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  • Lake Zurich native looking to catch on at NIU Aug 24, 2013 7:55 PM
    Jacob Brinlee capped his high school career at Lake Zurich by rushing for 226 yards in a state championship loss to Wheaton Warrenville South. But no colleges were ready to offer a scholarship, so Brinlee attended a prep school in Virginia for a year. Now he's a walk-on receiver at NIU who is expected to contribute this season. Mike McGraw has more on local players making an impact for the Huskies.

     
  • Details emerge in NIU freshman’s hazing death Aug 22, 2013 5:24 AM
    Graphic new details have emerged in the hazing death of Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger in an amended civil lawsuit filed by Bogenberger's family against the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, and several of its members. Bogenberger, originally from Palatine, died of alcohol poisoning Nov. 2 after a hazing ritual, according to the family's attorney.

     
  • Court appoints defense attorney in NIU murder case Aug 20, 2013 6:29 PM
    A man who is serving a 37-year prison sentence for killing a Northern Illinois University student from Plainfield now has a court-appointed attorney.

     
  • NIU, Northwestern quarterbacks on Unitas list Aug 8, 2013 4:00 PM
    Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch and Northwestern QB Kain Colter were named to the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, which honors 30 quarterbacks on its preseason list.

     
  • Plea deal reached in final NIU ‘coffee fund’ case Jun 20, 2013 6:00 PM
    The DeKalb County state’s attorney says prosecutors were too aggressive when they filed felony charges after employees set up a private bank account at Northern Illinois University. Prosecutor Richard Schmack made the statement Thursday after announcing a plea agreement with the last of the defendants in the “coffee fund” case.

     
  • Hampshire grad Smith excited for opportunity at NIU Jun 6, 2013 5:39 PM
    Stephanie Smith has always had a goal to become a Division I head women’s basketball coach. Earlier this week, Smith’s career took another step in that direction when Northern Illinois University coach Kathi Bennett named Smith the Huskies’ new director of women’s basketball operations. Smith, a 2000 Hampshire graduate and a two-time Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area captain when she played for the Whip-Purs (1998-99 and 1999-2000), went on to play four years at NIU and she couldn’t be happier to be taking the position she’s been offered by Bennett.

     
  • 4 plead not guilty to hazing in Palatine teen’s death at NIU May 29, 2013 4:14 PM
    Four members of a Northern Illinois University fraternity have pleaded not guilty to felony hazing charges in connection with a student’s death. David Bogenberger was found dead at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Nov. 2. The night before, the 19-year-old pledge attended an event that the national fraternity organization says was not sanctioned. Toxicology results found his blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving. According to the Daily Chronicle, Alex M. Jandick, 21, of Naperville, the fraternity president; fraternity Vice President James P. Harvey, 21, of DeKalb; pledge adviser Omar Salameh, 22, of DeKalb; and Patrick W. Merrill, 20, of DeKalb all pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Sycamore. The Daily Chronicle reported that a fifth fraternity member facing a felony count will be arraigned later. More than a dozen others face misdemeanor hazing charges. Bogenberger’s family has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the fraternity and more than 20 students.

     
  • NIU giving honorary degree to Thompson May 23, 2013 4:25 PM
    Former Gov. James R. Thompson is being given an honorary law degree by Northern Illinois University. He will be presented with the degree during the College of Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday in DeKalb. He’s also serving as commencement speaker.

     
  • NIU administrator to retire after FBI probe May 21, 2013 5:38 PM
    A Northern Illinois University administrator who went on leave after an FBI investigation will retire at the end of the month. Eddie Williams is the DeKalb school’s executive vice president for finance and chief of operations.

     
  • NIU holds farewell event for departing president May 6, 2013 9:35 PM
    The character of Northern Illinois University President John Peters was praised Monday during a farewell ceremony for the man who led the school when a gunman opened fire on campus, killing five. Hundreds of people, including students, alumni and community leaders, attended the event.

     
  • Defendants added to suit in NIU hazing death May 4, 2013 5:32 PM
    Sixteen women have been added as defendants to a lawsuit filed against Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity and several of its members by the family of David Bogenberger, a Northern Illinois University freshman from Palatine who died of alcohol poisoning Nov. 2 after a hazing ritual, according to the family's attorney.

     
  • More NIU honors for Lynch, Kurisch May 3, 2013 5:24 PM
    DEKALB — Jordan Lynch of the Northern Illinois football team and Mary Kurisch from the Huskie volleyball team were named NIU's male and female Athletes of the Year on Thursday night during the fourth annual Victors Awards at the Egyptian Theatre.

     
  • Defendants to be added to lawsuit in Palatine man's hazing death Apr 24, 2013 5:49 PM
    Sixteen women will be added as defendants in a lawsuit filed against Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity and several of its members by the family of David Bogenberger, a Northern Illinois University freshman from Palatine who died of alcohol poisoning Nov. 2 after a hazing ritual, according to the family's attorney.

     
  • NIU adding new scoreboards to Huskie Stadium Apr 23, 2013 5:46 PM
    Northern Illinois will install a new scoreboard and audio system, and add ribbon boards on the east and west sides, at Huskie Stadium for the 2013 season, NIU officials announced Tuesday.

     
  • Man gets 37 years in NIU slaying plea deal Apr 4, 2013 7:34 AM
    A man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park days after she disappeared has entered a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence. William Curl entered the plea Wednesday in the 2010 slaying of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller a Neuqua Valley High School graduate

     
  • Ex-NIU police officer pleads not guilty to rape Mar 13, 2013 6:00 PM
    Former NIU police officer Andrew Rifkin entered the plea Wednesday and asked the court to note previous court rulings, including one that found NIU police intentionally withheld evidence favorable to him.

     
  • Warrant at NIU seeks VP, police chief communication Mar 9, 2013 12:08 PM
    The FBI searched the Northern Illinois University police station this week with a warrant seeking, among other information, communications between the school's recently fired police chief and a vice president who took a leave of absence Friday in response to the investigation.

     
  • FBI searches NIU police station Mar 6, 2013 4:20 PM
    The FBI searched the campus police station at Northern Illinois University on Wednesday, weeks after a former NIU police officer was indicted on sexual assault charges and the department police chief was fired.

     
  • NIU’s Compher takes post at East Carolina Mar 6, 2013 4:24 PM
    Northern Illinois University has lost another key athletic figure to the East Coast. Jeff Compher, associate vice president and director of athletics at NIU for the last five years, is the new athletics director at East Carolina University. Compher was introduced Wednesday during a news conference at the Murphy Center on East Carolina's campus, according to a report by the ECU News Bureau.

     
  • Sassone joins Northern Star's Hall of Fame Mar 2, 2013 8:03 PM
    Veteran hockey writer Tim Sassone, who has covered the Blackhawks for the Daily Herald since 1988, was inducted Saturday into the Northern Star Hall of Fame.

     
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