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Kaci Luptak pinches the rope to keep Alpha Sigma Alpha from gaining the knot on Wednesday. Alpha Phi moves on to face Sigma Sigma Sigma. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Alpha Phi downs Alpha Sigma Alpha, advances to Tugs title match

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – “Looks like it’s third place again, ladies!” one fan yelled to the freshly-defeated Alpha Sigma Alpha tuggers. It was one of the many chants and jeers thrown out by the crowd gathered on Wednesday at 912 Edgebrook Drive during the...

A graphic shows the schedule of Match 1 of the 2023 womens tugs tournament. The Panhellenic Council is set to host the 2023 womens tugs tournament on Wednesday and Saturday. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Panhellenic Council to host 2023 women’s Tugs tournament

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | November 7, 2023

DeKALB – The Panhellenic Council is set to host the annual women’s tug of war (nicknamed “Tugs”) tournament on Wednesday and Saturday at 912 Edgebrook Drive. The tournament is an annual philanthropy event that will donate a portion of proceeds...

Supporters of the Sigma Sigma Sigma tugs team cheer from the barricade of the trenches awaiting the first round’s start on Saturday afternoon on campus. All proceeds from the Women’s Tugs event are set to be donated to the charity Circle of Sisterhood. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Tri Sigma hauls to retain ‘Tugs Champion’ title

By Mingda Wu, Photographer | October 23, 2022

DeKALB – The Panhellenic Council’s Women’s Tugs tournament came to a wrap on Saturday afternoon, with Sigma Sigma Sigma reigning as victors for the second consecutive tournament.

The first-rope tuggers from Sigma Sigma Sigma battle for leverage on the rope during Saturdays championship match against Alpha Phi. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Sigma Sigma Sigma defends title, wins 2022 PHC Women’s Tugs Championship

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 23, 2022

DeKALB – Conditioning played a vital role in Sigma Sigma Sigma’s hour-long stand that allowed it to become repeat champions in the 2022 PHC Women’s Tugs Championship. The first-rope tuggers for Alpha Phi and Sigma Sigma Sigma battled at the rope...

Delta Chi cheers on the women of Delta Gamma in Womens Tugs in 2021.

Sororities set to participate in annual Tugs tournament

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | October 18, 2022

DeKALB – Panhellenic Council Tugs will be hosting its tug-of-war tournament on Wednesday and Saturday at 1201 N. Stadium Drive. This will continue the annual sororities tournament between Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Sigma Sigma competing...

The women of Alpha Sigma Alpha walk out into the trenches on Oct. 22 on the field outside the Rec Center for the first round of Womens Tugs. They were coached by fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.

Spotlight: Women’s Tugs 2021

By Summer Fitzgerald | October 23, 2021
Moments from Women's Tugs 2021.

Delta Zeta tugs dynasty ends after 10 years; Sigma Kappa takes crown

By Derrick Green | October 23, 2017

DeKALB — Sigma Kappa won its first tugs championship in 12 years after defeating Sigma Sigma Sigma in a close match Saturday.Reigning champion Delta Zeta was defeated by Sigma Sigma Sigma Friday to assure a new champion would be crowned.Anthony Baca,...

Delta Zeta wins Tugs for 8th straight year

By Ashley Morse | October 26, 2014

Delta Zeta tugged its way to an eighth consecutive championship win in an event Kara Homolka, the sorority’s Tugs team captain, said was “great” for bringing together the Greek community.The Women’s Tugs tournament kicked off Friday at University...

Women’s tugs shows strength of sisterhood

By Rachel Scaman | October 20, 2013

Delta Zeta sorority ended the weekend with a victory in women’s tugs for the seventh year in a row.The weekend competition ended with Alpha Delta Pi in second and Sigma Kappa in third. Women’s tugs is tug-of-war competition between the social sororities....

Sororities pull together to raise money for breast cancer

By Hailey Kurth | October 20, 2011

This weekend, sororities will get together to compete in women's tugs, Pi Kappa Alpha's annual philanthropy event. Tugs isn't just a game of tug-of-war, though. NIU tugs is a more serious, strategic version of the game. "It's a giant tug-of-war [where]...