We can’t afford food, much less medical copays on campus, college students say at protest

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Rowan University students held a protest Friday over planned changes in their campus-provided healthcare.

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“Save Lives Not Money.”

That was one of the messages from students frustrated with looming changes in the way they receive campus-provided healthcare at Rowan University and what they’ll be required to pay for it.

A group of about 30 students gathered on the sidewalk around noon Friday outside Winans Hall, the home of the campus Wellness Center. Effective Aug. 1 Rowan will charge insurance companies for campus-provided healthcare and require student copays and students say it will have wide-sweeping impact on them.

On Friday as a stiff, cool breeze cut through the area students stood carrying signs outside the center on Route 322 at the Glassboro campus. The students did not block the entrance to the center which also contains classrooms.

Some drivers passing the protest honked horns in a show of support.

“We are standing out here because … the Rowan administration wants to charge for all services at the Wellness Center. It’s not okay. We can barely afford to eat. We can’t afford copays,” said student Jeraca Marsh. “We are going to be part of 3 percent of the (nation’s colleges) that charges copays for Wellness Center services on campus and that is not okay.”

Signs made for the protest included: “Go On Social Media to Protest Mental Health at Rowan #RUOKAY, ” “20 percent of Wellness Center Counsellors Don’t Have Office Space #RUOkay,” “Make Mental Health a Priority #RUOkay,” “I Can’t Go to Class If I’m Needing Counseling” and “1,500 Students Per Mental Health Counselor.”

“They did not realize the impact this would cause when they created this policy,” said student Hanna Dietrich who was one of the protesters. “It was something they didn’t talk to students about and it’s something they really didn’t talk to anyone on campus about. I’m a little angry.”

Along with the new insurance rules, the university also announced early this month the Wellness Center would affiliate with Rowan Medicine, the university’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rowan says the new procedures are designed to improve access to care without tuition increases.

A student carries a protest sign outside of the Wellness Center at Rowan University in Glassboro Friday. Students are upset with planned charges for on-campus healthcare. (Chris Franklin | For NJ.Com).

But the changes, announced by university president Dr. Ali Houshmand last month, raised student concerns over costs — and privacy.

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Police searching for ‘precious’ gold chalice swiped from church’s safe


The crime was caught on camera. The item is priceless for its priest owner

Some things are more precious than gold, even when they’re made of gold.

On April 13, a thief swiped a gold chalice from the safe inside St. Hedwig Catholic Church in North Trenton. It belonged to pastor, Fr. Jacek Labinski, a gift when he was ordained in the 1980s.

“It’s the most precious item for a priest, because that is what you celebrate Mass with,” Labinski said, describing the personal importance of the cup.

Fr. Jacek Labinski with the gold chalice that was stolen, in the left of this photo he provided.

The church was burglarized around 6 a.m. A man broke in by cutting a hole into the back door and reached up to undo the lock from the inside.

After getting inside, he went to the basement where he found a pipe, which he used to break open another door in the church and the safe where the chalice was kept.

Security camera footage inside and outside the church captured the burglar’s actions, as he took the chalice – and cash from the church’s collection box for the poor.

Labinski said he’s glad that the damage to the church was only to access points, and the intruder was not a vandal who wanted to destroy church property.

But the chalice is special. It was a gift 32 years ago from a pair of parishioners from Freehold, and it was the first one he owned after being ordained in May 1985.

He used the piece in Mass almost every day, and since it’s been taken he’s been using others that belong to the church.

One St. Hedwig’s parishioner posted on Facebook that Labinski was brought to tears at a Mass last weekend, describing the theft.

Labinski hopes that the police will be able to find the missing item, or that someone will recognize the burglar from surveillance photos.

After the break-in, St. Hedwig’s is installing another security system in order to add another layer of protection to the building. Labinski said this is the first time the church has been broken into in his 14 years with the parish.

Trenton police detectives have been investigating the incident but so far have no leads, Detective Lt. Darren Zappley said Friday.

The police have been monitoring pawn shops within and outside city limits, as well as scrap yards in hoping to recover the chalice, he said.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News