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Forming a union can improve graduate students’ work conditions

By Alma Garcia | January 20, 2020

The enactment of a recent law, allowing graduate students to unionize, is a huge victory for NIU Huskie graduate assistants and for undergraduates who are considering pursuing a graduate degree in the state of Illinois.One of the 250 laws enacted in the...

Faculty Senate touch on current topics, including student health insurance change

Faculty Senate touch on current topics, including student health insurance change

By Kierra Frazier | November 29, 2018

Faculty Senate members gathered in the Holmes Student Center Skyroom for the final senate meeting of the semester Thursday.

Fire Truck is parked in the garage at the first DeKalb Fire House, 700 Pine St. 

City Council looks to staffing solutions

By Jessie Kern | June 25, 2018

DEKALB - The current topic of conversation among DeKalb City Council members encompasses the measures being taken to pilot the city manager search and recruitment process.During the June 18 Special Committee of the Whole meeting, City Council members...

DeKalb panel discusses Affordable Care Act

By Jessie Kern | January 23, 2018

Three speakers addressed DeKalb residents during Thursday's Affordable Care Act forum to inform the community about potential changes to their health care.The forum focused on conversations being had around the country regarding the current state of health...

NIU-Rockford campus to help with health insurance signup

By Northern Star staff | January 27, 2015

Non-profit organizations and government departments will team up Thursday to host a health insurance enrollment event at NIU-Rockford.Certified assistants at the campus, 8500 E. State St. in Rockford, will provide free in-person help for people to enroll...

Pass/Fail: NIU Plus has strong plans, Insurance fee hike not OK

By Kim Randall | April 20, 2014

Pass: NIU Plus has strong plansThe blueprint for the NIU Plus general education changes is a collection of ideas that need to be put into place soon.NIU has been undergoing a lot of changes to increase student retention and enrollment, improve student...

NIU health insurance cost rises

By Keith Hernandez | April 8, 2014

As the cost of student health insurance is set to rise next year, so are the benefits.The Board of Trustees approved a premium cost increase of $428 for the 2015 fiscal year due to Affordable Care Act mandates for broader coverage and more benefits March...

Trans health is important to all

By Hayley Devitt | September 12, 2012

More and more employers today are expanding company health insurance benefits to include services for transgender workers. Although the American Medical Association does recommend this, not all companies are on board yet. “Transgender” is an adjective...

For me, US health care is great

By Logan Short | September 6, 2010

Almost every summer I visit Canada to go camping in Quetico Provincial Park.This past summer, on my way home after the wilderness adventure, we decided to get some authentic Canadian cuisine at a restaurant called Boston Pizza. We got to talking with...