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University Council discusses Gov. Quinn’s budget speech

By Kelly Bauer | February 22, 2012

At Wednesday’s University Council meeting, the council voted on four items after NIU President John Peters discussed Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget speech. Peters expressed support for Quinn’s proposed $50 million increase to Monetary Award Program (MAP)...

NIU sees undergraduate enrollment drop

By Kelly Bauer | February 22, 2012

NIU’s spring undergraduate enrollment has fallen 1,647 students since the fall semester. Spring 2012 enrollment currently sits at 15,659. NIU President John Peters said spring enrollment is always smaller than fall enrollment, and the decrease was less...

 A woman leaves flowers at the memorial stone of Dan Parmenter
Tuesday afternoon during the Memorial Wreath ceremony outside of
Cole Hall.

NIU community gathers for wreath laying ceremony at Cole Hall

By Linze Griebenow | February 14, 2012

On a somber Valentine's Day, Joe Dubowski, father of fallen Huskie Gayle Dubowski, pointed to the a Forward, Together Forward Memorial Garden stone and said, "That's my daughter." Tuesday, NIU students and faculty gathered to reflect on the events of...

Marian Gebo (right), Pamela Brown (middle) and Barbara Fash
(left) look at a collection of Korean masks in the Anthropology
Museum Sunday afternoon during the grand opening of Cole Hall.

Cole Hall anthropology museum holds open house

By Hailey Kurth | February 12, 2012

Over 300 gathered in newly renovated Cole Hall for a first glance at its anthropology museum and to check out the high-tech technology in the classrooms. Interim museum director Sara Pfannkuche said she was very happy with the museum space. The new museum...

Quinn supports educational improvements during State of the State address

By Joe Palmer | February 1, 2012

State Senator Christine Johnson, R-Sycamore, said Gov. Pat Quinn avoided some major issues affecting Illinois in his State of the State address Wednesday. "The two biggest issues in Illinois right now are pension reform and the cost of Medicaid," Johnson...

President Peters: Technology a focus of Vision 2020

By Kelly Bauer | February 1, 2012

Approximately $4 million will be invested in technology around campus, President John Peters said Wednesday during a University Council meeting. Peters said the campus plans to become wireless as part of the Vision 2020 initiative. The $4 million will...

Murer makes push for new mission statement

By Chelsey Boutan | November 11, 2011

Board Chair Cherilyn Murer challenged President John Peters and Provost Raymond Alden Thursday morning to update the university's mission statement that will be later sent to the Board of Trustees for approval. At the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs,...

University Council speaks out on ‘disheartening’ editorial cartoon

By Andrea Azzo | October 5, 2011

Student representatives on the University Council said the Northern Star misleads students about campus safety during Wednesday's meeting. Nick Bender, a member of the College of Business student advisory council, said an editorial cartoon published in...

Sycamore seeks replacement city manager

By Dave Gong | September 21, 2011

The search for a permanent replacement for Sycamore City Manger Bill Nicklas will be conducted throughout October, said Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy. In the meantime, Brian Gregory, assistant city manager and treasurer, has been named acting city manager....

Marc Strauss, left, Board of Trustees Chair, at the Boards
Thursday meeting the Board approved a resolution to move forward
with President John Peters Vision 2020 plans.

Vision 2020 approved to move forward

By Chelsey Boutan | September 16, 2011

NIU President John Peters received unanimous approval to move forward with the Vision 2020 Initiative at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting.Trustee Marc Strauss said the Vision 2020 process revealed a goal important to the university's success - an...

Sophomore Genesis DeLaTorre (left) walks to class with her
friend sophomore Karla Valle (right) Wednesday night in the MLK

Raising the bar: NIU plans to improve scholarships, facilities, programs to attract students

By Felix Sarver | September 14, 2011

For the next 10 years, NIU aims to improve scholarships, campus facilities and create new academic programs to attract more and higher quality students as part of NIU President John Peters' Vision 2020 Initiative. NIU has some trouble attracting high...

NIU sees enrollment decrease

By Drew Veskauf | September 8, 2011

For the second year in a row, NIU has seen a decrease in enrollment. NIU's 10th day enrollment numbers, which indicates the number of students enrolled each fall, reports the total number of students at 22,990, a decrease of 680 students from last year....