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May 13, 2009

Huskie Happenings, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics!


The Northern Illinois baseball team will take a break from Mid-American Conference play Tuesday, when the Huskies travel to Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford, Ill., to take on Milwaukee beginning at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the first NCAA Division I game at the three-year-old stadium and the first game in Rockford for the NIU baseball program.  Admission is $5 with tickets only available on a walk-up basis. There will be no presale tickets.   

The Huskies and Panthers have already met three times this year with UW-Milwaukee holding a 2-1 edge after sweeping a doubleheader (5-2, 6-4) on April 28 in Milwaukee behind a pair of late three-run home runs, one by Tim Patzman in game one and the other by Paul Hoenecke in game two. The Huskies got their win against the Panthers on April 1 in a 5-3 decision with strong performances from lefty Tom Barry and shortstop Alex Jones. Barry earned his second win of the year, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings, while Jones went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.


It's cleaning day here at NIU Athletics. Once a year, we take a break from the run-around life of working in collegiate athletics to clean up the mess we've made over the last 364 (or 365 in a leap year) days. The entire department staff will take the day to scrub, dust, mop, file, organize, sweep, polish, bathe, blot, brush, deodorize, scrape, scour, sanitize, regine, purge, flush, dredge, wipe, launder, clear, expunge, exfoliate, soap, sponge and cleanse. You're welcome to come help ;) Time to get started!


Word around here is that the Saints have signed former NIU wide receiver Matt Simon. Stay tuned to for more details later today.


The Huskie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is partnering with all the other schools in the MAC for a "Go Green" initiative. Northern Illinois' part was to collect plastic bags for recycling. Each NIU team competed to see who can collect the most. NIU officials (interns) are counting the bags now to find out who won.

The big lesson from bag drive: don't just throw your bags away! Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe.

Another SAAC note, the 2009-10 Executive Board Members are set. They are:

Brian Smith, President (Baseball)
Dave Reynolds, Vice-President (Baseball)
Brooke Forsberg, Secretary (Women's Tennis)
Mary Bull, Treasurer & Athletic Board Rep (Track & Field)
Kaylee Walters, Director of Communication, (Track & Field)
Patricia Bautista, Challenge of Champions Director, (Track & Field)
Mauvolyene Adams, Athletic Board Representative (Women's Basketball)
In addition, Rachel Pinson (Track & Field) will serve as the CHAMPS-SAAC liason.
Event Calendar
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Dec 2 vs Chicago State
Women's Basketball
Thursday, Dec 3 at Milwaukee
Thursday, Dec 3 vs Central Michigan
Friday, Dec 4 vs Bowling Green
Men's Basketball
Friday, Dec 4 at Missouri
Women's Track
Friday, Dec 4 vs Notre Dame Meet
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