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Student Trustee Paul Julion discusses a recommendation approved by the Board of Trustees, which aims to enhance cellphone signals on campus in “dead areas,” such as New Residence Hall and DuSable Hall, Sunday night at the Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room. 

Senate supports interfaith space

By Margaret Maka | November 23, 2014

The Student Association Senate voted Sunday to support an interfaith space at NIU as part of a collaborative effort between the Senate and Better Together.Better Together, an organization approved by the Senate Nov. 7, is an interfaith association aimed...

Joe Frascello, newly inaugurated Student Association president, gives thanks to the SA Senate and discusses his plans to bring small electric buses to campus during the SA Inauguration May 2.

Frascello focused on involvement, transit

By Betsy Mathew | May 4, 2014

Student Association President Joe Frascello said he has big plans for his presidency, including working on student involvement, student engagement and transparency.Frascello, Vice President Raquel Chavez and Treasurer Husam Salem were inaugurated as the...

Frascello ticket sweeps SA

By Carlos Galvez | March 27, 2014

Joe Frascello’s “A Better NIU” ticket took every Student Association executive position following Wednesday’s elections, with Frascello claiming the top spot as president.Frascello tallied 1,343 votes while presidential candidate Randiss Hopkins...

SA voter turnout zooms past last year’s

By Keisha Howerth | March 26, 2014

More than 1,600 students voted in Tuesday’s Student Association executive elections, which is about 100 more than voted over two days in last year’s elections.More than 1,500 students voted in the 2013 elections. About 750 students voted in 2012,...

Student Association presidential candidates Randiss Hopkins (left) and Joe Frascello (right) answer questions during a debate Wednesday night in the Holmes Student Center. Hopkins said NIU should use alumni to recruit prospective students, and Frascello said NIU should make improvements to become a “fun campus.”

SA election candidates’ focus: student outreach

By Carlos Galvez | March 20, 2014

Student enrollment was discussed at the debate among Student Association executive candidates Wednesday.PresidentsSA candidates were asked to give their ideas about how they would tackle NIU President Doug Baker’s plan to increase student enrollment.“One...

Race sparks discussion at SA

By Jackie Nevarez | February 24, 2014

The Student Association Senate’s guest speaker spoke about the origin of Black History Month, leading to some disagreement among senators Sunday.Guest speakerDerrick Smith, academic counselor at the Center for Black Studies and adviser to the Black...

Students exercise at the Recreation Center Friday night. The Student Association is looking into how the Rec is funded since it has only received 57 percent of the funding it has requested over the last three years.

Rec Center funding targeted by Student Association

By Jack Manning | November 11, 2013

The Student Association wants to change the way the Recreation Center is funded.Over the past three school years, the Rec has only received 57 percent of the funding it has requested from the SA, according to a report from Paul Julion, SA director of...

SA Senate prepares for speaker elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 11, 2013

Student Association senators nominated speaker candidates at their Senate meeting Sunday. Speaker elections will be held next week.The SA speaker is the regulator of SA Senate meetings and the senators. He or she is also the acting voice of the student...

Recreation Center struggles with funding

By Jack Manning | September 30, 2013

Members of the Student Association are trying to increase the funding the Recreation Center receives and make the facility self-sustaining.In a spring student referendum, 914 voters said making improvements to the Rec should be made a priority, while...

Homecoming king Paul Julion (center, right) and 2011 Homecoming king Steven Williams (center, left) celebrate after the Homecoming court results were announced Friday.

Julion, Anderson named Homecoming king and queen

By Carrie Morris | October 14, 2012

The 2012 Homecoming king and queen have been crowned. Ashley Anderson, senior elementary education major, and Paul Julion, junior physical education major, won the title of Homecoming queen and king for Homecoming court Friday. The Homecoming court results...

Elections begin for Homecoming King, Queen

Elections begin for Homecoming King, Queen

By Kyle Boyd | October 9, 2012

The election for Homecoming king and queen will begin today. Dain Gotto, assistant director of the Campus Activities Board, said this year’s Homecoming court is special. Last year’s Homecoming elections poll showed roughly 1,100 ballots, and he expects...

SA Senate approves FY 2013 budget

By Felix Sarver | April 29, 2012

The Student Association (SA) Senate approved a $1.5 million FY 2013 budget. The money for the budget comes from activity fees students pay. The fees are allocated to student organizations to cover costs. New expenses were added to the budget before it...