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Then-senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, in April 2014 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.

NIU seeks reform, training to prevent sexual assault

By Kelly Bauer | April 16, 2015

NIU is changing its training and policies in an effort to improve how it prevents sexual assault and to better support survivors.NIU has already mandated online training for sexual assault awareness for incoming freshmen and transfer students. By May,...

Phillips to employ ‘hot spot’ policing

By Alex Nugent | April 13, 2015

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said the police are using several tactics to fight crime, which tends to go up as the weather warms.NIU police are being trained to execute hot spot policing, which includes collecting and analyzing data on crime and deploying...

Nicklas a model for NIU admin

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 3, 2014

Administrators should aim to have qualities similar to Bill Nicklas, former vice president of Operations and Community Relations: commitment to the student body and support for the community.Nicklas went above and beyond what was expected for an administrator...

Ferguson protests inspire leaders to create march for unity

Ferguson protests inspire leaders to create march for unity

By Kristin Maglabe | October 22, 2014

The NIU and DeKalb communities came together to walk in the name of peace, unity and civility during Tuesday’s Unity Walk, which was inspired by clashes in Ferguson, Mo.About 100 people got together and talked throughout the march. The event focused...

Letter to the Editor: Huskie Safe Line fixes old problems

By Tom Phillips | August 28, 2014

As a result of collaboration with students, NIU recently launched the Huskie Safe Line service to improve service, addressing issues with the now-defunct Late Night Ride.The Late Night Ride system was a point-to-point transportation system available to...

Huskie Safe Line

Not all happy with Safe Line

By Jackie Nevarez | August 27, 2014

The Huskie Safe Line has taken the reins of late-night transportation from Late Night Ride, but not everyone is on board with the change.Late Night Ride, a transportation service provided by the NIU Police Department for more than 20 years, ran 10 p.m.-6...

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...

DeKalb’s Gangs: Word of gang violence leaves Greek Row residents uneasy, but what truth is there to rumors?

By Rachel Scaman | April 3, 2014

Read a scroll version of this story online here.It’s 5 a.m. on a school night in late March and members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity are just heading to bed.The fraternity brothers were up all night protecting their house from the gang violence rumored...

Late Night Ride needs fix

By Kim Randall | April 3, 2014

There is a lot of work to be done in order to make Late Night Ride become the system it can and should be: fast, smooth and painless.A March 24 NIU Today release said the Student Association and the Department of Police and Public Safety released a survey...

SA approves $16K for bass fishing club

By Jackie Nevarez | March 24, 2014

Student Association Senate passed a resolution to provide $16,000 in supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club.The resolution called for supplemental funding to the Bass Fishing Club. The Bass Fishing Club asked for the funding to buy a boat to use...

CIO in, VPs out in Baker’s changes

By Kelly Bauer | March 3, 2014

NIU welcomed CIO Brett Coryell in the same breath as it announced two vice presidents would no longer work at NIU, the news coming in a Friday address from NIU President Doug Baker.The changes are part of Baker’s efforts to root out inefficiencies to...

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

By Kelly Bauer | February 18, 2014

Darren Mitchell, NIU’s deputy police chief, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Illinois state police investigate a potential “discrepancy” in his work.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said he “came across some discrepancies” late...