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NIU This Week: Campus mourns student, spring enrollment numbers are mixed


A Northern Illinois University student died Monday morning in the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building. The Northern Star reports the student has been identified as Tyler Madison.

NIU press has provided a statement in regards to the incident and offer their condolences and support. The university says the death was the result of a medical emergency and no foul play was involved. The University encourages students and staff to reach out to Consultation Services and the Employee Assistance Program for additional support needed during this time.

In other news, enrollment at NIU is mixed this spring due to the effects of the pandemic. Overall enrollment is down by about 4% compared to this time last year. The university says there has been an increase in first-year students and new graduate students.

Community Calendar

The Center for Black Studies is hosting a variety of events and programs on campus to celebrate Black Heritage Month. Throughout the month of February, this year’s theme centers around Black Health and Wellness: Moving Forward Holistically.

Outdoor Adventures presents Hourly Ice-Skating Lessons, where students can learn how to ice skate. Lessons will take place at the Rec Center on Thursday afternoon this month.

Students living in the NIU Honors House can participate in Battle Laser Tag. This will take place on Friday, Feb. 11. Students can sign up at the front desk of the Campus Life Building.


Women's Gymnastics broke a school record at home with a team high score of 196.300 on Feb. 4. Their next home meet is this Sunday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m.

The NIU women's basketball team fell to division rival Bowling Green Wednesday night, with a final score of 81-52. The team will look to bounce back Saturday against the University of Buffalo.

The NIU’s men’s team lost to Akron Tuesday, in what was ultimately a closely contested game. The final score was 70-64. This is another tough loss for the Huskies who fall to 6-15. Their next game is Saturday against Toledo.

NIU wrestling was toppled by the University of Buffalo, who rallied late to secure a 17-15 win over the Huskies this past Saturday.


It’s likely to snow late Thursday night with a low of around 23 and a 60% chance of precipitation.

It looks like Friday could be a little warmer than usual with a high of 40. Although it looks like Friday night’s going to get chilly again with a low of 10. Saturday’s going to be cold, we’ll see a 17 degree peak with a low in the single digits.

Sunday and Monday will have high temps in the 20s and lows in the teens. Apart from a few passing clouds, it looks like the sun’s going to come out on Monday.

Contributions by Kyra Johnson, Jamaria'h Crider, Allyson White, Brandon Montemayor, Gabe Fiorini. and Khavon Thomas