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  • Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution | CALPIRG Students
    new printed textbook In order to reduce costs for students now and in the future we must break free from the traditional textbook market and deliver educational materials through an alternative model This report analyzes the potential of open textbooks and open licensing to become that alternative In brief open textbooks are faculty written peer reviewed textbooks that are published under an open license meaning that they are available free online they are free to download and print copies are available at 10 40 or approximately the cost of printing This report reviews data collected from five different campus based pilot programs that encouraged faculty to replace the traditional textbook for their course with openly licensed educational resources OER and open textbooks Findings Analysis of these pilots determines that a student saves 128 per course when their traditionally published textbook is replaced with an open textbook By extrapolating average student savings and applying it to larger segments of the student population we can predict that open textbooks have the potential to save more than a billion dollars each year Additionally by comparing total investment and money spent during these pilots with the total savings by students as a result of the project we can conclude that investing in open textbooks has an exponential return on investment in student savings Recommendation Institutions and all stakeholders in higher education should take greater ownership over solving the problem of high textbook prices and can do so effectively by providing the training and resources faculty need to convert their classroom to an open textbook Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/sp/open-textbooks-billion-dollar-solution (2016-04-29)
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  • The Cost of Running for US Senate in CA | CALPIRG Students
    2 600 for the general election for a total of 5 200 per campaign cycle To raise at least 8 761 000 from individuals a viable candidate would have to raise more than 13 000 from individuals every single day between today and Election Day Under current law a candidate focused on big donors would work to secure five donors giving the maximum of 2 600 each day A grassroots candidate relying on small donors giving an average of 150 however would need to get 88 contributions each day to hit the 13 000 pace IF THE FAIR ELECTIONS NOW ACT WERE LAW The Fair Elections Now Act allows grassroots candidates to be more competitive by amplifying the impact of small donations For candidates who qualify by demonstrating a critical mass of small donor support and who promise to forego large contributions and PAC funds the Act would set up a public matching fund that would increase the impact of small contributions Contributions of 150 or less would be matched with public funds at a six to one rate meaning that a 150 contribution would be worth 1 050 to participating candidates Where before a Senate candidate in California would need to raise 13 000 each day from either 5 large donors or 88 small donors to stay on pace under the Fair Elections Now Act the grassroots candidate would need to find only 13 small donors per day giving 150 to stay competitive 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

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/cost-running-us-senate-ca (2016-04-29)
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  • Seven tips to save water in the drought | CALPIRG Students
    while you lather If everyone did these simple things we d use a lot less water as a state Help spread the message by forwarding this email to your friends send us your hot tips for water conservation and click here if you want to get involved in the campaign on campus CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC San Diego CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UCLA 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 Students in Action Like Us Follow

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/seven-tips-save-water-drought (2016-04-29)
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  • Intern this quarter to make a difference | CALPIRG Students
    here and we ll let you contact you to set you up for an overview We also have volunteer opportunities if you don t have time to intern but you still want to work on our campaigns Email us to find out more CALPIRG at UC Davis CALPIRG at UC Berkeley CALPIRG at UC Santa Cruz CALPIRG at UC Santa Barbara CALPIRG at UCLA CALPIRG at UC Riverside CALPIRG at UC Irvine CALPIRG at UC San Diego 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 Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/intern-quarter-make-difference (2016-04-29)
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  • Some Colleges Make it Easy to Vote | CALPIRG Students
    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 Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Media Hits by Campaign 21st Century Transportation

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/media/ca/some-colleges-make-it-easy-vote (2016-04-29)
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  • New Survey Highlights Role Colleges Can Play in Informing and Registering Young Voters | CALPIRG Students
    knowledge about the process and or the candidates and issues as the reason why For one I was unaware that elections were going on during that time and two from my last time voting in 2012 it took so much effort just to find reliable information on what I m voting for and because of that it is discouraging to vote one student said in the survey I don t know how and I don t really know how to look for more info another said The lack of sufficient voter information was also reflected in the responses to questions about the voting habits of their peers When asked why some students choose not to vote 37 percent of participants said we don t know enough about who and what we are voting for 12 percent believed not having enough information on where to vote was to blame What specifically can universities be doing to foster and encourage greater youth participation in the political process Provide recommend resources to students that give a non biased perspective on election ballots candidates and platforms so we can make informed decisions and opinions Gives us the chance to decide where we stand and with whom one student suggested Another response shows that a lack of credible information isn t an isolated perception I think the University should send out links of reliable information on the politicians and policies we will be voting for There is too much partisan propaganda and many other facts that become twisted In the report the CALPIRG Education Fund offers specific actions colleges and universities can take to help more students navigate and engage in the electoral process No mention of free donuts These policy recommendations include Use online voter registration tools that facilitate follow up election reminders such as CALPIRG s platform www CAstudentvote org powered by Rock the Vote Ensure campus policies encourage student governments and student groups to help register their peers to vote Remind students when where and how to vote on Election Day Work with county registrars to provide visible easily accessible polling places on campus Empower equip students with information about what will appear on the ballot by partnering with organizations like MapLight and the League of Women Voters to provide students with nonpartisan voter guides or hosting candidate and issue forms Regarding the last bullet point Voter s Edge is the result of a partnership between the two organizations mentioned MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund the organization behind SmartVoter org that fulfills the exact purpose mentioned Prior versions of Voter s Edge will be merged with SmartVoter on October 1st to create the most comprehensive database of non partisan information available to California voters covering statewide races and initiatives as well as many local races and measures This directly addresses student frustrations in the survey about the overly partisan and untrustworthy nature of information out there An informed electorate is paramount to a successful democracy As

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/media/ca/new-survey-highlights-role-colleges-can-play-informing-and-registering-young-voters (2016-04-29)
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  • Anti-Fracking Student Organization Promotes Ballot Initiative | CALPIRG Students
    this fall He said the number of fracking wells are growing in other California cities such as Santa Maria and Los Angeles and need to be stopped If we want this initiative to pass it will be imperative to reach out to the student body and educate them about the numerous risks presented by these techniques Wilmsen said in an email Lockwood said CALPIRG has been leading community conversations about fracking for the past year and will continue to do so to educate the public on its negative environmental effects If we allow oil companies to frack in California we are facing an environmental nightmare millions of gallons of water that we don t have will be wasted not to mention we ll destroy our beautiful places and contribute more to our global warming problem Lockwood said in an email This is especially a problem in Santa Barbara where oil companies are already fracking at the rigs off of the coast According to Holland CALPIRG will be working with community members throughout summer and will urge students to register to vote in the early weeks of the next academic year Holland said statewide support for fracking has flipped to opposition recently due to an increasing awareness of fracking s contamination of air and water and its propensity for higher risk of oil and chemical spills Holland said if passed the initiative has the potential to be a leader in a statewide anti fracking movement as moratoriums and bans have already been passed in Santa Cruz Butte and Los Angeles counties Santa Barbara would add to the momentum Holland said in an email If we can get enough pressure on Governor Brown I think the state will follow Santa Barbara s lead California is an environmental leader so I think it

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/media/ca/anti-fracking-student-organization-promotes-ballot-initiative (2016-04-29)
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  • Local groups demand greater food producer responsibility | CALPIRG Students
    the way that funding works There have been independent studies that have shown the harmful effects of GMOs Currently CALPIRG at Davis is raising consumer awareness through canvassing while contacting individual stores to encourage them to label GMOs on their own store brands We ve had a mixed reaction Farvard said Safeway hasn t taken a clear stance on it yet and we ve been mainly targeting them There is a concern with the cost of redeveloping their packaging According to Farvard the most important thing for the campaign right now is to get support from the public We need to make sure we re getting student and citizen support on the issue Farvard said We want to show that consumers are concerned Antibiotics in Meat AB 1437 a California bill that is also supported by UC Davis CALPIRG branch would stop the overuse of antibiotics in animals intended for human consumption Food animals raised in squalid conditions are frequently dosed with antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease and infection among the animals the majority of which are caused by those living conditions The U S Department of Agriculture pointed out in a 2009 report that antibiotic use can be reduced simply by improving the cleanliness of animal housing and increasing disease testing Significant research on animal cleanliness and its effect on antibiotic use has been done at UC Davis specifically in the Meat Lab on campus The antibiotics that are given to the animals are absorbed into the animal s body and are then consumed by humans in trace amounts Antibiotics should be used at precise amounts failure to follow these rules increases the likelihood that some of the bacteria will survive and mutate to become drug resistant Garo Manjikian a CALPIRG legislative advocate said in a letter to Assembly Member Kevin Mullin We need to protect their effectiveness so that they can continue saving lives Farvard said that while some meat production companies have been supportive of the bill others have said that reducing the amount of antibiotics used in their animals will drive up the costs of their products A consumer group compared the prices and did the math it s something like a couple more cents a pound or even less Farvard said Any price increase was purely due to a redesign of the way that meat animals are raised CALPIRG s focus is to give consumers a choice by informing them of the potential of chemicals in their food products Let the consumers make the decision Farvard said Fair Trade Products According to Selina Schweitzer the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia People s Army FARC a violent non state actor in Colombia that has terrorized the nation since 1964 received funding from Chiquita a major worldwide banana producer until 2007 Schweitzer is a third year managerial economics major and though she is a second generation American citizen her family still lives in Colombia and she was inspired to start a Fair Trade Club at

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/media/ca/local-groups-demand-greater-food-producer-responsibility (2016-04-29)
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