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Lot C sits half full during morning classes on Friday. During peak times, Lot C parking spots are often scarce as commuters and professors share paid spaces at the center of campus, close to many of the liberal arts buildings. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

NIU faculty parking should be free

By Alberto Briones, Opinion Columnist | February 6, 2024

Parking fees may seem irrelevant in higher education, since most of the focus is on salaries, health insurance or retirement plans. Free parking for NIU instructors and staff is a tiny but meaningful gesture that may boost employee happiness and well-being. Sandy...

Pay-by-plate parking meter in parking lot five on campus.

NIU parking to be affected by Saturday’s football game

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 7, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s parking availability will be limited this weekend due to the 115th annual homecoming football game. The following parking lots will close from midnight of Oct. 7 until one hour after the game completes on Saturday: lot PS located...

Pay-by-plate parking meter in parking lot five on campus.

NIU introduces virtual parking permit system

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | August 26, 2022

DeKALB — As NIU welcomes its new and returning students, changes to the parking permit system are making an appearance as well. The Campus Parking Committee has now introduced a virtual parking system that provides a quick and easy way to register your...

The parking lot behind Gabel Hall sits empty Monday. During a typical semester, Lot 38 is usually full, but due to the NIUs campus shutting down, most of the parking lots are barren.

New parking options are a great convenience for dorm residents

By Parker Otto | October 5, 2020

For years, the only option for students living in the residence halls to park their cars were the Orange lots by Grant and Stevenson Towers and New Hall. This gave students at Neptune and Gilbert Halls a disadvantage. This was until Campus Parking Services,...

Expanding the engineering parking lot is a needed upgrade for students

Expanding the engineering parking lot is a needed upgrade for students

By Anthony Parlogean | October 4, 2019

Across from the Engineering building and Anderson Hall are Lots V and A. Lot V is a normal, paved parking lot, however Lot A looks anything but normal with its loose gravel and old western atmosphere. Lot A needs an update mostly because there is not...

Paving petition gains traction among business students

By Noah Thornburgh | September 22, 2019

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, to get Lot A paved has over 600 signatures, 37 of them from faculty and staff.Martin said he started the petition Sept. 10 after seeing a tire pop off after driving over a pothole in the lot. Commuter Lot A’s north-half, east...

City parking changes to take effect August 29

By Northern Star Staff | August 16, 2019

The City of DeKalb will begin enforcing parking restrictions Aug. 29, according to a city press release. Until Aug. 28, vehicle users violating parking restrictions will be given a notice warning them of changing regulations.The amendments change most...

City council to hear 2nd parking read

Parking restrictions proposed

By Lindsey Salvatelli | November 16, 2017

DeKALB | During Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the DeKalb chief of police brought forth a safe street initiatives for review.Gene Lowery, DeKalb Police Department chief, said there has been some movement in regaining back the northwest corridor...

Opinion: NIU must improve parking

By Maddie Steen | November 7, 2016

Sophomore biology major Heather Moore created a GoFundMe page to raise funds that will go towards a new parking lot after noticing that students are constantly complaining about a lack of parking space. Though this could potentially make a difference,...

Pass: Messages around campus bring joy, Fail: McDonald’s offers semester parking

By Rachel Scaman | August 26, 2015

Pass: Messages around campus bring joyIf any students have noticed the messages written in chalk on the sidewalks around campus, they should pay attention to them.The beginning of the school year is always my favorite time of year. There’s a ton of...

Police announce new parking restrictions in, around Eco Park

By Northern Star staff | February 12, 2015

DeKalb | Police announced changes Wednesday to parking in the Eco Park neighborhood. The parking changes by street are as follows:• Varsity Boulevard: No parking anytime on the North side of the street.• Pappas Drive: No parking anytime on the east...