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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
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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.

Nicklas Will Leave NIU This Fall

Aug 19, 2014

A top administrator at Northern Illinois University is stepping down. Bill Nicklas' retirement takes effect November 1st.

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Many U.S. colleges and universities are adopting "test-optional" policies when it comes to admitting students. That means SAT and ACT scores are becoming less of a factor in the process. At least one area school is joining the movement.

Middle school students from around northern Illinois are learning how to express themselves through video games. You can find them tucked away in Northern Illinois University's Founders Memorial Library.

This week, these kids are learning about creating virtual worlds. It's one of several programming camps held at NIU's Digital Convergence Lab each summer. They vary from basic to advanced.

One camper described the character in the world he created as "a giant squid with a Death Star monocle."

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Northern Illinois University is ramping up for efforts to help rebuild the university system in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Schools there are trying to recover from decades of oppression.

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A newly released report by the Illinois Inspector General’s office sheds some light on an ethics investigation at Northern Illinois University. 

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Disaster preparedness drills are designed to give emergency crews a sense of how to respond to a catastrophe. But those involved say it’s more than just a dress rehearsal. At a drill at Northern Illinois University this week, the players did their best to deliver a convincing performance.

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A DeKalb neighborhood group held a news conference this morning related to a proposed partnership between NIU, the city, and several local banks. A spokesperson for Preserve Our Neighborhoods says the confidential agreement was sent to the group anonymously. The document outlines the process of buying homes around John and Harrison streets for redevelopment.

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Citing inclement weather, Carden Entertainment canceled its March 4 "Circus Spectacular" at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. Tickets will be fully refunded.

Ticket refunds for the Convocation Center event will be available starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, using the following refund guidelines:

• Tickets purchased at a Ticketmaster outlet must be returned there;

• Tickets purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office must be returned there;

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Northern Illinois University paused Friday to remember five students who were killed in a classroom six years ago. 


Slideshow: Jordan Lynch Reacts To Heisman Invite

Dec 10, 2013
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Northern Illinois University’s quarterback says he has earned his trip to New York City this weekend. Jordan Lynch is one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest honor.

NIU Workers Talk Pensions With Lawmakers

Nov 21, 2013
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Employee councils from NIU co-hosted a forum Wednesday, which included several area state lawmakers. The event was viewed as an opportunity for NIU faculty to offer their thoughts as the General Assembly continues to explore how to fix Illinois' troubled pension system.

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