Miracles

Everyday Vitalism
Miracles
Rebecca Koch, Director Of Service Initiatives

What’s the difference between the parting of the Red Sea and childbirth? Well, both are examples of what we call miracles. However, the parting of the Red Sea was a real deal miracle, requiring direct intervention of the Supreme Being, contravening the laws of nature as we typically understand and observe them to work. As for the other kind of miracle as seen in natural yet wondrous phenomena such as childbirth or a spider’s web or the Grand Canyon, singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan may have summed it up best in a song, called “Ordinary Miracles.” In it, she perfectly describes the sort of heartrending beauty and perfection that we encounter all around us every day, if we’re paying attention, but more often take for granted.

The guiding philosophy of life and living, as espoused by Life University, recognizes, respects, honors and supports ordinary miracles. I cannot overstate my love for LIFE’s vitalistic philosophy which, as inscribed over the lovely pool in Lyceum Park, reads:

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This idea, that the universe itself is conscious and is expressing itself through us – human beings – who are still discovering and developing our own conscious expression, is wondrously mind-blowing. We are the walking, talking, thinking, developing, ordinary miracles that sprang from the real deal miracle that happened when God spoke – or the Big banged – or however you choose to characterize it. I’m not one of those people who has the conviction that what I believe about the manifestation of the divine through religion is right so I’m not in a position to preach any particular theology here. All I’m saying is this: If you can’t recognize supernatural involvement when it’s inescapable – such as in the creation of life, the Universe and everything, I can’t help you with that. And, in the event you feel it’s all an accident or that humankind is the ultimate point and manifestation of the Universe – well, as much as I’m working on being non-judgmental, I also can’t help but feel a little concerned you might be suffering from hubris.

Of course, you wouldn’t be alone in your hubris, a human characteristic of excessive pride in the face of the Divine, often depicted in Greek mythology and which usually led to the undoing of those who exhibited it. spiderwebLife University’s philosophy – and I, personally, believe we’re ahead of the curve in that we actually have one – essentially says the natural state of human beings is one of optimal performance – to be engaged in becoming all we can be with respect for the natural order. Our philosophy supports the idea that the more we act as though we’re part of nature, rather than above it, the healthier we will be. Our view of health requires we work from the premise that, with regard to common illnesses, our bodies know what they’re doing and that symptoms are not enemies that must be suppressed but adaptations that happen for good reason.

This means, within the realm of vital health, a cold becomes reason for celebration for a body that knows how to adapt to a common virus. For the vitalistic thinker in the realm of psychology, coaching becomes a better option for improving performance than psychotherapy because it assumes we, ourselves, are a more specific source of wisdom and growth than generalized theories or medications that mask the most effective, though painful, opportunities for adaptation.

In short, the key to vital health and well-being is the trust, if interferences to optimal health and functioning are removed; our bodies have the power to heal themselves. To believe otherwise leads us down the same path of condition management the established Big Medicine and Big Pharma industries are perpetuating. Without a vital philosophy to guide us, we’ll simply substitute “all natural” remedies for pharmaceutical ones – and miss out on fully expressing our potential as the ordinary miracles we are.

ICA Hosts Political Talk

ICA Hosts Political Talk
Clum Speaks at Life
Will Renfrow, DC Student

On December 5, 2013 Dr. Gerard “Gerry” Clum addressed a packed house of Life students in room C-127. Dr. Clum appeared on behalf of the International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA) to report on the political landscape of chiropractic organizations.

According to his personal website, Clum has served in the chiropractic profession for over forty years including teaching at Palmer College of Chiropractic, faculty at Life College of Chiropractic during its formation, and as the first president of Life College of Chiropractic West from 1981 to 2011. He is currently serving as Presidential Liaison for External Affairs, Healthcare Policy task force Director, and Executive Director of The Octagon at Life University. Dr. Clum has held positions with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the ICA, the World Federation of Chiropractic, and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Dr. Clum spoke for forty-five minutes explaining the atmosphere of chiropractic politics. His main message was a suggestion for students to leverage their time to create personal value that might increase their influence on the profession. Clum also emphasized how organizational and political leaders can afford the time and personal expense of being involved.

The doctor’s talk was followed with pizza and a question and answer session as well as an election for new student ICA officials. The question and answer period revealed student concern over ICA support of re-recognition for the CCE. An ICA media announcement published November 15, 2013 detailed the association’s intent to make their recommendation before the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Effectiveness (NACIQI) in December of 2013. Dr. Clum described the ICA’s action as a more direct and powerful approach to achieving any sort of change in CCE governance structure. He also cited CCE President Tom Benberg, Ed.D. as a likely catalyst for CCE governance reform. Other concerns were raised about the diminished role of the DaVinci Group of which Dr. Clum and ICA President Dr. Michael McLean were instrumental members. The DaVinci Group as described on their website is a “coalition of more than seventy organizations… The emphasis of the DaVinci Group is on bringing change to various bodies within the profession such as the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Another question was raised by students who were denied the ability to communicate via a Student ICA social media message board. Student ICA members were reportedly banned from the page after National ICA seized group administration authority. Dr. Clum responded by explaining his disdain for social media and inability to make any comments about the situation.

ICA1The election for student ICA officials took place immediately following and was open to all student members. Josh Gagric was elected as President, Zoe Pogrelis as Vice President, Catie Maylath as Secretary, and Laurel Beth McLean as treasurer.

As a follow-up, the ICA appeared before the CCE on January 11, 2014 where ICA President Dr. McLean delivered a statement including the following, “The core issue as ICA understands it, is that the current governance, particularly the manner of election of Councilors, is structured so as to perpetuate what I will take the liberty to call the “Liberal” wing of the profession. Previous governance structure allowed for representation that more closely mirrored the makeup of the professional mainstream. It may or may not be possible to return to that model, or a similar one, but until the governance is restructured to be representative of the mainstream, CCE is at risk.”

What’s Your Vision?

What’s Your Vision?
Student Life Force
Chelsea Durda, DC Student

What is your #lifevision? This question, posed by Dr. Gilles Lamarche at LifeVision in January, opened a new door in Chiropractic for both docs and students alike; we all have a chiropractic vision, why not share it?

I had the opportunity to stand up and share my LifeVision with the assembled group and was truly humbled by the experience. Three years ago, I would never have been able to speak in front of a gathering of that size without trembling. LIfeforce1000logoMy involvement with Student LIFEforce has given me the confidence and clarity to speak with authority in public. We have created an environment in which students are able to practice public speaking skills vital to successfully spreading the chiropractic story. We also help students to connect to the philosophy side of the chiropractic triangle and to think miles outside the box of back and neck pain and headaches. The vision of LIFEforce 1000 is to make chiropractic care and education available to every person around the planet. We cannot do this without 1) more chiropractors and 2) more leaders. If every chiropractor sent one student into school and that student opened a successful practice upon graduation, there would be an exponential increase in the number of people hearing the message of Innate potential of the human body to heal itself from above, down, inside, and out. We serve our people by releasing the subluxation through the adjustment and stepping back to watch the restoration of the connection between brain and body and the ability of Innate to self-regulate every cell, organ, and system in the body.

We all know chiropractic is a service profession, but how many hours a week do you spend actually serving? If you are in clinic, do you continue to see your patients after meeting your numbers for the quarter? Service is something students usually have to seek out independently, whether through the school such as at Orientation or Saturday of Service, charity fundraising with an outside organization, or in our case, with LIFEforce 1000. Lifevisionlogo2There are opportunities to volunteer for LifeVision, LIFEforce events, the enrollment department, field doctors, or Life Leadership Weekend. For me, the most beneficial and rewarding experiences with the club have been interacting with prospective students at Life Leadership Weekend. It is always so inspiring to hear the stories shared at the testimonial dinner, see the passion and fire of new students, and witness the transformations throughout the weekend. We have all been through a midterm or boards funk at one point or another, my cure is reading my notes from philosophy events I seek out, like Dynamic Essentials and recalling my Life Leadership and LifeVision experiences. It also helps to remember the “miracle stories” of the body doing what it is designed to do, as told by successful field doctors who are willing to share their experience and knowledge onstage at LifeVision and in personal conversations throughout LIFEforce weekend. As students, it is always beneficial to expand our network of connections with doctors who are in practice!

Since August of 2011 I have been involved with the formation, development, and leadership of the club along with former President and founder Andrea Smith and the invaluable members of our executive board, Amanda Rodriguez, Katie Kenny, and Cordie Williams. This is my last quarter as the President of Student LIFEforce and I must say, it is bittersweet, however I am thrilled to be able to pass the club into the hands of new leadership.

Are you prepared to be a chiropractic leader? Are you ready and willing to learn how? Join our tribe.

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Essential Oils 101

Essential Oils 101
Support Healing Naturally
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

Winter is here and this Arizona girl is freezing and waiting for the warm summer weather! Since I can’t change the environment, I like to arm myself with natural defenses against wintertime illnesses. My second favorite go-to natural treatments (after a chiropractic adjustment, of course) are essential oils.

essentialoil1Essential oils act as the immune system in a plant to keep it healthy and protect it from the environment. These oils protect humans in a similar fashion. Humans have been using essential oils for thousands of years for their medicinal and cosmetic properties.

Essential oils are a natural alternative to synthetic drugs. There are hundreds of different compounds of oils and each compound has a different medicinal benefit. Many pharmaceutical companies isolate and synthetically mimic the natural compounds. Often times, these synthetic chemicals may cause adverse side effects. According to the CDC.gov website, 100 people in the United States die every day from drug overdoses. This is completely unnecessary!

Essential oils assist the immune system in fighting viral, bacterial and fungal invasions. Bacteria reside on the outside of a cell and viruses on the inside. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are able to kill bacteria however they are unable to penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses. Essential oils are able to penetrate the cell membrane thus eliminating or inhibiting the growth of viruses and bacteria.

The very essence and healing from the plant is received via inhalation, ingestion or topical applications of the oils. When looking at essential oils under a microscope you will see the molecules are much smaller than common fatty oils. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the body and have the power to reach all areas of the body quickly. These small molecules can cross through tissues, cell membranes and the blood brain barrier.

Certain oils can be applied topically via skin or bath water application. The soles of your feet are very porous and absorbent. I often apply oils to the bottom of my feet then cover them with socks. Massaging the area that you plan on applying the oils increases the circulation to that area thus increasing the absorption of essential oils applied. Always test a small area of your skin before applying essential oils to larger areas. Even though oils are natural, some oils should not be used topically. Oregano is a hot oil and may heat the skin when you apply it. If you apply oil that burns, use a carrier oil to soothe the skin and reduce the heat. Examples of carrier oils are olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. Always use a carrier oil when using on babies, children and pets since their skin is much more sensitive.

Inhaling essential oils is known as aromatherapy. When inhaled, essential oils quickly affect the body. Inhaling substances can have immediate effects on your body. If you were to inhale chloroform, it would immediately cause negative and potentially deadly effects to your body. Likewise, inhaling healthy immune boosting essential oils causes positive effects. This brings the body and mind to a healthier state of being. Oils inhaled via the nose or mouth interacts quickly with the olfactory system. The airborne molecules inhaled are carried to the lungs and respiratory system thus rapidly affecting several parts of your body. The limbic system is directly connected to areas of the brain that control our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. For example, inhaling eucalyptus oils can help reduce a cough and peppermint can reduce a headache. Plus they smell wonderful!

Essential oils may be ingested orally. Ingesting oils is not recommended unless you consult a trained health care professional or unless the brand states that you can ingest them. Some essential oils may be toxic to the liver or kidneys when ingested. The chemical breakdown of some oils during digestion can change their composition and the effects may cause damage. If the oils are approved for ingestion, you can use them in many ways such as in capsules, sublingual, cooking, or by adding a few drops to a cup of water.

There are many oils that I love but my three favorites are lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender has a sweet floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. essentialoil2This is a very versatile oil that I would recommend everyone has in their home. Lavender is wonderful for relaxing yet is a great aid to boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender can be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, skin irritations and bruises. Applying 2-3 drops of lavender essential oils to minor burns will soothe the affected area.

Essential oils from lemons are different than lemon juice. Lemon essential oils are cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Lemon oil has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon oil boosts alkaline and antioxidant levels while cleansing the body. Adding a few drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle can help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion because it stimulates the gallbladder and improves bile secretion. It is excellent for mental fatigue, headaches, and relieving pain. Use peppermint oil on the skin to cool, relieve and reduce skin irritations. Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes) and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure and to keep energy up.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of essential oils, start using them and benefit from their positive effects. Feel free to branch out and create your own combinations of oils. Essential oils can easily be incorporating into your daily life and will benefit you and your family for many years to come.

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/034662_essential_oils_healing_remedies.html
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/5-essential-oils-that-heal/
http://www.doterra.com/us/essentialDefinition.php
http://www.naturalnews.com/022876_oil_oils_essential.html

CCE Re-Confirmed

Council on Chiropractic Education Re-Confirmed
Students Take Stand at Hearing
Will Renfrow, DC Student

On December 11, 2013, twelve Life University students made their way to Washington D.C. to attend the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) hearing for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). CCE1The hearing was held to determine whether CCE would receive U.S. Department of Education recognition as an accrediting body for the next three years.

The U.S. Department of Education reports that NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and certification for institutions in the Federal Student Aid Program. The committee provides recommendations concerning the standards and effectiveness of accrediting bodies such as CCE, which accredits all Doctor of Chiropractic programs. NACIQI recommendations ensure the value of degrees being purchased largely with student loan dollars.

CCE Chairman Craig Little, DC provided an opening statement on behalf of the CCE. Additional speakers were determined from a sign-up list; NACIQI allowed every individual on the list a third party oral comment period. Speakers were given a three minute time slot and answered any following questions from NACIQI. Supporters of CCE recognition were representatives of organizations within the Chiropractic Summit. Those opposed to CCE recognition included students, practitioners, and representatives from the DaVinci Group, a group devoted to “bringing change to various bodies within the profession such as the Council on Chiropractic Education” and the Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI).

According to The Chronicle of Chiropractic, NACIQI identified over forty compliance issues within CCE in December 2011. Additionally, a US Department of Education Staff Report identified 25 written comments regarding CCE recognition. Of those 25 letters only two were in support of the CCE and a medically based approach to chiropractic. What would normally be a brief vote for recognition of the CCE turned out to be “anything but routine, with four hours of public comments, agency responses, and deliberations.”

The tone of the hearing was identified by NACIQI members as being based upon a “long-standing philosophical dispute in the profession.” Third party comments in opposition to CCE recognition centered around language disputes such as discontinued use of “subluxation” and “without drugs and surgery” in CCE standards as well as consideration of equivalent degrees citing chiropractic medicine and physician. Many of the same speakers mentioned a “culture of fear” surrounding CCE interactions in schools, a parallel curriculum, the scope of practice as determined by education, and inequality in governance structure leading to one-sided representation in policies and procedures. Dr. Arno Burnier likened the parallel curriculum to “a dentist not being taught about the cavity in school and having to pursue and pay for that knowledge outside of school.”

CCE2Eight out of twelve students attending the hearing volunteered to speak before the NACIQI board. All were late-quarter or graduating and communicated their concern as stakeholders in a committee that does not allow for representation as well as echoing the ideas formerly provided by those opposed to CCE renewal. The students provided NACIQI members with opinions of the divergence in classical chiropractic practice and expanding scope in a crowded curriculum.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) acted in support of CCE recognition after having been in previous alliance with the DaVinci Group. A November 2013 media announcement from the ICA identified the association’s intent to endorse the CCE in exchange for a promise to discuss reform of CCE governance structure.

In the final vote for CCE recognition, three NACIQI members opposed recognition for CCE accreditation rights renewal. The vote had been anticipated to be a unanimous decision in favor of CCE.

The Chronicle of Chiropractic identified MCQI leaders Steve Tullius, DC and Arno Burnier, DC as responsible for organizing the largest ever social media chiropractic campaign and petition revolving around the CCE hearing. Steve Tullius, DC was quoted as saying the following, “Today saw the recognition of CCE for an additional three years. It was the most likely scenario and we were well aware of that probability. We showed up strong and spoke truth. Great statements are now a part of the public record and will be used to move forward, adapting to the outcome of today’s events but not diverting from our ultimate objectives. I am most impressed by the courage, drive, and determination of the many students that sacrificed much to be at the hearing today as well as the three dissenting opinions on the NACIQI who did not feel CCE should be renewed.”

What Do You Stand For?

What Do You Stand For?
Plan Your Life with Purpose
By Vince Methot, DC Student

There are several principles which lead to success: what it takes to succeed at accomplishing goals and what it takes to succeed in business. These same principles can be applied to life. A wise man once said “plan your life with purpose.” (T.Monson) However, another wise man said “Martin Luther King gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech not the ‘I have a plan’ speech.” (S.Sinek) In reality, a dream without a plan is wishful thinking and a plan without a dream and purpose is fruitless and unfulfilling.

A popular song on the radio says Methot_Vince_PlanYourLife“What do I stand for? What do I stand for? Most nights, I don’t know…” (Fun) This is so sad. If you don’t stand for something, how could you ever hope to be happy? Decide what you want to stand for. This is not something that can be given to you from someone else. Write down what you stand for, summarize it into one sentence and then memorize it and repeat it every day. If later you find something higher or more inspiring to stand for, then modify your sentence.

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” (G.Hinkley) Where do you see yourself when you are 100 years old? What will you have accomplished by then? What will be on your obituary? Create a vision board of what you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have, in that order. Create a bucket list. This is where you need to dream big. You are capable of so much more than you can dream, so don’t limit yourself.

Get in the habit of setting goals. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible to the visible.” (T.Robbins) With something to stand for and a big vision, commit to live it. Life is about commitment. A strong character develops through making and keeping commitments. Methot_Vince_PlanYourLife_Nov_2013There are at least three areas to which you should commit. Commit to befriend people and teach them what you stand for. Commit to exchange with others; give something of value to others and receive something of value in return. Commit to improve yourself.

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” (E.Lee) Attract people who stand for the same thing or support you in what you stand for. These people need to support you in your commitments and may teach or show you how to accomplish them. These are your close friends and family.

“The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine. You have to be self—disciplined to spend your time wisely.” (M.Moore) Fill your time with your commitments and your friends and family. There is no time to waste. You may not need to plan every minute of every day but when distractions try to get you to stand down, a plan with an uplifting routine can make all the difference.

With a mission, vision, commitment, support and plan in place you need to act. “You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” (G.Hinkley) Live the life that you dream of. Your priorities become clear as you act with purpose. There are things in your life which will be essential; do those first and consistently. You will find that you have to neglect doing good things in order to do the best things.

As you refine your life plan, reflect on what you have done that brings the most joy and compare that to your foundation. Did they come from being built on your foundation? Seek for the best foundation to build on. If something seems to be going wrong ask yourself, ‘am I moving from my foundation or is my foundation not strong enough?’ Moments like these can be enlightening. Write a history as time goes on that you can use to reflect back on when these moments come.

As you plan your life with purpose you will find that your dreams will be fulfilled and you will be an inspiration to your children and grandchildren. You will create a legacy worth remembering.

Editorial – March 2014

Editorial
Strengthening the Profession
Carla Gibson, Chief Content Editor

Life University recently announced a new tuition benefit for married couples in the DC program. Student Council President Anthony Umina suggested the discount as a way to “strengthen the profession” and to compete with a similar discount offered by Sherman College of Chiropractic.

I applaud the administration for being sensitive to the debt load incurred by students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program and I am supportive of those couples who both choose to pursue careers in chiropractic, however, I will be blunt. The new tuition benefit for married couples in the program offends me. How is my contribution to the profession, as an older single student who maintains a second household and “commutes” from another state to attend Life, any less valuable to the profession? How is the debt of the single parent in the program any less crushing? How is the student whose spouse is at home with young children better financially positioned to begin practice and less deserving of a tuition discount? How is the average student with no family commitments, who dedicates all of their additional time and (borrowed) money to pursuing the “parallel curriculum” rewarded for their part in strengthening the profession? Why am I being forced to subsidize the tuition of a married couple while my children forgo vacations and extracurricular activities so I can complete this program?

While it may be a fact the married couple is starting out in practice with a higher total debt, there are several built in financial benefits to the couple while in school and when starting a practice. A couple can share housing and transportation costs and can reduce their grocery bill through shared meals, effectively cutting their living expenses in half compared to a single student. In practice, the fixed overhead of a stand-alone practice is shared by two doctors who can work together to see twice as many patients as the single practitioner.

A fellow student asked me if I was offended by the discount offered for purchasing a dozen donuts vs. purchasing one. No, because providing the highest quality donut at the lowest price is dependent on selling volume and reducing waste (and I don’t eat donuts.) There are very few economies of scale in selling a chiropractic education in volume. Life must provide the same benefits to each student whether those students are married or not. There are no financial advantages to having married couples in the program from the University’s standpoint. The education received, the hours of instruction consumed, is no less for the married couple than for the single student. The only economy may be in parking, though carpooling to campus is not an eligibility requirement of the new discount. The carpooling scholarship would be very popular and would provide a benefit to all students and to the environment.

How is the University able to afford to basically give married students one free class every quarter? How is it going to strengthen the profession if the burden of covering the expenses of paying quality instructors and maintaining state of the art facilities falls more heavily on a smaller number of students, ultimately forcing the administration to again raise the tuition rate? When I started the DC program in the Fall of 2011, the per hour course rate was $292. Today it is $307. While $15 per credit hour doesn’t seem like much, at an average of 24 credits per quarter, that is $360. That is one less seminar or one less plane ticket to visit my children and I can’t even bear to calculate the additional interest I am paying on that extra $360 now interest is accruing on all student loans from the date of disbursement. Over 14 quarters, this is just $5,000, but according to what I learned from Dr. Davis in business class that could represent one-third to one-half of my startup costs. What if Life were to encourage every student to complete the program successfully by offering them a $5000 startup grant upon graduation with the option of borrowing an additional $10,000 directly from the University at a very competitive interest rate with borrowing qualifications more generous than the banks? Wouldn’t that be a vote of confidence for the curriculum being provided? And wouldn’t it be a great way to replace the investments divested when Life decided it would no longer support companies incongruent with Vitalism? How competitive could Life be among chiropractic colleges if it could boast being the only school committed to financially supporting each graduate’s practice success?

The tuition increases were regularly defended by the administration as being necessary to keep up with inflation. If the University can afford to give a $2000 per quarter discount to married couples, why do I need to pay the extra $360 each quarter? Why couldn’t the tuition rate have remained at the same lower rate for all students? Wouldn’t decreasing the debt burden for ALL chiropractors be a factor in strengthening the chiropractic profession?

Why is Life threatened by the competition from other chiropractic colleges, especially Sherman? Does our reputation, curriculum, faculty and campus culture not speak for itself? The reason cited by most students choosing Sherman over Life is class size. Assuming about 1% of the DC student body will qualify for this new program, it’s unlikely the money could have been spent to hire additional teachers, but the administration should consider addressing this top concern before increasing the number of DC students in an already crowded program through and incentive to attract more students.

Some students cite the lower cost of attendance at Sherman, but this is largely due to the lower cost of living in Spartanburg, SC and the lack of fees charged on top of tuition. At Life, the quarterly student fee is $249. With nearly 2000 students in the DC program, nearly $500,000 is collected in student fees each quarter. Obviously Life has a beautiful campus and amenities not found at other institutions. But again, if a discount can be afforded to students just for being married, certainly Life can afford other discounts that would serve to strengthen the profession.

One huge advantage to Life is the size and diversity of the student body and the clubs and organizations on campus. These opportunities are made possible by passionate students who donate countless hours and funds to maintain these clubs and organizations each quarter. By attending seminars to be up to date with the technique or philosophy they are presenting, holding club meetings on a regular basis (which can equate to 2-3 hours per week), and being available to attend Student Council and Leadership meetings required to maintain their club’s active status on campus, a student can easily spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours during their career as a DC student for the benefit of not only themselves, but to making Life more appealing to prospective students by providing this diversity. Of the student fees collected each quarter, $3000 (less than 1%) is “allocated” and student clubs and organizations can apply for help with funding their events, supplies and education opportunities. Again, assuming just 1% of the DC student body (about 20 students) qualify for the new marriage tuition benefit, about $20,000 (about 4% of student fees) will go toward funding that benefit for a handful of students while nearly 1000 students participate in clubs and organizations. Wouldn’t a scholarship supporting these dedicated student leaders go a long way to strengthening the profession and ensuring the quality of one of Life’s largest competitive advantages?

Ultimately, the existence of the marriage tuition benefit will just become part of the Life landscape and students entering Life will accept it as “the way things are.” However, I hope the administration will consider expanding their vision to include other, more effective ways, Life can contribute to “strengthening the profession.”
Please go to the Vital Source Blog at http://vitalsourcelife.wordpress.com/ and comment on your opinion of the discount and other ways Life could support students and strengthen the chiropractic profession.

 

 

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The new tuition benefit for married couples in the program offends me

Wouldn’t decreasing the debt burden for ALL chiropractors be a factor in strengthening the chiropractic profession?

nearly $500,000 is collected in student fees each quarter