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President Lisa Freeman sits at a table with members of University Council at their meeting Wednesday. NIU has taken measures to support students struggling with the financial aid process. (Emily Beebe | Northern Star)

FAFSA frustrations expressed at University Council

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | April 3, 2024

DeKALB – The Student Government Association announced Wednesday at the University Council meeting that election results should be released late Thursday night.  The SGA elections had 1,999 votes total, according to Deputy Speaker Chris English.  At...

Altgeld Hall, the meeting place for University Council, sits under a cloudy sky. Tim Paquette, director of Counseling and Consultation Services, and Kelly Olson, associate vice president for Student Development and dean of students, discussed the progress of the mental health early action act on campus update. (Northern Star File Photo)

Peer counseling, technology updates for mental health

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | October 11, 2023

DeKALB – An update of the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act’s utilization at NIU was discussed at Wednesday’s University Council meeting. MENTAL HEALTH EARLY ACTION ON CAMPUS ACT UPDATE The Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act is...

Altgeld Hall sits under a cloudy sky. Enrollment is down for another fall semester. (Northern Star File Photo)

University Council: Enrollment down, ‘painful’ budget changes

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | September 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman has revealed some of the numbers from this year’s 10-day enrollment report and discussed plans for NIU’s multi-year budgeting. On Wednesday during the first University Council meeting of the semester, Freeman...

(From left) University Advisory Committee member Brad Cripe, Administrative Assistant Pat Erickson, University Council Chair and NIU associate professor Ismael Montana and NIU President Lisa Freeman sit at the council table during the University Council meeting Tuesday. (Christian Quevedo | Northern Star)

University Council discuss plans to introduce AI, virtual reality to classrooms

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | April 10, 2023

DeKALB – New technology may be introduced to NIU classrooms in the upcoming years following the University Council meeting addressing Gov. J.B. Priztker’s proposed budget for Illinois universities.  BUDGET UPDATE While addressing the budget update,...

Executive Vice President Faculty Senate President Ismael Montana (left) and Provost Beth Ingram listen to SGA Speaker Dallas Douglas give a report detailing SGA’s recent activities to the university council. (Evan Mellon | Northern Star)

University Council considers new minor, dissolving old major

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | March 2, 2023

DeKALB – According to a report from the University Advisory Committee to the Board of Trustees, a request has been made to dissolve two academic programs and add another. The UACBOT, which is responsible for advising the Board of Trustees, created...

Re-enrollment increases over spring semester

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | February 2, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU University Council met to discuss the increase of re-enrollment rates and SGA funding. Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Ingram said that the re-enrollment rate for full-time first-year students this spring semester is 88.3%,...

Union members work towards better teaching conditions

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 13, 2019

For two years, the United Faculty Alliance has been working on a contract with the hopes of improving teaching conditions for tenured and tenure-track faculty at NIU. The Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on whether or not the contract will go into...

Public comments to close on four policies

By Northern Star Staff | September 18, 2019

There are four proposed policies up for comment until Sept. 20 on NIU’s policy library website.The policy library catalogs university policies and allows anyone to comment on proposed changes online. All information is taken from the documents uploaded...

Law and Justice, Legality concept, Judge Gavel on a wooden background, Law library concept.

University should proceed carefully

As the administration takes steps in better codifying the NIU Constitution, administrators must remain cautious, remembering the lack of transparency NIU’s previous governing bodies have demonstrated.The attorney general issued an opinion Monday that...

Attorney General issues decision

By Northern Star Staff | May 1, 2019

DeKALB — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office ruled Monday that President Lisa Freeman’s Staff Committee is not a public body and thus not subject to the Open Meetings Act.Teresa Lim, assistant attorney general and head of the Public Access Bureau,...

SA hopes to double voter turnout in upcoming elections

SA hopes to double voter turnout in upcoming elections

By Kierra Frazier | March 18, 2019

DeKALB — The Student Association is looking to double voter turnout in this year’s elections. Students are being advised to vote in this upcoming SA election at the end of March because SA leaders said it affects them in more ways than they think. SA...

University Council addresses enrollment decline

University Council addresses enrollment decline

By James Krause | September 13, 2018

Student Association President Khiree Cross and Tristan Martin, speaker of the Senate, address the University Council during their meeting Wednesday.