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NIU Removes Bibles From Student Center Hotel Rooms

Jenna Dooley

The Holmes Student Center has dozens of rooms and suites open to students, faculty, and the general public.

Representatives with the Freedom From Religion Foundation were invited by the NIU Secular Student Alliance to speak on-campus. After discovering the bibles in the rooms, they notified hotel officials.

According to a representative with the Holmes Student Center, the bibles were removed in late October as requested by the university’s legal counsel.

Nicholas Bergman is president of NIU’s Secular Student Alliance. He says he is satisfied with the university’s response:

“The school is trying really hard to support that interfaith dialogue and sense of community between different religious groups. Only having the Bible in the hotel rooms seemed to be against that.”

Bergman says if visitors want to read the book, it is available elsewhere in the community.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.