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The words Play Like A Huskie on the front side of Huskie Stadiums West bleachers Oct. 19, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Senate bill introduced that could allow student-athletes to unionize

By James Krause | May 27, 2021

DeKALB — A bill introduced in the senate Thursday could open the door for student-athletes on scholarships being declared university employees and allow the formation of student athlete unions. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)...

Student-athletes partake in a march outside the Convocation Center on Oct. 10. Following the vandalism of the Center for Black Studies on Sept. 16, student-athletes rallied to the defense of the center and black students across campus.

How student-athletes found their voice following on-campus racism

By James Krause | April 29, 2021

NIU Police reported to the Center for Black Studies near midnight Sept. 16 after a member of NIU security reported graffiti on the front of the building. On a beam at the building’s entrance, the n-word was sprawled in silver spray-paint, according...

Phi Sigma Kappa tugging against Alpha Sigma Phi, April 17, in their match outside the Yordon Center in DeKalb. Phi Sigma Kappa would go on to win the 2021 TUGS tournament.

Phi Sigma Kappa wins sole match of COVID-stricken TUGS

By James Krause | April 24, 2021

DeKALB — As tuggers from Phi Sigma Kappa came out of the pit victorious following the opening match of a COVID-19 stricken TUGS tournament, Austin Peyton, coach and fraternity vice president, passed along the news to a mixed reaction. The team scheduled...

Currently NIU athletics expects fans to remain in the stands for the season at 100% capacity, the rise in Delta variant cases puts everything on the table for spectators. The Northern Star is committed to providing fans updates as they become available.

Athletics aims for 100% capacity at fall sporting events

By Kyle Mathas | April 23, 2021

DeKALB — NIU attendance policies could change drastically heading into the Fall 2021 season with up to 100% capacity being allowed at games. This past year, in NIU Athletics, there have been no fans allowed at the games for any sport. For a long...

Former NIU point guard Eugene German waits for an inbound play March 6, 2020 during his final college game at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

Former NIU guard German signs with pro team

By Jarrett Huff | March 28, 2021

DeKALB — Former NIU point guard Eugene German announced a pro basketball deal Saturday with the Kokomo BobKats of The Basketball League. German played four seasons with the NIU men’s basketball team, becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer...

Austin Dillon (3) crosses the finish line in front of Bubba Wallace (23) to win the second of two qualifying auto races for the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Feb. 12, 2021, at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Weekly sports update: Lakers survive double OT, NASCAR season starts Sunday

By James Krause | February 12, 2021

The NFL season may be over, but that means it’s time for the basketball season to heat up and more sports are just around the corner. These are the top stories from the past week of sports.   Lakers tested but victorious in three straight...

Entrance of the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway.

Men’s basketball extends pause of team activities through Saturday

By Northern Star Staff | February 1, 2021

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team has decided to extend its pause and postpone its next game against the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The game was originally slated for 1:30 p.m Saturday at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.   The...

Womens basketball experiences another postponement

Women’s basketball experiences another postponement

By Northern Star Staff | January 21, 2021

DeKALB — For the second time in this week, the women's basketball team's upcoming Saturday game has been postponed, according to a Thursday NIU Athletics news release. The Kent State University Golden Flashes are experiencing roster issues related...

Colored visualization of electron microscopy photo of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Two men’s basketball games postponed

By Northern Star Staff | January 19, 2021

DeKALB — The men’s basketball program will be pausing all activities for at least the next seven days due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, according to a Tuesday tweet from NIU Athletics. — NIU Huskie...

15 additional students test positive for COVID-19 and one student recovers.

Women’s basketball’s game at Kent State postponed

By James Krause | January 5, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team’s Wednesday road meeting with the Kent State University Golden Flashes was postponed Tuesday, according to a NIU Athletics news release. NIU Athletics spokesperson Mike Hasse confirmed to the Northern Star...

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago.

Last week in sports: 12/28 through 1/3

By Kyle Mathas | January 4, 2021

DeKalb — Whether it was a wild Week 17 or the NIU men’s basketball team letting Head Coach Mark Montgomery go, this week has been action-packed in the sports world.   NFL In Week 17, there were key games in what the playoff picture would...

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.

Last week in sports: 12/21 through 12/27

By Kyle Mathas | December 28, 2020

DeKALB — Whether it was crazy bowl games or big NFL games with playoff implications, this week in sports has been eventful.  NFL On Christmas Day, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings, which helped the Saints clinch the NFC South...