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Melville's "Bartleby" Opens At NIU

Oct 1, 2012
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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance opened its season this past weekend with an adaptation of a Herman Melville story. Bringing ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ to the stage involved some unusual additions.

NIU Still Waiting On State Payments

Sep 21, 2012
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Northern Illinois University President John Peters has told members of the university's board of trustees that the state is once again behind on payments. 

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More details are surfacing into the reasons two senior NIU administrators resigned in July for allegations of misconduct. John Gordon, director of the university's Convocation Center, allegedly had a university custodian go at least four times in the past year to his home to clean, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Join WNIJ in digging into some of the wheelings, dealings, and realities of presidential politics. This fall’s "Presidential Speaker Series" concludes on November 8th with “An Evening with Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski,” at NIU-Naperville.

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Northern Illinois University has confirmed the existence of an unauthorized bank account known as the "coffee fund" and taken steps toward potential discipline of four materials management employees.

NIU says records show the fund was used not for individual gain but for retirement celebrations, holiday parties and similar activities. However, the university says it is looking into whether this use of the fund violated university policy and/or state law.

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New details have emerged regarding the recent departure of two administrators at Northern Illinois University. The school hired a Sycamore law firm to investigate unspecified allegations against the two employees. The findings were presented to the employees in July, shortly before they signed separation agreements. 

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The annual ritual of Move-In Day took control of Northern Illinois University's campus today. An estimated 2,500 students will spend the evening unpacking and getting to know their new neighbors. It took 1,000 student volunteers, 100 staff and faculty members, and of course, hundreds of moms, dads, and friends to get their stuff from the curb to the dorm room. Eventually, 5,000 students will make their way into the residence halls.

Northern Illinois University officials announced today that they welcome the scrutiny of DeKalb County State's Atty. Clay Campbell over the so-called "coffee fund" investigation being conducted by the NIU campus police.

In a statement issued Monday, Campbell said his office is "closely monitoring" the situation, citing "various widely reported incidents of alleged misconduct" as reason for his concern.

Two Northern Illinois University administrators who abruptly resigned last month could be subject to further consequences despite termination agreements with NIU that put a stop to investigations pending at that time.

Robert Albanese, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations, submitted his resignation on July 19, effective July 31. John Gordon submitted his resignation as director of the NIU Convocation Center on July 20, effective immediately. 

In both cases, the university acknowledges that there were separate, independent allegations against Gordon and Albanese that were administratively investigated, and that the matter is subject to further investigation. 

State reduces funding for NIU

Jul 3, 2012

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

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A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.

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DeKalb-area Muslims are a step closer to a new mosque. Last night, the city’s planning committee approved a zoning change to allow a mosque to be built in a residential area on Normal Road, near the NIU campus.  

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This fall’s crop of freshmen at Northern Illinois University can expect to pay $200 more in tuition per semester than last year’s freshmen. The NIU Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 4.75% at its meeting Thursday.

Cents and Sensibility

Apr 25, 2012

Most of the events during Money Smart Week are given by finance professionals. One set of presentations, though, is not being given by a bank officer or a CPA. Northern Illinois University's Financial Cents program employs students to teach their peers what they need to know when it comes to money. Now, during Money Smart Week, they're doing the same thing for the larger community. 

DeKalb, NIU May Partner on Housing Stats

Apr 9, 2012

The city of DeKalb is putting together plans with NIU officials to gather housing data for the community.  The research project would include information on factors such as foreclosures, vacancy rates, and code compliance.  Bill Nicklas is NIU’s associate vice president for institutional planning and sustainability.  He says the university is always concerned about the safety and quality of housing in DeKalb.

A new study links indirect exposure to trauma with an increased risk of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Northern Illinois University psychology professor Michelle Lily, and research associate Heather Pierce, followed 171 on-the-job emergency dispatchers from 24 states.  Dr. Lily discussed their findings with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.

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The race for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 16th Congressional District is one of the most closely-watched in the nation.  That's according to Matt Streb, who chairs NIU's political science department.  The race is unusual because it pits two incumbent Congressmen against each other.  Streb analyzes this race in an interview with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.

The Art of the Sales Pitch

Feb 28, 2012

Students from around the globe tested their sales skills this past weekend at the 2nd Annual World Collegiate Sales Open held at Northern Illinois University. 

NIU Part of Facebook Study

Feb 22, 2012

A Northern Illinois University professor is behind a study that is receiving national attention. 

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An open house and a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 12, marked the formal reopening of Cole Hall on the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The building was closed after a gunman killed five others and himself nearly four years ago in a lecture room.

NIU Safety Series: Part Four

Dec 23, 2011

Officials at Northern Illinois University say despite some high-profile incidents over the past few years, the campus and its surrounding community are safe. 

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Several high-profile crimes involving Northern Illinois University students over the past few years have raised concerns over safety on and off campus. That leaves university leaders looking for ways to make their school safer…while challenging the perception they’re different from any other college campus. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports in part three of our series.

 

Note: WNIJ's Jenna Dooley contributed to this report.

          

NIU Safety series: Part Two

Dec 21, 2011

Northern Illinois University is battling a public perception that questions whether the campus community is safe.  Our series continues with a look at how NIU compares with other schools. 

A nineteen-year-old man from Markham, Illinois has been arrested in this morning's shooting death of a Northern Illinois University student. Chaz Thrailkill was arrested late this morning in DeKalb, more than eight hours after the shooting near campus. Thrailkill is charged with first degree murder and is being held on three million dollars bond in the DeKalb County Jail.

Fatal shooting

Nov 23, 2011

A Northern Illinois University student is dead following an off-campus shooting early this morning. 

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