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The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Junior guard Chelby Koker passes the ball during Wednesdays home game against Ball State University.

Women’s basketball extends losing streak in heartbreaking overtime finish

Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor January 5, 2022

DeKALB — Women’s basketball’s losing streak continues after an 83-82 overtime loss to the Ball State University Cardinals Wednesday in DeKalb. This was the Huskies' Mid-American Conference opener for the 2021- 2022 season. The Huskies have dropped...

Northern Illinois running back Jay Ducker (8) runs the ball against Coastal Carolina during the Cure Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Clock hits zero on Huskies bowl win hopes

James Krause December 17, 2021

ORLANDO — This year’s Tailgreeter Cure Bowl proved football isn’t just a game of inches, it’s a game of seconds. After a first down conversion inside their opponents five-yard line, two seconds remaining was not enough time for the Huskies...

NIU players celebrate in front of their fans after their 41-23 victory over Kent State on Dec. 4 in Detroit. The Huskies become the first team in FBS history to win a conference championship game after going winless the year prior. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Huskies go from worst to first

James Krause December 4, 2021

DETROIT — When NIU was voted to finish last in the conference, head coach Thomas Hammock had a message for his team. “We are the best team in the MAC until proven otherwise,” Hammock said. “Obviously, nobody has proven otherwise.” After...

John Vinson was named the final candidate in NIUs search for a permanent Chief of Police. Vinson currently serves as the director of strategic planning and accredidation at Indiana University and served as the Chief of Police at the University of Washington from 2009 to 2016.

Indiana University director named final NIU Police Chief candidate

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2021

DeKALB— With 25 years of experience in public administration and safety, John Vinson was named as the final applicant for the open NIU Chief of Police position. The current director of strategic planning and accreditation at Indiana University, Vinson...

Chicago Police Commander Roderick Robinson was named the second of three NIU Chief of Police finalists.

Chicago Police Commander named second police chief finalist

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 27, 2021
Roderick Robinson was named the second of three candidates for the available NIU Chief of Police position.
Interim NIU Chief of Police Darren Mitchell will speak to the NIU community Monday about his goals for the NIU Police Department if named the next chief of the department. Mitchell has been a member the NIU Police Department since 2000.

NIU Interim Chief of Police named a finalist for permanent position

Wes Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief November 24, 2021

DeKALB — NIU announced the name of the first candidate for the open NIU Chief of Police position Wednesday as Interim Chief of Police Darren Mitchell. Mitchell is a graduate of NIU and joined the NIU Police Department in January of 2000 as a patrol...

Freshman quarterback Ethan Hampton rushes in the first half of NIUs 42-21 loss to Western Michigan on Nov. 23. Hampton passed for only 23 yards in his first collegiate start, filling in for an injured junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi.

Huskies lose to Broncos without starting passer

James Krause November 23, 2021

DeKALB — Without starting junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi, the Huskies struggled to get in rhythm in their 42-21 regular season finale loss to the Western Michigan University Broncos on Tuesday. Head coach Thomas Hammock started freshman quarterback...

Senior forward Miguel Maynez Jr. (right) deflects the ball away from Pittsburgh junior defenseman Mohammad Abualadi in NIUs 5-2 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 21.

Huskies’ season ends in Pittsburgh

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter November 21, 2021

DeKALB — NIU’s season came to an end Sunday as an overwhelming offensive performance by the fifth-seeded University of Pittsburgh Panthers led to a commanding 5-2 win over the Huskies.  "I'm really proud of my team," NIU head coach Ryan Swan said...

COVID-freshman linebacker Jaden Dolphin wraps up Buffalo junior quarterback Matt Myers for a sack during NIUs 33-27 victory over the Bulls on Nov. 17 in Buffalo, New York.

Huskies clinch MAC West in OT

James Krause November 17, 2021

At a glance Ratkovich scores two touchdowns, game-winner in overtime Defense capitalizes on botch Buffalo snap Huskies secure spot in Mid-American Conference Championship Game in Detroit DeKALB — The Huskies beat the University at...

COVID-freshman running back Jay Ducker is tackled by a Ball State defender in NIUs 30-29 victory over the Cardinals on Nov. 10 at Huskie Stadium. Ducker had a touchdown run with 2:42 remaining to give NIU their first lead of the game.

Huskies beat Ball State at the horn

James Krause November 10, 2021

DeKALB — Another wild finish for the Huskies ended with a field goal by redshirt sophomore kicker John Richardson as time expired, lifting NIU past the Ball State University Cardinals 30-29 in the Bronze Stalk Trophy game. With 1:43 remaining, junior...

Senior guard Trendon Hankerson puts up a three-point shot over Washington senior guard Jamal Bey in NIUs win over Washington on Nov. 9 in Seattle. Hankerson scored a game-high 28 points with six made three pointers.

NIU leaves Washington as top dogs

Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor November 10, 2021

DeKALB — The first game of the coaching tenure of men’s basketball head coach Rashon Burno saw the NIU Huskies earn a 71-64 victory on the road against the University of Washington Huskies Thursday in Seattle, Wash. A career-best outing for senior...

COVID-freshman wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph stiff arms a defender in the first half of NIUs 52-47 loss to Kent State on Nov. 3 at Dix Stadium. Rudolph finished the game with three receiving touchdowns and a program-record 303 receiving yards.

NIU breaks records, falls to Kent St.

James Krause November 3, 2021

At a glance Hammock credits Kent State coach for scheme that had NIU off balance Rudolph breaks receiving yards record after Richie injury Lombardi passes for 532 yards before being knocked out of game late DeKALB — Junior quarterback...

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