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Not From There: The Undocumented Series, part four

By Keith Hernandez | February 27, 2017

DeKALB — Department of Homeland Security memos regarding enhanced enforcement of President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order sparked a call to action by local activists and NIU students the past week.The memos, published Feb. 20, outline...

Former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield speaks about NIUs budget proposal during a Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting Sept. 1, 2014 in Altgeld Hall.

No trial date for lawsuit against NIU

By Keith Hernandez | January 26, 2017

ROCKFORD — Pretrial proceedings for a revised lawsuit by a former controller against NIU will continue with a telephonic status hearing on February.The hearing comes almost one year after plaintiff Keith Jackson’s original complaint against NIU, the...

EIC: One hell of a year

By Keith Hernandez | December 7, 2015

As the headline so gracefully puts it, 2015 has been full of surprises for me.My first big surprise was getting hired as the Northern Star’s managing editor in January, a high point for a student who barely graduated high school. My second, however,...

NIU vet: ‘Treat your neighbors with kindness’

By Keith Hernandez | November 23, 2015

Nickolaus Hammack stood among almost 50 students and community members last week as he spread a message he said was more radical than abhorring terrorism. That message was “We are not afraid.”A vigil was held on Thursday in the Martin Luther King...

SA closed vote could violate Open Meetings Act

By Keith Hernandez and Maxwell Bisaillon | November 19, 2015

The Student Association Senate plans to take final action on whether or not to remove SA Vice President Reggie Bates from office in a closed session Sunday — an action that could be in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.The SA Senate remained...

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Dinner and State of the County event Thursday in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom. Rauner spoke to DeKalb business leaders about cutting regulations that stagnate local business growth. “This is one of the best locations in America to build business,” Rauner said.

Rauner unmoved in budget fight

By Keith Hernandez | November 2, 2015

More than a couple hundred voices didn’t budge Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, but not because he couldn’t hear them.Rauner, about 20 pounds lighter than he was in January, said during a visit to NIU he will stay the course on his refusal to continue...

Former sociology professor dies at 81

By Keith Hernandez | October 23, 2015

Toula Kourvetaris remembers her husband as a passionate sociology professor who was proud of his Greek roots.George Kourvetaris, who clocked 38 years at NIU, died Tuesday at 81. He immigrated from Greece in 1959 to further his career in education, starting...

Nadia Ramos, freshman medical laboratory science major, studies using flashcards Oct. 14 in the Founders Memorial Library Cafe. 

Durbin: Bill could lower textbook costs

By Keith Hernandez | October 15, 2015

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) reintroduced a bill last week that could save higher education students millions of dollars in textbook costs.The Affordable College Textbook Act would encourage universities to support pilot programs that create digital...

Devil’s Tongue sprouts at NIU greenhouse

Devil’s Tongue sprouts at NIU greenhouse

By Keith Hernandez | October 15, 2015

The Konjak plant, also known as the Devil’s Tongue, sits in the Greenhouse Facility on Oct. 8. The Konjak, like the titan arum, gives off an unpleasant smell upon blooming. “It would be good practice to know what to expect when you change a diaper,”...

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 11 in Springfield. Dillon Domke, Student Association speaker, is calling for students to attend a rally during Rauner’s visit to NIU on Oct. 29.

Student Association to rally during Rauner visit

By Margaret Maka and Keith Hernandez | October 12, 2015

With the state budget still at an impasse, Dillon Domke, Student Association Senate speaker, called for students to attend a rally for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s arrival in DeKalb during a University Council meeting Wednesday.The Governor, who has been locked...

Interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield speaks about NIUs budget proposal during a Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting on Sept. 1, 2014, in Altgeld Hall.

Ex-controller files civil suit against administration

By Keith Hernandez | October 8, 2015

An NIU employee has filed a lawsuit against the university alleging top administrators placed him on involuntary administrative leave without due process, among other allegations, effectively terminating his employment.Former NIU Controller Keith Jackson,...

A partially reconstructed Stevens Building is seen Sunday outside of Zulauf Hall. Maintenance for the Stevens Building, which will include covering certain areas of the construction site and heating, may cost up to $50,000, said Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance.

Stevens Building could have delays

By Alexander Chettiath | September 14, 2015

Junior theatre major Julian Serna said it is a “bummer” that he has to cross campus to attend his theatre classes.“I’ve had classes at McMurry Hall, then right after that at Graham Hall, so I have to hightail it across campus,” Serna said.Serna...