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Point/Counterpoint: Preferred names

February 13, 2017

Point: Name changes take step toward inclusivenessEditor in Chief Jay IbarraNIU was strong in giving students the right to use their preferred name and gender pronouns because it creates acceptance and understanding throughout college.Similar to many...

Deadline approaches for adding and dropping a course

Deadline approaches for adding and dropping a course

By Northern Star staff | August 29, 2016

DeKALB | The last day for undergraduates to add or drop a full-semester course on self-service in with approval from the course department is Friday.After Friday, all courses dropped will be considered withdrawal.Students withdrawing from...

InFocus: What do you think of the MyNIU app?

By Northern Star Staff | March 18, 2015

Mohammed Taha FaridiI always thought MyNIU should have a smartphone app.The app functions well: You can do all the work you did on the MyNIU website. It’s simple and easy to use. It’s also a relief for iPhone and Android users who can now do more...

Students with Android or Apple devices can download the MyNIU app from the Google Play store (shown here) or Apple store.

MyNIU app launches for Android, Apple devices

By Northern Star staff | March 16, 2015

MyNIU is now available as an app for Android and Apple devices.Students can use the MyNIU app to register for classes, view their grades and class schedule and look up financial aid and account information, among other things.The app is available through...

Extra fees should be optional

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 5, 2014

While NIU provides extracurricular activities for students to enhance their experiences, it should make paying some fees optional.NIU President Doug Baker announced a proposal to make athletics and fine art fees optional for students at an Oct. 29 Faculty...

Pass/Fail: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepage; Post-game traffic rush could improve

By Carl Nadig | October 12, 2014

Pass: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepageNIU’s Web redesign is a progressive step for adapting to technology-savvy students.I’m sure everyone has his or her own opinions on how he or she is adjusting to the redesign of NIU’s website, Regardless...

Pass/Fail: Only 4 weeks until spring classes end, Selectin res. hall stressul for students

By Danny Cozzi | April 6, 2014

Pass: Only 4 weeks until spring classes endIt’s finally happening, folks: The days are getting longer and the sun’s warmth is reminiscent of a time when I could feel my fingers after going outside.This summer should come as a triumph over the most...

MyNIU eases stress from keeping track of classes

By AJ Edwards | December 1, 2013

Our college careers can be difficult to keep track of, but luckily we have our MyNIU Student Center page to guide us through the struggle.It’s important for college students to keep track of credits, grades and finances, and this resource helps us do...

Some students may be required to delay graduating

By Felix Sarver | April 25, 2012

Drew Veskauf was prepared to graduate this semester, before he discovered something was going to prevent him taking up his cap and gown. The journalism and history major met with his academic advisers and discovered he needed two more classes, and one...

MyNIU experiencing difficulties, down time

By Joe Palmer | April 5, 2012

The newly minted MyNIU portal is experiencing significant technical difficulties, the symptoms of which first appeared around 11 a.m. Thursday. The ITS web page listed updating warnings of login errors due to high utilization of the system Thursday afternoon....

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NIU will no longer print telephone directory

By Hailey Kurth | February 28, 2012

Every day, students look past the telephone directories stacked in various campus buildings without a thought of what they contain. The directory includes personal information for students: their home or school address and occasionally a phone number;...

MyNIU helps keep students plugged in

By Aaron Brooks | January 24, 2012

Let us face it, MyNIU was only relevant to students once a semester when registering for classes. Now, with its new face lift, MyNIU looks to serve students daily needs with quick access to BlackBoard, Webmail and a myriad of other links to help students...