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Northern Star wins awards at ICPA convention

By Northern Star Staff | February 19, 2012

The Northern Star took home 16 individual awards and an honorable mention in general excellence Sunday at the Illinois College Press Association convention.Several current and former staff members won individual awards for their contributions to the paper....

The Rant: Too much Woozy, not enough Boozy

By Chris Dertz | May 8, 2011

Chicago Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau was named the NBA's Coach of the Year. There's one move that he's not making that's making him look like the dunce of the decade, though. Consider this a public plea, Thibs: Start. Taj. Gibson. It should be abundantly...

The Rant: Corruption in Chicago

By Chris Dertz | April 21, 2011

Sox fans have to choose whether to be elated or embarrassed.The one thing that the Cubs had over the Sox was that they had never fixed a World Series.Or had they?New documents have surfaced that hint that the Cubs threw the 1918 World Series, and that...

The Rant: We hardly knew ‘Rie

By Chris Dertz | April 7, 2011

It's a sad day for Dukies everywhere. After a long, arduous relationship, the Kyrie Irving era has ended at Duke, likely leaving Blue Devils fans everywhere distraught beyond belief. Guh. A shot to the stomach this big hasn't been felt by a fan base since...

Dear NCAA: VCU is not your banner for Tourney expansion

By Chris Dertz | April 3, 2011

Virginia Commonwealth University didn't deserve to play in the NCAA Tournament. As a college basketball fanatic, I enjoyed the Rams' run to the Final Four as much as anyone. But the excitement and theater of a certified Cinderella story has brought one...

Brad Dieckhaus (left) just won the MAC championship at 184 pounds.

Dieckhaus shouldn’t have had opportunity to win MAC

By Chris Dertz | March 8, 2011

There were assuredly congratulations aplenty for Brad Dieckhaus after he won the 184-pound MAC title on Sunday. None of them should have come. Dieckhaus was only able to compete in the MAC Championships because of a suspect decision to keep him on NIU's...

“Didn’t you get the memo?”

By Chris Dertz | March 7, 2011

Derrick Rose doesn't want anyone to think the Bulls can make a playoff run. He wants the league to forget about them. He wants them to forget that Chicago is second in the East. Sorry, Derrick; you just swept the most publicized team in the history of...

The Rant: March Madness channel changes are garbage

March 2, 2011

March is upon us. The greatest month in the history of months; It is a time when a jump shot can make a man into a legend. There is no better spectacle in all of sports than March Madness. Even the biggest college hoops fans, who claim that every month...

Commentary: NIU can make the tourney in the MAC

By Chris Dertz | February 7, 2011

Before the season, NIU guard Xavier Silas said he wanted to put a banner up in the Convocation Center.If you read about it, you probably laughed. Here's the thing; it's not a far-fetched idea.Nobody will argue that NIU's men's basketball team is not a...

Inside game was key to Akron’s dominance over NIU

By Chris Dertz | February 6, 2011

DeKALB | One play perfectly represented the course of action in NIU’s 72-43 loss to Akron on Saturday afternoon. At 17:32 in the second half, NIU center Ebony Ellis received a pass in the low block, posted up on her defender, faked to her left and pivoted...

The Rant: Jones-Drew doesn’t apologize

By Chris Dertz | February 2, 2011

Remember how Jay Cutler is a quitter, except he's one that doesn't quit because his doctors won't let him play? But he tells them he feels fine, until the doctors tell him that it's his knee and not his pancreas? Well, Jacksonville running back Maurice...

Gymnastics faces tough road test

By Chris Dertz | January 27, 2011

There are two steps to getting on a roll: winning one, and then winning the next. After nabbing its first victory of the season last weekend over Bowling Green, the NIU gymnastics team will have its hand at the latter on Sunday, against Central Michigan....