman has to do it all by himself. The junior leadership and management major is a first-generation college student who works a job and gets financial aid and scholarships to help pay for school. He was...

SA discusses NIU Police Department changes, elects next Speaker

By Felix Sarver and Erin Kolb | November 11, 2012

According to Austin Quick, students need to demand better of NIU. At the Sunday Student Association (SA) meeting, the SA Senate speaker expressed disappointment with various issues currently affecting the university. Among them were the allegations of...

Andrew Rifkin

Request to dismiss former NIU police officer’s case denied in court Friday

By Felix Sarver | November 11, 2012

A request to dismiss the case of an alleged sexual assault committed by a former NIU police officer was denied Friday. At a Friday hearing in the DeKalb County Courthouse, Judge Robbin Stuckert made her decision in regard to a possible violation in the...

University Council lets plus/minus grading system through

By Felix Sarver | November 7, 2012

Plus/minus grading will soon go into effect at NIU. The option to veto the plus/minus grading policy was brought up again at a University Council (UC) meeting Wednesday. The UC decided during an Oct. 10 meeting to send the policy to the Undergraduate...

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David Bogenberger

Community mourns loss of Bogenberger

By Felix Sarver and Joe Palmer | November 4, 2012

An NIU student was found dead at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Friday, according to the NIU police. David R. Bogenberger, 19, was found to be unresponsive when police arrived at the scene 10:14 a.m., according to the DeKalb Police Department....