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NIU Hosts First Large-Scale Hackathon

Sep 25, 2015
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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.

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Religious protesters from a group out of Terre Haute, Indiana, demonstrated on Northern Illinois University's campus yesterday. Members of The Campus Ministry USA shared controversial views against pre-marital sex and homosexuality while picketing on Martin Luther King Jr. Commons.

The group is Christian-based, but is not affiliated with a specific church.

NIU Athletics

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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