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Pass/Fail: Stress-free zones, study hours make finals easier, Rent, buy books online; don’t settle for buyback

By Kim Randall | April 30, 2014

See what passes and what fails as judged by columnist Kim Randall.Pass: Stress-free zones, study hours make finals easierMore-stress free zones are opening, or have already opened, for finals week. What a relief.Stress-free zones are a great way to get...

Pass/Fail: Final week of class arrives; winter break on horizon, Selling books back to stores likely to show unfairness

By Danny Cozzi | December 1, 2013

One more week of class before much-needed vacationIt’s finally happening, folks. The last week of class is upon us.I’m sure for many of us, myself included, this week marks one of the most stressful seven-day periods of the entire semester. But, amid...

Jacob Reeves, junior kinesiology major, is waiting patiently while the cashier is ringing up the textbooks he recently turned in on Monday at the Holmes Student Center. In return, Reeves will receive money for the books he sold to the Buyback program.

University Bookstore begins book buybacks

By Kevin Steiger | December 3, 2012

The University Bookstore teamed up with the Missouri Book Services (MBS) to launch the buyback program Monday. The buyback program will give students the opportunity to resell their used textbooks. This service will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m....

Book buybacks underway around DeKalb

By Dan Martynowicz | November 29, 2011

As the semester draws to a close, many students look to sell textbooks. Local businesses like Copy Service, 1005 W. Lincoln Highway, Village Commons Book Store, 901 Lucinda Ave., and the NIU Book Store, 340 Carroll Ave. offer new and used textbooks to...

Student Association Organizational Expo to highlight student groups

By Juliana Leprich | September 13, 2011

Students looking to get involved in a club or organization or just to see what opportunities are available at NIU can find some answers today.The Student Association's Organizational Expo will take place at Central Park from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The expo...

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Pricy textbooks staying on shelves, off students’ desks

By Shelby Devitt | September 5, 2011

As textbook prices rise ever higher, college students have turned to more affordable options. However, according to a survey released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, some students are becoming unable to buy them at all. The survey, released...

Douglas Hall will go tropical on March 2

By Alex Fiore | February 21, 2011

DeKALB | If you like piña colada (cookies), it's almost time to stop by Douglas Hall. NIU Housing & Dining will host a Tropical Island Dinner at Douglas Hall on March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. "The tropical theme was set by the chef Ken Whitney and all...

Bookstores expand into rental territory

By Amy Kreeger | January 24, 2011

Textbook stores are looking to expand the selections of books available for rent. The Village Commons Bookstore and the University Bookstore have launched rental programs to make getting books for the semester cheaper. "We have 50 titles and 1,000 books...

Local bookstores now offer rental option

By Katie Zak | August 23, 2010

The Northern Illinois University Bookstore and Village Commons Bookstore have implemented programs offering students the option of renting textbooks rather than purchasing them. Don Turk, manager of the University Bookstore, said NIU is required to participate...