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Kicking out the kinks

By Brian Belford | August 24, 2011

DeKalb| Last year, the kicking game for NIU football was nauseating. Huskie kickers Matthew Sims and Mike Cklamovski connected on only 63 percent of their field goal attempts and hit on only 88 percent of their point after touchdown tries. It was a thorn...

Which side is stronger for the NIU football team: offense or defense?

By Tony Osborne & Brian Belford | August 23, 2011

Tony Osborne: Alright, Bri-guy, I was thinking about the little debate we were having at practice the other day. I've had a lot of time to ponder it, and think about what you said, and there is no doubt in my mind that the offense will be the strongest...

NCAA should reset system to avoid more damage in football

By Brian Belford | August 21, 2011

A friend of mine recently told me not to turn on the news because there was nothing new being reported. He was right, especially from a college football standpoint, where it seems history is doomed to repeat itself. Last week, Yahoo! Sports released a...

DeKalb has no plans to relocate Corn Fest

By Brian Belford | July 25, 2011

DeKalb | The DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St., is a good venue for the annual summer music festival Corn Fest in terms of safety and space for its many attractions. "Since [Corn Fest has] been at the airport, both crimes and incidents...

Cole Hall projected opening date extended due to weather related delays

By Ed Reitveld & Brian Belford | July 25, 2011

DeKALB | The opening of Cole Hall has been pushed back to spring 2012 from its intended opening for the fall semester. Brad Hoey, team leader for NIU Media Relations and Internal Communications, said the delay was caused by "weather situations" in the...

Harrison needs to keep his mouth shut and his head in the game

By Brian Belford | July 19, 2011

James Harrison, Pro-Bowl linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the most fined player in the game because of his vicious hits on opposing players, blasted teammates, colleagues, coaches and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a recent article that came...

Linda Buhr, along with her husband Herb, were awarded with a
Yard of Distinction honor from the city of DeKalb.

DeKalb residents go the distance and try to measure up in local lawn contest

By Brian Belford | July 19, 2011

DeKalb | June marked the beginning of the Yards of Distinction Program in DeKalb, an annual city-wide beautification project that recognizes the work residents put into their yards every summer.The program was started by the Citizens Community Enhancement...

NIU hosts junior billiard championship

By Brian Belford | July 12, 2011

DeKalb | The most prestigious junior billiard event in North America, the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships, took place last weekend at NIU's Holmes Student Center Huskie Den.From Wednesday to Sunday, the Huskie...

Cubs fans’ call it quits too soon

By Brian Belford | July 12, 2011

As a White Sox fan, I know my team is struggling. They were predicted to finish second in the AL Central division, perhaps even contend for first place, and were a dark horse candidate for the World Series.So you can imagine my disappointment.I'm a die-hard...

Google Plus hype reaches NIU

By Brian Belford | July 7, 2011

DeKalb | Google has released its very own social networking site called Google Plus. For now, this free site is in an invite-only field-testing phase, allowing for only a small number of people to join and use it. This is to allow Google time to work...

The Rant: James not the next Jordan

By Brian Belford | June 16, 2011

The Dallas Mavericks have been named 2011 NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat four games to two.Before this series, LeBron James of the Miami Heat was arguably the best player in the NBA.Should a player who loses confidence in his shot and never...

New face joins the Huskies

By Brian Belford | June 16, 2011

DeKALB | Do not confuse his name with Edgar Allen Poe's Raven, or a McDonalds menu item. He is neither an overstuffed burger nor a talking fowl.He is Wendel McRaven, who was recently named NIU women's cross country head coach on May 9, to the delight...