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NIU freshman forward Cam Pathana (64) pressures a Purdue University Northwest player during a game on Oct. 14 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey falls to Illinois State, extends losing streak to 15

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | November 19, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey (0-15, 0-7 MCH) fell short of obtaining its first win of the season Friday, dropping the opener of a two-game home series to Illinois State University (13-2-2, 8-2-1 MCH) by a final score of 10-1. The loss was NIU’s 15th...

That time I transferred schools to change my major

By Jack Baudoin | February 12, 2020

Many people change their major while in college, but fewer people move to a new school for that change. This is exactly what I did.After spending four years at Illinois State University, I realized late in the game I wanted to study journalism instead...

Newcomers shine, as Huskies finish 6th at the Redbird Invitational

By Quentin Wilson | September 10, 2019

DeKALB —  Junior golfer Caroline Klemp made a huge splash in her Huskie debut. She finished first, winning the individual title on Monday with a score of three under par 69. Klemp’s efforts helped NIU finished sixth at the Redbird Invitational in...

The Harmelodics, NIU’s all-female a cappella group, took home second place at the ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinals and will advance to the Semifinals held in Chicago.

Harmelodics place second

By Hayden Perkins | February 16, 2017

DeKALB — NIU’s all-female a cappella group, the Harmelodics, competed Saturday and secured a spot in the ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal in Chicago. The Harmelodics placed second at the Quarterfinals, beaten only by University of Wisconsin-Madison’s...

Softball to take on ISU

By Matt Hopkinson | April 2, 2013

The softball team is getting ready to play in its first midweek game of the season as it is scheduled to take on the Illinois State redbirds. The Huskies (11-18, 1-1 MAC) took on ISU in their first game of the season in Texas, where they defeated the...

Ultimate Frisbee team looks for NIU recruits

By Lindsey Rodriguez | February 11, 2013

The Ultimate Frisbee team is actively looking for men and women Huskies to join, and hopes to start an all-girls team eventually. The team competes against more than 42 teams at some tournaments, and from Feb. 2 to 3, it hosted its first indoor tournament....

NIU Gymnast, Sophomore Amanda Stepp, performs a split jump on the beam event at the 2013 season opener against Illinois State University at the Convocation Center Sunday afternoon.

Womens gymnastics wins season opener

By Matt Hopkinson | January 13, 2013

A day before the official beginning of the spring semester, women’s gymnastics started its season with a win for the first time since the 2009 season. The Huskies (1-0) took on the Redbirds of Illinois State (1-1) in a closely-contested meet the entire... offers coupons for local businesses

By Lauren Dielman | February 1, 2012

Tim Dalrymple, junior business marketing major, came up with the idea for his website,, after he tried a similar coupon website."We realized this was actually a good business," Dalrymple offers coupons for at least...

Kevin Hamilton, senior computer science major, recently revived
a subreddit forum for NIU through the website

Student revives forum for NIU through

By Ross Hettel | September 5, 2011

DeKALB | NIU has a budding online community in its midst - and no, it’s not Facebook. A user-driven, social news website called Reddit hosts an NIU-specific forum, otherwise known as a subreddit. With 53 student members as of press time, the website...

Utilizing the art of juggling

By Jessica Sabbah | February 28, 2011

DeKALB | Will Petsche, third year law student, began juggling when he was 14. For him, it was only natural to start a club at NIU. After advertising and garnering interest, Petsche created the NIU Juggling Club last fall. The group was recognized by the...

Huskies shut out against ISU

By Andrew Singer | September 12, 2010

DeKALB | An ugly pattern is starting to form for the NIU women's soccer team, as the Huskies were shut out on Friday for the third time this young season. After the game, the scoreboard read 1-0. Just as it did last weekend, when the Huskies (2-3-0) were...

NIU running back Chad Spann is swarmed by Iowa State defenders during the Huskies 27-10 loss Thursday night.

Slow start, turnovers put Huskies in early hole against potent ISU offense

By Chris Dertz | September 6, 2010

AMES, IOWA | When the NIU football team stepped onto the field at Jack Trice Stadium Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill believed that there was something missing. His fear was quickly confirmed as his team showed an inability to play with a sense of urgency...