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Group requests Lincoln Hall for vet housing

By Alexander Chettiath | June 15, 2015

A military veteran organization is seeking to use Lincoln Hall as a living facility for disabled veterans attending NIU and retired military and police dogs that would otherwise be put down.Save-A-Vet, a group that rescues retired military, police and...

Chance to smoke in cars should be given

By Rachel Scaman | January 28, 2015

Students should be given the chance to smoke in their cars when the Smoke-Free Campus Act goes into effect July 1.The Smoke-Free Campus Act prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor areas of college campuses in Illinois. The NIU Smoke-Free Campus Task Force,...

Attendance alerts good step for better retention

By Rachel Scaman | January 21, 2015

NIU’s new attendance check-ups are a realistic way of improving retention because they will get students out of bed and into the classroom.NIU has announced it will start keeping tabs on attendance in several classes. If a student misses two or more...

huskie_snaps: What You Need to Know

huskie_snaps: What You Need to Know

By Darius Parker | December 2, 2014

About huskie_snapsLegal and academic repercussions can occur for those posting illegal content on Snapchat group huskie_snaps.Snapchat is an app that allows viewers to see a picture or video for up to 10 seconds.The account, which has more than 10,000...


Task force to help NIU be smoke-free by July

By Margaret Maka | November 12, 2014

An NIU smoking ban task force is creating initiatives to ready the campus for the Smoke-Free Campus Act by July 1.The Smoke-Free Campus Act is a piece of legislation signed in August by Gov. Pat Quinn to prohibit smoking on campuses of all state colleges...

A DeKalb police cruiser.

Man charged in stabbing of ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend is NIU student

By Northern Star Staff | October 19, 2014

The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct is working with the DeKalb Police Department to handle the status of student Mustafa C. Sahin, who is charged with attempted first degree murder (Class X Felony), said NIU spokesman Paul Palian.Sahin,...

NIU: Stop silence over paid leave

NIU: Stop silence over paid leave

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 10, 2014

NIU could do with more transparency if it wishes to meet President Doug Baker’s goal of providing ethically inspired leadership.Baker’s administration has made strides in transparency by announcing personnel changes among the president’s cabinet...

Internet policy outrage was preventable with notification

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 27, 2014

NIU could and should have prevented misunderstanding of the warning pages that appeared when using campus Internet last week, sparking outrage across the Web.Some mistook the warning notices — which could be bypassed — for notices a page was blocked,...

Students walk past the south end of Douglas Hall monday.

Douglas to be gone by end of September

By Keith Hernandez | August 27, 2014

The Environmental Health and Safety Department oversaw the completion of asbestos removal from Douglas Hall’s four wings Monday, allowing for further abatement of the material in the building’s central core.Bill Nicklas, vice president of Operations...

Christianah Olojede, junior rehabilitation service major; Megan Taylor, junior rehab counseling major; and Nicoya Parer, senior public health major, work on a group presentation for their counseling class Thursday in the computer lab of Founders Memorial Library.

NIU changing Internet use policy for students

By Kelly Bauer | August 26, 2014

Students don’t have to worry about going without pornography or Twitter: NIU is clearing up its Acceptable Use Policy to make it clear students can access social media, explicit material and other sites without worrying about a firewall or warning signs...

NIU not blocking students from using social media despite reports: spokesman

By Kelly Bauer | August 20, 2014

NIU's new Internet filter isn't meant to prevent students from tweeting, using Pinterest or reading Wikipedia, despite some reports, said university spokesman Paul Palian.Tech blog BetaBeat reported Wednesday that NIU was banning its Internet users from...

Will Wilson, senior pre-physical therapy major, refills his water bottle from a water fountain in February 2013.

NIU staffer on paid leave after not conducting water quality tests for 2 years

By Kelly Bauer | July 25, 2014

NIU has put a staff member on paid leave while it investigates why two water quality tests were not conducted over a two-year period, violating Environmental Protection Agency standards.The university is supplied water from DeKalb, which uses five area...