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The booster clinic will be held at the NIU Convocation Center.

COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic to be held at the NIU Convocation Center

By Eddie Drinkwine | September 29, 2022

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department will host a COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday at the NIU Convocation Center. Those who would like to receive a booster vaccine must wait the appropriate amount of time before...

As a snowstorm ripped across the Midwest last week, many universities, including NIU, let professors decide whether or not their classes would be held online.

Online classes are a great alternative for snow days

By Parker Otto | February 7, 2022
Using online classes to eliminate snow days is a worthwhile endeavor.
A performance by Neil Young on October 8, 2016

from the music festival Desert Trip, held at the Empire Polo Club.

OPINION: Neil Young is justified in removing his music from Spotify

By Ally Formeller | February 3, 2022
Neil Young is justified in taking a stand against Spotify for continuing to endorse and host content with unverified information about COVID-19.  
A photograph of a variety of masks intended for use against COVID-19.

NIU gives out N95, KN95 masks

By Elisa Reamer | January 25, 2022

DeKALB — NIU has free N95 and KN95 masks available for all faculty, staff and students to protect the health of those on campus.  The free masks are available at all residence hall front desks, the welcome desk on the lower level of the Holmes Student...

A photograph of a variety of masks intended for use against COVID-19.

Coping with COVID-19 on campus

By Quade Evans, Opinion Columnist | January 25, 2022

The COVID-19 outbreak shut down a lot of things, from essential services to social venues. The campus was hit particularly hard by the lack of campus activities. While NIU is returning to in-person classes this week, things are still far from normal....

A clinician uses a syringe to inject a  COVD-19 vaccine into a patient.

93% students, faculty vaccinated

By Elisa Reamer | January 20, 2022

DeKALB — Students and staff were required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or file an exemption for medical or religious purposes before Jan. 7. Students who did not submit a picture of their vaccine card were dropped from their in-person classes for...

Opinion Editor, Summer Fitzgerald, is stressed out looking at her computer screen.

COVID-19 impacts students’ mental and physical health

By Ally Formeller | January 19, 2022

DeKALB —The COVID-19 pandemic has created many obstacles for students, including mental and physical health challenges.  The consequences of the pandemic, including isolation, job loss and the closure of universities have contributed to anxiety...

A mask is taped to NIUs Olive Goyle statue next to Altgeld Hall June 3.

NIU students, faculty react to starting the semester online

By Elisa Reamer, Brionna Belcher, and Wes Sanderson | January 10, 2022

DeKALB— NIU students and faculty were given news that, while expected, might not have been the most encouraging to hear. Online learning will be returning for all courses Jan. 18-25.  As of the week of Jan. 4, the positivity rate is at 13% and the...