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Just Goods
Now that you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to shop Fair Trade Wednesday and Thursday. The Sociology Student Organization is hosting its annual Fair Trade Gift Sale in partnership with Just Goods from Rockford. A portion of the proceeds supports the Department of Sociology’s Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity trip. This...
NIU sociologist Jeffrey Kidder during his days as a bicycle messenger.
The growing sport of parkour, which might be described as a sort of street gymnastics, provides a concrete example of how people are merging the virtual worlds of online life with their actual physical practices. So says NIU sociologist Jeffrey Kidder. The relatively new, noncompetitive sport, also described as a physical discipline, originated in France and...
Photo of a 1040 tax form
No government can exist without monetary support from its populace, and no democratic nation can thrive without the moral support of its citizenry.
Collage of income tax images
As U.S. presidential election campaigns heat up, candidates can expect an earful of complaints over taxes. Now a new study led by a Northern Illinois University sociologist argues that American middle-class hostilities toward the federal income tax follow a common discourse rooted in moral beliefs. “We propose that everyday tax talk among the middle class...
Joyce Ester
Bitten “by the Student Affairs bug,” Joyce Ester says that her time at NIU as a graduate assistant in housing “led me to where I am today.” And where she is today is no small feat. After a nationwide search, Ester was selected in November to be president of Kennedy-King College, one of the City...
NIU sociologist Jeffrey Kidder during his days as a bicycle messenger.
The real Chicago winter has finally reared its ugly head, and if you think the cold, slush and snow are tough on motorists, imagine what it’s like for the city’s bicycle messengers, those daredevils who risk life and limb in downtown traffic to make rush deliveries. NIU sociology professor Jeffrey Kidder has a good idea....
Earl Smith
Earl Smith, professor of sociology and director of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University, will talk at NIU at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Smith will speak on “Athletic Industrial Complex: Conference Realignment and Race” at the Yordon Center. This lecture will include a critical analysis of recent NCAA conference realignment, and will focus...
Andrew Traver
An NIU alumnus and “great friend” to the sociology department has been nominated to a key post in the administration of President Barack Obama.  Obama nominated Andrew Traver, a native of Naperville, to head the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Traver, who currently serves as the agency’s special agent in charge...
Recycling symbol in green grass
The NIU community is invited Tuesday, Oct. 20, to a free webcast focusing on campus environmental sustainability. To mark the eighth annual “Campus Sustainability Day,” the Society for College and University Planning and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium are co-sponsoring a webcast titled “Empowering a low carbon movement at your campus: strategies and tools...
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