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Huskie Fight Song Lyricist to be Honored Tonight

On December, 1, 2010, Francis Stroup passed away at the age of 101.  A former member of the Northern Illinois University faculty, Stroup is the man who wrote the lyrics to the Huskie fight song in 1961.  Stroup and his late wife, Marjorie, arrived at NIU in 1959 as he was hired as a physical education professor.  The following year, he took over the head coaching position of the new men's swimming team.  He then retired from the university in 1974.  Tonight at the NIU-UIC basketball game, Stroup will be honored prior to tip-off with a moment of silence.  The famous lyrics that were once voted as one of the top-25 college fight songs by an ESPN national poll in 2000:

Huskies, come on you Huskies
and make a score or two

Huskies, you're Northern Huskies
the team to pull us through

Forward, together forward
there's victory in view

Come on you Huskies, Fight on you
Huskies and win for N.I.U.

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