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NIU sophomore guard Jayden Marable maneuvers past EMU freshman guard Kyndal Lewis during Wednesdays conference matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Marable finished the game with 12 points, the fourth-best scorer for the Huskies in the 72-65 victory over the Eagles. (Alexander Pyevich/Northern Star)

NIU dismantled by Bowling Green at home

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

The NIU women’s basketball team extends its losing streak to four as they lose at home to the No. 1 team in the MAC, the Bowling Green Falcons, 66-50. Problems without Davis Without the Huskies’ senior forward A’Jah Davis in the lineup, who...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit (11) steps back while being defended by two Ball State University players during Saturdays game at the Convocation Center. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Ball State buries Huskies thanks to three-point parade

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

DeKALB — Ball State University took down NIU Saturday afternoon 87-69 in dominant fashion, snapping the Huskies’ three-game win streak.  The Cardinals used the deep ball to their advantage, knocking down 13 of their 28 three-point attempts. Ball...

Huskies senior guard Chelby Koker (10) advances the ball down court past Kent State junior guard Casey Santoro (0) during the matchup Wednesday.  Koker racked up 21 points throughout the game at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Kent State, extend losing streak

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | January 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women's basketball (10-7, 2-5 MAC) competed against Kent State University (11-6, 4-3 MAC) Wednesday. The Huskies fell short against the Golden Flashes, losing 82-61. The Huskies started off the game slowly scoring 13 points while allowing...

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)

Huskies preparing for final home series vs. Drury

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | January 25, 2023

DeKALB – Huskies Hockey (2-22, 1-13 MCH) looks to get back in the win column after being swept by Midland in Nebraska when they take on Drury University (2-13, 2-13 MACHA) in the final home series of the season Friday and Saturday.  NIU has struggled...

Rep. Lauren Underwood removes personal protective equipment used to keep the lab sterile after her tour Friday of the space. (Colin Kempsell | Northern Star)

NIU semiconductor lab receives $1.5 million in federal funding

By Colin Kempsell, Senior News Reporter | January 20, 2023

DeKALB – NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology received $1.5 million in federal funds to convert its cleanroom lab into a fabrication lab for microchip research, design and prototyping. The college’s microchip fabrication lab,...

The MLK Commons at Northern Illinois University. Northern Stars Madelaine Vikse looks into whether its valuable for students to have a fall break.

Poll: Should NIU have a fall break?

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief | January 19, 2023

Students look forward to school breaks such as Thanksgiving break and spring break, using the time to relax and study. At most universities, a fall break tends to be two days, such as a Thursday and a Friday or a Friday and a Monday, Executive Vice...

Sophomore guard Keshawn WIlliams attempts a layup during Saturdays game against the University of Toledo Rockets. Williams finished as NIUs leading scorer with 19 points in the 100-72 loss at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskie guards shine as NIU wallops Eastern Illinois

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | December 1, 2022

NIU’s dominant guard play led the way for the Huskies as they got back into the win column with a 90-70 victory over Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies’ backcourt dominated the Panthers’ defense, as they combined for 49 points in the dominant...

Then-junior guard Kaleb Thornton searches for a passing lane during Wednesdays matchup against the Toledo Rockets. Thornton was NIUs second-best scorer in the contest with 18 points as the Huskies lost 100-72 to their Mid-American Conference Rivals in DeKalb.

Huskies defeated in first match of Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | November 21, 2022

DeKALB – Shooting woes plagued the Huskies as they fell to 1-3 on their early season, losing 68-50 against the undefeated Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Sophomore guard Zarique Nutter put...

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...

NIU junior goaltender Ben Vutci kneels on the ice during a game against Midland University on Oct. 14. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey set to defend home against ranked Illinois State

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hockey (0-14, 0-6 MCH) looks to end its 14-game losing streak against the Illinois State University Redbirds (12-2-2, 7-2-1 MCH) in a two-game home series Friday and Saturday.  The Huskies have struggled to find an identity during this...

NIUs new CFO has years of experience in education finance, according to the boards meeting report on Nov. 10, 2022.

NIU Board of Trustees approves construction, renovation of various campus buildings

By Eddie Drinkwine | November 10, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s Board of Trustees is making final moves to complete the renovation and construction of different campus buildings. Campus building updates The board approved the construction and renovation of many buildings on campus including the...

The Stonehouse Academic Journal is accepting submissions to be published in the journal from now until Jan. 31.

Stonehouse Academic Journal accepting submissions

By Eddie Drinkwine | November 8, 2022

DeKALB — Stonehouse Academic Journal is accepting submissions to be considered for publication from now until Jan. 31. The academic journal started five years ago at NIU and was founded by Lenora Murphy. Stonehouse was created to give undergraduates...