NIU looking to boost enrollment to 18,000 by fall 2023
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University has a new enrollment plan that aims to have 18,000 students by fall 2023.
Lawsuit against fraternity after student’s death settled
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a Northern Illinois University student who died while enduring a fraternity hazing has reached a $14 million settlement of their lawsuit.
David Bogenberger of Palatine, Illinois was found dead in November 2012 at Pi Kappa Alpha, the fraternity the 19-year-old was pledging.
Authorities say Bogenberger and other pledges participated in an event that required them to drink vodka and other liquor.
NIU names woman president for first time in school history
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University's board of trustees has chosen a woman as president for the first time since the school opened its doors in 1899.
In a news release, the DeKalb university says that Dr. Lisa C. Freeman is the 13th president. Freeman has been serving as acting president since July of last year.
NIU football home-season tickets now on sale
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Single-game tickets for the Northern Illinois University Huskies' 2018 football home season are on sale .
Officials say the Huskies' five home games feature four opponents that played in bowl games last season. They include NIU's 112th Homecoming game; Family Weekend; a #MACtion rivalry game, named for the Mid-American Conference; and the first game in the Mallory Cup Series.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University trustees have voted their preference to be the next president of the school.
Seven trustees attending Monday's special meeting voted in favor of a resolution naming Acting President Lisa Freeman as their pick for university president. One trustee didn't attend.
Board chairman Wheeler Coleman said the board is convinced Freeman is the "right person to lead the university going forward."
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Republican Jeff Keicher will be sworn in as the newest Illinois state representative, replacing Bob Pritchard.
Keicher of Sycamore was selected by the Republican Party chairs of Boone, DeKalb and Kane counties to serve out the remainder of Pritchard's term, which expires in January. The swearing-in ceremony is set for Tuesday.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College are celebrating the first graduates of its partnership program.
The first three students of the Engineering Our Future program graduated over the weekend, the Rockford Register Star reported .
DeKALB – Two new sponsors have been added to an Illinois House bill that introduces an accountability-based funding model for Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.
The proposed Investment, Performance and Accountability Commitment would restore stable state funding for university operations at NIU over the next five years. In exchange, NIU would commit to meet a number of performance standards starting this fall.
DeKALB – Lucas Koprowski, 22, a junior at Northern Illinois University, said he typically walks or skateboards around campus.
But with 100 high-end bicycles at the ready – and free – until May 24, he'll probably spend a good amount of time riding instead.
"Even for $13 a month, it's cheaper than getting a bike and paying for maintenance," Koprowski said. "I'm hoping these bikes will be here in the fall."
Northern Illinois University students care for Earth, community during annual event
DeKALB – Alexis Isely never gets tired of seeing the faces of those she helps on NIU Cares Day.
This year, the Northern Illinois University senior raked leaves and worked in the garden at the home of DeKalb resident Mary Lu Stracker. Isely was one of about 900 students who volunteered Saturday morning at 61 local nonprofits and private residences as part of the 12th annual event, during which students help garden, pick up trash and perform other tasks as needed.
DeKALB – A white balloon, its mission to gauge meteorological data, climbed into the bright blue sky Friday afternoon – a stopover 14 years into a journey for a Northern Illinois University professor.
More than 100 people turned out for the launch behind Davis Hall – students from a variety of majors, community members and stroller-riders – including Victor Gensini’s 8-month-old son, Antonio.
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DEKALB – Northern Illinois University senior Laura Vivaldo Cholula was announced as the winner of a national honor Friday, but her work is more geared toward the future.
DeKALB – A tentative agreement between Northern Illinois University and a union representing around 600 clerical and administrative workers reached on Monday could end over two years of negotiations, according to a statement from the university.
Both union members and the NIU Board of Trustees must ratify the contract for it to take effect. Those votes are expected in May.
DeKALB – The executive director of Safe Passage, Mary Ellen Schaid, said one of the best parts of the annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes event is seeing men struggle in high heels.
The best part, however, is the camaraderie the event builds.
“I think it’s a great event to really raise awareness,” Schaid said. “Walking in her shoes is a concrete experience, and it’s difficult to walk in high heels – especially for men.”
DeKALB – Charles Moore no longer owns a dog, so he looks forward to going to the Kennel Club of Yorkville’s annual dog show every spring to see the variety of breeds competing for Best in Show.
The DeKalb resident said he was especially excited to see the English setters and pointers.
NAPERVILLE – Registration for Northern Illinois University’s premier fundraising event closes Sunday, but you can bid on silent auction items right up until the April 14 event.
The annual Victor E. Ball will go from 5:30 to 10 p.m. April 14 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road. Registration will remain open until Sunday or until capacity is reached. Individual tickets cost $450.
Northern Illinois University found in noncompliance over bond covenants
DeKALB – An audit report from the Office of the Illinois Auditor General found that Northern Illinois University was in noncompliance with its bond agreements after transferring revenues reserved for certain facilities to other accounts.
As of June 30, NIU had outstanding revenue bonds whose proceeds were reserved to finance certain projects within a “closed system” of facilities not directly related to NIU’s instruction, research or service units.
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DeKalb County Board member awarded $57K in lawyer fees, court costs from NIU lawsuit
DeKALB – DeKalb County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikih will receive close to $57,000 in attorney fees and court costs from Northern Illinois University after her lawsuit against the university’s Board of Trustees.
Judge Bradley Waller made the order Thursday that Haji-Sheikh substantially prevailed, and the university must pay about 68 percent of the fees and costs she had requested.
Haji-Sheikh said she did not stand to gain anything monetarily from her suit.
NIU frat president says social suspension negotiations going positively
DeKALB – Negotiations with Northern Illinois University to reconsider a three-year social suspension issued to the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity for policy violations over Homecoming have been “pleasant,” according to fraternity President Evan Johnson.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s annual NIU Cares Day, through which hundreds of students do odd jobs for local agencies and people in need, faces an ironic challenge.
Organizers are struggling to round up enough places for the students to donate their labor from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21, according to Jennifer Van Ewyk, NIU’s assistant director for volunteerism.
DeKALB – A total of 120 teams of problem-solving young minds from across the state will compete Saturday at the Illinois Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament at Northern Illinois University’s Wirtz Hall.
The competition will allow elementary, junior high and high school students to take part in creative, hands-on challenges related to science, technology, engineering and math, and fine arts. Winning teams will advance to the Global Finals in May at the University of Tennessee.
DeKALB – Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner JB Pritzker made an impromptu appearance at a picket organized by Northern Illinois University's union-backed employees prior to meeting with DeKalb voters Monday.
DeKALB – Members of the The DeKalb Footstompers said their goodbyes to fans during their last show in DeKalb on Saturday after 45 years of playing together.
DeKALB – After serving Northern Illinois University for 22 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, Robert Boey has decided the time is right to retire.
During his last board meeting March 8, a resoultion was read to honor Boey, of Sycamore, for his service to the university.
DeKALB – Paul Biss, the father of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, was born in DeKalb and raised there until the age of 14.
“I walked to [McMurray Grade School] every day very happily right there amidst [Northern Illinois University], which was a lot smaller,” Biss said. “I feel a real connection to DeKalb, and I have nothing but good experiences and associations.”
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University has signed on to a proposal from the University of Illinois System that seeks to provide predictable state funding for universities in exchange for measurable performance standards.
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Chicago mayor, police superintendent to be questioned in 2015 shooting of NIU student
CHICAGO – A judge has ordered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to sit for sworn depositions in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Northern Illinois University student fatally shot by a police officer in 2015.
NIU Greek population speaks against proposed 3-year suspension of fraternity
DeKALB – A three-year social probation for a fraternity or sorority would be a death sentence, according to members of Northern Illinois University's Greek community who spoke out at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting.
The probation is a potential outcome after the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity were found to have committed multiple violations of the NIU Off-Campus Social Events Policy during homecoming in the fall.
DeKALB – Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University, an event which provides a week of camp for children affected by their parents’ cancer, is still accepting online applications for its free summer camp session.
Ria Sangsomwong, chapter director of Camp Kesem at NIU, had said 11 campers applied and were accepted this year. Although the goal is to serve kids in the DeKalb-Sycamore area and the western Chicago suburbs, potential campers can be from anywhere, she said.
DeKALB – Sheila Wilson of DeKalb has relied on the Green Line bus route almost every day for the past month – for work, running errands or visiting her mother in a county nursing home.
So far, she said she has been very happy with the service provided by the Voluntary Action Center's TransVAC service.
“I was in Cortland for a couple of years, and I wished there was public transportation over there,” Wilson said.
Improvements for transgender students on college campuses ‘insufficient,’ NIU professor says
DEKALB – Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor Z Nicolazzo looked to literature, as a budding academic does, to learn about trans individuals.
Nicolazzo uses THE gender-neutral pronouns ze and hir to identify.
"When I first understood myself as trans, I started reading books," Nicolazzo said.
In hir research, Nicolazzo learned that many trans students have found themselves on the internet.
NIU library boasts at least 3,000 comic books, including Black Panther originals
DEKALB – Inside Northern Illinois University's Founders Memorial Library, the Rare Books and Special Collections area features at least 3,000 classic comic books, including a series that has been making nationwide headlines: Black Panther.
DeKalb, Sycamore, NIU bus consolidation could leverage millions, officials say
DeKALB – DeKalb Public Works Director Tim Holdeman said it is quite unusual to have two bus systems operate in one community.
But the consolidation of DeKalb’s and Sycamore’s TransVAC bus lines with Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Line could leverage significantly more grant money – in the range of millions, he said.
DeKALB – For months, the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study has been working on creating an integrated transit plan for the city's TransVAC services and Northern Illinois University's Huskie Line.
The DeKalb City Council will hear an implementation plan for consolidated services during Monday's committee of the whole meeting.
DeKALB – Potential projects that can be undertaken during Northern Illinois University’s NIU Cares Day must be registered by Feb. 28.
The annual event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon April 21, features NIU student volunteers from across campus giving back to their adopted community.
Two Convocation Center projects recommended to NIU Board of Trustees
DeKALB – Two projects designed to upgrade amenities in Northern Illinois University's Convocation Center and expected to cost more than $1.5 million were recommended to the Board of Trustees for approval during a committee meeting Thursday.
NIU to mark 10th anniversary of deadly campus shooting
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial garden at Northern Illinois University to mark the tenth anniversary of a shooting that left five students dead.
The garden in DeKalb features memorial stones for victims Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. Seventeen others were injured in the gunfire on Feb. 14, 2008 before the shooter took his own life.
Hundreds honor 5 NIU shooting victims with wreath laying, moment of silence
DEKALB — The annual wreath-laying ceremony at Northern Illinois University's Peaceful Reflection Garden is to honor those killed on Feb. 14, 2008, but it also serves as an opportunity for those who lived through that day to remember it together.
On Wednesday, hundreds of people encircled the garden, which features memorial stones for the five victims, Ryanne Mace, Julianna Gehant, Daniel Parmenter, Catalina Garcia and Gayle Dubowski. At 3:06 p.m., a bell began to toll.
A decade later: Families reflect on loved ones killed in 2008 NIU shooting
DeKALB – Every Valentine's Day, Eric Mace takes a photograph.
Some years, it’s difficult to summon the motivation, and some years he looks forward to it. But every year, he takes the picture.
“That way, I will remember what was going on and how I was feeling,” Mace said. “I am an engineer by trade, so I wanted data.”
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University announced Tuesday, the day before the 10-year anniversary of the fatal shooting in Cole Hall, the winners of scholarships given in the name of the five students who lost their lives.
Five $4,000 awards are given annually to NIU’s brightest students, in the form of Forward, Together Forward scholarships. More than 1,800 donors have given more than $745,000 to support the fund.
DeKALB – With oceans between him and initial reports of the shooting at Northern Illinois University, Reed Scherer longed for answers.
The most pressing question: Did the violent unfold in the lecture hall where Joseph Peterson, more a family member than a graduate student, was teaching?
Scherer, a geology professor, was on sabbatical in New Zealand. He heard about the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting at NIU while touring the nation’s Parliament room.
DeKALB – Poor filtration, tiles falling off, and rusty pipes leaking into the water were some of the reasons Northern Illinois University’s Gabel Pool was closed for the 2018 spring semester.
Since repair costs exceed what recreational service could generate, it is unclear when the pool will reopen.
In response, the university’s Recreation and Wellness Department is working with the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department for access to the six-lane pool in Anderson Hall for open pool hours.
Illinois university to mark 10-year anniversary of shooting
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Families are remembering their loved ones 10 years after a shooting Northern Illinois University shooting that killed five and injured 21.
DeKalb County first responders present colors before NIU men’s basketball game
DeKalb County police and fire departments presented the colors before the start of the Northern Illinois University men's basketball game Saturday. They also took part in a halftime ceremony during the women's game earlier in the afternoon.
DeKALB – Ryanne Mace, age 19, from Carpentersville.
Memorials planned to mark 10th anniversary of NIU shooting
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Events are planned throughout the coming week to mark the 10th anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University that left five students dead.
Memorials started Friday with a candlelight vigil on the DeKalb campus honoring victims Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. The five were killed when a gunman opened fire in a large classroom on Feb. 14, 2008, wounding more than a dozen others before killing himself.
DeKALB – Parents and students are invited to explore summer camp offerings in the DeKalb/Sycamore area at the 2018 Summer Camp Fair. The fair will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road.
The fair is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
Survivors, families of fallen reflect during candlelight vigil at NIU
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University junior Nathan Hays stepped off the stage in the Duke Ellington Ballroom and lit a candle.
A subtle gesture on the surface, he lit the candle held by Gary Parmenter, father of Dan Parmenter, one of five students killed during the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting at Cole Hall, as “Danny” was shielding his girlfriend, Lauren Debrauwere, during the attack.