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Veterans honored by students at flag raising ceremony

By Rachel Scaman | November 12, 2013

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who has served in the military, spoke at Monday’s Veterans Day flagraising ceremony to honor those who have served.The Veterans Day Ceremony, which was held at the flag pole by the lagoon outside Altgeld Hall, is an annual event...

University copes with state funding cuts

By Rachel Scaman | October 31, 2013

The university has made up that difference by increasing tuition and increasing efficiency.NIU President Doug Baker said his administration is doing a number of things to try and change this, like separating the facilities and human resources activities...

DeKalb nears end of city manager search

By Rachel Scaman | October 31, 2013

City Council will appoint a new city manager on Nov. 12 at the City Council meeting.The candidates for the position, named Wednesday, are Rodolfo D. Espiritu, Roger W. Fraser, Anne Marie Gaura, Raymond B. Keller and Susan K. McLaughlin. Former city manager...

Eric Weldy, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management spoke on matters regarding student retention, recruitment, financial assistance, transfer articulation, and student success during  University Council on Oct. 9 in the Skyroom of the Holmes Student Center.

NIU targets student retention, enrollment

By Rachel Scaman | October 28, 2013

NIU is looking to improve student retention and enrollment by making sure students are aware of the opportunities available to them.Eric Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said more research needs to be done to figure...

Students, staff and professors formulated ideas and solutions to campus topics, including student retention, research and technology Wednesday, during the Bold Futures Workshop in the Holmes Student Center’s Heritage Room.

Bold Futures gathers input

By Rachel Scaman | October 24, 2013

The Bold Futures Workshop series has finished its sixth four-hour workshop, but is still gathering feedback from participants.The series provides a way to connect students, faculty, alumni and community members in an effort to improve NIU and DeKalb....

Women’s tugs shows strength of sisterhood

By Rachel Scaman | October 20, 2013

Delta Zeta sorority ended the weekend with a victory in women’s tugs for the seventh year in a row.The weekend competition ended with Alpha Delta Pi in second and Sigma Kappa in third. Women’s tugs is tug-of-war competition between the social sororities....

Business students take skills to catwalk

By Rachel Scaman | October 14, 2013

Business students will take to the runway with briefcases in tow for a Pi Sigma Epsilon fashion show.The business fraternity will host the event, which exposes students to the benefits and opportunities of pursuing a career in retail management, at 7...

Bike & Build riders pose by a San Diego sign they spotted along the way. Bike & Build is a national nonprofit that raises money for affordable housing.

Alumna bikes for the better

By Rachel Scaman | October 7, 2013

Alumna Lauren Svymbersky returned this summer from biking across the country to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.The trip marked Svymbersky’s first time participating in Bike & Build, a national nonprofit that raises money and awareness...

General education classes may see requirement changes

By Rachel Scaman | October 2, 2013

The General Education Visioning Task Force is looking to change “outdated” general education requirements as soon as next fall.The task force plans to make recommendations to overhaul general education requirements so they focus on skill-based classes....

The World War II medal Andy Reiss found.

Metal detector tries to return found trophy

By Rachel Scaman | September 24, 2013

NIU employee Andy Reiss will take his metal detecting talents to a competition come November, but for now he’s looking for the owner of a World War II service medal he found in southern DeKalb County.Reiss, who works in Building Services, was one of...

As of 2 p.m. Friday, single game tickets were sold out for the Huskie football game against Eastern Illinois, packing the stands at Saturdays game.

Sold-out game makes history

By Kelly Bauer & Rachel Scaman | September 22, 2013

Huskie Stadium saw its first sold-out home opener since 2003 with Saturday’s game against Eastern Illinois University.Single tickets to the game had sold out by Friday, and NIU reported attendance as 23,595. Last season’s home opener, against University...

Princess receives degree

By Rachel Scaman | September 18, 2013

NIU presented Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess of Thailand, with an honorary degree of doctor and Humane Letters on Tuesday.A ceremony was held in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium where Her Royal Highness addressed about 300 people after she was presented...