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Senator Dillon Domke told the Student Association Senate at its meeting Sunday that he wants to focus on increasing student involvement as a way to improve NIU’s retention rate. Domke was elected as the spring Senate speaker.

Domke takes Senate’s top spot

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 25, 2013

Dillon Domke was elected as the spring Student Association Senate speaker at the group’s Sunday meeting.Domke took 17 votes to beat Senator Ben Donovan’s 12 votes and Senator Alonte Holliday’s two votes. Senators Brandon Phillips and Cassie Dodd...

Student Association Speaker James Zanayed speaks at an Oct. 6 Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Centers Skyroom. The Student Association will hold elections during this Sundays meeting.

SA Senate seeks new speaker in elections

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 21, 2013

The Student Association Senate will review five candidates as it looks to elect a speaker Sunday.The SA Senate will elect its next speaker during its meeting at 6 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Board of Trustees members like chair John Butler and...

Media studies professor Laura Vazquez (center) leads a discussion based on the events in her documentaries about homelessness Monday in the Stevenson Smart Classroom. Students shared stories about their personal lives and how hardships affected their lives and environment.

Local homelessness seen in film

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 19, 2013

Media studies professor Laura Vazquez screened documentaries she produced on homelessness to educate students Monday in the Stevenson Smart Classroom.The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and its Huskie service scholar peer mentor...

Homelessness awareness targeted

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 17, 2013

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will see events from professors and students trying to educate attendees about local and national homelessness.Documentary screeningMedia studies professor Laura Vazquez will screen two documentaries she produced...

NIU President Doug Baker speaks during his inauguration ceremony Wednesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. Baker said he plans to create an alumni mentoring program and overhaul the universitys budget.

SA speaker: Baker ‘true leader’

By James Green & Shaz Sheikhali | November 13, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker’s inauguration speech on Wednesday inspired local leaders who are looking to see change.During his address, Baker focused on “four pillars” that will promote university change: student career success, a thriving community,...

Mohawk storyteller shares origin tales, morals

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 13, 2013

Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan shared Iroquois tales with students Tuesday in Cole Hall.Olan — whose Mohawk name is Ionataiewas — is a public school teacher with 33 years of experience, a professional story teller, and is soon to be featured on a documentary...

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...

Instructor explores vulgarity in poems

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 6, 2013

Instructor Ryan Hibbett discussed British poet Philip Larkin’s use of vulgar language in poetry at a Tuesday event.Hibbett’s presentation, Poetry Said Fuck, was a part of the Brown Bag series. The Brown Bag series, hosted by the English department,...

Students unperturbed by crime in area

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 6, 2013

Incidents like the one Friday at the Travel Inn might lead to concerns, but the Student Association has not heard comments about NIU’s safety, said Mike Theodore, SA chief of staff.Friday, a group of men fought, leading to at least one shot and two...

Senate, police chief talk Travel Inn

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 3, 2013

Bill Nicklas, vice president of Public Safety, and NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke with Student Association Senate about gunfire Friday at the Travel Inn.The Senate’s Sunday meeting also featured an appearance from Eric Weldy, vice president of...

Student Senate, DeKalb police chief connect

By Shaz Sheikhali | October 28, 2013

Police Chief Gene Lowery addressed the DeKalb Police Department’s relationship with students at the Student Association Senate meeting Sunday.Lowery, a guest speaker at the meeting, commended senators on the efforts they put in creating a connection...

Artist connects sampling to open access

By Shaz Sheikhali | October 22, 2013

Alumnus Scott Potter looked at the connection between the open access movement and musical mashups at a presentation Tuesday.Potter, a musician known as “Hell Yeah Party Time,” graduated with a bachelor’s in science. He returned to campus for Open...