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Latrice Tillis, sophomore accounting major, prints from the Neptune computer lab.

New printing quota has cut costs for NIU

By Gino Hernaiz | November 27, 2012

The printing quota at NIU has managed to decrease costs for the university. Charles Schumann, ITS manager and administrative coordinator, said printing costs at NIU have fallen by 40 percent. Campus-wide efforts to reduce the costs of printing through...

NIU switches to Google

By Sierra Lowe | September 4, 2012

Google has reached NIU. With the efforts of Information Technology Service’s (ITS) Green Up initiative, students this semester have switched to a new system that provides access to variety of Google applications. Part of the reason the ITS sought to...

MyNIU experiencing difficulties, down time

By Joe Palmer | April 5, 2012

The newly minted MyNIU portal is experiencing significant technical difficulties, the symptoms of which first appeared around 11 a.m. Thursday. The ITS web page listed updating warnings of login errors due to high utilization of the system Thursday afternoon....

NIU Mobile App makes improvements

By Joe Palmer | March 28, 2012

The NIU Mobile App is getting a face lift with some major improvements, including access to the campus Huskie Bus tracker, Huskie Tracks. The revised app hit both the Android and Apple app stores earlier this month. The app is free to download and includes...

Cut fiber results in Internet slowdown

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2012

Internet speed around campus slowed down for several hours Monday.A “major fiber cable” was cut, resulting in the slowdown, said Walter Czerniak, Associate Vice President for NIU Information Technology Services. He was unsure of when the fiber would...

MyNIU faces technical difficulties Tuesday

By Jessica Wells and Ryan Felgenhauer | January 17, 2012

Ryan FelgenhauerCity EditorDeKALB | Some NIU students experienced problems accessing their class schedules through MyNIU Tuesday.Walter Czerniak, associate vice president of Information Technology Services said this is a campus-wide problem, but individual...

NIU ITS warns students of phishing scam

By Northern Star staff | October 11, 2011

ITS warns GroupWise users of a current phishing email, according to an NIUToday article.The phishing emails asks NIU GroupWise users for their email addresses, user names, passwords and birth dates. Those who receive this email should not reply, and should...

Tuesday network problems ironed out

By Northern Star Staff | August 24, 2011

NIU experienced server problems Tuesday, preventing some students from being able to log in to the network.  Cindy Phillips, ITS director of customer support services, said a server that assists with the ability to authenticate to NIU's network and applications...

Epsilon Corporation breach causes NIU emails phishing

By Northern Star Staff | April 11, 2011

NIU Information Security and Operations is warning students and faculty about a large-scale security breach into the Epsilon Corporation. The extent is unknown but it appears to be the largest in history, according to a release from ISO Director Jim Fatz....

Wavering wireless internet

By Candice Beasley | March 1, 2011

Students may have noticed wireless Internet access is weaker, and sometimes unavailable, around campus. Cindy Phillips, director of Information Technology Services, said NIU realizes a fully wireless campus is not only valuable but the direction in which...

A pile of papers sit on a printer at the Douglas computer lab in 2011.

Everybody prints and that’s how the university plans to keep it

By Kyla Gardner | January 31, 2011

DeKALB | NIU is the only university in Illinois or the Mid-America Conference that offers unlimited free printing, a benefit that students will enjoy for some time to come. The Computing Facilities Advisory Committee was considering implementing a fee...

Internet problems plague campus through Monday night

By Jessica Sabbah | January 24, 2011

Junior psychology major Lauren Johnson wasn't able to print off her syllabus Monday afternoon because she was unable to connect to the Internet in a campus lab. Like Johnson, some on campus Monday may have noticed Internet connectivity issues. The cause...