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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.

Second TEDx Talk At NIU Features Student Speaker

Apr 24, 2015
TEDxNIU.com

The second-ever TEDx talk at Northern Illinois University happens 9 a.m. Saturday. This time, the event will feature a student speaker.

The talks will revolve around a single common theme: hidden superheroes among us.

Maria Senf is a senior psychology major at NIU and director of TEDx NIU. She was inspired to start the student group in 2013 after she attended a similar TEDx event at a Chicago college.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Public universities in Illinois continue to lobby lawmakers in hopes of preventing deep cuts to education. On Tuesday, State Comptroller Leslie Munger toured Northern Illinois University to get a sense of what a 31 percent reduction in state funding would mean to the school.

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The Smoke-Free Northern Illinois University Task Force and students discussed a draft policy for smoking last night. 

The Smoke-Free Campus Act will go into effect July 1st and applies to all NIU campuses.  The draft also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and smoking in privately-owned parked cars. 

The prohibition does not include smoking associated with a recognized religious ritual and tobacco use exclusively conducted for medical or scientific research.

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