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From left: Graduate outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt switch sides after winning the second set of Sept. 30s volleyball match between NIU and Miami University at Victor E. Court. The Huskies defeated the RedHawks to complete a weekend sweep of Miami. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Huskies ground Eagles, complete Homecoming sweep

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2023

DeKALB – NIU volleyball had plenty to celebrate on Friday night, Homecoming week series sweep to a conference leaderboard climb. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) demolished the visiting Eastern Michigan University Eagles (2-19, 0-9 MAC) in straight sets,...

NIU women’s volleyball team waves to fans after Fridays match against Miami University (Ohio). The women’s volleyball team defeated Miami in three sets. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Volleyball defense dominates in NIU shutout of Eagles

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 13, 2023

DeKALB – “Monster block, monster block, monster, monster, monster block.” Those were the lyrics heard from the speakers at Victor E. Court time and time again as NIU volleyball’s front row wreaked havoc on opposing hitters during Thursday’s...

Wide receiver redshirt senior Davis Patterson (9) turns to look for the ball while Southern Illinois cornerback senior DJ Johnson (9) waits to block the play during Southern Illinois University versus the Huskies on Sept 9. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Football to host 116th Homecoming game

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | October 12, 2023

DeKALB – Following its convincing 55-14 win over the University of Akron, NIU football (2-4, 1-1 MAC) will host the Ohio University Bobcats (5-1, 2-0 MAC) for its 116th homecoming game Saturday. Through two conference games, NIU sits in a four way...

The front page of the Oct. 19, 1998, print edition of the Northern Star shows the post-game celebration for NIU’s 91st Homecoming Game. Fans seized the goalposts at Huskie Stadium in the final seconds of a 16-6 win over Central Michigan University. (Northern Star Archive | Wade Duerkes)

Remembering HOCO ‘98: Dunking goalposts, snapping streaks

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 11, 2023

Drenched by the torrential downpour and riding the high of a late ‘90s victory, a boisterous crowd of NIU football’s faithful marched the goalposts from Huskie Stadium through the heart of NIU's campus.  For a fanbase well-versed in the art of...

NIU graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco leaps to make a play on the ball during the Huskies’ Sept. 29 against the Miami University RedHawks at Victor E. Court. NIU will return home for a pair of Homecoming match on Thursday and Friday against Eastern Michigan University. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Volleyball to host Eastern Michigan in Homecoming home stand

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 11, 2023

With its six-game gauntlet against Ohio-based opponents now in the rear-view mirror, the NIU volleyball team has its sights set on a triumphant homecoming to ring in NIU’s 116th Homecoming.  “Everyone’s excited to be back home,” said NIU volleyball...

Mission III sits in front of the Huskies on Parade statue in the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center. Mission III was introduced to NIU in January and is the university’s third “Mission” live mascot husky. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Mascot on a mission

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter | October 5, 2023

DeKALB – You’ve got some big paws to fill when you’re not only the face of an entire university but also of every “Go dogs” chant at NIU. As the third in a long line of Missions, the role of NIU's live “Huskie” mascot can seem impossible,...

Pay-by-plate parking meter in parking lot five on campus.

NIU parking to be affected by Saturday’s football game

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 7, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s parking availability will be limited this weekend due to the 115th annual homecoming football game. The following parking lots will close from midnight of Oct. 7 until one hour after the game completes on Saturday: lot PS located...

2021 was the year of Huskie Football. We took home the MAC 2021 Championship trophy after snatching a 41-23 victory over Kent State.

‘Bigger and better’: NIU kicks off 115th homecoming

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | October 2, 2022

NIU’s 115th annual homecoming is here! Homecoming will take place Monday through Sunday. The homecoming football game takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 vs. Tulsa. In addition to the game, there are tons of events and activities for students to watch...

Fans tailgate before the NIU-Wyoming football game at Huskie Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021.

Homecoming preview: Hottest events of the week

By Laqes Davis and Abigail Lamoreaux | September 30, 2022

This homecoming week will feature multiple events to celebrate. Here are the top events to look out for on each day. For the full list of homecoming events, visit the NIU calendar website. Monday Homecoming banners decoration contest Come join the...

Fanny Ruth Patterson (left), NIUs first African American graduate, to be commemorated with the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex (right).

Behind New Hall’s new name: Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex

By Eddie Drinkwine | September 27, 2022

DeKALB – On Oct. 7, the NIU community will hold a ceremony in honor of New Hall being renamed the Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex, which will contain Patterson Hall East and Patterson Hall West. The change is being made to honor Fanny Ruth Patterson,...

Senior setter Amanda Krahl (left), has a word with junior libero Miranda Karlen Friday during an eventual 3-1 victory against Kent State University at Victor E. Court.

Huskies earn Homecoming royalty with two MAC victories

By Justin Kelley | October 28, 2019

DeKALB — Homecoming week brought out the best of the volleyball team as the Huskies won Friday against Kent State University and Saturday against Ohio University.The Huskies won both matches in four sets, the second time this season the team has won...

Christopher Perez Jr. (left), senior offensive lineman, and Tre Harbison, redshirt junior running back, celebrate a touchdown during NIUs 49-0 victory over Akron at Huskie Stadium.

Harbison at his best against Zips, pummels Akron defense

By Mike Knapp | October 27, 2019

Tre Harbison, redshirt junior running back, breaks free on a run Saturday during NIU's 49-0 victory agaisnt Akron at Huskie Stadium.