Naperville Gets A Visit From NIU

Students from Northern Illinois University were on a mission to get people fired up for their football team’s trip to this year’s Orange Bowl game.

The group of a dozen students traveled from the Chicago Loop to Geneva spreading NIU and holiday cheer.

“We have given out 2,000 oranges, NIU gear, pins, and pens to alumni recognizing students,” said Junior Lauren Boddy.

On one of their stops to downtown Naperville, the group handed out oranges and Victor E. Huskie the mascot posed for pictures helping get the town pumped up for the game.

Paul Palian, NIU’s Director of Media and Public Relations, came along for the event. “It’s the first time a Mid-American Conference football team has made it to the BCS,” he said.

Sophomore, Dan Jeffries was surprised at the feedback from the community. “A lot of honking and a lot of alumni we have found around here. So it’s good, good to see a Husky Nation so strong,” he said.

The Huskies will be Miami bound for the Bowl Championship Series game on January 1st against the Florida State Seminoles. “Even people that aren’t affiliated with the university, they say ‘hey good luck, we are rooting for you’,” said Palian.

This is Northern’s first trip to the Orange Bowl. The final college football game of the season will be played in Miami, Florida on January 7th between top ranked Notre Dame and the number two team, Alabama.

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