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Retention woes trouble NIU

Retention woes trouble NIU

By Allison Krecek | February 26, 2014

Correction: In the Wednesday article “Retention woes trouble NIU,” the Northern Star incorrectly reported that NIU spokesman Paul Palian had said “part of the reason for the decrease in student enrollment is due to lack of communication among students...

Star takes No. 2 as best state college paper

By Northern Star Staff | February 23, 2014

The Northern Star newspaper claimed second place in the Illinois College Press Association’s general excellence category for the second year in a row.The Daily Northwestern of Northwestern University took first, but ICPA did not select another newspaper...

Donald Grady

Grady sues for job, citing discrimination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2014

Don Grady, the NIU Police Department’s former chief, wants his job back with a public apology from the university, back pay and damages.Grady has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Trustees and former NIU President John Peters, among...

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

By Kelly Bauer | February 18, 2014

Darren Mitchell, NIU’s deputy police chief, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Illinois state police investigate a potential “discrepancy” in his work.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said he “came across some discrepancies” late...

A DeKalb city snowplow clears snow and spreads salt along Lincoln Highway near the DeKalb Police station Wednesday after heavy snowfall.

NIU advises students, faculty to ‘stay put,’ but classes are not canceled

By Kelly Bauer | February 17, 2014

The university has issued a text advisory urging students and faculty to "STAY PUT" and avoid travel from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a winter storm approaches -- but that doesn't mean classes are canceled.Weather-related absences will be excused, but NIU's...

Memorial stones stand in front of Cole Hall to honor the students who were killed Feb. 14, 2008.

Feb. 14 victims still remembered at Cole Hall

By Kelly Bauer | February 17, 2014

Gary Parmenter was surprised to see a bit of Tugs rope left in the Peaceful Reflection Garden in front of Cole Hall Friday.“Oh, how special,” Parmenter said of the rope, which laid at the base of the memorial stone for his son, Dan, who had battled...

Star to ring in change

By Kelly Bauer | December 9, 2013

When the Northern Star returns in the spring, it will be with a plan for a bold new future.The changes we’ll make will be wide-ranging: The Star’s website,, will be updated throughout the day; staff members will be required to utilize...

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...

NIU no fan of pension deal

NIU no fan of pension deal

By Kelly Bauer | December 4, 2013

NIU wanted a resolution to the state’s pension crisis, but it doesn’t like the one it got in a controversial reform bill that passed the General Assembly Tuesday.The measure will reduce and, in some instances, skip cost-of-living increases and push...

Student motivates for change

By Kelly Bauer | December 2, 2013

Steven Williams is using his speaking talents to motivate others.Williams, a graduating senior organization and corporate communication major, has already launched Anthony Visionaries, a brand he will use as a motivational speaker. Williams intends to...

NIU President Doug Baker talks about his “four pillars” — student career success, a thriving community, financial and program liability and ethically inspired leadership — during his inauguration ceremony Wednesday.

Baker plans campus overhaul

By Kelly Bauer | November 14, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker’s “Bold Future” for the university will focus on student career success and his three other “pillars,” according to his Wednesday inauguration speech.Baker, who started work at NIU July 1, used his inauguration ceremony...

Local teacher charged with possession, distribution of child porn

By Kelly Bauer | October 28, 2013

A local teacher was charged with possessing and distributing child porn Oct. 28.Jerome B. McCauley, 45, of Sycamore, has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography (class 2 felony) and five counts of distribution of child pornography...