Northern Illinois University

NIU Releases Latest Safety & Security Report

Oct 5, 2015
Northern Illinois University

There are a few things to take note of in Northern Illinois University’s most recent safety and security report.

According to the report, no hate crimes have been reported at NIU in two years. But you might notice drug law violations more than doubled from 2013 to 2014.


A 19 year old Northern Illinois University student died this weekend after falling eleven stories from his dormitory room window.  Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina is believed to have removed the screen from the window in the Stevenson Towers residential complex Saturday night right before he fell. 

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Bilingual employees are in hot demand. At least that’s what a recent survey by Northern Illinois University found. One of the greatest areas of need is for teachers with skills in more than one language. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with NIU Professor James Cohen, who specializes in bilingual education.


NIU Hosts First Large-Scale Hackathon

Sep 25, 2015
NIU Huskie Hack

Northern Illinois University is hosting its first large-scale hackathon starting at noon Saturday.

Three-hundred and seventy-two participants from all over the world are scheduled to attend the Huskie Hack. About 16 percent are middle or high school students.

NIU research associate Tracy Rogers-Tryba leads the event. She says hacking doesn’t necessarily mean maliciously breaking into secure systems.

“Computer hacking is taking a turn where it’s using the access to big data and coding to solve problems for social good,” Rogers-Tryba said.

NIU Interim Budget Considers 'Worst Case' Cuts

Sep 23, 2015
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The chief financial officer at Northern Illinois University says cuts already are being considered after NIU trustees announced an interim budget last week due to the state budget stalemate.

Al Phillips, the vice president of finance at NIU, says those university cuts include food costs and program prioritization.

“While furloughs or layoffs -- depending on what happens with the state -- could be a possibility, it’s not something that we’re actively considering at this time,” Phillips said.