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NIU sees decline of graduate student enrollment

By Chelsey Boutan | September 21, 2011

The official 10th day enrollment count shows NIU continued a steady decline of graduate students. This year's graduate enrollment of 5,365 is lower than last year's 5,633. A steady decrease of graduate students started in 2003, when enrollment was 6,651....

NIU offers new online courses, plans to add 42 new degree programs

By Faith Healy | September 12, 2011

When students think about college courses, they may think of a professor standing at a podium lecturing. However, NIU also offers alternative class methods in online courses. While offering online classes is not new to the university, there has been an...

NIU’s Late Night Ride service has fewer restrictions than other colleges

By Kyla Gardner | May 5, 2011

DeKALB | During a September weekend in 1988, NIU's Late Night Ride Service provided transportation for seven people. The next weekend, it transported four. Last weekend, from April 29 to May 1, the service provided rides for 1,159 people. In a September...

NIU Police Department will have 14 unarmed security guards. These security personnel will operate as foot-patrol security guards for the NIU campus and in the immediate vicinity where many students live.

Serious crime concerns are not unique to NIU campus

By David Matz, Kyla Gardner, and Alex Fiore | November 17, 2010

In the weeks since the disappearance and murder investigation of NIU freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller, campus safety and security has been a concern for NIU students and the surrounding community. In a letter sent home to parents and family members of...

NIU parking system works…compared to other schools

By Aaron Brooks | October 10, 2010

Bill Vaughan, a former columnist for the Kansas City Star, once wrote, "A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." While I see the logic in his statement, I, for one, did not. For the past two and a half...

Tickets and fan bus still available for NIU vs. Illinois game

By Andrew Singer | September 15, 2010

Excuses for not attending this weekend's football game in Champaign between NIU and the University of Illinois are growing scarce. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still over 6,000 tickets left, according to the University of Illinois Box Office....

C’mon Huskies, let’s show the Illini some real school spirit

By The Editorial Board | September 15, 2010

On Saturday, the Huskies will take on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in some good ole' fashioned football. While we think school spirit is essential for every sporting event, we think that, for this game, it's time to pull out all the...

Breaking down the Fighting Illini

By Chris Dertz and Jimmy Johnson | September 15, 2010

Offense Quarterback: The quarterback touches the ball on every snap, but that's not the only reason Illini signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase will be who NIU focuses on on Saturday. A threat to both run and throw the ball, Scheelhaase is coming off a 14-for-18,...