Hi Carey, if you are using the Fivealive theme, you will not see login modules, there is a bug that has been reported for this but it has not been updated yet. Any other theme you'll be fine, but Fivealive has it's issues.
See here at https://dev.tiki.org/item6279-Icons-Unseen-with-Fivealive
I am running tiki17.1 as well and Fivealive is not showing login modules either for that version.
EDIT: I just read a little closer and it appears you are using The News, you should be fine.