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University campus struggles to meet growing demand for mental health services

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeing more demand for mental health services but is struggling to meet that demand.

More of the university’s students are on psychiatric medication and more students are diagnosed with severe issues such as depression and anxiety than in years past.

For most college campuses across the nation, this is now considered “the norm” rather than atypical, Carla McCowan, director of the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign said.

Cowan said that years ago counselors dealt with students saying they had problems with roommates or were homesick or having trouble in classes.“

Darrell Hoemann/Carla McCowan, director of the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses student mental health in her office Friday, Feb. 3 at Espresso Royale near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Counseling and psychiatric services at Midwest universities are straining under the increased demand from students who are entering schools with more serious illnesses than seen before.

Rising tuitions hurt middle class students most at University of Illinois

By Christen Grumstrup/For CU-CitizenAccess -- As tuition rises at the University of Illinois, the middle class student is facing the most financial pressure, say financial aid officials and students.

Sandy Street, the director of the University Office for Planning and Budgeting for all three university campuses, says that the middle class is most affected by tuition cost because they are the ones that “don’t get the state aid.”


Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess/Main library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaing Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.

University president opens up scholarship to undocumented students

By Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media/University of Illinois President Michael Hogan says he has set up a scholarship fund that is available to students who are U.S. citizens and undocumented immigrants.

Students who are not living in this country lawfully have been ineligible for scholarships in Illinois, but that changed this month after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation known as the Illinois Dream Act. The measure opens up privately funded college scholarships to illegal immigrants.

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media/University of Illinois President Michael Hogan speaks at the Illini Union in Champaign in February 2011. Hogan recently opened up a scholarship to include undocumented students.

University group lands top prize to build community garden

CHAMPAIGN -- A group of University of Illinois students has earned a top prize from accounting firm Ernst & Young for their idea to build a community garden in Champaign.

The team of seven students has proposed to build a garden in Douglass Park near Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The students envision residents renting space there to grow food and the school using the garden for hands-on learning projects.

For the 2010 campus competition, called “Your World, Your Vision,” Ernst & Young invited university students from across the U.S.

Darrell Hoemann/The News Gazette/ Five of the seven members of UI student case competition team whose success means they will help build a garden for the neighborhood on the northwest corner of Douglass Park in Champaign on Monday, April 5, 2010. Left to right (rear) Diana Rechenmacher, Steven Heiss and Erin Harper. Front, Jonathan Weisman, Victoria Ngo-Lam.

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