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Wamucii Njogu Appointed Acting Provost

Wamucii Njogu Appointed Acting Provost

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

NEIU’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Wamucii Njogu was appointed Acting Provost on July 1, replacing Vicki Román-Lagunas. She currently serves as the university's chief academic officer, previously working as the Assistant Provost and Dean for eight years. The provost works closely w...

Chicago refugee initiative at NEIU

Chicago refugee initiative at NEIU

Robin Bridges, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under News

As founder of the Refugee One Wellness Program, she has worked closely with Refugee One as well as other programs and task forces since 2011. In July of this year, NEIU received a grant to provide professional development training for many working in refugee and immigrant communities in Chicago. The gra...

Budget Stalemate ends, brings temporary relief to NEIU

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under News

The budget stalemate that affected NEIU and other public universities and colleges has ended, bringing a source of funding and relief to the university. The proposed budget will keep NEIU running well into the next year. “I’m delighted to utter the words we have a budget,” said Interim Preside...

Police Blotter-07/25/2017

Sarahy Lopez, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under Police Blotter

Police Blotter The following incidents occurred between the dates of May 27 to July 12 at NEIU’s main campus: May 27 - The Nest: A verbal altercation between a couple occurred, but police resolved the matter before it escalated. May 31 - 3650 W. Bryn-Mawr Ave: A person was given 2 state citations...

Furloughs extended to save jobs

Furloughs extended to save jobs

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under News

NEIU will continue its furlough program after officials in Springfield failed to pass a state budget. This means that administrative, professional and civil service staff will have to take one furlough day each week and student aides will not work on Mondays and Tuesdays. “I wish I were here right now to report the en...

Credit score lowered for NEIU

Credit score lowered for NEIU

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under News

The financial woes continue for NEIU as a major credit agency announced in an April 17 press release that the school’s credit rating has been lowered two levels. Moody’s Investors Service downgraded NEIU from a Ba2 to a B1 rating, placing them in a high credit risk category. The press release...

News in brief 5/23/17

News  in brief 5/23/17

Sarahy Lopez and Robin Bridges
May 22, 2017
Filed under News

Mayor Emanuel to borrow $389 million to finish school year Mayor Rahm Emanuel brings a $389 million plan to the Chicago Board of Education in order to finish the school year and pay out pensions. The board will vote to pass the proposed loan next Wednesday. State payments have been held back due t...

Police Blotter – 5/23/17

Police Blotter – 5/23/17

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under News

The following incidents occurred between the dates of April 20 to May 8 at NEIU’s main campus: April 20 - The Nest: A group of non-students inside of a vehicle were verbally harassing Nest residents. Police arrived and told them to leave and they complied. April 21 - Controller’s Office: An inv...

NEIU’s first fundraising campaign goes public

NEIU’s  first fundraising campaign goes public

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 30, 2017
Filed under News

For the first time in its 150-year anniversary, NEIU launched a fundraising campaign that intends to gather $10 million to support the school and its students. At almost its second year without a state budget, NEIU publicly announced the campaign on April 7. The goal of the “Transforming Lives...

Recruitment suffers from lack of staff, budget

Recruitment suffers from lack of staff, budget

Sarahy Lopez, News Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under News

This past week’s Forward 150 discussion was “Recruitment 101,” in which the retention rates of students to the university were examined in a presentation by Dr. Janice Herring-Hendon, associate vice president for enrollment services. Strategies to bring in freshman, students from other universitie...

Former Obama adviser gives free keynote address

Former Obama adviser gives free keynote address

Rut Ortiz, Staff Writer/Copy Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under News

Valerie Jarrett will not be accepting payment for her keynote speech at Spring Commencement this May. The NEIU Board of Trustees faced disagreements stemming from $30,000 honorarium that was set to pay Jarrett amid the continuous financial gridlock imposed by the Illinois State government. “T...

Problems come to light at El Centro

Problems come to light at El Centro

Jason Merel, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News

In the midst of budgetary restrictions and furlough programs, there was a major malfunction with the lights at El Centro. The lights were left stuck on day and night for about two weeks. The malfunction was discovered at the end of March. Facilities Management sent electricians to assess the problem...