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State OKs higher ed funding

By Alex Chettiath | April 25, 2016

DeKalb | Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger said she will begin processing payments for students and universities that are suffering the most, after a bill that would provide short term funding for universities, community colleges and Monetary Award...

Illinois to pay for MAP grants

By Northern Star staff | April 24, 2016

Correction: The amended bill would give close to half of MAP funding needed at about $170 million and would give NIU about $26.5 million, less than a third of what they received last year. The act will be valid for costs incurred prior to Sept. 1, 2016. Monetary...

MAP grant bill passes House

MAP grant bill passes House

By Nicholas Bosshart | March 7, 2016

Projected state appropriations for NIU’s operating budget and for the Monetary Award Program, of Senate Bill 2043, House Bill 4539, House Bill 2990, House Bill 6415 and Fiscal Year 2017. The values are in percentages of what NIU and MAP is estimated to spend for FY 2016 once a budget is finalized. 

EIC: One hell of a year

By Keith Hernandez | December 7, 2015

As the headline so gracefully puts it, 2015 has been full of surprises for me.My first big surprise was getting hired as the Northern Star’s managing editor in January, a high point for a student who barely graduated high school. My second, however,...

Pass: shows promise, Fail: Budget impasse remains after talks

By Sabreena Saleem | December 3, 2015

Pass:NIU’s Division of Information Technology introduced, an online training service that students and faculty can use to complement their classroom experience, on Nov. 26.The service offers more than 3,500 courses in 12 different subjects...

A Syrian refugee child sleeps in his fathers arms while waiting at a resting point to board a bus Oct. 4, after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos.

InFocus: Should Illinois accept Syrian refugees?

By Northern Star staff | November 19, 2015

Angela PaganI do not agree with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to stop accepting refugees into Illinois. Rejecting refugees does not exemplify the principles of this nation. Our country is a product of religious refugees seeking asylum. So at this moment...

Students and community members demonstrate Oct. 29 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons for an end to the Illinois budget impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly. The Student Association will begin a letter-writing campaign Friday so students can send their grievances to lawmakers. 

SA to hold letter-writing campaign on impasse

By Maxwell Bisaillon | November 12, 2015

The Student Association will begin a letter-writing campaign Friday to encourage students to write to their representatives about MAP grant funding and the budget impasse.SA Senate Speaker Dillon Domke said the campaign was created to provide students...

SA rally failed to answer questions

By Kara Mercer | November 2, 2015

It was great to see my fellow NIU students, faculty and so many other groups at the Student Association rally, but the demonstration, though well organized, fell short of my expectations.Groups like the Voluntary Action Center, Kishwaukee College and...

Demonstration outside DCEDC event

Demonstration outside DCEDC event

By Hayley Montalvo | November 2, 2015

Lynnea Erickson, Safe Passage abuse intervention services coordinator demonstrates outside of the Holmes Student Center where Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered the keynote address for the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Dinner and...

SA Senate approves environmental affairs position

By Alexander Chettiath | October 19, 2015

The Student Association Senate approved a new cabinet position, director of Environmental Affairs, with 29 of 30 senators voicing approval Sunday.The position was proposed by SA President Nathan Lupstein, after he introduced it to the senate in his executive...

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 11 in Springfield. Dillon Domke, Student Association speaker, is calling for students to attend a rally during Rauner’s visit to NIU on Oct. 29.

Student Association to rally during Rauner visit

By Margaret Maka and Keith Hernandez | October 12, 2015

With the state budget still at an impasse, Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate speaker, called for students to attend a rally for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s arrival in DeKalb during a University Council meeting Wednesday.The Governor, who has been locked...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks to business students Aug. 29 in Barsema Hall. Rauner gave advice on investing in start-up businesses and discussed how he will use his experience in venture capitalism to promote job growth in Illinois if elected in November. My favorite people in the world are entrepreneurs, Rauner said. They take risks, take a lot of grief. They have to be lucky, but they also have to be smart and good and tough, and it’s all about team building.

Ill. Community College System’s 50th anniversary met with enrollment, funding troubles

By Alexander Chettiath | September 24, 2015

It is the year of the community college, according a declaration by Gov. Bruce Rauner in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Community College System, which includes Kishwaukee Community College.On average, 63 percent of Kishwaukee’s transfer...