The Columbia Chronicle

College credit system needs revision

April 28, 2014

From 2013–2014, full-time Columbia students coughed up $22,132 for tuition, a number that will increase to $22,884 in the next academic year. Students are looking to maximize the value of their education, but each semester, many full-time students are charged for credits they do not use— an extra $668 many can’t afford to waste.All full-time Columbia students are billed a uniform price for 12 to 16 credit hours. Any stud...

Mental health closings displace patients

By Managing Editor

November 19, 2012

An estimated 484 mental health patients have gone missing since the city consolidated 12 publicly funded mental health clinics into six facilities in April, according to a recent report.The report, published Oct. 24 by AFSCME Council 31, the union representing the city’s mental health employees, shows that 5,337 patients were being treated by the city-operated clinics before the closings. By July, the Chicago Department ...

Soda got popped

By Nader Ihmoud

November 7, 2011

Teenagers beware—drinking too many non-diet soft drinks may spark violent behavior.A study published on Oct. 24 in the journal “Injury Prevention”—titled “The ‘Twinkie Defense’: The relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students”—suggests that adolescents who drink more than five cans of non-diet soft drinks per week are more likely to carry a weapon...

GPA changes affect college

By Amanda Murphy

May 9, 2011

In compliance with new federal regulations, Columbia is raising its academic standards by enforcing new grade requirements for undergraduate students for the fall 2011 semester. The change has the potential to negatively affect the college’s retention rates.Columbia recently made an alteration to its guidelines for academic standing requirements, resulting in a one-semester deadline for students to raise their grade point avera...

Ministry brings service to streets

By Darryl Holliday

October 5, 2010

A small crowd gathered at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Hazel Street before the bus pulled in. Some talked among themselves while others waited quietly and expectantly for The Night Ministry to arrive.The ministry’s health outreach mobile is more of a large camping trailer similar to the size of a tour bus. The inside is fitted with seats and compartment-like stations one might expect at a hospital. The medical room is stocked with supplies...

Assistance offered to pregnant women

By Margaret Lang

March 29, 2010

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services, there were 1.7 million pregnant women between the ages of 20 and 24 in 2007. Out of the total number of pregnancies, there  were 1.08 million births, 407,190 abortions andan estimated 256, 810 miscarriages.Different organizations around Chicago are creating awareness and programs devoted to helping pregnant women.Chicago Birthright has been around for more than 30 years. It stemmed from a group that originated in Canada.  The organization, which see...

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