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NIU lacks transparency with course evaluations

By Kaylyn Zielinski | April 28, 2016

NIU needs more transparency when it comes to how course evaluations are handled so students can understand what kind of impact they have.At the end of the semester, students are asked to evaluate how they think their professor performed throughout the...

DeKalb and NIU Students need new local bookstore

By Faith Mellenthin | February 11, 2016

NIU and DeKalb residents are in need of a local bookstore. After the closing of the local Barnes & Noble, DeKalb is left with no major bookstores that sell more than educational textbooks.Before Barnes & Noble closed in December 2014, there was...

English students to display research projects at Showcase of Student Writing

By Northern Star staff | February 25, 2015

The First Year Composition Program will hold its eighth annual Showcase of Student Writing 3-5 p.m. April 6 in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom.English students will display research projects and engage attendees through discussions...

Baker’s focus: student success

By Jack Manning | January 15, 2014

Doug Baker enters his second semester as NIU president after using his first months on the job to put into motion plans he hopes will improve the university’s infrastructure.Since Baker’s Nov. 13 inauguration, he has met with officials from Sycamore...

NIU alumna to give speech on social media, internships in job market

By Ian Gough | April 16, 2012

Graduation and job-hunting can be endlessly stressful for some students, but it doesn’t have to be. At 3 p.m. Friday, NIU alumna Elena Haliczer will be giving a speech in Reavis Hall Room 211, entitled Impatience is a Virtue: how internships, social...

Showcase of Student Writing pushes ‘engaged learning’

By Ian Gough | April 11, 2012

Michael Day, director of the first year composition program, peered across a sea of posterboard displays as eager students huddle in front of him and hope to hear their names called. It was Day’s fifth year hosting the Showcase of Student Writing. The...

History’s Foundation: Reavis Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | April 1, 2012

This building holds the majority of English classes at NIU, sprinkled with the occasional communications and other Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Dedicated to William Claude Reavis, Reavis Hall was built in 1957. William Harms, associate news director...

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The Plagiarism Problem: Instructors offer advice to avoid pitfalls

By Christopher Gibbs | August 29, 2011

  Kerith Woodyard, assistant professor of rhetoric and public communication, finds perfectly-written paragraphs in papers otherwise riddled with errors. Woodyard looks at papers uploaded to Blackboard where, depending on the class, all submissions are...

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