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  • THANK YOU! | CALPIRG Students
    fall to take simple steps in their daily lives to reduce your water usage We also made an educational video about water usage on campus Helping thousands of students get out to vote This year we helped thousands of students register to vote in the mid term election But even if students are registered sometimes they forget to actually vote So we made two thousand calls to students reminding them to vote on election day Working to solve global warming through solar power We have to get more of our energy from clean renewable sources if we want to avoid the worst impacts of global warming Fortunately we have lots of clean energy in California because we re one of the sunniest places on earth So we re working to get cities across the state to adopt ambitious solar policies We brought solar panels to campus and used them to charge blenders and hand out free solar smoothies as well as collected close to 10 000 petitions this fall and met with city council leaders in 6 cities Whether it s supporting a more sustainable California working to get big money out of politics or making textbooks more affordable we are only successful because of student support and participation With the combination of your continued support and our professional staff advocating on our behalf we will keep making a big difference on the issues that matter to students We look forward to what 2015 will bring Rob Holland Board Chair UCSB 2015 Heather Goold Vice Chair UCSB 2015 Murong Li Secretary UC Berkeley 2016 Baldwin Ngai Treasurer UCR 2014 Kendal Drucker At Large UCLA 2015 Monica Kim At Large UC Santa Cruz 2014 CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG

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  • THANK YOU! | CALPIRG Students
    of students get out to vote When you use your vote we raise our voice This year we helped thousands of students statewide register to vote in the mid term election But even if students are registered sometimes they forget to actually vote So we made two thousand reminder phone calls to students reminding them to get out and cast their ballot on election day Working to solve global warming through solar power We have to get more of our energy from clean renewable sources if we want to avoid the worst impacts of global warming Fortunately we have lots of clean energy in California we re one of the sunniest places on earth So we re working to get cities across the state to adopt ambitious solar policies including right here in Santa Barbara This fall we hosted a press conference with Assemblymember Das Williams talking about the need for increased solar energy in the region We ll be continuing to focus on this in 2015 Whether it s supporting a more sustainable California working to get big money out of politics or educating students about reducing water usage to alleviate the drought we are only successful because of student support and participation With the combination of your continued support and our professional staff advocating on our behalf we will keep making a big difference on the issues that matter to students We look forward to what 2015 will bring Happy New Year and thanks again from all of us Heather Goold Chapter Chair Rob Holland Board Chair Rebeca Estrada Vice Chair Tiffany Yee Water Campaign Coordinator Zoe Brown Antibiotic Overuse Campaign Coordinator CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC

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  • THANK YOU! | CALPIRG Students
    signed pledges to take simple steps in your daily lives to reduce your water usage We also made an educational video about water usage on campus Check it out and thanks for taking the pledge Helping thousands of students get out to vote When you use your vote we raise our voice This year we helped thousands of students statewide register to vote in the mid term election including over 800 at UCR But even if students are registered sometimes they forget to actually vote So we made two thousand reminder calls to students reminding them to vote on election day Working to solve global warming through solar power We have to get more of our energy from clean renewable sources if we want to avoid the worst impacts of global warming Fortunately we have lots of clean energy in California we re one of the sunniest places on earth So we re working to get cities across the state to adopt ambitious solar policies including right here in Riverside UCR is a leader in solar power we just installed a massive solar farm right next to campus But we need Riverside to do more which is why we ll be continuing to focus on this into 2015 Whether it s supporting a more sustainable California working to get big money out of politics or making textbooks more affordable we are only successful because of student support and participation With the combination of your continued support and our professional staff advocating on our behalf we will keep making a big difference on the issues that matter to students We look forward to what 2015 will bring Happy New Year and thanks again Baldwin Ngai Chapter Chair Semi Cole Vice Chair Dinah Muhammed Board Member Angela Rivera and Douglas Castro Water

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  • Come Drive an Electric Car with Us! | CALPIRG Students
    the importance of cleaning up our transportation sector Don t miss out Date Sunday Nov 16th Time 12 00 3 00 p m Location UC Riverside CE CERT 1084 Columbia Ave 92507 RSVP Here We ll have staff volunteers and coalition partners on hand to answer your questions share updates and help you get involved in the Charge Ahead California campaign to revolutionize how we get drive Together we can steer towards a safe climate and a cleaner healthier future for all Please stop by and spread the word to your friends see you there Charge Ahead California CALPIRG at UC Riverside About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills

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  • See Which Airlines Get the Most and Least Complaints | CALPIRG Students
    per 100 000 passengers in each of the past five years Alaska Airlines AirTran Airways and JetBlue Airlines also generated relatively few complaints for their size Even when things go wrong Southwest customers seem not to complain to the DOT as much as other airline passengers For example Southwest ranked in the middle of the pack when it came to mishandling bags in 2013 yet it had the fewest baggage complaints per 100 000 passengers lodged with the DOT Because it is one of the few airlines that let all passengers check bags for free perhaps they don t complain as much about lost bags says George Hobica founder of AirfareWatchdog com Another anomaly Southwest s on time performance ranked in the bottom half of airlines in 2013 and it had the worst record when it came to flight delays under the airline s control Yet it had the fewest complaints per 100 000 about flight problems such as delays and cancellations Their customers aren t complaining to the DOT Murray said Maybe they are addressing it at the airport or their customer service is much more effective than other airlines Hobica says Southwest s on time performance has suffered as it has expanded from out of the way airports to larger delay prone ones in cities such as New York and Atlanta But it manages to ward off complaints with jolly employees and customer friendly policies They give you a credit if you cancel or change your reservation versus the 200 fee that American Delta and United charge to change a non refundable ticket The CALPIRG study included airlines that had 10 million or more enplanements flight segments in 2013 Murray said Popular airlines such as Virgin America based in Burlingame and Hawaiian Airlines missed the cutoff Despite its

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  • Throwing the Book at the High Cost of Textbooks | CALPIRG Students
    the financial load of buying textbooks Advertisement For me I ve spent up to 150 for a textbook and as much as 500 to 600 per semester on books said Goodman The 28 year old year now attends University of California at Davis and is the Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor She has pledged to bring higher education issues to the forefront Napa College President Ron Kraft said there s been a huge leap in students not buying textbooks due to the high costs He said strides have been made in textbook rentals which offer options of securing material they need for classes without the cost of buying a new book Goodman said publishing corporations are making it worse by bundling textbooks with CD ROMS which are often not needed They are also contracting with campus bookstores and gaining a monopoly on the textbook market she said High textbook prices can be crippling when factoring in rising student tuition and fees cost of housing food transportation and the fact that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation Goodman said She proposes student textbook exchange programs and encourages Associated Student gorups to take the reigns and initiate these programs themselves Students are already organizing such exchange programs through Facebook and other online social media Physical book exchanges have also been established on campuses or other sites Goodman said referring to such a system in place at Diablo Valley College Meanwhile as costs of textbooks continue to soar a CALPIRG study at UC Davis showed that 65 percent of student have opted out of buying a college textbook due to high prices Further nearly half say textbook costs often dictate whether students take a course of not Over the past decade textbook prices have increased by 82 percent or

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  • CALPIRG UC Davis Students Stage Mock Corporate Marriage | CALPIRG Students
    and certainly cannot marry Why should they now have the same right as a person to influence an election said Dial Hoang who acted as the officiant of the mock marriage The mock marriage was part of a national effort to draw attention to the Supreme Court s ruling and advocate for a constitutional amendment limiting corporations influence on elections In addition to marriages students are gathering petition signatures and asking the California Legislature to pass SB 52 known as the DISCLOSE Act which would alleviate the effects of Citizens United by mandating clear and prominent disclosure of who is behind political advertisements and would stop special interest committees from hiding behind fake committee names by requiring political advertisements to show the top three largest actual contributors In the wake of the Supreme Court s misguided ruling we need our leaders to stand up for democracy and ensure the floodgates to corporate money close again said Hoang CALPIRG Students the California Student Public Interest Research Group is a student directed nonprofit non partisan public interest advocacy organization that takes on interests on behalf of its members Related Chapter CALPIRG at UC Davis About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info

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  • Student Loan Overhaul Approved by Congress | CALPIRG Students
    approach would save taxpayers about 61 billion over 10 years Roughly 40 billion of the savings will be redirected to higher education Education programs will get an additional 10 billion from the health care package The bill includes some landmark changes like automatic increases tied to inflation in the maximum Pell grant award But for individual students the increase in the maximum Pell grant to 5 900 in 2019 20 from 5 550 for the 2010 11 school year is minuscule compared with the steep inexorable rise in tuition for public and private colleges alike And because college costs are rising so quickly the maximum Pell grant now covers only about a third of the average cost of attending a public university compared with three quarters in the 1970s when the program began So each year more students graduate with debt of more than 20 000 The legislation will make it easier to pay back student loans by reducing the share of income that a graduate must devote to loan payments and by accelerating loan forgiveness but not right away Those who take out new loans after July 1 2014 will have to devote 10 percent of their income to payments down from the current 15 percent and those who keep up their payments will have their loans forgiven after 20 years reduced from the current 25 Income based repayment is a fantastic addition to the Senate bill that will allow over a million students to avoid being crushed by unmanageable levels of debt said Rich Williams a higher education advocate at the U S Public Interest Research Group With the new legislation students will have to take out their loans through their college s financial aid office instead of using a private bank The original proposal stood to save 87 billion over 10 years by ending the bank based program known formally as the Federal Family Education Loan program But as the Senate delayed in taking up the legislation colleges and universities began shifting to the direct lending program realizing the savings to the Treasury up front and cutting the amount of money available for future spending At the same time an increase in the number of Americans enrolling in college and seeking financial aid as a result of the recession raised the projected costs of the enhanced Pell grant program In addition to comply with the complex budget reconciliation rules some of the savings from the education changes had to be redirected to pay for parts of the health care legislation In the scaled back final version the administration scrapped 8 billion in proposed spending on early childhood education It also mostly erased a 12 billion American Graduation Initiative which was announced with fanfare in the fall as an effort to bolster the work force by producing millions more community college graduates over the next decade and building up high quality free online courses Community colleges the main provider of higher education for most low income Americans were

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