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Susan Stephens

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees approved several major fiscal measures at its latest meeting Thursday. 

First, they approved a fiscal year 2022 budget request of $98.9 million. This is compared to $93.6 million last fiscal year. They also approved several cost changes for students. Chief among them is a new 80 cent per credit hour fee for culture and diversity programming. President Lisa Freeman said the money will help attract “high value” speakers that a lone student organization couldn’t bring in on its own.

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Football returns to Northern Illinois University this fall. Officials with the Mid-American Conference announced games will start Nov. 4. The MAC was the first major college football league to postpone its season because of COVID-19 and the last to jump back in.

The six-game season will conclude in a championship game Dec. 18 or 19. Pre-season practices can start Oct. 5.

COVID-19 has caused several football conferences to suspend their fall season. That has significant implications for universities and businesses. 

On August 8th, the Mid-American Conference announced it was suspending fall sports due to the coronavirus. This includes football, which is a major revenue and visitor draw for many universities. Sean Frazier is the Athletic Director at Northern Illinois University. He said the conference’s decision was not taken lightly.

Jenna Dooley

The 2018 class of the Northern Illinois University Huskie Marching Band increased by more than 50 members from last year. Tom Bough has been NIU's Director of Athletic Bands for the past 14 years. On this week's Friday Forum, he talks about how he keeps everyone tapping to the same beat.