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Northern Illinois University's goal for football game attendance this year is 6,000 students at each of the six home games. Officials announced a multi-thousand dollar incentive for them to attend. 

If a student attends all six home football games and checks into a special app every time to prove they stayed the whole time, they are eligible to enter a drawing to win tuition for the Spring 2016 semester. 

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A consultant who came to Northern Illinois University still has not returned travel expense payments that he should not have received.

An unnamed consultant from Lopez, Washington, was reimbursed about $32,000 in travel expenses that state auditors called improper in a March report. 

NIU officials have not confirmed the name of the consultant in question, but former NIU consultant Ron Walters has an office in that location. 

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Northern Illinois University may not be directly affected by Illinois's lack of a budget -- not yet, at least.

NIU is not planning to take away student perks, but Capital Projects at the university, like construction for the Stevens Building, would be halted. About 100 other Capital Projects would also be affected.

Al Phillips is the NIU Vice President of Finance and Administration. He went to Springfield Wednesday to plead NIU's financial case, along with other representatives from other state schools.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The word “hacker” can strike fear into the heart of anyone who has a credit card, a computer, or a smart phone. Saturday, June 6th, thousands of “civic hackers” across the country will reclaim the art of accessing data. Northern Illinois University is one of the sites where people can get together to observe the National Day of Civic Hacking. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Tracy Rogers-Tryba of NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.

NIU Student Center Is Now A Greyhound Bus Stop

Jun 4, 2015
NIU Today

Northern Illinois University students and surrounding community members now have another way to get to Chicago.  

The NIU student center is a stop for a new Greyhound Connect bus line from Davenport, Iowa, to Chicago. It also stops in Rochelle, Dixon and Moline. The Naperville city council is recommending a stop at its Route 59 Metra train station.

Missing NIU Student Found Safe

May 8, 2015

Police say the Northern Illinois University student who went missing was found.

Andrew “Andy” Minor, 26, was reported missing since Tuesday morning by his roommate. Police said family and friends searched for him before reporting him missing.

According to police, Minor left his cell phone and car behind. He was found safe yesterday at the Elburn train station.

Bogenberger Family Photo

Five former Northern Illinois University students are expected to make plea deals today in the hazing death of a fellow student. 

 

In November 2012, NIU Freshman David Bogenberger died after a night of heavy drinking in Pi Kappa Alpha’s fraternity house in DeKalb. The 19 year old’s heart stopped…his blood alcohol level was .40, five times the legal limit.

 

Some students at Northern Illinois University took a stand in light of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts to higher education. 

Rauner proposed a $400 million spending cut to state universities in February. NIU would have to take about a 31 percent cut as a result, which would amount to about $29 million. 

Artigras Parade Kicks Off Arts Celebration

May 4, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Mix the visual and performing arts with a gorgeous spring afternoon outdoors. Add a lot of color and an evening of music and you've got Artigras.

The art-themed parade is a first for Northern Illinois University and DeKalb. It started in downtown DeKalb Saturday afternoon and made its way to NIU's art building. Post-parade music included concerts by the NIU Steel Band, the university's ukulele ensemble, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.                                             

NIU Professor Lived Through Nepal Earthquake

Apr 28, 2015
WGN Skype Interview

A Northern Illinois University professor will learn in the next couple of days whether he can stay in Nepal after the earthquake, or if it’s time to go back to Naperville.

Mark Rosenbaum is a marketing professor at NIU. He is teaching in Kathmandu as a Fulbright scholar.

Rosenbaum told WGN in a Skype interview his apartment was not completely leveled after the 7.8-magnitude quake, but it was severely damaged.

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