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Holmes cafe mixes live music into coffee

By James Green | February 4, 2014

The Holmes Student Center’s College Grind will host live music Monday nights for free.For the first three Mondays of every month, the Leftridge Sextet, led by Kenneth Leftridge, senior jazz studies major, will play at 8 p.m. at the cafe.A different...

NIU President Doug Baker spoke about the reverse transfer agreement between Kishwaukee College and NIU Friday at the Visitors Center of Kishwaukee Community College.

NIU makes transfer deal

By James Green | January 27, 2014

Students transferring from Kishwaukee College can now complete their associate’s while earning their degrees at NIU, with more community colleges joining that list in the future.NIU President Doug Baker and Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice signed...

Elections, on-campus police to be improved

By James Green | January 27, 2014

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke about his plans for NIU’s police department at Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting.The Senate also approved the formation of a committee to look into possible improvements for Senate elections.Phillips said...

SA goals: Revamp elections

By James Green | January 20, 2014

In its first meeting of the semester on Sunday, the Student Association Senate began to outline its goals and plans for the semester and elected an SA Senate deputy speaker.Senate and spring 2014The Senate’s plans to emphasize student engagement are...

Senator Dillon Domke told the Student Association Senate at its meeting Sunday that he wants to focus on increasing student involvement as a way to improve NIU’s retention rate. Domke was elected as the spring Senate speaker.

SA aims for increased student involvement

By James Green | January 13, 2014

The Student Association wants to use this semester to focus on how it can help students get involved with the university and let students see how their tuition is being used.Mike Theodore, SA chief of staff, said this semester is going to be fast-paced...

People ‘annoyed’ over pension plan

By James Green | December 8, 2013

Illinois’ pension plan has NIU faculty and staff feeling ignored while the school contemplates methods of handling the bill.On Tuesday, legislators approved a pension reform bill after years of financial worries in the form of unfunded liabilities and...

Board of Trustees learn about test failures

By Kelly Bauer & James Green | December 8, 2013

The Board of Trustees reviewed how NIU is helping its students pass the Test of Academic Proficiency, which the state requires would-be teaching students to pass, at its meeting Thursday.The board also approved the purchase of a coach bus, talked about...

Student grievance policy in third draft

By James Green | December 4, 2013

Plans for a student grievance procedure were shown at the University Council meeting on Wednesday alongside the formal introduction of NIU’s interim chief financial officer.Student grievance policyBill Pitney, University Affairs committee chair, gave...

Provost search in the works

By James Green | December 3, 2013

NIU is preparing its search for a provost for NIU President Doug Baker’s administration.The previous provost, Ray Alden, was appointed to the newly created position of vice president for International Affairs. Until a permanent candidate can be found,...

Graduates’ rap pays tribute to football

By James Green | December 3, 2013

Graduates Nolan and Trevor O’Malley have whipped up a song commemorating NIU’s journey to the Mid-American Conference Championship game.Titled “Return to the MAC,” the song was written by the O’Malley brothers to celebrate NIU making it to the...

Campus Police

Police warn of winter’s slick roads

By James Green | November 26, 2013

Snow made for slick and dangerous roads Monday, and that trend will continue through winter.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said one of the most common bad habits of drivers is not adjusting behaviors for poor conditions.“A lot of people don’t think...

Faculty examine admissions standards

By James Green | November 21, 2013

The process for admissions was cleared up for the Faculty Senate at its meeting Wednesday afternoon, and the Student Association announced that it will form focus groups.Admissions and RetentionEric Weldy, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management vice...