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THE MAROON "For a Greater Loyola ESTABLISHED 1923 VOL. 77 NO. 4 Loyola University New Orleans FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1998 Some students lose work-study positions By BRANDY MCKNIGHT Contributing writer Although the official numbers have not yet been turned in to the office of Admissions, processing and records specialist Therren Poplion confirmed that the amount of work study granted to students has substantially dropped again this year, continuing a decline that began roughly last fall. Yet Poplion said he could not attribute this drop in jobs to any specific factor. Several students have lost or were denied work study for the 1998-99 academic year. Work study provides a substantial amount of the financial aid to students, and, when it falls through, students are forced to look elsewhere to compensate the missing funds. For some, this could be the difference between attending Loyola and another university. The work-study program may reject a student for a number of reasons. As with any form of financial aid, certain criteria must be met to gain and maintain participation in the program, Poplion said. Failure to keep these regulations may result in job loss. Poplion said one major reason a person may lose work study is because he didn't complete all of the assigned hours the previous semester. Incompatibility is another factor in deciding work-study placement. A student who the administration feels cannot confidently complete a specific job may either resign or be dropped from the program, according to Poplion. "Each department has its own screening process to see if there's going to be a match between the student and job assignment," Poplion said. Many students said they would have to take out extra loans or get off-campus jobs if they did not receive work-study posts. "I would not have been able to come Solutions explored to end university parking problem By DANNY LAYNE Staff writer Driving to school and arriving for class on time has become a rare art for students. Every morning, hundreds of cars with their little, colored parking stickers compete for a place to park. The limited number of parking spaces appears to be in high demand. According to Loyola Parking Services, 1,952 parking permits are registered. That number is relatively close to last year's 2,002. However, this new over-crowding problem occurring in both the Freret and West Road garages baffles some people on campus. Holly Majoria, drama and communications freshman, said she allows 20 minutes to find a parking space for the day, and sometimes she doesn't get a spot at all. "It is ridiculous," Majoria said. "It's too expensive to live here and so you pay the money to commute, but then the permit becomes completely useless because you still can't park." Ray Garofalo, director of Express Card and parking services, said he believes part of the problem may be that too many students and faculty members want to park in the West Road Garage rather than the Freret garage. With classes scheduled close together, and an influx of students registered for classes during the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., both garages fill up quickly. "It's the same on a lot of campuses. I'm not trying to use that as an excuse, Students cope with pregnancy options By SARAH SPARKS Online Editor Forget condoms. Forget the Pill. Forget Norplant, intrauterine devices and the herbal remedy your best friend swore would be all the protection you would need. What happens when you find yourself staring at a plus sign, wondering what to do next? It is a question college students face nationwide. While pregnancy during college doesn't necessarily hold the same stigma as the much-debated teen pregnancies of high school, it can still drastically affect a student's physical and mental health, academic and social life, friendships and romantic relationships, according to Cecilia Sun, counselor for the Counseling, Career Development and Placement Center. "How they (new parents) react all depends on how prepared they were for pregnancy and how nurturing their own parents were," Sun said. Getting the news Melissa Ochoa, biology senior, was a sophomore when her then-boyfriend Luis Ochoa urged her to go to Student Health for a pregnancy test after bouts of extreme hunger and weariness. Convinced she had simply been pushing herself too hard, Melissa denied her condition to Luis, her mother and even the nurse who administered the test: "Oh, it's a negative," she recalled saying. "No, it's not — it's a positive," the nurse answered. "No, I don't see anything!" And the nurse: "It's very positive." "Looking back, I know it was positive, but at the time I just couldn't see it," Melissa said. The nurse had to run another test, which also returned positive, before Melissa finally believed her — and burst into tears. That is the point at which people like Sun step into the picture. "Our panicked clients tend to be those who have just found out," Sun said. "Initially, they need a support system and help in making a plan." In the days immediately following news of a pregnancy. Sun said both father and mother can be swamped with feelings of doubt and guilt about their ability to raise a child. "I didn't know anything about kids," Melissa said. "I never baby-sat. 1 never cared about kids until [the pregnancy]." For the mother, the intense physiological changes can account for many of the extreme emotions pregnant women confront. Sun said. They face a change in body image and an accompanying change in sexuality. They may feel nauseous, ravenously hungry — or both at the same time. "It's a (menstrual) period to the Nth degree," Sun said. "It exacerbates the emotional concerns already there." While the father may not feel physical changes, he deals with equally important problems, especially in supporting his partner emotionally and financially, Sun said. "He (father) may not know if he wants to be with her, but that brings feelings of guilt," Sun said. "The notion of responsibility, being a provider, can be very STAFF PHOTO BY SARAH BARNETT Luisito Ochoa curls up with his blanket in his bedroom as his father sits with him during a two-minute 'lime out." New chemistry labs open for student use after extensive facility renovation and design By JIM GUNTER Contributing writer ■After months of renovations, the new chemistry labs are up and running with new equipment for student use. "It's a whole new way of doing business for us," said Kurt Birdwhistell, chemistry professor and department chairman, regarding the phase-one renovations in Monroe Hall's first floor chemistry labs. The labs are in full service after being completed last spring and put into partial use during the second summer session. They are more spacious than the old labs and feature newer, safer equipment for student use, Birdwhistell said. Marcus Welien, biology/pre-med junior, said he welcomed the updated facilities. "The chem labs before were more than a little archaic," Welien said. Birdwhistell said he was largely responsible for the facility renovation. "The labs were in disrepair in a lot of ways ... We needed to upgrade the position of science in the university," he said. The first trip to the Provost's office to request university funding for the project came in fall 1995, long before the final plans had been drawn up. Although the university Capital Campaign contributed $500,000 to covering the cost, private grants largely paid the bill for the renovations. The largest were $500,000 and $300,000 coming from the Keck Foundation and Shell Corporation, respectively. The labs were designed by Wilson Architects Associates, with design contributions also coming from Birdwhistell and other chemistry faculty members. The most visible differences are the large windows and bright walls facing the center hall and porch of Monroe, which contrast with the light brick and concrete architecture predominant in the building. "The glass, where you can see in ... that was entirely Kurt's (Birdwhistell) idea," Lynn Koplitz, associate chemistry professor, said. "It feels so light and comfortable .. it's just so much nicer." See JOBS, Pg.4 See PARKING, Pg 3 See PREGNANCY, Pg. 4 See LABS, Pg. 3 W Parking problems on | Women's volleyball Diners provide solace campus spark discussion. wins three in a row. for insomniacs.
|Masthead||The Maroon Vol. 77 No. 4|
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