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Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

Chants broke out several times during a rally at the MLK Commons of Northern Illinois University's campus. Illinois college students and DeKalb community members gathered Thursday to press lawmakers to make sure MAP grants are fully funded. Students raised signs with messages like “End our dread – fund Higher Ed.” Different speakers shared their experiences and urged people to reach out to their local lawmakers. Students from Governors State University traveled to NIU to join the conversation...

Jenna Dooley

In higher education, "safe spaces" are places where people can feel open to express themselves. Northern Illinois University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality describes such an environment as a place "without fear of being violated, harassed or judged, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic class, citizenship status, or disability." Due to outbreaks of violence across the country, project organizers of the "Safe/Unsafe"...

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The coffee-fund investigation at Northern Illinois University is now playing out in the court system. The school recently placed eight employees on administrative leave . Those employees were charged in connection with a secret bank account. The probe was launched over the summer after the fund’s existence was revealed in a local news report. It came on the heels of separation agreements for two former administrators. The university has issued public statements about recent events, but some in the community question whether the school is being open enough with the public.