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Burial services for William R. Monat, the eighth president of Northern Illinois University who died Saturday in Jupiter, Fla., will be held Friday in Florida.

He passed away in his home just 16 days short of his 93rd birthday.

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NIU Acting President Lisa Freeman will give the State of the University address tomorrow. 

Freeman took over from predecessor Doug Baker on June 28, after he resigned over improper hiring practices. She has been at NIU since 2010, serving as executive Vice President and provost since the fall of 2013. Her speech is scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Altgeld Hall. 

University trustees announced the search for a new president won’t begin until Fall of 2018. Freeman has said she will not be a candidate for the permanent appointment.

A hearing to determine whether 41-year old William Curl can withdraw his April 2013 guilty plea for murdering NIU freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller began yesterday.

Curl maintains that his guilty plea was coerced by prosecutors who also threatened to charge his teenage son. He also alleges poor representation from his court-appointed attorney.


Northern Illinois University has been named to the Safest Colleges in America 2017  Top 100 list by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The DeKalb campus was ranked 65 on the list, with only three other Illinois institutions ranked higher:

Photographed by Pearl Yee Wong / Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum

Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will take part in two events Tuesday at Northern Illinois University to celebrate the Pick Museum of Anthropology presentation of “Quilts and Human Rights.”

The day’s events also will offer an opportunity for visitors to be part of creating a new quilt dedicated to social and political activism at NIU.