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NIU racks up $1.15 million in pay for suspended employees since July 2012

NIU racks up $1.15 million in pay for suspended employees since July 2012

By Kelly Bauer | September 10, 2014

Seven NIU employees are on paid leave, adding to the about $1.15 million the university has paid to suspended employees since July 2012.Employees are not able to work while on leave, though they continue to receive their salary in accordance with state...

Animal facilities need $850K to fund lab upgrades, renovations

By Kelly Bauer | September 3, 2014

Up to $850,000 in funding from NIU is needed to update the facilities where the university’s lab animals are kept.The animals are used in research projects and studies and reside in Montgomery Hall and the Psychology Building. The $850,000 would go...

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.

NIU plans for 700 drop in enrollment

By Kelly Bauer | September 1, 2014

NIU has built an expected enrollment decline of 700 students representing more than $8 million in potential revenue into its proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget.The decline would mark the fifth fall in a row NIU has had fewer students than it had the year...

Christianah Olojede, junior rehabilitation service major; Megan Taylor, junior rehab counseling major; and Nicoya Parer, senior public health major, work on a group presentation for their counseling class Thursday in the computer lab of Founders Memorial Library.

NIU changing Internet use policy for students

By Kelly Bauer | August 26, 2014

Students don’t have to worry about going without pornography or Twitter: NIU is clearing up its Acceptable Use Policy to make it clear students can access social media, explicit material and other sites without worrying about a firewall or warning signs...

NIU not blocking students from using social media despite reports: spokesman

By Kelly Bauer | August 20, 2014

NIU's new Internet filter isn't meant to prevent students from tweeting, using Pinterest or reading Wikipedia, despite some reports, said university spokesman Paul Palian.Tech blog BetaBeat reported Wednesday that NIU was banning its Internet users from...

What goals should the Student Association make in the fall?

By Northern Star Staff | July 27, 2014

Kevin BarteltThe Student Association must improve its communication with the public.It’s very important members actively reach out to the university with their goals at the beginning of the semester.The SA should also focus on its communication within...

Will Wilson, senior pre-physical therapy major, refills his water bottle from a water fountain in February 2013.

NIU staffer on paid leave after not conducting water quality tests for 2 years

By Kelly Bauer | July 25, 2014

NIU has put a staff member on paid leave while it investigates why two water quality tests were not conducted over a two-year period, violating Environmental Protection Agency standards.The university is supplied water from DeKalb, which uses five area...

Northern Star gives students more experience, opportunity

By Kelly Bauer | June 30, 2014

You want to work for the Northern Star.You’re a freshman/transfer/summer school student, sitting somewhere on campus, reading this column, and you’re thinking, “Well, I don’t know if that’s true...” But it is, or it should be.It’s the only...

Bob Tessier, the half-brother of Jack McCullough, speaks at a press conference following the conviction of McCullough for the 1957 kidnapping of Maria Ridulph, 7. Janet Tessier, Bobs sister and McCulloughs half-sister, stands beside him. The Tessiers thanked law enforcement officials for solving the case.

McCullough appeals murder conviction

By Kelly Bauer | April 22, 2014

There wasn’t enough evidence to prove Jack McCullough’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for the 1957 abduction and murder of 7-year-old Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph, according to a brief he filed Friday.The cold case — the United States’ longest...

Alexandra Meyer | Northern Star(Left to right) Jewel Stephens, Black Student Union treasurer, BSU Vice President Corey Turner and BSU President Adewale Adetunji talk to Student Association senators at the SA Senate meeting Sunday. The BSU’s request for supplemental funding sparked debate, with senators arguing if the group’s request met the requirements for the SA to provide the organization with supplemental funding.

Senators violated oath at BSU vote: Speaker

By Kelly Bauer | April 8, 2014

Vague language in Student Association bylaws made it unclear if SA senators broke their oath of office when they voted to provide the Black Student Union with $8,925 in supplemental funding Sunday, though the SA Senate speaker said they did.Supplemental...

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

By Kelly Bauer | March 30, 2014

NIU will look to make up a potential $11.6 million funding cut from the state by “increas[ing] our efficiencies and our processes,” said NIU President Doug Baker.The 12.5 percent funding cut is not certain, but it would be the result if legislators...

CIO in, VPs out in Baker’s changes

By Kelly Bauer | March 3, 2014

NIU welcomed CIO Brett Coryell in the same breath as it announced two vice presidents would no longer work at NIU, the news coming in a Friday address from NIU President Doug Baker.The changes are part of Baker’s efforts to root out inefficiencies to...