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  • INPIRG | Together we can make change happen
    News Release RESPONDING TO STUDENTS CONGRESS EXTENDS LOW COLLEGE LOAN RATE Statement of Rich Williams U S PIRG Higher Education Advocate on the Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling More Pages first previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 next last Visit Our Blog INPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students volunteer at a local garden for the National Hunger Cleanup Volunteers wear the textbook mascot costumes to educate students about affordable textbook alternatives Students posing with the textbook Rebellion books We Want Cheaper TEXTBOOKS Textbook Rebel and Mr 200 drew attention to outrageous textbook prices Six media outlets covered a stop on the Textbooks Rebellion tour to promote affordable alternatives to outrageously expensive textbooks Tell Congress Don t Double Our Rates Take Action On July 1 student loan interest rates on federal student loans will double driving up loan costs for 8 million students by 1 000 per loan Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig

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  • INPIRG to sponsor costume fun run | INPIRG
    big issues The national organization Public Interest Research Group was started in the 1980s and aims to actively engage students not only in politics but also in volunteerism The Bloomington based INPIRG chapter is presently the only chapter in Indiana I ve been looking for a way to help make a difference and someone came and talked about it and I was like that s exactly what I want to do Staley said With INPIRG you can actually do stuff You see results in INPIRG so it s really cool Previous INPIRG campaigns have included registering about 8 000 students on campus to vote for the midterm election and more recently a canned food drive which raised more than 200 pounds of food for Bloomington shelters Any interested IU student may join INPIRG and can either be a volunteer or be an intern to receive class credit We love volunteers Hofferth said However much time you put into it we re more than happy Usually we try to shoot for one to two events per campaign and we have four campaigns right now The size of the event varies as well Other events the organization is sponsoring is the week long INPIRG pledge drive starting Monday Every semester we need to have the support of 10 percent of the student body in order to stay funded because we are completely student run and funded Hofferth said Related Chapter Indiana University About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG

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  • Halloween costume run raises money for local homeless | INPIRG
    people simply turned and stared as the costumed Hoosiers raced down 10th Street and through the Arboretum Sophomore Joe Balio the barefoot man said he found the nearly one mile path too exhausting to finish He was one of the participants who didn t cross the finish line I didn t know I was going to be running against a bunch of track stars Balio said I didn t think we were training for the Olympics here First place went to senior Dylan Baker I feel honored to take part in such an event Baker said It wasn t the hardest race to win but without the extra time I took to prepare I probably wouldn t have been able to win To enter the race participants had to bring either canned foods or winter clothing to the starting point in the Arboretum The goods collected by the group were donated to Middle Way House and New Hope Family Shelter in Bloomington People shouldn t have to go wanting especially during the holiday season Staley said I m glad we could make a difference Related Chapter Indiana University About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Affordable Higher Education Sustainable U Make Textbooks Affordable Make

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  • Highlights from Fall Semester | INPIRG
    about the high cost of textbooks and affordable solutions The tour collected 10 000 petition signatures and was featured in 100 news stories Collecting 600 petition signatures asking Congress to eliminate wasteful government subsidies that make unhealthy food cheaper than healthy food Teaming up with the cast of Mad Men to make a Funny or Die video supporting High Speed Rail We re able to do this work because over 4 000 IU students chip in 10 every semester to fund INPIRG Thanks for your support Of course there s still a lot to be done on all of our campaigns We have a lot of great things planned and look forward to next semester 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Consumer Protection Higher Ed Hunger Sustainability Textbooks Transit Indiana University Add new comment About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports 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 Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger

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  • Toy Safety Tips | INPIRG
    medical attention 3 Watch or Button Batteries Keep watch or button batteries away from children If swallowed the battery acid can cause fatal internal injuries 4 Noise Children s ears are sensitive If a toy seems too loud for your ears it is probably too loud for a child Take the batteries out of loud toys or cover the speakers with tape 5 Strangulation Hazards Mobiles Keep mobiles out of the reach of children in cribs and remove them before the baby is five months old or can push him herself up Cords Remove knobs and beads from cords longer than one foot to prevent the cords from tangling into a dangerous loop Drawstrings Clothing with drawstrings on the hood can get caught on fixed objects like playground equipment and pose a strangulation hazard 6 Lead and Other Toxic Chemicals Some children s toys and cosmetics may contain lead or other toxic chemicals including phthalates While most lead and phthalates are being phased out of toys beginning in 2009 older toys may still contain them Toys with PVC Plastic Avoid toys made of PVC plastic which could contain toxic phthalates posing developmental hazards choose unpainted wooden or cloth toys instead Lead The Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC PIRG and children s health groups have found high levels of lead paint on toys as well as high levels of lead in vinyl lunch boxes and bibs and in children s costume jewelry All lead should be removed from a child s environment especially lead jewelry and other toys that can be swallowed To test jewelry for lead use a home lead tester available at the hardware store or simply throw costume jewelry made with such heavy metals away Other chemicals Read the labels of play cosmetics and avoid products with xylene toluene or dibutyl phthalate Additional Tips Accessorize your kids for safety Toys such as bicycles scooters skateboards and inline skates are safer when children wear protective gear If you plan to give any of these toys as gifts make them safer by also giving a helmet knee pads elbow pads and wrist guards Stay informed of recalls The CPSC recalls numerous toys and children s products each year Check www recalls gov for an archive of old recalls and to sign up to receive email alerts of new recalls Report A Dangerous Toy The Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC has the authority to recall dangerous toys and products from the market If you think a toy or product is hazardous contact the CPSC and submit a report by Phone 1 800 638 2772 Email Send a message to the CPSC Website Report a dangerous toy at www saferproducts gov Find Out More Visit toysafety mobi on your smartphone to get these tips while you shop Print out these tips for toy safety pdf These tips are designed to help parents grandparents caregivers and toy buyers avoid the most common hazards in toys Tell a Friend Know somebody who is shopping

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  • Trouble in Toyland | INPIRG
    several toys that contained small parts or near small part toys The toys containing small parts contained improper labels and might be mistakenly purchased for children under 3 The toys containing near small parts support our long term principle that the small parts test should be made more protective by making the test cylinder larger We found small cars that included small parts rubber traction bands on wheels Although the toy includes a statutory choke hazard warning and is labeled 4 the tiny label may violate CPSC hazard warning rules We also found several dollar store toys such as a small bowling ball and pin toy set with missing obscured or tiny choke hazard warning labels We also found some toy foods including both near small parts and other rounded ball like foods that would fail the small ball test although they are technically subject to the less stringent small parts test Toy foods poses a special hazard because they look to small children like something that should be eaten Round toy food should be tested as if it is a ball but the CPSC interprets the law differently Noisy Toys Research has shown that a third of Americans with hearing loss can attribute it in part to noise iv The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that one in five U S children will have some degree of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12 This may be in part due to many children using toys and other children s products such as music players that emit loud sounds v The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders advises that prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels will cause gradual hearing loss in any age range vi We found two toys a car driving wheel on a console and a toy guitar on store shelves that exceeded the recommended limit for continuous exposure of 85 decibels We also found one close to the ear toy a cell phone that exceeded the 65 decibel limit when measured with a digital sound level meter Recommendations for Policy Makers Policymakers must ensure that the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC is given the resources it needs to effectively protect consumers Policymakers must also continue vigorous oversight of implementation and enforcement of the new law Policymakers should require manufacturers to provide all hazard and health impact information to the state and federal government so agencies can begin to assess the thousands of chemicals currently on the market for which little or inadequate data are available There is overwhelming evidence showing that the Toxic Substances Control Act is failing our most vulnerable consumers pregnant women babies and children Policymakers should take steps to ensure that the American people are better protected from toxins in products Policymakers should reject well funded special interest efforts to weaken the ability of regulatory agencies to conduct rulemakings or enforce rules designed to protect public health and safety For the Consumer Product Safety Commission The

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  • INPIRG | Together we can make change happen
    university refunds is the most significant partnership identified More 05 24 2012 Blog Post Volunteer Register Voters at Concerts this Summer This summer we re running voter registration drives at concerts and music festivals across Indiana and we d love your help Let us know if you want to volunteer sign up here More 05 24 2012 Blog Post There is no A for effort Here s my statement on the failure to move debate forward on a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this July More Pages first previous 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last Visit Our Blog INPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Student leaders educate the campus about income inequality during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week We collect petition signatures lots of them Hunger and Homelessness intern Roua Aboukhadijeh collecting interview footage on campus for a short film on poverty Students campaign for High Speed Rail Fast Trains ARE Cool Students volunteer at a local garden for the National Hunger Cleanup Volunteers wear the textbook mascot costumes to educate students about affordable textbook alternatives Students posing with the textbook Rebellion books We Want Cheaper TEXTBOOKS Textbook Rebel and Mr 200 drew attention to outrageous textbook prices Six media outlets covered a stop on the Textbooks Rebellion tour to promote affordable alternatives to outrageously

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  • Youth Share of Electorate Rises Campus Precincts Post Turnout Increase | INPIRG
    PIRGs New Voters Project Director Cole and a team of thousands of student leaders and full time organizers spearheaded an intensive voter mobilization drive on campus over the past several week to help register and urge students to the polls on Election Day Using scientifically proven voter outreach and mobilization techniques such as peer to peer phonebanks and canvasses text message outreach and classroom announcements the campaign made more than 500 000 vote reminders in the days leading up to the election They also helped to register 100 000 young voters through a combination through an online voting software application and pavement pounding with registration forms attached to clipboards The best people to urge a young person to the poll is another young person said Cole Our campaign shows definitively that if you pay attention to young voters they will pay attention to you The Student PIRGs New Voters Project is one of the largest on the ground non partisan young voter mobilization campaigns in the country Over the past 25 years we have helped to register more than 1 7 million young people around the country and made millions of personal get out the vote reminders In 2012 the campaign will target 75 campuses in 17 states with intensive youth vote campaigns that will leverage proven on the ground and online peer to peer techniques to turn out young voters About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments IU Chapter Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Democracy Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Student Consumer Action Network Sustainable U Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues

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