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Trustees Cherilyn Murer and Robert Boey talk about the importance of using art in the process of bettering campus life during a March 27, 2014, Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees Governance Ad Hoc Committee approved Student Association President Nathan Lupstein’s recommendation to allow the SA president to appoint a student trustee during Thursday’s meeting.

Board of Trustees gives OK for appointment of student trustee

By Leah Nicolini | February 8, 2016

The Board of Trustees Governance Ad Hoc Committee approved Student Association President Nathan Lupstein’s recommendation to allow the SA president to appoint a student trustee Thursday.The Board of Trustees is composed of seven governor-appointed members...

Applications open for SA director of Environmental Affairs

By Satta Kendor | November 9, 2015

The application window for the Student Association’s director of Environmental Affairs position will be open on HuskieLink until the end of the week.The director of Environmental Affairs will coordinate environmental service projects, collaborate with...

DeKalb Postpones smoking ban discussion

By Jackie Nevarez | September 17, 2015

City Council postponed an ordinance that would prohibit smoking on streets and sidewalks touching NIU in support of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which has been in effect since July 1, does not allow smoking in indoor and outdoor...

Smoking ban so far effective

By Alexander Chettiath | July 6, 2015

No students or faculty were seen smoking although more than ten urns remained at NIU as the campus-wide smoking ban entered its third day Friday.The Smoke-Free Campus Act was implemented Wednesday at all Illinois institutions of higher learning. The prohibition...

Smoke-Free Campus Act at NIU focus of community meeting

By Northern Star staff | March 4, 2015

NIU will hold an open meeting with residents and businesses Monday to discuss the Smoke-Free Campus Act.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which goes into effect July 1, will prohibit smoking on all Illinois public university campuses, including outdoor spaces.The...

About 70 cigarettes and butts were collected Wednesday on the east side of the Campus Life Building. There used to be ashtrays there and by other buildings around campus. They’re starting to disappear, leading to smoking litter.

Ashtrays need to stay at NIU until start of Smoke-Free Campus Act

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 25, 2015

The Smoke-Free NIU task force needs to maintain a litter-free campus by keeping ashtrays at NIU until the Smoke-Free Campus act’s July 1 mandate — not before it.In a January meeting, the task force discussed removing all campus ashtrays in or before...

Smoke-Free Campus Task Force asks for input at ‘community conversations’

By Northern Star staff | February 16, 2015

NIU is holding a series of "community conversations" so community members can give feedback on a proposed smoke-free campus policy.The Smoke-Free Campus Task Force has proposed a series of changes -- including banning any smoking on campus, even when...

Chance to smoke in cars should be given

By Rachel Scaman | January 28, 2015

Students should be given the chance to smoke in their cars when the Smoke-Free Campus Act goes into effect July 1.The Smoke-Free Campus Act prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor areas of college campuses in Illinois. The NIU Smoke-Free Campus Task Force,...

Junior communication major Danny Albers smokes a cigarette outside of DuSable Hall Jan. 22. NIU must implement a campus smoking ban to be compliant with the Smoke-Free Campus Act by July 1.

Smoke-free campus task force proposes policy to end tobacco use at NIU

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2015

Some Faculty Senate members questioned how NIU will implement a policy presented Wednesday to make the campus smoke-free.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which goes in to effect July 1, prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor areas of college campuses in Illinois....

Pass/Fail: NIU offers help for going smoke-free; Students skip classes at end of semester

By Marilou Terrones | November 16, 2014

Pass: NIU offers help for going smoke-freeThough the Smoke-Free Campus Act won’t be in effect until July 1, a task force is compiling resources to help community members end their smoking habits.NIU administrators have proven they care about the well-being...

Pass/Fail: Safe Passage expansion, anti-smoking bill

By Kim Randall | April 27, 2014

Safe Passage looks to expand, increase community safetySafety is a key concern when it comes to students, and expanding Safe Passage is a great way to address that concern.Mary Ellen Schaid, executive director for Safe Passage, is looking to expand the...

Why lighting up may soon be illegal at NIU

By Keith Hernandez | April 23, 2014

A bill awaiting a final vote in May from the Illinois Senate would ban the smoking of tobacco at the state’s public universities and community colleges.If passed, SB2202, or the Smoke-Free Campus Act, will prohibit smoking outside all buildings and...