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Green Lens Environmental Film Festival now accepting submissions

By Kia Clair | March 7, 2013

NIU will host the third-annual Green Lens Environmental Film Festival in celebration of Earth Day.

The festival will run from April 20 to 25. The purpose of the event is to spur and encourage interest in environmental sustainable living. This year’s theme is Our Planet in Focus.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film and Audience Choice.

All festival films must be 30 minutes long or less and they must be submitted no later than April 1. A fee is required for submission.

Films can be turned in at Film information and an online press pack must be included. DVDs can be mailed to 307 Lowden Hall.

For more information, contact Melissa Burlingame at [email protected] or visit

Fashion show promotes National Eating Disorder Awareness week

By Kia Clair | March 3, 2013

The Own It! Embrace Your Beauty fashion show brought students together for a night of entertainment and information sharing. More than 400 people attended the second annual Own It! Embrace Your Beauty fashion show, which was hosted by the Women’s Resource...

Shakira Bates, Northern Illinois University alumni, walks the runway in the Afro-centric Fashion Show hosted by PPMO modeling organization in the Holmes Student Center on Thursay night.

‘Afro-Centric Fashion Show’ honors passed members

By Kia Clair | February 24, 2013

More than 300 people attended the Present Perfect Modeling Organization’s (PPMO) 28th annual Afro-Centric Fashion Show on Wednesday. Greek organizations like the AKA’S and the KAPPA’s, who founded the organization in 1985, used the event to bring...

Tuition waivers discussed in Faculty Senate

By Kia Clair | February 21, 2013

The Faculty Senate discussed types of tuition waivers at its meeting Wednesday. Attendees were informed of the potential changes in tuition waiver funding and recommended changes to budget priorities. “What I heard was that each graduate assistant comes...

Financial Aid Office offers workshop for FAFSA

By Kia Clair | February 20, 2013

The Financial Aid Office provides NIU students FAFSA Fridays workshops that consist of private one-on-one sessions with an adviser. Financial aid advisers help students who are applying for financial aid during the workshops. The workshops were established...

Grace Place Campus Ministry to celebrate new pastor

By Kia Clair | February 19, 2013

Grace Place Campus Ministry is hosting a celebration service to welcome in new pastor Amy Fallon at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the ministry. Bishops, student leaders and board members from Grace Place will be present. The joint ministry is support by ELCA Lutherans...

Dr. David Stovall of UIC speaks at M.O.V.E: A think tank a program hosted by the Center for Black Studies in Cavan Auditorium on Monday night. Stovall spoke about a number of topics including the history of segregation in Chicago, and the public education system.

Student organization hosts unity think tank

By Kia Clair | February 19, 2013

Man of Vision, Excellence and Empowerment (MOVE) hosted a think tank session to bring consciousness and awareness in the community to African Americans on Monday. The Reunification of the Black Community Reconnecting With and Moving Toward Our True Nature...

Women’s Resource Center holds Clothing Expo

By Kia Clair | February 12, 2013

Business and causal wear, shoes and jewelry were available for students interested in professional wear for job interviews and the workplace at the Clothing Expo on Tuesday. The Women’s Resource Center worked in conjunction with Career Fairs and hosted...

Free math tutoring offered in DuSable

By Kia Clair | February 11, 2013

The faculty in the department of mathematics want to do their best to help Huskie students succeed, so they’re now offering free tutoring for students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in DuSable Hall, Room 326. “The tutoring center provides...

NIU’s General Education program to undergo changes

By Kia Clair | February 10, 2013

Provost Raymond Alden created the General Education Visioning Task Force (GEVT), which will team up with the General Education Committee to make revisions to the NIU General Education program. The task force is composed of faculty, administration and...

New Residence Hall begins week of events with kickball game

By Kia Clair | February 5, 2013

The New Residence Hall plan for February activities and fun has officially begun. Residents from New Hall and other residents on campus came together to play kickball and hang out from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night in the Chick Evans Field House. Nearly...

Piano instructor Susan Hurm watches as (left to right) Ted McCarron, Ali Rastegarpour, and Kasey Twine perform a piano piece at a piano recital in the Music Building on Monday night.

Music building offers adult piano lessons

By Kia Clair | January 29, 2013

Adult piano lessons are now available in two different skill levels for students and community members interested in advancing their musical skills. Two piano levels are taught in a group where students can get one-on-one instructions from a teacher....