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Holmes Student Center

History’s Foundation: Holmes Student Center

By Olivia Willoughby | May 6, 2012

Pointing high up in the sky, this building can’t be missed. Whether it was for orientation or to wait impatiently for the Huskie Bus, a student has been here at least once. With its first two floors built in 1961, the Holmes Student Center might just...

History’s Foundations: Altgeld Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 29, 2012

It looks like a castle that is not-so-ironically placed on Castle Drive, just without the flying, flaming arrows like in the old days, and it’s the oldest building at NIU. “The story is that Governor Altgeld had really liked castles,” said Cindy...

History’s Foundation: Williston Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 22, 2012

During the early 1900s, this building was for ladies only. Shevawn Eaton, director of Access to Courses and Careers through Educational Support Services (ACCESS), said Williston Hall was the first women’s residence hall and was dedicated to the university’s...

History’s Foundation: Reavis Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 1, 2012

This building holds the majority of English classes at NIU, sprinkled with the occasional communications and other Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Dedicated to William Claude Reavis, Reavis Hall was built in 1957. William Harms, associate news director...