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This week, we thought we’d take a break from agenda-setting, paradigm-shifting, and platform-showcasing in order to highlight some things that aren’t immediately relevant to our agenda, but will be beneficial for you to know: flu shots, CAPS, and The New York Times.

The flu season is coming, and at Carnegie Mellon it can hit you particularly hard. We’re approaching the busier parts of the semester — you’ll have more exams, term papers, projects, studio assignments, and recitals than you feel like you can handle. The last thing you’ll want is the flu. The flu can leave you bed-ridden, body-aching, feverish, and nauseous for days on end. It kills productivity, and in an environment like a college campus it spreads extremely quickly. While the flu isn’t completely preventable, you can take steps to protect yourself by getting a flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine will help your body defend itself throughout the flu season. It’s not a fool-proof safeguard against illness, but it’s one of the most effective measures you can take.

Flu shots will be offered over the next few weeks at Health Services, Giant Eagle, CVS, Rite Aid, and UPMC Allergy Centers. Most clinics don’t require appointments. For more information, visit

Just as your physical health will come under attack this semester, your mental and emotional health might suffer too. You can be proactive in defending your mental and emotional well-being. Best of all, it’s free. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers completely confidential counseling and support services to students throughout the year. CAPS counselors can help you with academic, family, friend, romantic, or any other type of personal concerns. CAPS counselors exist solely to support students, so take advantage of this free resource. CAPS is located on the second level of Morewood E Tower and its number is (412) 268-2922. For more information, visit

Carnegie Mellon participates in the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program. Through this program, students are not just offered free newspapers, but access to other valuable features, like the premium content on the New York Times website. Starting this week, promo cards are available for free from the UC Info Desk. Each card contains a password that will provide you with access to all premium content on the Times website until December 2007. Any undergraduate student can pick up a card. The UC Info Desk is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.