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  • The Bigger Better Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    2014 ballot This will be the largest student run field operation in the state this year It was students who helped pass the original Bottle Bill back in the 80s and we can do it again Come join MASSPIRG at UMass Boston and together we will collect 3 000 petition signatures raise awareness about the need for the updated Bottle Bill and give the public the choice to increase recycling in Massachusetts 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

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/blogs/ma/bigger-better-bottle-bill (2016-04-29)
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  • STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL | MASSPIRG Students
    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 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

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/news/ma/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 | MASSPIRG 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 offer Also buying at the bookstore is the best way to guarantee you ll get exactly what your professor

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/news/college-textbooks-latest-trends-and-how-save-money-fall (2016-04-29)
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  • MASSPIRG’s Blitz Campaign Gains Support for Recycling Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    toxic waste in the environment Additionally he said many plastics are being incinerated instead which he said releases carcinogens into the atmosphere We re just talking about bottles but when we get down to it it s about our quality of living Sullivan said Sullivan said this issue is seen as relatively unimportant by some congressmen but he thinks a petition with a lot of support could serve as motivation for change He said they are also looking to provide people with more of an incentive to recycle because people in today s economy need extra money The campaign to updated the Bottle Bill is also attempting to put responsibility on corporations for their products out in the market even after they have been consumed according to Sullivan According to Savanna Van Leuvan Smith the campaign coordinator the updated bottle bill is a no brainer She said not only does this bill promote recycling and help clean up the environment but it also saves the state and consumers money She said it costs the state a lot of money to deal with waste during incineration Burning plastic can emit carcinogens into the air and burying this type of waste can contaminate the groundwater said Van Leuvan Smith In Boston there is support for updating the Bottle Bill In Gov Deval Patrick s 2010 budget proposal he suggested amending the Bottle Bill to include water flavored waters coffee based drinks juices and sports drinks of less than 1 gallon in size According to a web page produced by the Executive Office of Administration and Finance amending the bottle bill will encourage recycling as well as create new revenue as consumers will be required to pay an additional 5 cents on the newly covered products There is some opposition to the bill being updated According to Van Leuvan Smith some companies such as Coca Cola Pepsi Polar Water and Ocean Spray are not in favor of updating the bill to include more containers She said this is because the companies would have to charge their customers more and could potentially lose money Beth Ramey drive coordinator said they saw a lot of student support for their campaign saying that most students were very receptive She also said a lot of students expressed confusion as to why many containers lack the five cent deposit in the first place She said they did experience some rejection from students who seemed too busy to sign You always get some people who don t have time she said Ramey said MASSPIRG hired an official polling company to gauge the level of support for their efforts and the poll revealed 77 percent of population is on board with this bill Caitlin Michniewicz a junior environmental design major was in favor of updating the bill and described it as very awesome She was positive about the potential for the updated bill to increase recycling Ariel Nenninger a junior animal science major was also in favor of the campaign

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/ma/masspirg%E2%80%99s-blitz-campaign-gains-support-recycling-bill (2016-04-29)
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  • MASSPIRG Petitions to Update the Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    that it also decreases liter increases recycling and helps cities and towns improve their recycling rates while lowering the need for liter collection The petition to expand the Bottle Bill would include water sports drinks flavored teas juices and other beverages The bill would reestablish the Clean Environment Fund using forfeited deposits to improve recycling and other environmental projects as well as provide relief to redemption centers who have not had a raise in over twenty years The bill would not increase the five cent deposit or cost the state any money On Tuesday October 11 Patrick Nagle held a MASSPIRG meeting to discuss petition and campaign goals With their deadline approaching on October 27 Nagle hopes to receive around 2 000 student signatures which is approximately 25 of the campus population As of October 11 he and his volunteers had collected 308 signatures Along with his volunteers Nagle plans to petition at different locations of high traffic around campus They hope to raise enough awareness support and volunteers by their deadline in order to take their petition to the state level Students involved with MASSPIRG will take action on a local and state level to improve and expand recycling in order to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills and incinerators For over thirty years students and their campus MASSPIRG chapters have worked to initiate change in their communities as well as on a national level to build a better world and make a difference in the lives of others Related Chapter 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

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/ma/masspirg-petitions-update-bottle-bill (2016-04-29)
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  • Letter to the Editor: Update the Bottle Bill | MASSPIRG Students
    Massachusetts there is no 5 cent deposit on them thus making it much more likely that these bottles will end up in our land fills or at your feet as you walk around school State wide MASSPIRG and our great group of members have made the push to get a bottle bill asking for 5 cent deposits on juice and water bottles from committee where it sits to be voted on in the legislature With 1 400 petitions backing us and more than 10 000 across the state there is a real chance to improve our recycling on campus and in the community But we need your help and all you need to do is give state rep and senator a call and tell them to give their support for the bottle bill and all of the positive effects it will have on the community Thanks again for your time and support James M Bazinet Class of 2012 Masspirg member SGA Rep for College of Arts and Sciences 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 and

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/ma/letter-editor-update-bottle-bill (2016-04-29)
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  • Campaign to end unhealthy food subsidies | MASSPIRG Students
    seem to find an issue They probably get the notion of a consumer is a consumer and whatever they like they are going to buy but sadly sometimes that isn t the underlying factor Small farmers producing natural products like fruit and vegetables are the ones that should be given breaks and support from the government But instead they are not given the benefits that bigger corporations that are known for making quick and unhealthy foods junk foods are getting This needs to stop I know the matter is not so simple as favoring big business over small independent businesses but with recent economic struggles from the standpoint of the average citizen it definitely appears that way Jefferson did not envision America as the land of the corporate giants but rather a place where the average person could make something of themselves by positively contributing to society Small farmers represent ordinary Americans trying to produce something good for their country Their products are not masses of hazardous chemicals and synthetic materials just to get money fast they are truly trying to make a living by giving a way of living back to their community Please do not support the agribusinesses that are producing items bad for the country Think before you choose who is right and who is wrong 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

    Original URL path: http://masspirgstudents.org/media/ma/campaign-end-unhealthy-food-subsidies (2016-04-29)
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  • Westfield Students Finish Public Comment Drive for Zero Waste! | MASSPIRG Students
    to be posted soon Dr Brian Conz of the Geography and Regional Planning Department and Westfield State Sustainability Coordinator Bill Bickley came out to show their support Students had the opportunity to sign an incinerator prop MASSPIRG students collected 81 signatures Related Chapter 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 Contact News Releases by Campaign Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman

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