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Wednesday was a day for celebrations at Northern Illinois University…even before the undefeated Huskies crushed Ball State, 48 to 27. It was Inauguration Day for NIU president Doug Baker, and student achievement was the focus.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

An important figure in Northern Illinois University’s history is back on campus today to celebrate the school’s future. NIU’s tenth president John La Tourette will attend the inauguration of the 12th president, Doug Baker. 

Diane Drake / WNIJ

It’s inauguration week at Northern Illinois University. Doug Baker will be welcomed as NIU’s 12th president in ceremonies throughout the week…even though he’s held the position for more than four months now. 

Eric Hradecky / WNIJ

A young woman fell to her death Friday afternoon at Northern Illinois University. Police say the unidentified woman was in her late teens or early twenties and apparently killed herself by jumping from the campus parking deck .

The university says the person was not a student, nor was she an NIU employee.

The area around the parking garage was blocked off by NIU and DeKalb police this afternoon shortly after the incident. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where she died.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The role of a school superintendent has changed a lot recently: four local district leaders proved that Thursday night during the Northern Illinois University Education Department’s Superintendents Summit.

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Northern Illinois University's new president is putting his mark on the school's organizational charts. President Doug Baker announced a number of leadership changes at the university today.

NIU geologist Ross Powell is in a holding pattern. Powell and NIU geology professor Reed Scherer were scheduled to leave for Antarctica in December. Powell is leading the second field season of a study of the continent's ice shelf. Those plans are on hold as the federal government shutdown continues. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation. 

The number of project members had already been scaled back earlier this year due to the federal sequester.

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Northern Illinois University hosted royalty Wednesday morning. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn received an honorary doctorate from NIU for her work promoting science and education.              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Former NIU Police Chief Still Challenging Firing

Sep 16, 2013
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Don Grady is still fighting his dismissal as NIU's police chief. Earlier this year, the university fired Grady amid a department scandal. Top officials were accused of mishandling evidence in a rape case against a former officer.

NIU Board Approves Firearm Policy

Aug 30, 2013
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NIU's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to adopt a university-wide concealed carry policy. It keeps the existing practice of prohibiting guns on campus.

The policy also outlines places where firearms can be stored. The primary place for a weapon is in a parked vehicle within a locked case out of plain view in an unrestricted parking lot. Firearms may also be stored with the NIU police department.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The annual migration of students from all around the country, all around the world, for that matter, to their new home in DeKalb is underway. It's Move-In Day at Northern Illinois University.

NIU Will Ban Concealed Weapons On Campus

Aug 21, 2013
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Over the summer, Illinois became the last state to allow properly licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons. But NIU officials say that, even if their students or employees eventually obtain a permit, they still can't carry a concealed weapon on campus.

The law says the practice is prohibited in all buildings owned or leased by a college or university, as well as parking areas and sidewalks under a college or university’s control.

NIU Profs Part Of Antarctica Study

Jul 12, 2013

Two Northern Illinois University professors are part of an international research team trying to anticipate rising sea levels in Antarctica. They  will also be looking into which life forms can survive in one of the coldest places on earth.

“Doing this sort of research is really fun understanding that you’re undoubtedly the first people who have ever seen this sort of thing,” said Ross Powell, Professor of Sedimentology and Climate Change.

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Illinois House Republicans are pushing a proposal that aims to reduce higher education costs for middle-class students.

NIU Board Approves Tuition Hike

Jun 20, 2013
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Tuition is going up at Northern Illinois University. On Thursday, the Board of Trustees approved a 2-percent increase for incoming freshman and graduate students.

NIU Prof Part Of Fossil Discovery

Jun 6, 2013

An international research team has made a major fossil discovery. An NIU professor played a role in compiling the findings, which were announced this week.

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A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.  One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA.  It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois.  Both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

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Four NIU students pleaded “not guilty” to felony hazing charges Tuesday. They’re charged in the death of freshman David Bogenberger, who died of alcohol poisoning in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house last year.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson never attended Northern Illinois University…but this weekend, his connections to the law school earned him an honorary doctorate.

Eddie Williams: Job History At NIU

May 20, 2013
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Northern Illinois University Executive Vice President Eddie Williams has returned to the campus after nearly two months of paid leave.  Here is an overview of his employment history with NIU.  Information was provided to WNIJ through a Freedom of Information Act Request.

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NIU president John Peters isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the university at the end of June…so is his wife, Barbara Cole Peters.      

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When classes resume this fall, NIU administrators say they hope to have to someone new running the campus police department. Plans for a national search were announced Tuesday. The need for a new department leader arose after the university fired Don Grady back in February.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University President John Peters still has seven weeks left on the job – but Monday, the campus and community came together to say goodbye.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University athletic officials have reported a $253,780 profit from the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl in Florida. The MAC conference distributed $1.3 million. Expenses for NIU totaled around $1 million.

Donna Turner, NIU Associate Athletic Director for Communications, says there was a net gain due to the agreements made with the Mid-American Conference and the effective management of expenses.

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If you need to reach someone at Northern Public Radio today, email is still the best way to go! Much of Northern Illinois University's phone system has been down since a lightning strike on campus at 8:30 Wednesday morning.

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Felony theft charges have been thrown out against two more NIU employees.

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Enthusiasm ran high on the campus of Northern Illinois University yesterday as the public met the school’s next president for the first time. The Board of Trustees hired 57-year-old Doug Baker from the University of Idaho to lead the school beginning July First.

Idaho VP/Provost Will Lead NIU

Apr 2, 2013
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Douglas D. Baker, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Idaho, has been selected as the twelfth president of Northern Illinois University.

An award-winning professor of business and scholar of management and leadership in higher education, Baker, 57, will assume the presidency on July 1.

NIU’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to hire the 57-year-old Baker, an expert in organizational strategy, structure and motivation.

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Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal. 

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Northern Illinois University officials are preparing to announce who their next leader will be. Although school representatives are being cryptic about the announcement, it could come as early as this week.

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