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Campus community honor President Peters at informal reception

By Logan Love | May 2, 2013

As NIU President John Peters nears retirement, faculty, students and staff gathered to talk about his legacy and wish him well. An informal reception was held to celebrate Peters after the University Council meeting on Wednesday in the Holmes Student...

Church, students pray the stress away

By Logan Love | April 30, 2013

Students prayed for less stress as the semester winds down and final examinations approach. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road, hosted #Prayers2Pass on Tuesday passing out free snacks and drinks while praying with students. Participants prayed...

Grad Sport Society holds marathon run

By Logan Love | April 28, 2013

Runners were greeted by the football team at the 5K Rise and Run finish line on Sunday. The Grad Sport Society (GSS) organized the event as part of its capstone course. Members of the football team were on hand to support finishing runners, sign autographs...

Faculty Senate holds final meeting of the semester

By Logan Love | April 25, 2013

Passing three resolutions, members of the Faculty Senate sent a message to the administration about the meaning of shared governance at its final meeting of this academic year on Wednesday. Representatives at the meeting said shared government should...

NIU sees low trend in parking ticket fines

By Logan Love | April 22, 2013

Even though fewer parking tickets have been issued in the past few years, Parking Services still collected more than $545,000 in ticket revenue in Fiscal Year 2012, according to information provided by Parking Services Director Scott Kangas. Parking Services...

Students seek renovations to Lincoln Hall

By Logan Love | April 16, 2013

Students like Dan Wulff, sophomore accounting major and Lincoln Hall resident, want to see improvements in the 52-year-old residence hall. Joe King, assistant director of media and public relations, said there are no improvements planned for Lincoln Hall...

Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities holds Diversity and Inclusion Summit

By Logan Love | April 15, 2013

The Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) met for round table discussions and the presentation of its annual report on Monday. The PCSM Diversity and Inclusion Summit focused on the campus climate. The summit was held in the Sky Room...

Student Spotlight: Brennan Duffy

By Logan Love | April 9, 2013

This week’s student spotlight features freshman visual communications major Brennan Duffy. Northern Star: Why did you choose visual communication as your major? Brennan Duffy: Well, art is my passion, but jobs in that field are hard to get; either you’re...

Northern Black Choir celebrates 45th anniversary

By Logan Love | April 7, 2013

The Northern Black Choir (NBC) celebrated its 45th anniversary Sunday with a concert featuring singing, dancing and skits. Jeremy White, junior English major and assistant director for the choir, talked about the group’s founding. “Today’s event...

Student organization hosts social entrepreneurship workshops

By Logan Love | April 7, 2013

The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE) hosted four workshops at its inaugural Social Impact Summit on Friday. The event focused on social entrepreneurship, said senior finance major Kyle Lundin. Lundin was in attendance...

NIU President-Elect Douglas D. Baker thanks President Peters and the search committee for believing and trusting in him to help move NIU forward and build upon President Peters achievements within the campus on Wednesday afternoon at University Council in Altgeld Hall.

University Council welcomes new president

By Logan Love | April 3, 2013

The University Council (UC) welcomed incoming NIU president Douglas Baker on Wednesday. The UC met for a regular meeting that was highlighted by current President John Peters introducing Baker. Baker introduced himself and his wife, Dana Stover, and talked...

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NIU professors react to DOMA and Prop 8 cases

By Logan Love | April 3, 2013

The Defense of Marraige Act will likely be struck down and Proposition 8 will be dismissed by the Supreme Court, according to Artemus Ward, political science professor and Supreme Court expert. The Supreme Court heard arguments on two cases last week...