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Mock Trial uses classroom experience

By Parker Otto | January 13, 2020

DeKALB — Mock Trial takes students from the classroom to competitions, allowing them to compete in real-world law scenarios.Members of Mock Trial begin their journey in POLS 419. This course determines who will compete in the mock trial club competitions,...

First-year forward Nick Gonzalez celebrates with his team Sept. 27 during NIU’s home loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Sports. 

Huskies work through tough season to build program foundation

By Matt Boecker | December 10, 2019

DeKALB — Bob Dylan once said anything worth doing takes time.This sums up the first half of NIU’s first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s D1 level. The team’s record currently sits at 3-12 and 3-5 in Midwest College Hockey...

Five-minute penalty cripples Huskies in hockey’s loss to Illinois State

By Matt Boecker | November 24, 2019

DeKALB — Hockey was unable to complete the two-game sweep Saturday against Midwest College Hockey rival Illinois State University.After taking game one on Friday, the Huskies weren’t able to keep their foot on the gas to win consecutive games for...

Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods shoots over two Harvard University opponents Nov. 5 during NIUs loss to the Crimson 59-53 at the Convocation Center.

Redbirds thaw Huskie comeback in women’s basketball loss to Illinois State

By Justin Kelley | November 23, 2019

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team came up a possession short Wednesday against Illinois State University, losing 69-66.The loss snipped NIU’s chance of keeping a three-winning streak, and now sit 2-1 in their current seven road-game stretch. NIU...

Hockey suffers second loss to experienced Illini team

By Matt Boecker | November 17, 2019

DeKALB — Saturday the Huskies faced the University of Illinois in the second of two weekend non-conference games in American College Hockey Association play.NIU fell to the Illini 11-1, as Illinois posted double-digit goals for the second time against...

Music therapy offers variety of treatment

By Hunter Weston | November 6, 2019

Music is a universal language. It’s one of humanity’s best pleasures because no matter the language spoken or experiences shared, everyone can appreciate music and what it offers. Because of this, music can be used therapeutically to help those with...

Students can go to college long after high school

By Jordan Radloff | October 30, 2019

NIU has a high population of post-traditional students. In the 2018-19 school year, there were 421 undergraduate students and 1,320 graduate students who were age 35 and older, according to the University Data Book. It is never too late to go to college...

Junior Lara Slisko prepares for an opponents swing at the NIU Tennis Courts.

Fall season ends for women’s tennis, Huskies stumble at Redbird Invitational

By James Krause | October 29, 2019

Junior Lara Slisko prepares for an opponents swing at the NIU Tennis Courts.

Caleb Wright, redshirt first-year defensive tackle, rushes out of the tunnel Oct. 5 before kick off against Ball State University at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies intend to compete with a depleted roster, Jones-Davis, Walker done for season

By Maddie Barrett | October 23, 2019

DeKALB — Injuries and suspensions have dealt a blow to the football team, but Head Coach Thomas Hammock said his team needs to perform with the players available.“That’s what it is,” Hammock said. “Nobody cares. You think [University of Akron]...

Living with a best friend can work: A first-hand account

By Jordan Radloff | September 14, 2019

Most people have probably heard the age old saying: “Never become college dorm roommates with a friend from high school.” I chose to ignore this warning when planning my living arrangements for this semester. I am rooming with one of my best friends...

Campus dining locations phase out cash purchases

By Ashley Dwy | September 11, 2019

DeKALB — Some campus locations have stopped accepting cash payments within the last few years to reduce cash errors and shortages at certain retail dining services.Specific satellite locations, like Sandella’s Café at DuSable Hall, the Three Sons...