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Sophomore Isabella Righi sets up her serve in an NIU womens tennis home meet. Righi won her match against Chicago State sophomore Amina Taibi 6-2, 6-4 as womens tennis defeated the Cougars 4-3 Sunday. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Women’s tennis goes 1-1 in Chicago area road trip

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | February 20, 2024

Splitting the day on Sunday, NIU women’s tennis (6-5) pulled out a 4-3 win against Chicago State University, before losing to Northwestern University 4-0.  In contrast to the Huskies’ past success in doubles, they did not win a doubles match against...

CFO Sarah McGill looks forward to strengthening NIUs financial position

CFO Sarah McGill looks forward to ‘strengthening’ NIU’s financial position

By James Krause | January 26, 2018

Sarah McGill said when she saw NIU was looking for a new chief financial officer, there was something about the university that reminded her of her roots.McGill was selected as the chief financial officer in November, according to a Nov. 6. NIU press...

Former sociology professor dies at 81

By Keith Hernandez | October 23, 2015

Toula Kourvetaris remembers her husband as a passionate sociology professor who was proud of his Greek roots.George Kourvetaris, who clocked 38 years at NIU, died Tuesday at 81. He immigrated from Greece in 1959 to further his career in education, starting...

NIU Mock Trial to compete in national championship

By Northern Star staff | March 18, 2015

The NIU Mock Trial team will proceed to the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament on Friday at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva.The Mock Trial team made university history by going undefeated after its victory last month...

NIU fan packages include ride, ticket

By Northern Star Staff | September 3, 2014

Students are able to purchase a ticket and ride package to the Saturday NIU vs. Northwestern football game at Ryan Field.Student fan bus tickets are $20 and available for purchase at The package includes a coach bus ride to Ryan Field...

Star takes No. 2 as best state college paper

By Northern Star Staff | February 23, 2014

The Northern Star newspaper claimed second place in the Illinois College Press Association’s general excellence category for the second year in a row.The Daily Northwestern of Northwestern University took first, but ICPA did not select another newspaper...

Men’s wrestling falls at Northwestern

By Ed Rietveld | February 10, 2013

Wrestling was unable to snap its four dual meet losing streak against Northwestern University (7-7, 1-5 Big Ten), 36-6, in its last home meet of the season. The Huskies (7-8, 0-5 MAC) could not dig out of a early 15-0 hole against the 18th-ranked Wildcats....

Men’s wrestling to take on the Wildcats

By Ed Rietveld | February 6, 2013

Wrestling finishes the home portion of its schedule with a dual meet against 18th-ranked Wildcats of Northwestern University (6-7) after a week away from dual meet action. The Huskies (7-7) come into Friday night’s action having lost four duals in a...

Northern Star takes second in national awards

By Kim Skibinski | October 31, 2011

The Northern Star placed second in two categories at a national college media convention Saturday. Managing Editor Kyla Gardner won second place in Story of the Year for her Feb. 11 article on NIU's Late Night Ride service at the 90th Annual Associated...

NIU offers new online courses, plans to add 42 new degree programs

By Faith Healy | September 12, 2011

When students think about college courses, they may think of a professor standing at a podium lecturing. However, NIU also offers alternative class methods in online courses. While offering online classes is not new to the university, there has been an...