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  • CALPIRG protests plastic bags with giant inflatable turtle | CALPIRG Students
    collected about 3 000 signatures on campus this semester to ban plastic bags which they intend to present to the city council The overall goal is 9 000 signatures 25 percent of the UC Berkeley student population Plastic bags kill Worthington said I am delighted to advocate that Berkeley be the first city in the world to ban plastic bags However we are way too late Twenty countries and countless cities have already done this CALPIRG has voted to make banning plastic bags their number one priority for the state They have gotten plastic bags banned in 16 cities in California and hope to have similar success in 10 more cities according to Megan Majd CALPIRG oceans coordinator Plastic bags affect the health of humans as well as sea life Ritchie said They are threatening our health as well As the bags break down they leak toxins which are consumed by fish who eventually end up on our dinner plate Ritchie said Our goal is a statewide ban but it must start on a local level Worthington cited inertia as the main reason why the city council has yet to take action against plastic bags When the council members see the massive support that is being generated I think there is a good chance they will take action Worthington said Joey Freeman ASUC external affairs vice president cited the switch to Green Books from Blue Books and an initiative opposing plastic water bottles on campus as major steps forward for environmentalism at UC Berkeley CALPIRG is sponsoring a free reusable bag giveaway Thursday DANIELLE LEE STAFF Members of CALPIRG one of whom is covered in plastic bags stand in front of a giant inflatable turtle on the steps of Sproul Hall Related Chapter CALPIRG at UC Berkeley About Us Our

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  • STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL | CALPIRG Students
    If this new agreement is signed into law by the year 2018 an undergraduate who takes out the maximum in subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans will pay 4 700 more over the life of the loan than she would have last year and 900 more than if the rate simply stayed at 6 8 percent Briana Mullen a rising junior at the University of California said she was horrified when her subsidized Stafford student loan rate doubled from 3 4 to 6 8 percent on July 1 While the policy before the Senate will reverse the rate hike and keep my rates low it pays for my low rate by jacking up the rates that my sixteen year old sister will pay as well as the rates that my little twin brother and sister will pay There s no difference between us in terms of potential so there shouldn t be any difference in terms of cost Mullen s sixteen year old sister Dakota Friend also spoke I don t understand why she gets more affordable loans than I do Dominic Campion a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame stated My eleven year old brother should not have to pay for my low rates when she gets to college Federal policy should invest in all college students not favor some at the expense of others That the subsidized Stafford student loan rate doubled on July 1 is a big problem But this attempted fix makes things worse in the long run This is a bad deal for students because it will make the problem of student debt even worse Lindstrom added 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

    Original URL path: http://www.calpirgstudents.org/news/ca/students-call-senate-reject-student-loan-deal (2016-04-29)
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  • College Textbooks: Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall | CALPIRG Students
    out of Rice University is developing open textbooks for the 25 largest enrollment courses which could ultimately save students 750 million All of these developments promise alternatives to expensive traditional textbooks that students are struggling to afford With today s technology there is no excuse for textbooks to cost 200 each continued Allen It s clearer than ever that the old model of publishing textbooks doesn t work in today s world and that new models like open educational resources are the future Although thousands of professors across the country have started to use OER most students should prepare to experience sticker shock as usual this fall The good news is that there are many ways that students can avoid paying full price for their textbooks Here are our favorite tips to save on textbooks For expanded tips and more information visit www maketextbooksaffordable org TIPS TO SAVE ON TEXTBOOKS 1 Start with the right information For each book you ll want the ISBN the unique identifier code that goes with each book and the title author publisher and edition in case you want to search for alternate editions 2 Shop around online The Internet offers a huge selection of new and used books for sale which almost always means savings New prices can be up to 20 off and used books 25 50 off Try retailers like Amazon com and Half com or go straight to a price comparison engine like CampusBooks com to search hundreds of websites at once Some sites also sell international editions that are as a fraction of the cost of US editions but may come with slight differences No matter what book you buy just make sure the seller is reliable and that you leave time for shipping 3 Rent The single best way to save money up front is renting Try websites like Chegg com or BookRenter com or rent locally through the campus bookstore Rental prices are usually around 40 of the list price but remember there won t be anything to sell back at the end of the semester 4 Swap books with other students Cut out the middle man by using Facebook Craigslist or simply asking around to find other students with the book you need 5 Consider e textbooks Surprisingly e textbooks don t offer the best savings they usually cost 50 of the list price and expire at the end of the semester so they can t be saved or sold back But tech savvy students may find the search features and portability a plus Try CourseSmart com for a wide selection of e textbooks 6 Look for coupon codes Watch the Facebook and Twitter streams of textbook retailers to capture special deals or check out coupon sites like RetailMeNot com or Ebates com 7 Compare with the bookstore If you re buying books last minute you may have no choice but even if you do have other options it s worth seeing what the bookstore has to

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  • Berkeley City Council to consider moving forward with plastic bag ban | CALPIRG Students
    countywide Environmental Impact Report and therefore avoid a lawsuit like one levied against the city of Manhattan Beach a suit that sprung from an attempt to enact a similar ban on plastic bags However in July the California Supreme Court ruled that Manhattan Beach did not have to conduct an EIR in order to impose its ordinance The public hearing next week will also cover the ordinance s draft EIR which found no significant impacts related to regulation of single use bags according to Jeff Becerra communications manager for StopWaste org a public agency that includes both the county s Waste Management Authority and its Source Reduction and Recycling Board Alameda County uses about 764 million plastic bags and 104 million paper bags annually according to the draft EIR And though litter and hazards to marine life are routinely cited as reasons behind banning plastic bags Stephen Joseph counsel for the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition which has submitted a host of objections to the draft EIR questioned some of the statements often used to promote such a ban In particular Joseph refuted claims regarding the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a mass of plastic and other trash in the ocean purported to be twice the size of Texas Joseph pointed instead to Oregon State University assistant professor Angelicque Angel White s research indicating that the size of the patch is significantly smaller So the real issue is whether or not what s being said about plastic bags is true Joseph said If you look at the reasons for banning plastic bags the biggest environmental disaster is the destruction of environmental truth At UC Berkeley the campus chapter of CALPIRG is spearheading an effort for the ban The group already had a goal of petitioning 9 000 signatures

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  • Berkeley City Council takes step forward in adopting plastic bag ban | CALPIRG Students
    while placing a minimum 10 cent charge on recycled paper bags and reusable bags However a city could opt out of the ordinance through a resolution of its governing body according to the draft ordinance In addition the ordinance would not apply to single use carry out bags or reusable bags given to customers by food providers for takeout foods and drinks according to the draft Certain public or nonprofit bodies would also be exempt Originally the council item called for the initiation of a public process to inform residents and businesses that the city is seriously considering adopting a ban through the countywide ordinance I was concerned we were going to spend a lot of staff time on this said Councilmember Laurie Capitelli at the meeting At the meeting several people encouraged the council to adopt a stricter ordinance than what is currently on the table for the rest of the county Megan Majd oceans coordinator for the UC Berkeley chapter of CALPIRG called for the city to include all retail establishments in the ban According to a statement from Environment California a statewide environmental advocacy organization that has also been pushing for the ban over 5 000 petitions from Berkeley residents supporting the ban have been collected between Environment California and CALPIRG When a bathtub is overflowing what do you do You turn off the faucet Majd said at the meeting We need to stop this problem at the source and we need to ban plastic bags J D Morris is the lead environment reporter Related Chapter CALPIRG at UC Berkeley 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

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  • CALPIRG collects signatures to protest possible student loan interest rate increase | CALPIRG Students
    be sending large paper hearts with students signatures to Senators Barbara Boxer D Calif and Dianne Feinstein D Calif It doesn t make sense to make us pay more Pritchard said It will be devastating to us It will break our hearts According to the New America Foundation student loan interest rates have fluctuated in the past decade students paid 8 19 percent in 2000 01 and 3 37 percent by 2004 05 After climbing to 6 8 percent by 2006 07 subsidized rates sank to 3 4 percent by 2011 12 while nonsubsidized remained unchanged at 6 8 percent according to the foundation Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt in 2010 and Joseph Orsolini president of Illinois based College Aid Planners said that means some families are getting in way over their heads Anything that stops people and makes them look at how much they are borrowing is a good thing Orsolini said of the possible raised interest rate But of course lower interest rates are better Orsolini said the doubled rate will not greatly increase monthly payments and predicted that lower income families would be affected the most According to a semiannual report released Jan 30 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau students currently have an estimated 865 billion in college debt Many students who stopped by CALPIRG s table Tuesday were sympathetic to the issue or had student loans themselves said freshman and group member Emily Robinson A lot of people have federal student loans and aren t aware they re going to be paying more Robinson said Junior Matthew Miranda signed the cards and called the possible interest increase really worrisome My entire education is funded by loans he said If it wasn t for the loans I wouldn t be here Related Chapter CALPIRG

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  • CALPIRG seeks to garner 60,000 signatures to ban plastic bags | CALPIRG Students
    strategies is to increase co sponsors for the legislation by lobbying our legislators and asking them to co author the bill lining up support ahead of time Lockwood said Since we lost last time by only two votes we want to make sure we can as many elected officials in support as possible Twelve billion plastic bags are used in California every year for the sake of convenience CALPIRG Oceans Campaign Coordinator Taylor Ann Whittemore said at the press conference An object that is only used for a few minutes should not continue to pollute the ocean for hundreds of years Whittemore said Skinner said the impact of aquatic animals imbibing plastic poses a risk because Californians eat more than 17 pounds of seafood per person per year the most in the country We can t recycle our way out of this said Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque Neither paper or plastic has the right idea we need bring your own bag to become standard so our children s children will not have to clean up this pollution Since the county ban on plastic bags will not take effect until 2013 Bourque said students should make an effort in the meantime to reduce litter and plastic use on campuses An ocean full of plastic eventually comes back to us he added Plastic is highly absorbent of other chemicals and if it s out there being digested by marine life the ocean s most toxic pollutants are passed up the food chain and end up on our dinner plates Related Chapter CALPIRG at UC Berkeley 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

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  • Cutting Interest Rates, Lowering Student Debt - Updated | CALPIRG Students
    in interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans About 5 5 million students borrow subsidized Stafford loans every year Of those borrowers nearly 3 3 million attend four year public or private non profit institutions The vast majority of these borrowers come from low and middle income families According to the Congressional Research Service 75 of traditional aged borrowers with subsidized Stafford loans come from families with incomes below 67 374 The median income for an American family of four is 65 000 Cutting Interest Rates The College Cost Reduction and Access Act reduces interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates Loans originated during the next four years are set at fixed interest rates of 6 0 in 2008 2009 5 6 in 2009 2010 4 5 in 2010 2011 and 3 4 in 2011 2012 After graduation students can consolidate their loans into one loan at the weighted average of the interest rates of their various loans Interest rates are reset on July 1st for the following school year Findings Lower Interest Rates Will Save Students Thousands of Dollars By lowering interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans Congress saved college students thousands of dollars over the life of their loans We found The average four year college student starting school in 2008 with subsidized Stafford loans will save about 2 570 over the life of his or her loans The average savings for freshmen starting school in 2008 vary slightly from state to state ranging from 2 820 for a student in California to 2 340 for a student in West Virginia Table ES 1 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

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