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Q&A: Frascello talks SA plans for fall

By Rhea Riley | July 27, 2014

Senior political science major Joe Frascello was elected Student Association president in early May; as the summer comes to a close, he address what the SA has been up to and its plans for the fall semester.Rhea Riley: What have you done as president...

20K grant kickstarts Camp Power for kids

By Rhea Riley | July 6, 2014

After receiving a grant from General Mills, the community has come together to create a summer camp for children living in the University Village Apartments, 722 N. Annie Glidden Rd.Camp directors Mary Hess, Lisa Cummings and Nancy Prange applied for...

Two residents walk down Normal Road Friday. The neighborhood around St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Normal Road is planning to start a summer farmers market. The market will feature a pay-as-you-can system, among other amenities.

Church starts summer farmers market

By Rhea Riley | June 15, 2014

St. Paul Episcopal Church has collaborated with local organizations to create a farmers market for the summer.The church will allow the community to attend and receive fresh produce grown from the church’s gardens 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday...

Brandi Tibbitts, sophomore environmental studies major, studies for her finals Thursday at Founders Memorial Library.

Gen. eds to change based on feedback

By Rhea Riley | May 5, 2014

After receiving feedback from faculty and students, the PLUS Task Force is looking to make final adjustments to general education.The PLUS Task Force, which was assembled a year ago, is a group of faculty and students working on issues associated with...

Douglas’ end means program must move

By Rhea Riley | May 1, 2014

After 40 years, the Foreign Language Residence Program will be forced to relocate due to the deconstruction of Douglas Hall over the summer.RelocationIn the fall, FLRP will occupy the entire fifth floor in New Residence Hall West.FLRP occupies the entire...

Provost to be chosen

By Rhea Riley | May 1, 2014

The search for a provost and executive vice president is close to an end as NIU President Doug Baker will make his decision on who to hire as soon as possible now that candidate forums are over.Monday and Tuesday, NIU hosted its last provost candidate,...

Rickey Layfield, graduate adult and higher education student, discusses the first openly gay NFL footballer, Michael Sam, Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center. Layfield was presenting at Inside the Fishbowl.

Fishbowl shows growing acceptance of LGBT people

By Rhea Riley | April 24, 2014

Inside the Fishbowl, an LGBTQ Awareness Month event, brought to light the LGBT community’s growing acceptance in music and professional sports.The event, hosted by the LGBT and Women’s Resource Center, was held Wednesday in the Heritage Room of the...

Adventure club prepares for upcoming summer activities

By Rhea Riley | April 22, 2014

Outdoor Adventures is gearing up for its next summer trip to Alaska for a hike up the Harding Icefield Trail.A facility in the Recreation Center, Outdoor Adventures focuses on outdoor activities that include hiking, backpacking and rock climbing and are...

The moon glows reddish-brown during a lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. Students will get a free, hands-on experience to observe a supermoon lunar eclipse through a telescope Sunday in the NIU Observatory. 

Weather hampers eclipse viewing

By Rhea Riley | April 15, 2014

NIU’s observatory didn’t get the turnout it expected for its lunar eclipse showing due to snowy, cold weather Monday.A total lunar eclipse only happens twice a year when the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth and turns a reddish-brown color,...

Oppression gains face at event

By Rhea Riley | April 8, 2014

Socially oppressing topics that affect students are highlighted in the Tunnel of Oppression, which uses sights, sounds and movement and runs until Wednesday.This event is 5 to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center’s Duke Ellington...

SA: Focus Late Night on students

By Rhea Riley | April 7, 2014

Students can share their ideas on bettering Late Night Ride at a forum hosted by Student Association senators 5 p.m. Wednesday.Late Night Ride is a free door-to-door car service that gives rides to students, staff and faculty. The service is run by the...

Center helps support military dogs

By Rhea Riley | March 24, 2014

The Experiential Learning Center has teamed up with Save-A-Vet to save military and law enforcement dogs from being put down after retirement.The Experiential Learning Center, a part of the College of Business, creates teams of students that partner up...