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EDITORIAL: Students deserve more testing and treatment

EDITORIAL: Students deserve more testing and treatment

March 15, 2019

People ages 15–24 are at a much higher risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections than older adults and acquire half of all new STIs, according to the Center for Disease Control. Testing, diagno...

Free STI/HIV testing offered at student Health Center

Free STI/HIV testing offered at student Health Center

March 8, 2019

One in two sexually-active individuals will contract a Sexually Transmitted Infection by age 25, according to the American Sexual Health Association. To help combat this, the student Health Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court,...

Budget cuts: When does it end and where is the line?

By Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2015

When Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council approved an ordinance last December to progressively raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2019, it seemed like a historic move toward providing a living wage. But what Emanuel and the aldermen seemed to have misjudged is whether all institutions—particularly centers of higher education that employ more than a thousand student workers, such as Columbia—would be willing to fork ov...

Group therapy brings students more support

Group therapy brings students more support

February 16, 2015

Plymouth Court’s Fitness Studio hosts a wide range of athletic activities during the week, but the room takes a break for an hour each afternoon, becoming a haven for students seeking support.Counselin...

University vending machine dispenses Plan B

By Emily Fasold

February 21, 2012

Waiting in line to purchase the “morning after pill” at pharmacies and Planned Parenthood locations is an activity that has traditionally been shrouded in shame and embarrassment for some college students. But thanks to a new Plan B vending machine at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, the ordeal has become more discrete.The machine, which dispenses the pill for $25, was installed after a student survey revealed overwhelming support for the idea. Eighty-five percent of students said it would be beneficial, according to Peter Gigliotti, Shippenburg’s executive director for communications and marketing.Despite student support, the machine has sparked a national debate about how accessible emergency contraception should be on campuses.“Many are concerned that the vending machine makes Plan B available without what they consider to be necessary sharing of information prior to purchase,” said Shippensburg President Bill Ruud in a statement last week. “But our students have the opportunity to discuss [the pill] with our dedicated medical staff.”The vending machine is located in a private room of the university’s Student Health Center. Students must sign in at a check-in desk prior to entry. The room is only accessible to students older than 17, the legal age to purchase the pill without a prescription, Ruud said.Compared to the rest of the nation and even Columbia, Shippensburg, which has approximately 8,300 students, has liberal contraceptive policies.Columbia’s Student Health Center currently offers both male and female condoms to students but does not plan to provide Plan B or any hormonal contraceptives in the future, said Beverly Anderson, assistant dean of Columbia’s Student Health and Support.Anderson declined to comment on why Columbia does not offer Plan B to students, but Columbia students have varied opinions about the vending machines.The idea of a Plan B vending machine does not sit well with Kit Caogas, 20, a junior art and design major at Columbia. She does not believe that the pill belongs next to soda and chips in Columbia’s vending machines.“I don’t think that it’s a good idea because the pill can’t be regulated in a vending machine as well as it can at pharmacies and health clinics,” Caogas said. “The pill has strong hormones and can cause bad side effects, so I don’t think it should be dispensed so liberally.”On the contrary, Jay Babii, 20, a sophmore radio major, thinks that the vending machine would be a positive addition to the school.“I think its a wonderful idea,” Babii said. “Young women should have easy access to emergency contraception.”According to the Planned Parenthood website, Plan B can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected sex, but it will not work on women who are already pregnant. The pill works by temporarily preventing a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs into the uterus.The Food and Drug Administration has determined the pill to be safe for women older than 17, although cramping, light bleeding and other mild side effects have been reported.Because of controversy surrounding the vending machine, Shippensburg has invited FDA officials to review its dispensing practices later this month.“The question about the dispensing method is a valid one, and we will evaluate it through further campus discussions," Ruud said. "We appreciate all the comments, concerns, and even the criticisms as we do our best for our students."

Security for transit

By Vanessa Morton

November 29, 2011

In an effort to create a more efficient and safe rail system, the Chicago Transit Authority recently unveiled its newly installed security cameras at various train stations across the city.CTA President Forrest Claypool joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and other city officials on Nov. 21 to announce that the installation of 1,735 new state-of-the-art security cameras at 78 C...

‘Let’s Talk’ about new campus counseling

By Katy Nielsen

September 13, 2010

Columbia is the 11th school to offer the “Let’s Talk” program, an initiative giving graduate and undergraduate students access to immediate problem-solving, drop-in services on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.“Let’s Talk” functions as a bridge between formal therapy and informal conversations with therapists. The program is geared toward students who do not normally seek counseling services, according to Jackie Sowi...

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