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Sanders Says Mental Health Care is a Must

19 Apr

by Victor Johnson

Recently there have been many political discussions to determine what should be considered a probable cause to receive health care in the United States. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, took the opportunity to voice his opinion on the situation at the Democratic presidential town hall event held in Des Moines, Iowa this past Monday.

When asked to share his stance on make it easier to gain access to mental health care clinics for the mentally unstable by Senior Application Analyst Carrie Crawford, Senator Sanders stated, “Mental health should be treated as a part of health care, and should be available to all people”.

For years mental health issues and physical health issues have not been viewed as equals. Insurance companies tend to place restrictions on how long patients can be admitted to the hospital and receive therapy sessions under their insurance.

“Congress over the years has tried to rectify this problem by establishing mental health “parity”, and when those efforts succeeded, they usually had bipartisan support”, according Senior National Correspondent, Jonathan Cohn, from The Huffington Post.

Senator Sanders, along with current Secretary of State and Democratic opponent in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton, are both hopeful that the recent mass shootings which have plagued the United States will shine light on the need for easier access to mental health care clinics for citizens.

Getting guns out of the hands of people who carry them illegally, or those who don’t have the mental stability to be in possession of a firearm is something Senator Sanders feels very strongly about. The Vermont senator believes that this along with making mental health coverage available to all citizens are both major contributing factors in stopping suicides and homicides in the United States.

The intentions Senator Sanders has for mental health care patients would indeed make a difference in the lives of many who suffer from mental health disorders and are unable to receive help due to financial hardships.

Senator Sanders has not quite elaborated on what direction he will take in regards to making mental health available to everyone, perhaps the presidential hopeful will touch more on the subject in this year’s upcoming Presidential Debates.

Coffee Benefits

8 Mar

By: Elana Garay

Coffee adds in other benefits besides bring in energy for the mornings. Certain research has been conducted to determine health benefits from coffee. Coffee is claimed to protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease,liver cancer, and benefits for the heart on the website of medical news today.

“In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s, according to a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) that was published in the journal Neurology… Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. In addition, some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%… Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure”, stated from the website of medical news today.

Other health benefits such as energy, improve physical performance, provide nutrients, and are provided from the caffeine within the coffee, “Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function… Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from the fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance… Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.” stated from the website of authority nutrients. Overall, the cup of coffee you drink in the mornings adds into your health.

Campus Ministry Returns to Bolivia

14 Oct

by Tim Ziman



Within the past few weeks, Benedictine’s campus ministry has been trying to recruit students to attend their yearly service trip to Bolivia. The campus ministry has set up tables in the atrium of Kindlon in order to sign up and provide information to interested students.
Each year the University Ministry aims to reach out to the world and immerse students in service missions, not just locally but also abroad. Over the last few years the Campus Ministry has aided countries such as Bolivia and the Philippines in this way.
Service immersion is a unique way for students to not just explore another country but to do it without the ‘artificial’ approach of mainstream tourism. The program is designed to take students out of their comfort zone and into a real community that is suffering from severe poverty, such as in Sucre, Bolivia.
The program is not directly hosted by Benedictine University, but each year students from Benedictine participate.
“We assist the Diocese of Joliet in their service mission,” said Carrie Roberts, Pastoral Associate for Outreach.
On arrival in Bolivia, students typically spend a night in a hotel before heading to the village, but before they even leave for the trip, preparations begin months in advance and culminate in a special mass with the Diocese.
When students arrive at the village they are actively engaged in performing a number of service missions, such as: Working in the San Atonio Soup Kitchen preparing meals for the Sucre community, working with young children at the TataJuan Daycare center and San Martin Orphanage as well as the Alto Daycare center.
“The Bolivians love playing soccer and we nearly always lose, but we play it a lot,” said Roberts.
The goal of the service immersion is to make the students feel they are actually a part of the community itself, and so students stay in the community in a dormitory set up by the diocese. They typically have long days of hard work performing all manner of duties, whether it is helping to construct a house or helping young children learn how to read and write, as well as playing soccer.
“Students generally make new friends and the community that we help loves them for that,” Roberts said; “our focus is on serving, and that we all have dinner together as well as having a special mass.”
Overall, the trip is expensive but what students get out of the trip itself is worth much more than the financial cost behind it. Students who have attended the trip in the past, returned to the United States with many fond memories.
“My most memorable part of going to Bolivia was probably seeing all the kids and how much love we can give them, but how much love they give us back,” said senior Ania Bosek.
There are of course safety measures that have been taken into consideration by the Diocese, and the trip is not only safe but highly rewarding for two weeks during a university vacation.
As preparations for the next Bolivia Trip are in the works, interested students can contact Carrie Roberts for more information at or stop by the University Ministry.

Red Cross Hosts Bone Marrow Drive

1 Oct

by Elizabeth Welz



Benedictine’s Red Cross, in collaboration with the Be the Match foundation, hosted a bone marrow donor event on September 23 and 24. Each day, between the times of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the American Red Ross Chapter of Benedictine recruited students, faculty and staff between the ages of 18 to 44 to donate bone marrow to people in need.

“The bone marrow event was important because there are many people who need bone marrow transplants but have yet to find a compatible donor,” said junior Juana Alvarado. “Having more people donate bone marrow could help save lives of many.”

The two day tabling event was set up in order to find individuals who were interested in joining the bone marrow registry.

“Over the course of the two day tabling event, we had approximately 42 new donors added to the bone marrow donation registry through Be the Match,” said sophomore Joe Ranvestal, Public Relations Officer of



American Red Cross Chapter of Benedictine. “These donors will not need to renew their donor status so long as they remain eligible, and can have a lifesaving impact with ease.”

The volunteers interested in signing up for the bone marrow registry filled out their basic information, along with, a cheek swap sample. After the registration, the donors are then put on the registry where they wait till they are found to be a match. Once the donors are a match, they are contacted, informed they are a match and are asked to donate.

“The bone marrow event was a way for our students to sign up and donate bone marrow to those who need it. This event was purely voluntary, and I’d say it was successful,” said sophomore Aditya Kapoor.

According to the Be the Match foundation website, every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer like leukemia. For many of those  people, the only chance for a cure is by a bone marrow transplant. However, 70% of those in need of a donor will not have a match in their family.

“For a wide variety of diseases, bone marrow transplants are the only resource we have as a cure. While the process is pretty simple to perform, there are few people on the registry who are found to actually be matches for those in need,” said Ranvestal. “The more people we have on the registry, the more likely someone with a lethal disease can be cured.”


Candor closes for summer

7 May

The Candor will close for summer. We will begin publishing again in late-August 2013.

Dreams of Chicagowood

6 Nov

My mom forwarded me an article from today that made both the little boy and the future old man in me smile.

The old Ryerson Steel property (located between Ogden and Western in the Loop) was just purchased by the film company Cinespace in order to transform the property into the largest sound studio in the Chicagoland area.

Besides the obvious fact that it will be AMAZ – wait for it – ING to have a Hollywood-esque film studio in Chicago, I already feel connected to the property on a personal level.

Both my dad and my grandma have worked for Ryerson Steel almost all of their lives – my dad still is employed by Ryerson but now works in St. Louis and my grandma worked there for over 20 years. I have been to the Ryerson’s Chicago campus numerous times, and I can tell you first hand it is massive.

The article also mentions that Cinespace is wasting no time, and production in turning one of the six warehouses into a sound stage is starting immediately and should be complete in 60 days.

Chicago already made news when “Batman: The Dark Knight” was filmed on the streets of the city, and now that a 50-acre movie studio will be within driving distance of the Windy City, I can only imaging a boom in Chicago filming interest.

I’m still kind of in shock and awe from this news, but I can’t tell you how happy I am. I’m sure more reports will be coming, especially when the first movie to be shot using the studio comes around. I still can’t help but think that this is great news for the city of Chicago, especially after the disappointment that the 2016 Olympic bid was.

Get ready for the spotlight!

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GPA doesn’t count in the ‘Real World’?

2 Nov

So, I have been toying with the idea of staying in school so I don’t have to venture out to the great unknown of the real world.  The past couple of weeks or so, it seemed clear to me to go to grad school in Chicago or travel out to the north east  to find a journalism school and be a journalist.  But this afternoon changed all that.

While in Austin, Texas, I attended a conference meeting that practically changed what and where I wanted to do with my life.  The meeting was full of students just like me that had questions and were ambitious to the world of journalism.  Yet, were equally terrified about the future.  As I sat there I noticed the look of terror on some faces when the panel spoke about what not to do right now.  Pretty much, if a student has an undergraduate degree in just journalism, it is that much harder to get a job.  Many employers are not looking for that.  They spoke about the importance of learning design programs, past and present, and not just sticking with writing.  I sat there thinking (for the first time ever) that Benedictine has actually prepared me for my major.

I am marketable to the “Media Professional” career path that I want to dip into.  I have experience in writing, editing, designing and literature.  Being a writing and publishing major allows me to try all sorts of things.  They did advise a masters track eventually, but as of right now make that something that will set you apart from the rest.  While here I have had an opportunity to really focus on what I want to do with my occupation.

As much as I thought that I was behind with my future, I have found myself actually ahead in my aspirations.