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Death investigation
5:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Woman Jumps From NIU Parking Garage

NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
Credit 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.

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Superintendents Summit at NIU
2:16 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Community Leaders: The Changing Role of School Superintendents

School Superintendents James Briscoe, Kathy Countryman, Brian Harris, and Ehren Jarrett ponder a question posed by NIU's Patrick Roberts.
Credit 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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Announces several leadership changes
6:29 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NIU's President Baker Shaking The Organizational Tree

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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.

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Federal Shutdown
6:13 am
Thu October 10, 2013

NIU Prof: Shutdown Impacts Antarctic Research

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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"Princess of Technology"
3:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

NIU Honors Thai Princess

Media Services Northern Illinois University

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

Reactions to the royal visit, Northern Illinois University, 9/18/13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Local
6:33 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Former NIU Police Chief Still Challenging Firing

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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.

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Concealed Carry
4:24 am
Fri August 30, 2013

NIU Board Approves Firearm Policy

Credit NIU

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.

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President Baker welcomes students
2:49 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rainy Day, Sunny Outlook: NIU's Move-In Day

The rainiest NIU move-in day in recent memory
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.

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Public Safety
6:06 am
Wed August 21, 2013

NIU Will Ban Concealed Weapons On Campus

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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.

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Science
5:04 am
Fri July 12, 2013

NIU Profs Part Of Antarctica Study

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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