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University Council to address concerns from students with disabilities

By Kelly Bauer | March 21, 2012

During Wednesday’s University Council meeting, Greg Long said students with disabilities have come to him with troubling news. Long, NIU Chair of the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities, reported that professors have publicly disclosed...


Brady endorses Demmer for State Rep.

By Kelly Bauer | March 18, 2012

Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) endorsed Tom Demmer for State Representative during a stop in DeKalb County Tuesday. Demmer is the Director of Strategic Planning and Government Relations at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. Brady said the state...

During the open discussion portion of a March 7, 2012, meeting on pension reform, Michael Peddle, assistant dean of academic administration, suggested the state start taxing all pensions in Illinois.

Fixing the future: Pensions

By Kelly Bauer | March 7, 2012

One man stood before a microphone, cleared his throat and faced a roomful of anxious NIU faculty and staff. During Wednesday’s 90-minute meeting on pension reform, NIU President John Peters and Steve Cunningham, vice president of Human Resources and...

 Trustees Marc Strauss (left), John Butler (middle), and Robert Marshall (right) chat during an executive session during the Board meeting Monday afternoon.

Board of Trustees approves increase in student fees, room and board rates

By Kelly Bauer | March 1, 2012

The Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to approve all the university’s recommendations, including increasing the room and board rate, increasing student fees and approving the proposed salary guidelines. The university requested the BOT approve an aggregate...


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...

Cut fiber results in Internet slowdown

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2012

Internet speed around campus slowed down for several hours Monday.A “major fiber cable” was cut, resulting in the slowdown, said Walter Czerniak, Associate Vice President for NIU Information Technology Services. He was unsure of when the fiber would...

Northern Star wins awards at ICPA convention

By Northern Star Staff | February 19, 2012

The Northern Star took home 16 individual awards and an honorable mention in general excellence Sunday at the Illinois College Press Association convention.Several current and former staff members won individual awards for their contributions to the paper....

Jason Wilkins, second year law student, protests about PIPA in
the MLK Commons Monday afternoon.

Student holds protest against PIPA legislation

By Kelly Bauer | January 23, 2012

As the wind whipped at his face, Jason Wilkins, second year law student, gritted his teeth and kept his sign high: "Stop PIPA: USA's 1st Internet Censorship Law." From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wilkins waged a lone protest in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons,...

NIU Libraries receive grant money

By Kelly Bauer | January 16, 2012

Northern Illinois University Libraries have been awarded with a $575,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will be used to investigate affordable digital preservation soutions for university libraries, according...

Council votes to change policy on class guests

By Kelly Bauer | December 1, 2011

Wednesday's University Council meeting saw the passing of a proposal that alters NIU's policy on guests in class.The proposal, made by Karen Brandt, Academic Policy Committee Chair, was discussed at the Nov. 2 Universal Council meeting and was not passed....


DeKalb residents ask city to allow raising hens on property

By Kelly Bauer | November 29, 2011

Which came first: the chicken or DeKalb resident Hannah Dwyer's initiative to allow up to five hens per household?The chicken, which has been around since at least Egypt's 18th dynasty, would seem the obvious answer - but not when it comes to DeKalb....