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Board of Trustees carelessness comes at heavy costs

Board of Trustee’s carelessness comes at heavy costs

By Editorial Board | April 19, 2018

 The Northern Star Editorial Board finds the outcome of the NIU Board of Trustees vs Misty Haji-Sheikh case to be costly and unnecessarily difficult when compared to a lawsuit filed by Sid Kincaid in 2016.Sid Kincaid, former Student Association senator,...

Supreme Court hears union fees case

By James Krause | March 5, 2018

Oral arguments presented to the Supreme Court Feb. 26 could overturn a precedent requiring employees represented by unions pay union fees.The case brought to the high court is Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council...

NIU President Lisa Freeman speaks during a Board of Trustee meeting Dec. 11, 2017.

Board approves fee reductions, freezes tuition

By Batul Cutlerywala | December 11, 2017

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees voted to lower fees and not increase tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year.The Board decided to once again lock in tuition at the same rate the university has charged since the 2015-2016 academic year during a Thursday...

Brittany White, Black Student Union director of civil disobedience, addresses the Board of Trustees Executive Committee during a Thursday meeting.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES | BSU rep talks safety concerns

By Morgan Fink | November 20, 2017

DeKALB — Brittany White, Black Student Union director of civil disobedience, took to the microphone during Thursday’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee meeting to share the fear felt when a white supremacist group posted recruitment signs on campus...

From student to Board chair | Wheeler Coleman reflects on NIU journey

By Angela L. Pagan | October 30, 2017

DeKALB — Wheeler Coleman is a man who never lost sight of his roots; despite venturing out of state to attend an acclaimed university and eventually running his own executive consulting firm, EC-United, he was never able to detach himself from the institution...

Officials evaluating bus routes

Officials evaluating bus routes

By Morgan Fink | October 16, 2017

DeKALB — Student Involvement and Leadership Development officials have assessed the changes to the HuskieLine bus system as they’ve developed a mass transit budget proposal to be submitted to the Board of Trustees in two weeks for approval.The HuskieLine...

Board passes initial FY19 budget request

By Morgan Fink | September 18, 2017

DeKALB — The Board of Trustees approved the guidelines request for Fiscal Year 2019 during Thursday’s meeting.Each year, officials seek the Board’s approval for the budget request guidelines that will be used to develop the university budget request...

Board chair strives to improve transparency

Board chair strives to improve transparency

By Ian Tancun | July 31, 2017

DeKALB — Wheeler Coleman, Board of Trustees chair, is pledging his commitment to transparency in hopes of restoring trust in NIU in the aftermath of the investigation of former President Doug Baker.Coleman, who was voted new Board chair during a June...

OPEN LETTER | Dear acting president: Please keep your vow of transparency

By Ian Tancun | July 31, 2017

TO: Acting President Lisa FreemanNIU is in a transitional period, which provides opportunities for new beginnings. Former President Doug Baker’s June 30 resignation and the circumstances surrounding it made it clear key deficiencies exist at NIU that...

Student files 2nd lawsuit

By Lindsey Salvatelli | July 31, 2017

DeKALB | A temporary restraining order that's expected to be heard Friday could make it difficult for former president Doug Baker to receive his more than $600,000 severance pay.Misty Haji-Sheikh, graduate student at large, filed the motion against the...

College of Law dean resigns one year after taking position

By Northern Star staff | June 27, 2017

DeKALB | Eric Dannenmaier, former College of Law dean, has resigned from his position but is expected to work in the Division of Research and Innovation Partnership.Dannenmaier, who began as dean June 1, 2016, was placed on voluntary administrative leave...

Letter to the Editor: Baker’s $600K severance package arguable

By Misty haji-Sheikh | June 26, 2017

Dear Editor,I am in a unique position. I am a Graduate Student at Large, married to Faculty, and I serve on the County Board. I am writing as a student who loves NIU, but is deeply concerned with the actions of the Board of Trustees regarding the severance...

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