WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009 WWW.NORTHERNSTAR.INFO INDEPENDENCE BOWL SPENDING SPECIAL INVESTIGATION by Ben Gross “You can’t explain it with the bottom line. It’s an investment. If you want to compete at this level, you have to be willing to invest.” Jeff Compher NIU director of athletics Independence Bowl goes $154,125 over budget When NIU accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl on Dec. 7, 2008, it propelled the Huskies into their third bowl game in the past five seasons. But while the team was focused on winning its postseason opportunity, officials such as Eddie Williams, executive vice president and chief of operations for Finance and Facilities at NIU, were focused on keeping a balanced budget. While the goal on the field is for the Huskies to win, the goal for the university in a low-payout bowl is to break even, Williams said. Although NIU procured a $750,000 payout from the Independence Bowl, because of expenses acquired from the required ticket allotment, travel, lodging and other expenditures, the university found itself $154,125 over budget. Story continuation on PAGE 02 Expenditure sheet on PAGE 03 What’s inside Classifieds 11 Comics 07 Crossword 07 Flavor 12 FYI 04 VOLUME 109, ISSUE 138 News 04, 05, 08, 09 Police blotters 04 Sports 14-15 Sudoku 07 Auto 13 Weather Find us online TODAY » Cloudy, with light showers at night High: 60º Low: 54º Follow us on THURSDAY » Rain/thunderstorms High: 60º Low: 54º View our constantly updated Web site NORTHERNSTAR.INFO www.weather.com @NIUNorthernStar.