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A copy of the first edition issue of the newspaper that came to be known as the Northern Star rests on a podium. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU library digitizing Northern Star issues from 1899 to 1997

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | February 7, 2023

DeKALB – Through the NIU Library, the Northern Star’s older issues, dating back to 1899 (the first year the Northern Star began printing), are being digitized and will be available for the public to read online later this year. Before the old print...

Alumnus Mike Korcek (left) speaks with Phil Kadner in 2009.

Alumnus reflects on NIU Athletics

By Chris Loggins | October 19, 2015

Mike Korcek, NIU alumnus and retired sports information director, has been around to see it all — or at least five decades worth of historic moments in NIU Athletics.Korcek worked as a Sports Editor for the Northern Star before getting his career started...

See you in another life when we are both cats

By Jimmy Johnson | May 6, 2012

Of the over hundred stories I wrote at the Northern Star, I loved writing every single one of them. The Cameron Bell feature? Best interview of my life. Talking to Connie Teaberry about track and field, and how the weather was so gloomy? Always puts a...

Employee headshot, Mark Brown. (Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

Northern Star alumni board to host election panel Saturday

By Hailey Kurth | February 22, 2012

NIU will welcome a panel of journalists to discuss Election 2012 and answer questions Saturday. The panel includes Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bruce Dold of the Chicago Tribune, Bernie Schoenburg of the Springfield State Journal-Register and...

Homecoming traditions at NIU have changed over the years

By Juliana Leprich | October 13, 2011

NIU homecoming is a tradition that is over a century old.Homecoming was first recorded in 1903 for the university, with NIU's football team playing NIU alumni. At that point, however, NIU was not yet NIU, but the Northern Illinois State Normal School,...

NIU football tries to overcome Toledo to strengthen MAC title bid

By Andrew Singer | November 4, 2010

No one has to tell the NIU football team how frustrating it is to be in a one-sided relationship. The Huskies have been playing Toledo since the late 60's, and as the 8-29-0 all-time record illustrates, NIU has been dominated regularly by the Rockets....

NIU homecoming: A tradition since 1903

By Andrew Singer | October 13, 2010

When the Huskies take to Brigham Field on Saturday, NIU will be participating in its 104th homecoming game. Along the way, there have been more than a few trivial occurrences according to Mike Korcek, the former NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus....