Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Women learn awareness, self defense through class

Women learn awareness, self defense through class

By Alex LaBee | April 30, 2014

Senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, Wednesday in the Anderson Building during the Rape Aggression Defense program. The goal of the class is to educate women in case of an attack said Lesley Rigg, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.

$45M engineering grant goes to design

By Shikha Duttyal | April 28, 2014

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has received a $45.3 million software grant from Siemens, assisting students and faculty to complete the life cycle of a product design.Siemens donated the grant to CEET for the purchase of software...

Alumna: Health hurt by climate change

By Shikha Duttyal | April 27, 2014

Outstanding Alumnus Award-winning Dr. Laura Anderko said climate change is hurting human health at a Friday lecture.Anderko said the March Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showed human populations are sensitive to climate change. During...

Nominations wanted for presidential commission

By Shikha Duttyal | April 21, 2014

The Office of the President is accepting nominations of staff, faculty and students to the four presidential commissions, which will advise the president for the 2014-2015 academic year.The four presidential commissions — Persons with Disabilities,...

State laws to be discussed at town hall

By Shikha Duttyal | April 21, 2014

Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, will talk with locals about state law and taxes at a Kiwanis Club Town Hall Meeting Monday.The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Elks Club, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road. The Kiwanis Club, which has about 40 members,...

Prospective students pose with Victor E. Huskie during NIU’s Open House and Campus Tour in April 2014. The Open House — the biggest in NIU’s history — drew in more than 4,000 prospective students.

Open House draws in 4K prospectives

By Shikha Duttyal | April 20, 2014

More than 4,000 prospective students visited for the Spring Open House Friday, the largest open house in NIU history.The Department of Undergraduate Admissions organized an open house to relay information about financial aid, the University Honors Program,...

Class to be offered for bilingual students

By Shikha Duttyal | April 20, 2014

NIU’s Naperville campus will offer a fall, graduate-level course to prepare teachers to work with bilingual students who have special needs.In LTIC 555, Methods and Materials for English Learners with Disabilities, students will gain insight into the...

Students, faculty recognized at annual Student Choice Awards

By Shikha Duttyal | April 14, 2014

The Student Association honored outstanding students and faculty at the Student Choice Awards Monday.The awards, which take place annually, were organized to honor student and faculty contributions to NIU and the DeKalb community. About 100 people gathered...

Mary Beth Henning, Center of Economic Education co-director, holds up a children’s book called Isabel’s Car Wash and discusses ways to introduce children to finance and the concept of saving, working and entrepreneurship Monday at the Community Coordinated Child Care Building, 155 N. Third St.

1,200 participate in events during Money Smart Week

By Shikha Duttyal | April 13, 2014

Workshops on fiscal management taught students and locals to manage money during Money Smart Week.The DeKalb County Cash Coalition, led by NIU’s Financial Literacy Collaborative, Kishwaukee United Way and Econ Illinois, partnered to bring the Federal...

Students enter a Huskie Bus on April 10, 2014, in front of the Holmes Student Center.

Bus system to be improved

By Shikha Duttyal | April 9, 2014

Students will be able to voice their concerns and give feedback on the Huskie Bus Line April 29.The Huskie Bus Line runs on funds from student fees. It costs about $3.7 million annually to operate the Huskie Buses. With a decline in student enrollment,...

Task force to find chief diversity officer for campus

By Shikha Duttyal | April 8, 2014

NIU has launched a search for a chief diversity officer, a new position to promote diversity on campus.The CDO will report to the executive vice president and provost and will serve on the president’s cabinet and the Council of Deans.“Diversity is...

Speaker talks race, gender in civil rights

Speaker talks race, gender in civil rights

By Shikha Duttyal | April 2, 2014

Students and faculty kicked off LGBTQ Awareness Month with a discussion of the passage of the Civil Rights Act Wednesday.The lecture — Race, Gender and the Civil Rights Act: An Historical Perspective — was presented by Patricia Sullivan, history professor...