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.  

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. 

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.”

Jessie Schlacks

The University of Chicago received national attention last month after an administrator issued a letter to freshmen telling them that the university will not condone the creation of so-called “safe spaces” where students can retreat from ideas and perspectives “at odds with their own.”

It's a hot-button issue for schools across the nation. 

For their part, Northern Illinois University leaders are looking beyond the confines of the campus to create an environment for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.

It's a mixed bag of news about enrollment from state schools in Illinois this week.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says enrollment is down 5.5%, putting the school at 19,015 students university-wide. Baker tells the campus community that the largest decline is in the freshman class. Numbers from NIU show there are 457 fewer freshman compared to last year; that's a drop of 20.2%. Smaller declines took place among transfer and graduate students.