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Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Northern Illinois University campus community got a look Monday at the next phase of a plan that will shape the campus for years to come. It’s called Program Prioritization, and it’s a review of all academic and administrative programs at NIU. President Doug Baker and Provost Lisa Freeman released their responses to task force reports that came out in May. Note: these documents in the links are only available to NIU staff at this time. The in-depth evaluation of all university functions...

Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

A candlelight vigil Thursday marked the end of Northern Illinois University's Transgender Week of Resilience. Organizers read aloud names of transgender people across the world who were victims of violence last year. Other events this week included NIU unveiling an option for students to enter a preferred name on their school account; this name will appear for professors and in most campus systems. Molly Holmes, with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center , says recognizing the resilience...

Harvesting History From DeKalb-Area Immigrants

Oct 18, 2016
Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

Volunteers at the NIU Founder's library are working on a new project called “History Harvest.” They’re collecting items that symbolize the journey to northern Illinois, which can include photographs, letters, or an oral story. Undergraduate history students are “digitizing” the collections for the public to see online. Drew VandeCreek, an organizer of the project, says it’s a collaborative way for students to learn about immigration. “The way that the humanities usually work is you read a...

DeKalb County Judge Robin Stuckert will meet with interested parties today in cases related to the 2015 death of Oluwarotimi “Timi” Okedina . Police arrested two students and another man in 2015 after Okedina plunged to his death Sept. 26 from an 11th story window in the Stephenson Towers residence hall. The 19-year-old sophomore was studying geology. The DeKalb County Coroner found that Okedina had several drugs in his system at the time of his death, including LSD and cannabis....

Public universities continue to struggle with budgeting due to uncertainty in Springfield, Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker told a town hall meeting Thursday. He says the stopgap and partial-year budget measures aren’t enough. His suggestion to lawmakers? "Why don’t we take the 2017 budget—that half-year budget -- and count it towards ’16 and you give us a full-year budget?," Baker asked. "That’s our story. The odds of that are probably not very high right now.” Baker says...

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