archive-org.com » ORG » M » MASSPIRGSTUDENTS.ORG

Total: 426

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    The New Bedford Standard Times covers the South Coast release of MASSPIRG s Common Connections transit report on students and seniors More Huffington Post Recap of the National Rebellion Against High Textbook Prices Nicole Allen the Student PIRGs national textbooks advocate sums up our wildly successful cross country Textbooks Rebellion tour Don t miss the slideshow More Huffington Post Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket Double in Past 6 Years Rich Williams US PIRG s higher education advocate takes on the student loan industry and advocates that Congress sustain if not increase financial aid More Salem State Log Sleepout a Lesson in Homelessness MASSPIRG at Salem State sleeps out for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week More Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/home?page=9 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive


  • U.S. PIRG releases report on driving trends | MASSPIRG Students
    led by declines among Millennials The states with the biggest reductions in driving miles generally were not the states hit hardest by the economic downturn The majority almost three quarters of the states where per person driving miles declined more quickly than the national average actually saw smaller increases in unemployment compared to the rest of the nation We were surprised to see how widespread this trend was across the country We expected that perhaps driving was declining mostly in the more populous states but the research revealed that driving is on the decline in almost every state said Phineas Baxandall a Senior Analyst at MASSPIRG and primary author of the report Massachusetts transportation system is antiquated and has gone underfunded for decades If we are to build a modern transportation system our limited tax dollars and political capital must be redirected to support projects which improve public transportation Governor Michael Dukakis offered this assessment The MASSPIRG study now confirms what has been apparent to many of us for some time people are sick and tired of wasting their time in traffic and want to live in communities that are close to their work with excellent public transportation systems Fortunately Greater Boston already has a public transportation system that is the envy of most of the other major cities in the country Our job now is to manage it well and continue to make the kinds of investments in it that will make it even better and more accessible to all of our citizens light rail through Somerville commuter rail to southeastern Massachusetts and building the North South rail link that will finally connect North and South Stations by rail Given these trends we need to press the reset button on our transportation policy said Jackson Just because past transportation

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/blogs/ma/us-pirg-releases-report-driving-trends (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • New Report Shows Bay Staters Are Driving Less | MASSPIRG Students
    of decline led by declines among Millennials The states with the biggest reductions in driving miles generally were not the states hit hardest by the economic downturn The majority almost three quarters of the states where per person driving miles declined more quickly than the national average actually saw smaller increases in unemployment compared to the rest of the nation We were surprised to see how widespread this trend was across the country We expected that perhaps driving was declining mostly in the more populous states but the research revealed that driving is on the decline in almost every state said Phineas Baxandall a Senior Analyst at MASSPIRG and primary author of the report Massachusetts transportation system is antiquated and has gone underfunded for decades If we are to build a modern transportation system our limited tax dollars and political capital must be redirected to support projects which improve public transportation Governor Michael Dukakis offered this assessment The MASSPIRG study now confirms what has been apparent to many of us for some time people are sick and tired of wasting their time in traffic and want to live in communities that are close to their work with excellent public transportation systems Fortunately Greater Boston already has a public transportation system that is the envy of most of the other major cities in the country Our job now is to manage it well and continue to make the kinds of investments in it that will make it even better and more accessible to all of our citizens light rail through Somerville commuter rail to southeastern Massachusetts and building the North South rail link that will finally connect North and South Stations by rail Given these trends we need to press the reset button on our transportation policy said Jackson Just because

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/blogs/ma/new-report-shows-bay-staters-are-driving-less (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Update the Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    wait any longer so we are taking this issue to the people This fall we are collecting 100 000 citizen signatures to qualify for the 2014 ballot This will be the biggest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the bottle bill back in the 80s and we can do this again So join the campaign and help us make history UMass Dartmouth About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Make

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/blogs/ma/update-bottle-bill (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • This Semester's Top Campaign: The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    100 000 citizen signatures to qualify the Bottle Bill for the 2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year Here at Westfield State we ll be collecting 2 000 citizen signatures on campus and in the wider community I m really excited to start working with faculty and staff local elected officials and MASSPIRG student chapters across the state See you on campus Charlotte Sustainability Waste Westfield State University About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/blogs/ma/semesters-top-campaign-bigger-better-bottle-bill-1 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    Update the Bottle Bill The UMass Dartmouth Torch covers Update the Bottle Bill petitioning by MASSPIRG chapter students More UMass Dartmouth Torch Letter to the Editor Update the Bottle Bill James Bazinet from UMass Dartmouth encourages students to take action to update the Bottle Bill More The Point at Fitchburg State Campaign to end unhealthy food subsidies MASSPIRG Student Samantha Demanbey urges Congress to cut subsidies for unhealthy foods in a letter to the editor of The Point at Fitchburg State More Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/home?page=10 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Students Lose When Financial Aid Goes Onto Fee-Laden Debit Cards | MASSPIRG Students
    the most money to issue us debit cards When it comes to banks students are likelier to stick with that institution even after they graduate because switching banks is such a hassle Ideally they d be able to select a bank and an account based on their own needs PIRG says the school should be looking out for students best interests not their own bottom lines But in reality the study says that s what happens Although colleges and banks tend to keep their contracts pretty close to the vest the report offered one telling example In a contract with Ohio State University Huntington Bank agreed to pay the school 25 million over 15 years plus lend and invest up to 100 million more in the area around the campus This is big money and PIRG contends too much of this is being earned at students expense Although it s possible for students today to get financial aid via a paper check or direct deposited into another bank account study co author Rich Williams says some institutions make it deliberately difficult for them to do so Getting a paper check may require a wait of as long as a couple of weeks a time frame that simply isn t an option for many students especially those who are lower income To get funds direct deposited students might find that they have to jump through hoops like filling out forms by hand and finding a place where they can send them via fax in order for their request to be processed MORE 6 Common Misconceptions About Financial Aid Roughly 700 of the 900 partnerships are for debit cards attached to a checking account the remainder are prepaid debit cards Williams says Although prepaid debit fees have gotten a lot of attention lately including from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau some of the conventional debit cards are just as bad Multiplying the impact is the fact that some of this financial aid comes in the form of loans which means students are paying interest on the money they re forking over in fees In some cases students are charged 50 cents every time they use their cards to make a PIN based purchase at a retailer an amount that can multiply quickly if the card is their primary access point to their money Williams says a student pays an average of 5 each time they use a non partner ATM to access their funds Higher One although it serves 520 campuses only has 600 ATMs that are fee free for students to use If these machines break down or run out of money which happens before lunchtime on some days right after aid funds are deposited onto the cards students who need their money right away have no choice but to pay that roughly 5 surcharge about half of which goes to Higher One One study conducted by a consulting firm on behalf of Higher One found that students paid an average

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/sp/students-lose-when-financial-aid-goes-fee-laden-debit-cards (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Campus debit cards can carry downsides | MASSPIRG Students
    One bank charges a 28 overdraft fee for each day an account is overdrawn for up to 14 days Students using prepaid debit cards can be charged for reloading or depositing money on the cards at ATMs At one school the reload fee is 4 95 One company charges students 50 cents if they swipe a card with a MasterCard logo choose the debit option and enter their personal identification number They don t get charged the fee if they use the credit option and sign the receipt This type of fee has been particularly controversial Students at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University protested the fee and had it removed Under one deal a student debit cardholder can be charged a 10 fee if another person tries to load money onto the student s card electronically but the transaction is canceled because the other person s bank account has insufficient funds Students can be assessed a fee when they check their balance at an ATM One institution charges 60cents per inquiry This does not include charges potentially assessed by the ATM owner Supporters of the fee structures on these campus card products insist fees are a natural consequence of electronic banking However students can easily find checking accounts available to the general public in the marketplace that are virtually free to use the report says Students can often opt to have their financial aid directly deposited into an account not affiliated with a financial institution working with their college They can get a paper check But inertia and heavy marketing by the financial companies often result in students choosing the cards being pushed under the college backed partnerships Students are not necessarily making their financial choices freely the report says When the college has selected a student ID vendor that incidentally offers additional banking services on the college mascot embellished card the student s choices are limited and the student is under the presumption that the college endorses the provider These deals many of which are not publicly disclosed raise questions that demand answers If students are getting precious grant aid or loans loaded on to their debit cards they shouldn t be nickel and dimed to death with fees U S PIRG recommends that students be presented with options to receive financial aid They should also be able to easily opt out of the university sponsored debit card program through the campus itself rather than having to go to a Web site or though other hurdles I see another investigation for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Although debit cards help make getting money easier we need to make sure students many new to banking aren t paying more than they need to for access to their money Readers can write to Michelle Singletary at The Washington Post 1150 15th St NW Washington D C 20071 or singletarym washpost com Personal responses may not be possible and comments or questions may be used in a future column with

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/sp/campus-debit-cards-can-carry-downsides (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive



  •