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NIU to require on-campus living for 2 years

By Robert Baird | May 6, 2013

William Heinisch, DeKalb Area Rental Association (DARA) president, expects NIU’s 2015 second-year residential requirement to cause the vacancy of 400 to 500 rental units in DeKalb. The residential housing rule will require second-year students to live...

John Jones Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Associate vice president of Student Affairs to leave NIU

By Robert Baird | April 29, 2013

The faculty members who work with John Jones, Student Affairs associate vice president, said his involvement with students will help him in his new position. Jone will take on the role of Student Affairs vice chancellor at University of North Carolina...

Seth Peritz, NIU Director of Mass Transit, announces the four new Huskie Bus routes starting in Fall 2013 that will improve effeciency and decrease cost to the University on Sunday at the Student Association Senate meeting.

SA senate meeting sees new member and returning speaker

By Robert Baird | April 21, 2013

James Zanayed was re-appointed the Student Association (SA) Senate speaker at its meeting Sunday. Zanayed was contested by Stephanie Wiggins, SA senator and senior political science major, for the speaker position. Wiggins said her experience in the Air...

Student leaders react to NIU’s new president

By Robert Baird | April 2, 2013

Student leaders will actively seek increased involvement with Doug Baker when he becomes NIU’s president. Jack Barry, Student Association (SA) president elect, met Baker for the first time on Tuesday. “I’m confident and excited that the Board of...

No injuries reported in sorority house crash

By Robert Baird | April 1, 2013

A vehicle crashed through the Alpha Sigma Alpha (ASA) sorority house, 1019 Ridge Drive, shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. DeKalb Police Sgt. Jim Haacker said there were no injuries. The driver, 22, had a learners permit, Haacker said. She was taking a right...

Student Association President Jack Barry

Students choose new CAB, SA representatives

By Robert Baird | March 28, 2013

Voter turnout for the Student Association (SA) and Campus Activity Board (CAB) elections more than doubled this year. More than 1,500 students voted in the elections held Tuesday and Wednesday. About 750 students voted in 2012, and there were 1,189 votes...

CAUSE group to bring in entrepreneurs

By Robert Baird | March 27, 2013

The Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE) will host a group of NIU social entrepreneurs with hopes to educate students about social entrepreneurship on April 5 in the Barsema Alumni and Visitor Center. Zach Fiegel, CAUSE...

NIU sees decrease in spring enrollment

By Robert Baird | March 24, 2013

NIU has experienced a 4.7 percent decline in enrollment since spring 2012, according to the results of a Northern Star Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Spring enrollment is at 20,075 students; in 2012, it was 21,066. Paul Palian, director of...

Student Association to host mayoral debate

By Robert Baird | March 20, 2013

The DeKalb mayoral candidates and the Student Association (SA) Executive Branch candidates will be discussing their platforms and plans in two separate debates today, according to a press release from the SA public affairs office. The mayoral candidate...

NIU President John G. Peters gave his annual State of the University Address in Altgeld Hall on October 11, 2012. In his speech he announced his resignation.

Presidential search currently not open for public forum

By Robert Baird | March 18, 2013

NIU has changed up its presidential hiring process. The final four candidates to succeed NIU President John Peters will meet with the Board of Trustees for off-campus interviews on Friday, according to a university news release. The candidates were selected...

NIU presidential candidates to be interviewed

By Robert Baird | March 7, 2013

The final 10 candidates to succeed NIU President John Peters will be interviewed in front of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) today and Friday. The PSAC is composed of 28 members and includes two students: Student Association (SA) President...

DeKalb snowplows plow Lucinda Ave. during the heavy snowfall.

Snow storm closes NIU’s campus, classes canceled

By Robert Baird | March 5, 2013

The area nearly doubled its average snowfall accumulation for the month of March following a storm Tuesday. NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste said the snow was heavy, wet and compacted as it hit the ground. “The typical average in March is 4.2 inches,”...