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  • LISTEN: Consumer Groups Flag Dangerous Toys | MASSPIRG Students
    But Goodman says incredibly toys containing lead paint remain available even though lead paint has been banned since the late 1970s Another toxin discovered in toys purchased by MASSPIRG shoppers is phthalates which is used to soften plastic Exposure to it has been linked to developmental disabilities in young children The latest Consumer Product Safety Commission report on toy safety says there were 17 toy related deaths of children younger than 15 last year five more than the year before Half the fatalities were caused by choking on small toys Choking hazards can be difficult to regulate Batteries in toys and remote controls present a growing danger according to the advocacy group SafeKids USA It says the number of injuries and deaths from batteries has quadrupled in five years MASSPIRG says it also found toys that are potentially harmful to children s ears because of noisemakers that exceed standards recommended by the National Institute of Deafness The group sites the Hot Wheels Twin Duction race car as an example Massachusetts State Representative Angelo Puppolo of Springfield who is a member of the legislature s Conumer Protection Committee says it is critical to raise awareness about dangerous toys MASSPIRG has an interactive website with tips for safe toy shopping that can be accessed on smart phones It is at www Toysafety mobi The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a new database of recalled products and potential hazards at saferproducts gov 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

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  • PIRG: Avoid these Unsafe Toys this Holiday Season | MASSPIRG Students
    naturally place it to their ear he said Another toy that contained small pieces was deemed OK because it contained a warning label Anne Nunes the center s director said Kiddie Kampus carefully reviews all toys and other potential hazards before allowing them near children PIRG s list called Trouble in Toyland has led to 150 recalls and other actions including passage in 2008 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which enforces stricter hazardous materials limits and increases surveillance of imported toys and other children s products The legal limit for lead for example was lowered from 300 parts per million to 100 PIRG still recommends less than 40 Nagle said A website for consumers to get information and register complaints www saferproducts gov was also set up Though 25 toys are featured on this year s list the organization said far more toys are on shelves that pose potential hazards The report is available at www toysafety net This year s report the 26th annual comes at a time when budget cuts threaten to eliminate consumer safety regulations PIRG said Despite improvements in safety standards and increased awareness toys still caused 17 children s deaths in 2010 and more than 250 000 emergency room visits in 2009 the most recent year with data available according to the group Of the 17 deaths five were from choking on balloons three from choking on balls and three from choking on other toys or toy parts PIRG and other groups advise checking to see if a toy is a choking hazard by seeing whether it can fit into a cardboard toilet paper roll A toy is considered too loud if it is louder than 85 decibels or 65 decibels for toys that are used close to the ear About Us Our

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  • Report is driving statewide public transportation advocacy | MASSPIRG Students
    to raise awareness for public transportation by urging the state to invest in additional public transportation I am a great advocate for Worcester public transportation Ms Cournoyer said It s a big deal for us to get back and forth to work and school There are 30 000 college students in the city and the nearby region according to Mayor Joseph O Brien He said he was there to voice his support and enthusiasm for increasing investments in public transportation not only for senior citizens and college students but also for low income residents who also heavily rely on public transportation I would make a case that public transportation is critical Mr O Brien said Mr Davis said investing in public transportation is important for senior citizens because it provides both groups independence Investing in transit also delivers returns to everyone in the commonwealth in the form of roads reduced congestion reduced dependence on oil and fewer emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming according to the report 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 Media Hits by Campaign Campaign Against Hunger

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  • A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services | MASSPIRG Students
    average of 800 to 900 to purchase their textbooks each year A recent survey by CALPIRG found that students at California universities spent an average of 898 on textbooks in the 2004 2005 school year Similarly the College Board found students at four year public institutions spent an average of 853 for textbooks and supplies that same year Taking supplies and course materials into consideration a student renting her textbooks could save at least 400 every year or a total of 1 600 2 000 depending on the length of her college career With tuition and textbooks costs on the rise universities need to explore ways to help maintain access to higher education by lowering students costs Textbook rental services provide a valuable and economical alternative to the high cost of purchasing textbooks This document is a twelve step guide for colleges and universities interested in lowering textbook costs for students by transitioning to a textbook rental service or exploring new innovative business models This guide is designed to help schools develop a viable model that will best fit each individual campus based on lessons drawn from existing rental services Twelve Steps to Renting Textbooks Create a Textbook Rental Service Advisory Committee Establish Textbook Rental Mission Establish Operating Guidelines Update Contracts Establish Faculty Textbook Adoption Guidelines Determine Rental Fees and Startup Costs Determine Storage Requirements Purchase and Build Textbook Inventory Develop Computer Tracking System Communication with Campus Determine Store Layout and Staffing Teach Students and Faculty How to Use Textbook Rental Service Continue to Explore New Solutions to the High Cost of Textbooks For those readers interested in transitioning to a rental system the Appendix provides a list of resources including contacts and materials currently used to operate existing rental services Released July 2005 Related issues Make Textbooks Affordable About

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  • Ripoff 101: 2nd Edition | MASSPIRG Students
    during the same time period New textbook editions are costly and limit the availability of used textbooks The most widely purchased textbooks on college campuses have new editions published every three years on average New editions of the textbooks surveyed cost on average 45 percent more than used copies of the previous edition When issuing new editions most publishers raise the prices of their books Of the textbooks surveyed new textbook prices jumped 12 percent on average between the previous and current edition almost twice the rate of inflation between 2000 and 2003 6 8 percent Three fourths 76 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they found new editions justified only half the time or less Bundling drives up textbook costs Half 50 percent of the textbooks in the survey were sold bundled or shrinkwrapped with additional instructional materials such as CD ROMs and workbooks When a bundled book is available for purchase unbundled without the addon materials the bundled book is on average 10 percent more expensive than its unbundled counterpart Some bundled textbooks are substantially more expensive For example a Thomson Learning chemistry textbook was 47 percent more expensive bundled 223 75 than when sold as a separate textbook 152 00 More than half of the bundled textbooks surveyed 55 percent were not available for students to purchase a la carte in which the textbook is available without the add on materials Two thirds 65 percent of the faculty surveyed in our 2004 report said that they used bundled items rarely or never Textbook publishers charge American students more than students overseas for the same textbooks The average textbook surveyed costs 20 percent more in the United States than it does in the United Kingdom Some textbooks were dramatically more expensive in the United States than in the United Kingdom For example Pearson s Calculus textbook selling for about 100 in the U S costs only 38 on the U K Amazon com website just one third the price Freeman s Chemical Principles textbook priced at 185 in the U S is available in the U K for only 88 half the price Some publishers display overseas prices on their websites For example Thomson Learning s website lists the prices charged to students in the U S U K Europe Africa and the Middle East According to this website for the books included in our survey Thomson Learning charges U S students 72 percent more on average than it does students in the U K Africa and Middle East Some books are priced even higher For example Thomson Learning charges U S students 108 for its Biology textbook but charges students in the U K Africa and Middle East only 51 for the same book Recommendations This report is a renewed call to the publishing industry to reform its practices Publishers should Produce and price textbooks to be as inexpensive as possible without sacrificing educational value Produce new textbook editions only when educationally

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    287 professors from a variety of disciplines at Massachusetts colleges and universities over the fall semester of 2006 to get their views on textbook industry practices that drive up prices February 2007 More 08 01 2005 Report Limited Knowledge The future of academic research is in peril University budgets are decreasing while the cost of academic journals is skyrocketing As a result universities are unable to purchase vital journal subscriptions that help boost the quality and success of new academic research Fortunately new and innovative solutions are growing in popularity and have the potential to change the future of academic communication September 2005 More Pages first previous 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 next last Visit Our Blog 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

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 next last Visit Our Blog 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 a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG Intern with MASSPIRG Apply Online As a MASSPIRG intern you ll learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign You ll learn how to build teams of volunteers organize events on campus and work with the media A crash course in effective citizenship

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    showed that over 33 467 910 00 of public money was spent on simple registration implementation and error correction issues in 2008 The Fund finds that a more streamlined and automatic system linking existing databases with the state voter rolls could free up significant resources at the local level More Pages first previous 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 next last Visit Our Blog 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 a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront

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