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DJ Bland was announced as NIU footballs cornerback coach on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

NIU football adds Bland to coaching staff

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 13, 2023

DeKALB – Former Eastern Illinois University defensive back and assistant coach DJ Bland has joined NIU’ football’s coaching staff as a cornerback coach, according to head coach Thomas Hammock. Coach Bland spent the 2022 season at EIU, serving...

Culture revolution continues under Colhoff as the head coach looks to the future

By Jarrett Huff | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — On a snowy Halloween afternoon, the women’s soccer team had one last chance to close the season on a high note, putting everything out on the field.The wind chilled to the bone, dispersing snow flurries all over the field and into the faces...

Junior guard Gabby Nikitinaite (right)- leans in for a drive to the basket Nov. 5 during NIU’s season-opening loss against Harvard University at the Convocation Center.

Huskies snap two-game losing skid as Woods, Koker lead women’s basketball to victory

By Justin Kelley | November 30, 2019

DeKALB — The women's basketball team picked up a much needed win Friday against the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles, winning 82-74 and snapping a two-game losing skid.NIU was led by redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods with 23 points and six...

Huskies look to spoil Broncos’ MAC title hopes, seniors ready to gear up one last time

By James Krause | November 25, 2019

DeKALB — The football team may not have a conference championship or bowl game after Tuesday night, but it can end its year with a win over the Western Michigan University Broncos.The Huskies were eliminated from postseason contention Tueaday in a 45-17...

Then-junior Ashley Tutt inches her way to a first-place finish Nov. 2, 2019 during the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships hosted by NIU at the North 40 course.

Tutt falls shorts of personal goals at national race, leaves Terre Haute as best placing Huskie in program history

By Marcel Carrasco | November 23, 2019

DeKALB — Nine seconds.Nine seconds separated Ashley Tutt from All-American honors, a feat she set out to accomplish before her appearance at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships.The Huskie fell 10 spots short, yet she ran with all of her heart....

Tutt ready to come out of Terre Haute with honors to her name

By Marcel Carrasco | November 21, 2019

DeKALB – All-American is the ultimate goal.That is what 2019 Mid-American Conference Champion Ashley Tutt said she is ready to fight for."I am so excited to be able to compete at such a prestigious event," Tutt said. "I am confident going into the race,...

Senior Lauren Neslund clears the ball from danger Aug. 9, 2017 during NIUs exhibition match against Drake University.

Knee injuries jeopardized Neslund’s career, the Huskie fought back for her final season at NIU

By Jarrett Huff | November 20, 2019

Senior Lauren Neslund clears the ball from danger Aug. 9, 2017 during NIU's exhibition match against Drake University.

That time I... played at a Bears halftime show

That time I… played at a Bear’s halftime show

By Jordan Radloff | October 28, 2019

I have had the opportunity to perform at many cool places in my musical career. Recently, I was able to play for one of the largest crowds yet when I performed with the Huskie Marching Band during the halftime show at the Bears Sunday. Performing at Soldier...

Football head coach Thomas Hammock is among the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.

Hammock is an exemplary choice

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 23, 2019

The Northern Star Editorial Board would like to congratulate Head Football Coach Thomas Hammock and NIU for finding a perfect marriage. In sports, loyalty is never easy to come by, and Hammock exemplifies the Huskies’ “hard way.”Hammock played football...

Coach contract process flawed

Coach contract process flawed

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 7, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board believes Sean T. Frazier, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, should not be allowed to sign off on contract negotiations without the consent of the Board of Trustees.This statement comes following the...

Letter to The Editor

Letter to The Editor: NIU needs better MAC players

By Don Lass | March 26, 2018

Believe it or not, I graduated in 1968, with a BS in marketing. I am also a basketball fan despite being ancient – I’m 71 years old. I simply have not figured out why NIU cannot find a basketball coach who can recruit players that are competitive...

New York Fashion Week hit the streets with a statement of strength and bold choices.

New York Fashion Week hints at new trends

By Cris Rojo | September 21, 2017

New York Fashion Week hit the streets with a statement of strength and bold choices.