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SA leaders push for vocal grievance policy support

By Jackie Nevarez | March 19, 2014

University Council will vote on whether to pass a student grievance policy on April 2.The grievance policy would give students due process to resolve issues and prevent future students from experiencing similar problems, said Bill Pitney, chair of the...

Student Association speaker Dillon Domke speaks at the Feb. 23 Student Association meeting in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. SA will host a debate among this year’s executive candidates at 8 p.m. today in the Holmes Student Center’s Regency Room.

SA candidates debate ahead of election

By Jackie Nevarez | March 19, 2014

Student Association will host a debate among this year’s executive election candidates today.The debate will be held at 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Regency Room. Candidates for the executive positions of the SA including president, vice president,...

Students, staff and professors formulated ideas and solutions to campus topics, including student retention, research and technology Wednesday, during the Bold Futures Workshop in the Holmes Student Center’s Heritage Room.

Bold Futures workshops return

By Jackie Nevarez | March 5, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker announced the return of the Bold Futures workshops in his biweekly Baker Report Tuesday.The Bold Futures workshops were first implemented in the fall. The four-hour workshops were held through 10 days in October, and hundreds...

Accreditors to review NIU

Accreditors to review NIU

By Jackie Nevarez | February 27, 2014

University Council approved to advance a budget priorities proposal and had its first reading of a grievance procedure policy for students Wednesday.Higher Learning CommissionDoris Macdonald, Steering Committee chair of the Higher Learning Commission...

Race sparks discussion at SA

By Jackie Nevarez | February 24, 2014

The Student Association Senate’s guest speaker spoke about the origin of Black History Month, leading to some disagreement among senators Sunday.Guest speakerDerrick Smith, academic counselor at the Center for Black Studies and adviser to the Black...

Faculty approves budget motion

Faculty approves budget motion

By Jackie Nevarez | February 20, 2014

Faculty Senate approved a motion to send a statement of budget priorities to the University Council Wednesday.Interim financial officer Nancy Suttenfield and Lisa Freeman, interim executive vice president and provost, presented a PowerPoint concerning...

Detailed rubrics take away from student creativity

By Jackie Nevarez | February 19, 2014

College is a time for students to learn while expressing themselves as individuals, but many professors are putting a stop to that, one exhaustive rubric at a time.It’s difficult for students to complete a writing assignment without any guidance. A...

Accept every part of yourself

By Jackie Nevarez | February 6, 2014

#ILoveMySelfie all bout self loveBody image is established by an individual and the world. Working to achieve a positive view is a responsibility for both.Selfies have become highly publicized and popular, especially in social networking sites.Scrolling...

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday in Springfield

Quinn has big plans for students

By Jackie Nevarez | January 30, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State Wednesday, an address filled with ambitious promises to lay the foundation for a better Illinois.His goals, although commendable and attainable, lack crucial elements that would benefit students.Education...

Stop being lazy: It’s time to file FAFSA

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2014

Although the semester has just begun, it is time to start thinking about finances for the upcoming school year.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is filled out by students to determine how much financial aid they receive for college.Financial...

NIU not coldest US school, but you should be prepared

By Jackie Nevarez | January 14, 2014

Tips on how to get through winterBeing prepared to tackle the cold is key to making it through the winter.Just last week, NIU was closed for two days due to extreme weather conditions. Although class was not in session, all of NIU’s facilities were...

NIU can help with resolutions

By Jackie Nevarez | January 13, 2014

Going back to school is no excuse to give up on your New Year’s resolutions, as using NIU’s resources can help you accomplish your goals.College life is notorious for its unhealthy eating and drinking habits.Although students can be intimidated by...