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Hall of Fame hit by controversy

By Carl Ackerman | September 20, 1990

Six former Huskies will be inducted into NIU's Hall of Fame Oct. 5 as part of the 83rd Homecoming weekend festivities, but there will be no celebrating by some former NIU male gymnasts. Allegations have surfaced that members of the men's gymnastics program...

Controversy hits O’Dell

By Hyun Moon | September 10, 1990

Dropping a successful program is never easy for an athletic director. But, in the case of men's gymnastics last year, the decision came easy for O'Dell. As a requirement to join the Association of Mid-Continent Universities now called the Mid-Continent...

Former NIU coach claims foul play

By Carl Ackerman | September 6, 1990

When former men's gymnastics coach Carlos Silvestre finished coaching last season, he knew there would not be a gymnastics program this year, but he didn't know his graduate assistant job and stipend would not be available. Silvestre said he was told...

Homeless jocks want greater compensation

By Michelle Landrum and Wes Swietek | August 27, 1990

About 30 NIU athletes who signed leases for the partially-completed Stadium View Apartments II want more compensation than the developer is willing to give them. Senior halfback Mike Strasser said about 18 football players, along with several gymnasts,...

From storks to a Rose

By Wes Swietek | August 1, 1990

The Northern Star proudly presents some mid-summer column stuffers for your reading pleasure. Enjoy. Former Huskie standout Ted "The Mad Stork" Hennings made the news recently while participating in the Chicago Bears training camp in Platteville, Wis....

Zielinski gives a lift to NIU basketball team

By Wes Swietek | July 25, 1990

The clang of metal hitting metal, words like "squat", "crunches" and "leg presses", the grunts and groans as large people lift large weights—all are part of Jim Zielinski's world. Zielinski, Coach "Z" to those who know him, is NIU's strength and conditioning...

Recruiting the foreigner; athletics feels the strain

By Hyun Moon | May 2, 1990

NIU sports programs have been trying to become more competitive on the national scene and have gone overseas to bring in the talent that is needed to compete at such a level. The NIU men's tennis program is led by two strong Swedish players and some tennis...

Men’s gymnastics meets with ‘ironic’ end at NCAA meet

By Wes Swietek | April 23, 1990

The final chapter in the saga of NIU's mens' gymnastic team was written on Saturday. And the closing line can be summed up in one word: ironic. Genaro Severino, the last Huskie gymnast still competing for NIU in the final year of the program, pulled his...

Severino last NIU gymnast to perform at NCAA tourney

By Wes Swietek | April 19, 1990

NIU's Genaro Severino should be feeling enough pressure already without the added burden of becoming part of NIU history. Severino is competing in this weekends' NCAA National Gymnastics Championships, a tough enough task for any freshman. But with the...

Thimgan, Unger complete season

By Wes Swietek | April 9, 1990

At the NCAA Central Regionals this weekend, NIU gymnasts Vicki Thimgan and Martha Unger didn't have two things: a high enough finish to advance to the NCAA Championships, and a lot of luck. Unger, competing in her third Regional competition, had a costly...

Gymnasts eye next move with cutting of Huskie program

By Joe Bush | April 3, 1990

Erik Solky, a senior on the vanishing Huskie men's gymnastics team, is a young man with a solid future surrounded by younger men with somewhat shakier prospects. The 1988 NCAA qualifier will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in sociology, take...

Huskies capture Illinois Classic

By Wes Swietek | April 2, 1990

The NIU women's gymnastic team didn't exactly save the best for last this weekend and, as a result, may have hurt its chances for an NCAA Central Regional bid. The Huskies won Friday's three-team State of Illinois Classic, but their team score of 185.2...