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NIU ombudsman announces retirement

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2012

The retirement of Ombudsman Tim Griffin was announced at Wednesday’s University Council meeting. Griffin said he has worked at NIU as the ombudsman for 21 years. He said his retirement came as he is “maxed out in the retirement system” and seeking...

President Peters: Technology a focus of Vision 2020

By Kelly Bauer | February 1, 2012

Approximately $4 million will be invested in technology around campus, President John Peters said Wednesday during a University Council meeting. Peters said the campus plans to become wireless as part of the Vision 2020 initiative. The $4 million will...

University Council may amend sabbatical leave rules

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 25, 2012

Rules for providing reports on sabbatical leaves may be amended at the next university council meeting, said Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum at the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday."Sabbatical leaves at many universities are an endangered species,"...

Council votes to change policy on class guests

By Kelly Bauer | December 1, 2011

Wednesday's University Council meeting saw the passing of a proposal that alters NIU's policy on guests in class.The proposal, made by Karen Brandt, Academic Policy Committee Chair, was discussed at the Nov. 2 Universal Council meeting and was not passed....

Committee to review policy about bringing select guests to classes

By Andrea Azzo | November 2, 2011

University Council voted to send a policy about classroom guests back to the Academic Policy Committee Wednesday.The proposed policy requires that guests who go into classrooms, like supervisors or security personnel, must receive permission from the...

University Council speaks out on ‘disheartening’ editorial cartoon

By Andrea Azzo | October 5, 2011

Student representatives on the University Council said the Northern Star misleads students about campus safety during Wednesday's meeting. Nick Bender, a member of the College of Business student advisory council, said an editorial cartoon published in...

NIU remembers philosophy professor William Tolhurst

By Thomas Verschelde | September 19, 2011

The NIU community mourns after philosophy professor William Tolhurst died Thursday at the age of 64. Tolhurst was a professor in philosophy at NIU for 33 years and served as the Philosophy Department's Chairman from 1990 to 1998. Tolhurst retired on Sept....

Gavin Weaver | Northern Star NIU President John Peters (right)
and executive secretary Alan Rosenbaum (left) discuss the NIU
budget Wednesday at University Council in the Sky Room of the
Holmes Student Center.

University Council discusses Vision 2020

By Thomas Verschelde | September 7, 2011

Vision 2020 goals may be dependent on the approval of the Board of Trustees, said NIU President John Peters at Wednesday’s University Council meeting. During his State of the University address Sept. 1, Peters announced his intentions to follow suggestions...

Budget priorities statement approved by University Council

By Candice Beasley | April 27, 2011

The Resources, Space and Budget committee statement of budget priorities was approved by the University Council on Wednesday afternoon during its final meeting for the semester. University Council Co-Chair Laurie Elish-Piper presented the budget priorities...

Changes made to teacher evaluations, Peters discusses cuts in budget

By Jessica Sabbah | April 6, 2011

DeKALB | The University Council voted to approve a common question to be included in all teacher evaluations campus wide Wednesday afternoon. Pat Henry, chair of the Academic Policy Committee, presented the proposed question, which aimed to address the...

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Council votes to change nepotism policy

By Jessica Sabbah | March 9, 2011

The University Council voted to recommend a change in the language of the nepotism policy in the Board of Trustees regulations during a meeting Wednesday afternoon. The council does not have the authority to make a change in BOT policy; however, the recommendation...

A pile of papers sit on a printer at the Douglas computer lab in 2011.

Everybody prints and that’s how the university plans to keep it

By Kyla Gardner | January 31, 2011

DeKALB | NIU is the only university in Illinois or the Mid-America Conference that offers unlimited free printing, a benefit that students will enjoy for some time to come. The Computing Facilities Advisory Committee was considering implementing a fee...