Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Rows of desks sit empty in a classroom on the third floor of Reavis Hall. NIU began reducing low-enrollment courses in July. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

$32 million deficit puts low enrollment courses at risk

By Brandon Clark and Rachel Cormier | December 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU is reducing low-enrollment courses to help chip away at its $32 million deficit and optimize resources.  According to Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Laurie Elish-Piper, revising class offerings is a common collegiate practice...

Two J-term courses sit in an NIU class shopping cart. NIU is offering courses during winter break, including classes like Introduction to FinTech and History of Science. (Michael Mollsen | Northern Star)

Pilot program brings NIU winter semester

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 26, 2023

DeKALB – A pilot program that offers online classes during the winter break, a J-term, is making its way to NIU. The first winter term classes, J-terms, courses that run through the first few weeks of Jan., will primarily offer general education...

Slices of pumpkin pie sit ready to be plated by attendees of the International Thanksgiving Dinner event Monday. Instructors and their families were seated at tables, listening to the speakers within the Duke Ellington Ballroom within the Holmes Student Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU hosts 7th annual Thanksgiving with international community

By Gabby Crabtree, News Editor | November 21, 2023

DeKALB – International Student and Scholar Services hosted the International Thanksgiving Dinner which welcomed around 100 students and faculty along with their family members to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. The seventh International Thanksgiving...

A person types on a laptop. NIU is beginning the process of developing a cybersecurity degree completion program. (Getty Images)

NIU develops new cybersecurity degree, looks for director

By Brandon Clark, News Reporter | November 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU officials are helping students hack their futures with the development of a cybersecurity degree program. The university already has a cybersecurity certificate program at the master’s degree level, but according to Interim Executive...

Altgeld Hall sits under a cloudy sky. Faculty Senate met Wednesday to discuss the multi-year budget plan. (Northern Star File Photo)

CFO Middlemist: ‘The university must change in order to survive’

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | November 3, 2023

DeKALB – NIU is making plans to cut its $32 million deficit in half by the end of fiscal year 2025. At Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, George Middlemist, vice president and chief financial officer, and Laurie Elish-Piper, interim executive...

NIU provost Beth Ingram steps down from her role while the universitys new CFO George Middlemist arrives in January

NIU gains new CFO, provost to step down

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 20, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hired George Middlemist as its new CFO, and Beth Ingram, executive vice president and provost, announced she will be resigning in June. NIU found its new chief financial officer in Middlemist, according to an NIU Today news release....

Education students teach overseas

By Lindsey Salvatelli | August 31, 2017

DeKALB — Students in the College of Education had a unique opportunity to test their academic achievements outside of the country in one of NIU’s premier programs.Educate Global, which was offered over the summer, was designed to provide undergraduate...

6 free local book exchanges

By Northern Star staff | August 23, 2016

Libraries that are open 24/7 sound far-fetched, but there are already several in DeKalb.Although the library is open 24/7, no one can go inside. Little Free Library, a global program, is a free book exchange where people can take-a-book and leave-a-book...

Dean of education to focus on cuts, budget

Dean of education to focus on cuts, budget

By Julia Martinez | April 7, 2016

Laurie Elish-Piper, newly appointed dean of the College of Education, said she has already reduced 11 percent of spending by using the college’s budget effectively and not cutting employees or programming.Elish-Piper was acknowledged as a Presidential...

Program connects students with alumni, enhances skills

Program connects students with alumni, enhances skills

By Salta Kendor | November 30, 2014

Students are able to apply for an alumni mentorship program expected to start in spring, with orientations for applicants over the next two months.The NIU Student-Alumni Mentoring Program is designed to connect local alumni to students and allow students...

Program shows reading is fun

By Alissa Jacob | March 24, 2014

The Boys and Books program went to West Elementary this month to show young boys how fun reading can be.The Boys and Books program is one of several programs offered by the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, 3100 Sycamore Road, suite 2003. The program enhances...

Chih-Chen Lee replies to an open floor discussion about the grade appeal policy at the University Council Meeting in the Holmes Student Center Wednesday afternoon.

NIU owed $47.3 million from state of Illinois

By Joe Palmer | April 11, 2012

NIU President John Peters discussed the university’s fiscal situation Wednesday at University Council. University Council held a meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Peters’ introductory announcement focused on the state of the...