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Endometriosis Month: getting public about women’s privates

Endometriosis Month: getting public about women’s privates

By Yasmeen Sheikah, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2019

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and people around Chicago and the world are working to inform others about this chronic condition. Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrial tissue is found o...

Senior Vice President and Provost candidate Lourdes María Alvarez addressed members of the Columbia College Chicago community Feb. 7 at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Difference in candidates could mean easier provost selection

March 1, 2019

President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim's provost selection, which will likely be announced in March, will mark a distinct path for the future of Columbia and its leadership.Kim said the differences between the t...

Roe v. Wade v. Trump

Roe v. Wade v. Trump

February 27, 2017

She burst into tears and listened to Beyoncé’s Lemonade to build up her spirits. She was being compared to serial killers like Charles Manson and Ted Bundy. But women’s activist Whitney Shields d...

Emanuel: ‘Chicago is back on solid ground’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed to the city’s lower budget shortfall after increasing taxes and fees during his budget address Oct. 11 City Council speech.

By Metro Reporter

October 17, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the need for a balanced city budget by cutting costs, while replenishing Chicago Police Department forces, summer jobs programs and investing in the city’s youth at the same ...

Female genital mutilation illegal, but not eliminated

Children are not to blame  in child marriages

By Managing Editor

September 19, 2016

The U.K.’s failure to ever successfully prosecute a female genital mutilation case in a country where thousands of women are known to have undergone the procedure was declared a national disgrace by Br...

Better birth control access should not be limited to the West Coast

By Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2016

While the rest of the nation battles to defund Planned Parenthood and limit the availability of reproductive health resources to women nationwide, California became the third state to allow women of all ages improved access to birth control without a prescription at participating pharmacies on April 8.Though the law was originally proposed in 2013, regulatory discussions slowed its progress, according to an April 8 Los Angele...

Improv Classic

January 24, 2014

Under The Gun Theater's Improv Classic at The Donny's Skybox Theater, 1608 N. Wells St., started Jan. 18 and runs until the March 1 finals. In this seven-week improv challenge, partners team up and perfo...

College responds to security malfunction

By Tyler Eagle

March 13, 2013

PANIC STRUCK THE campus March 5, causing students, faculty and staff to hide under desks, some sending out concerned tweets and texts to their loved ones, all because of a false alarm. At approximately 11:30 a.m., AlertWave, the college’s mass-notification system, malfunctioned and announced there was a violent intruder on campus instead of sending a weather advisory about the college closing at 3 p.m. because of a snows...

Birth control battle

By Emily Fasold

April 23, 2012

While the first wave of feminism in the early 20th century was aimed at gaining the right to vote, the current generation of American women has struggled to achieve full insurance coverage for pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception and other women’s health care issues. Up until now, that is.After fierce negotiation, President Barack Obama’s administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announ...

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."

Study links birth control shot to memory loss

By Emily Fasold

January 30, 2012

Many women find the birth control shot Depo-Provera appealing because they don’t have to remember to take a pill every day. But ironically, recent research from Arizona State University suggests that it may contribute to memory loss down the line.The researchers who conducted the study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, injected rats with Depo-Provera and studied their cognition and behavior during the course of tw...

Comparing women’s health services: College campuses around Chicago offer varying degrees of health services to women

By Lindsey Woods

December 12, 2011

Students looking at colleges generally consider lengthy lists of criteria they want their prospective school to have, including how well schools accommodate their students. One criterion that may be hard to find is what kind of medical care students have access to and how much that care costs. For women in particular, this may include annual gynecological exams, pregnancy testing and access to birth control and emergency c...

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