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Officer Maria Christiansen, a survivor of the Feb. 14, 2008, NIU shooting, works in the NIU Police Department.

Feb. 14 survivor works as NIU officer

By Kelley Byrne | March 25, 2014

Officer Maria Christiansen has been with the NIU Police Department for five years this month, but the road to becoming an officer was not easy.On February 14, 2008, Christiansen’s life changed forever. She was one of more than 100 students in a Cole...

Two-year residency up in air

Two-year residency up in air

By Kelley Byrne | March 17, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker may soon make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on whether to implement a second-year residency requirement in fall 2015.Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said the decision to apply...

Gay marriage OK’d in DeKalb

By Kelley Byrne | March 16, 2014

DeKalb County issued its first marriage license for a same-sex couple on Thursday.For Darla Cook, 57, and Jaelyn Paulsen, 50, March 17 holds a special meaning as it is the anniversary of their 2010 civil union and will now be the anniversary of their...

Transfer retention up on NIU’s ‘to fix’ list

Transfer retention up on NIU’s ‘to fix’ list

By Kelley Byrne | March 6, 2014

NIU is looking at ways to improve retention of its transfer students.Of the 1,881 transfer students started at NIU in the fall semester, 311 who did not graduate did not return for the spring semester.Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and...

Stickers, buttons raise awareness for women

By Kelley Byrne | March 4, 2014

Students could grab stickers and buttons with the phrase “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” on Tuesday to help break stereotypes that limit people’s views of what a feminist looks like.The event, sponsored by the Women’s Studies program, offered...

Sophomore philosophy major Samantha Bittner (left) leads a group of prospective students near the food court in Neptune Hall Monday. The Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition for incoming students while lowering housing rates.

Funding fears fuel tuition raise

By Kelley Byrne | March 4, 2014

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Brad Hoey, director of University Marketing, said NIU's tuition stays at a constant for students for six years. Hoey later contacted the Northern Star to clarify that NIU's tuition stays at a constant for...

Awards recognize LGBT allies

Awards recognize LGBT allies

By Kelley Byrne | February 26, 2014

Students may nominate staff, faculty or students for the 10th annual Ally Awards through the LGBT and Women’s Resource Center website up until 4:30 p.m. Friday.The LGBT and Women’s Resource Center will host the Ally Awards to recognize allies of the...

Research program seeks students

By Kelley Byrne | February 19, 2014

The Summer Research Opportunities Program is seeking students to participate in research and post-graduation experiences.The program will accept applications until Feb. 28, and the program runs from June 16 to Aug. 8. The program is open to students with...

Convo to survey for community input

By Kelley Byrne | February 17, 2014

The Convo wants your input on upcoming events.The Convocation Center is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts a variety of events. A survey is in the works that will help bring to light acts the local community and students would like to see at the Convo.Paul...

(Left to right) Co-Director of PROMISE Denise R. Hayman, PROMISE coordinator Tracy Ash and PROMISE coordinator Christopher Mitchell put up a poster that is put up every year for the STEM conference, which aims to help engineering students broaden their awareness of STEM applications, expand their cultural view and become more familiar with the university.

STEM event boosts job awareness

By Kelley Byrne | February 13, 2014

Students will have the chance to network with STEM faculty, campus administrators, corporations and graduate schools at the STEM conference.The conference, Advancing STEM Education: Priming the Pump, will feature speakers from IBM, Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent,...

Next Gen. plans to engage lecture halls

By Kelley Byrne | February 12, 2014

Brenda McCoy, of the University of North Texas, will help transform NIU courses with Next Generation Course Redesign.McCoy came to NIU in 2012 to share her experience and is coming back as a resource.Next Gen. was put into effect at NIU as the Course...

Upcoming career fairs help students find jobs

By Kelley Byrne | February 5, 2014

Career Services’ upcoming fairs will help match students with internships and jobs.Career Services will host the Internship Fair on Feb. 18, Full-Time Job Fair on Feb. 19 and the Educators’ Job Fair on Feb. 24. Workshops — ABCs of Getting an Internship...