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Northern Illinois University Athletics announced the cannon that would signify a touchdown at home games will no longer be in the stadium starting this season.

But how is the community and student body responding?

NIU will replace the cannon with a hospitality tent on one end zone and a fireworks show on the other...but not everyone is happy about the stadium renovations.

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The word “hacker” can strike fear into the heart of anyone who has a credit card, a computer, or a smart phone. Saturday, June 6th, thousands of “civic hackers” across the country will reclaim the art of accessing data. Northern Illinois University is one of the sites where people can get together to observe the National Day of Civic Hacking. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Tracy Rogers-Tryba of NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.

NIU Hazing Case Gets Final Day In Court

May 8, 2015
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All 22 former Northern Illinois University fraternity brothers charged in the hazing death of a freshman pledge appeared one by one in front of DeKalb County Circuit Judge Thomas Doherty Friday afternoon.

All of the defendants began the session by waiving their rights to a jury trial so this 30-month-old case finally can be put to rest.

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Five former Northern Illinois University students are expected to make plea deals today in the hazing death of a fellow student. 

 

In November 2012, NIU Freshman David Bogenberger died after a night of heavy drinking in Pi Kappa Alpha’s fraternity house in DeKalb. The 19 year old’s heart stopped…his blood alcohol level was .40, five times the legal limit.

 

Artigras Parade Kicks Off Arts Celebration

May 4, 2015
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Mix the visual and performing arts with a gorgeous spring afternoon outdoors. Add a lot of color and an evening of music and you've got Artigras.

The art-themed parade is a first for Northern Illinois University and DeKalb. It started in downtown DeKalb Saturday afternoon and made its way to NIU's art building. Post-parade music included concerts by the NIU Steel Band, the university's ukulele ensemble, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.                                             

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Public universities in Illinois continue to lobby lawmakers in hopes of preventing deep cuts to education. On Tuesday, State Comptroller Leslie Munger toured Northern Illinois University to get a sense of what a 31 percent reduction in state funding would mean to the school.

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Scientists who depend on federal funding for their research could find themselves on more secure ground in the future. 

Senator Dick Durbin met with researchers at Northern Illinois University Tuesday to talk about two proposals that would guarantee increases in research and development funding.

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A recently released audit from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General found in a testing of travel expenditures, $31,945 of the $46,501 tested were reimbursements to an employee for travel between the employee’s home and the official headquarters listed on filed forms. The audit says "travel expenses between an employee’s official headquarters and home are not reimbursable."

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The Smoke-Free Northern Illinois University Task Force and students discussed a draft policy for smoking last night. 

The Smoke-Free Campus Act will go into effect July 1st and applies to all NIU campuses.  The draft also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and smoking in privately-owned parked cars. 

The prohibition does not include smoking associated with a recognized religious ritual and tobacco use exclusively conducted for medical or scientific research.

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Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

Rauner Proposes Deep Spending Cuts In First Budget Address

Feb 18, 2015
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Gov. Rauner presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

READ THE BUDGET PLAN

Illinois’ finances are ailing. That’s been a story for years, but the situation got a lot worse at the beginning of the year when a tax cut took effect.

The Republican is proposing significant cuts to everything from healthcare for the poor to colleges and universities.

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The problem of concussions in youth athletes is getting more attention than before, but it’s unclear whether coaches and parents really understand how to handle the injury. Northern Illinois University’s kinesiology department head is looking for financial help in addressing the issue.

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Northern Illinois University police are investigating an armed robbery yesterday at about 8 p.m. on Annie Glidden Road. 

The victim saw a man going through her car after returning from a food delivery, and the suspect took an envelope with cash from her jacket. 

The victim described the suspect as a male with hair past his ears in a bowl cut, approximately six feet tall with a medium build and wearing a black puffy jacket with light colored stripes. 

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A federal judge in Chicago has refused to dismiss a 2014 civil rights lawsuit by a former police chief at Northern Illinois University. 

The school fired Grady in 2013 after he was accused of mishandling evidence in an investigation into allegations a campus police officer sexually assaulted a student. Grady denied the accusation.

The Friday ruling means Donald Grady can go forward with the lawsuit. He's seeking reinstatement and an apology.

The suit says Grady was fired without a fair hearing.

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Northern Illinois University announced the selection of the vice president of Administration and Finance. 

Alan Phillips will report to President Douglas Baker as a member of Baker's senior leadership team. 

Camp Power Keeps Momentum Around The Holidays

Dec 22, 2014
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DeKalb community leaders led a summer camp this year focusing on keeping children active and safe. WNIJ’s N’Jema McIntyre has a follow-up on what some of the kids have been up to.

Demolition Begins For NIU Douglas Hall

Dec 17, 2014
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Northern Illinois University began demolition for Douglas Hall, which housed students from 1963 to May. 

Officials say the removal is part of a $4.5 million plan to extend Lucinda Avenue west to Stadium Drive, making it a major east-west thoroughfare on campus.

To watch the demolition process via webcast, click here.

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A Cook County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a fraternity in the death of a Northern Illinois University student.

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Foreign language clubs at Northern Illinois University may not all be recognized by the school, but they had reason to come together Friday to share Christmas traditions. 

The German, Spanish, French and Chinese clubs were at the NIU language party on Friday. Some clubs shared region-specific holiday traditions at the party, like German Club vice-president Marlena Jorn singing Christmas carols in German and sharing food unique to the language or to this time of year.

Chinese Club president Jake Irle said the group contributed with spring rolls.

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Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named NIU Professor Daniel Gebo as the 2014 Illinois Professor of the Year.  The award salutes individuals for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.  

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A group of Northern Illinois University researchers are bound for Antarctica to study the effect of climate change on rising seawaters.

The trip was halted earlier this year due to the partial government shutdown.

It's a green light now.

NIU Athletics Announces Renovation Plan

Oct 31, 2014
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Northern Illinois University unveiled a new athletics building plan Thursday. The plan includes building new facilities, enhance existing ones and nearly doubling Huskie Stadium's capacity.

The renovations cost more than $100 million. The funds come from private and corporate donors.

NIU Athletics director Sean Frazier says, while the plan's approval took six months, this is only the beginning and the next step of the project has yet to be determined.

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There will be a partial solar eclipse today. It will be visible around 2:40 p.m. and end before 7 p.m. in DeKalb and surrounding areas.

Thomas Willmitch, Planetarium Director at Illinois State University, talked about what to expect with the upcoming solar eclipse.

NIU Hosts Internship Fair Today

Oct 21, 2014
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Northern Illinois University will host an internship fair today at the NIU Convocation Center. The event is free and requires resume copies and professional dress.

There will be a full-time job fair tomorrow, also at the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. It's free for enrolled NIU students, $5 for alumni and $10 for other attendees.

Both events are for all majors. For more information about attending companies and other career enhancement programs, visit the NIU Career Fairs page.

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In DeKalb, parking restrictions are set this weekend for NIU's homecoming. This includes Varsity Blvd., Regent Dr. and Pappas Dr. 

These streets will be labeled tow-zones. Parking is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

NIU: Case In Fraternity Hazing Death Moved

Oct 3, 2014
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The case against five men accused in the hazing death of NIU freshman David Bogenberger was continued until Dec. 3.

Prosecutors in DeKalb County said the men could potentially enter into a plea agreement. According to the Daily Chronicle, no deal has been set.

David Bogenberger died at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in November 2012 with a blood-alcohol content of 0.351 percent. He was a fraternity pledge at an unsanctioned party where members and other guests ordered the pledges to play drinking games, authorities said.

NIU Releases New Annual Security Report

Sep 30, 2014
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Northern Illinois University released its annual Campus Safety and Security Report. Burglaries were down last year from the year before…as were instances of aggravated assault. For the first time, statistics for stalking, domestic violence and dating violence are included in the annual security report.

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Sep 23, 2014
Zack Zerndt / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

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Tomorrow is Move-In Day at NIU. 4,000 students are expected to move into their dorms throughout the day.

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