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Rising tuition costs result of increase in expenses

By Hailey Kurth | May 6, 2012

Gabrielle Miggins pays $23,000 to attend NIU. That was the cost for her after adding up the tuition, books, room and board, the junior elementary education major said. Miggins said she pays for her education with financial aid, scholarships and grants....

Study finds first-generation college students prefer ‘collaborative learning’

By Hailey Kurth | May 2, 2012

First-generation college and university students who come from working class families tend to do worse academically than continuing-generation students, according to a recent study. Working class students tend to prefer collaborative learning, the study...

Delta Chi becomes member of Interfraternity Council

By Hailey Kurth | May 1, 2012

After two years of petitioning to become a member of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), Delta Chi was welcomed into the council Monday. Delta Chi petitioned to become full members of IFC multiple times over the years but was denied each time, said Kyle...

MSII Cadet Andrew Hansen, sophomore business administration major, secures the base during an exercise demonstrating a late-night attack during ROTC training at the Marseilles Training Center Friday night.

ROTC cadets take part in field training exercises over weekend

By Hailey Kurth | April 29, 2012

As two helicopters approached the intramural fields near Stevenson towers Friday, NIU ROTC cadets filed in line and waited for their “deployment” to Marseilles Training Center, located in LaSalle County. The helicopters took the freshmen and sophomores...

Steve Briarton, 55, of Monroe Center plays guitar at his stall April 22, 2012 at the Colossal Clean Sweep in the Convocation Center.

Convocation Center holds annual ‘Colossal Clean Sweep’

By Hailey Kurth | April 22, 2012

Over 100 garage sales were packed under one roof at the convocation center Friday and Saturday for the Convocation’s annual Colossal Clean Sweep. Over 3,000 people were expected to come to the sale over the weekend, said Heather Priest, director of...

Sindu Kadavakolanu, graduate computer science major, sorts through prom dresses for Project Prom at the Womens Resource Center Wednesday afternoon. Project Prom offers free dresses to girls who want to attend prom but may not have the funds to purchase a dress. The WRC is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Project Prom helps high school students find formal dresses

By Hailey Kurth | April 18, 2012

When thinking of things one might find in an attic, a hip prom dress wouldn’t top most people’s list — until they saw the attic of NIU’s Women’s Resource Center. Carrie Williams, assistant director of the women’s resource center, said the...

Hect: Technology Oasis modeled after Apple Genius Bars

By Lauren Dielman | April 15, 2012

Those frustrated by iPads, iPods, laptops, smartphones and class projects have a place to go to get their questions answered: Technology Oasis. Jeffrey Hecht, associate dean in the College of Education, said Technology Oasis was modeled after Apple’s...

NIU PRISM, University Plaza host ‘Masqueerade’ dance

By Hailey Kurth | April 15, 2012

As dance-goers walked through the doors of Cafe 900 in the University Plaza (UP), they saw masks, balloons and a decorated wall that read “Masqueerade.” People from the DeKalb community attended the PRISM-hosted Masquerade Dance Friday. PRISM is a...

Charles Schumann and Tammy Taylor talk about how the men and women members of the gay community did not get along during their time at NIU during an open discussion with alumni in the Diversions Lounge held by the LGBT resource center Monday evening.

Alumni discuss experiences during LGBTQ panel

By Hailey Kurth | April 9, 2012

Alumni spoke of their experiences before, during, and after attending NIU at the first annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Panel Monday night. “We wanted current students to have an opportunity to find out what...

NIU students participate in Breaking the Ice, a rally to protest violence, held across campus Wednesday afternoon. Students gathered to pray in Central Park, led by members of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Alpha Phi Alpha hosts anti-violence rally, march

By Hailey Kurth | April 4, 2012

Over 200 people gathered at the MLK Commons yesterday to “break the ice against violence” at an event hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Alandis Phillips, senior sociology major and president of Alpha Phi Alpha, said to “break the ice” means...

Carol Sibley: Students should try to reduce exposure to allergens

By Hailey Kurth | April 4, 2012

Carol Sibley, coordinator of preventive medicine at Health Services Sibley said some people don’t seem to have allergies at all, while some can have mild allergies. “And others, usually the ones we see doing allergy shots, they’re just miserable...

Something squirrely this way comes

By Hailey Kurth | April 2, 2012

“I think the squirrels of DeKalb are genetically mutated into super-squirrels,” said Blake Box, senior family individual development major. Box said when she approaches squirrels on campus, most stand their ground. She is forced to move out of their...