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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 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...

Migrants should receive vaccines

By Alicia LaRouech | September 2, 2019

Denying people access to vaccinations is insensitive and unjustifiable, as well as dangerous.Migrant children detained at the border will not be receiving vaccinations, according to an August 2019 statement from Customs and Border Protection.During the...

Vaccines should be mandatory

By Ashley Hines | February 6, 2019

Choosing not to vaccinate a child has deadly consequences for the family making the decision and the population. With recent preventable outbreaks, it is imperative to public safety for the U.S. to make vaccinations mandatory for all individuals.In 2018,...

Influenza vaccine is now available

By Jessi Haish | January 15, 2013

The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine is available at NIU Health Services. No appointment is necessary; flu shots are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shots cost $23. Health Services is located on the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Wirtz Drive....

Why flu shots may not be worth the risk

Why flu shots may not be worth the risk

By Kathryn Minniti | January 25, 2011

At the start of the "flu season," everyone starts to rush off to receive their flu shots. However, when going through the positive and negative effects experienced by those who choose to get the flu shot, it is hard to believe that they are actually worth...

Vaccines prove progress is making religion outdated

By Letter Writer | October 12, 2010

I was intrigued by Kathryn Minniti's article "Practicing Your Religion is a Right Until it Imposes on Another's Rights." To set the bar, I'm an atheist and here's my assertion: Anyone who identifies themselves as Christian, who also agrees with Kathryn's...