Freeman also commented on various partnerships between NIU and the city of DeKalb, such as progress being made to create an integrated public transit system between the NIU Huskie Line and the Voluntary Action Center’s TransVAC line. She also applauded the continuous conversations between student leaders and DeKalb city staff on how to make DeKalb a more desirable place for student activity.
After her address, which received a standing ovation from a packed Altgeld Hall Auditorium, Freeman opened the floor to questions from staff members. One of the questions was why she decided not to pursue the position on a permanent basis.
Freeman responded that although she loves NIU, the consequences of the two-year budget impasse might affect the university for years to come, and she has to make a decision that is in the best interest of NIU.