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  • Moving Off the Road | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    a reduction in the average number of driving miles per person since the end of the national Driving Boom North Dakota Nevada Louisiana and Alabama are the only states in the nation where driving miles per capita in 2011 were above their 2004 or 2005 peaks Meanwhile since 2005 double digit percent reductions occurred in a diverse collection of states Alaska Delaware Oregon Georgia Wyoming South Carolina the District of Columbia Pennsylvania Indiana and Florida The fifty states plus the District of Columbia offer a useful natural experiment to examine different factors behind America s reduction in driving since 2004 Examining the commonalities and differences in driving trends among states can provide insight into the potential causes behind the downturn in driving and the direction of future trends This study finds that declining rates of driving do not correspond with how badly states suffered economically in recent years On the contrary Among the 23 states in which driving miles per person declined faster than the national average only six saw unemployment increase faster than the nation as a whole Among the 10 states with the largest declines in driving per person only two rank among the ten with largest increases in unemployment Among the 23 states where driving declined faster than the national average only 11 saw faster than average declines in the employed share of their working age population Among the 10 states with the greatest reductions in the employed share of population only two were also among the ten states with the largest reductions of driving Georgia and the District of Columbia The evidence suggests that the nation s per capita decline in driving cannot be dismissed as a temporary side effect of the recession While certainly a contributing factor and an economic rebound could be expected to

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  • STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    in fact it would pay for lower short term interest rates by jacking those rates up within two years followed by even higher rates throughout the decade Lindstrom continued If this new agreement is signed into law by the year 2018 an undergraduate who takes out the maximum 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

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  • College Textbooks: Latest Trends and How to Save Money This Fall | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    program in Washington State called the Open Course Library has already developed free online resources for 81 courses saving students 5 5 million since 2011 OpenStax College a project out of Rice University is developing open textbooks for the 25 largest enrollment courses which could ultimately save 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

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  • NJPIRG | Together we can make change happen Student Chapters
    triggers asthma attacks heart attacks and other fatal diseases More 07 21 2012 Resource Textbooks Project Packet Want to join the fight to make textbooks affordable Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the textbooks campaign on your campus More 07 06 2012 News Release President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling Students can breathe a sigh of relief today At least for the next year student strapped with debt will get a temporary reprieve from doubling interest rates on their loans borrowed next year More Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Visit Our Blog NJPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Search form Search Tweets by NJPIRGStudents Students in Action RSS Contact NJPIRG in Action DontFracktheD Get Involved Three million New Jerseyans get their drinking water from the Delaware Water Basin let s make sure the commission in charge of protecting the basin keeps fracking out So You Need Health Insurance Now What Get the Guide Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance To make the most of new choices protections and financial help you need good information Our guide can help you find quality coverage that won t break the bank Intern with NJPIRG Learn more and apply As an

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  • NJ group outlines dangerous toys at presentation in Hackensack | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    To check for choking risks Abby Anderson with the NJPRIG recommended a toilet paper roll test if the toy can fit through the tube it s a hazard Balloons small balls and toys with small component parts are also a danger Despite tightened standards for lead content some toys still violate the allowable levels Miller said bright colored plastic toys the ones that really scream at you might signal dangerous lead levels Plastic toys may also contain phthalates a chemical that softens plastic and poses a danger to small children Avoid toys that produce sustained noise above 85 decibels for close to the ear toys such as toy phones and music players that s 65dB Miller said toymakers who violate safety standards can receive fines in excess of 10 000 One problem parents also could face is old toys hand me downs or toys purchased second hand which may not have been subject to stringent modern safety standards The toys presented Tuesday by NJPIRG were part of a small representative sample collected by the group It s so parents know what to look for Anderson said The toys looked harmless but that s part of the problem toys that seem safe Miller said can be particularly dangerous Of course it s hard to argue with an old fashioned stuffed animal Miller brought along some show and tell her childhood teddy bear Coco Coco will not choke you make you deaf or fall on top of you Miller said urging shoppers to invest in simple toys that last It is a timeless toy There are other timeless toys out there About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full

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  • Volunteers tidy up community on ‘Day of Service’ | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    to end the week on Friday with a benefit concert in the Loree Building on Cook Douglass campus that also plans to donate its earnings to charity We will never get rid of poverty completely because it s not really feasible Kisseberth said But what we do want to do is raise awareness in our communities and help get rid of some of the stereotypes people have about those who are poor or what it means to be poor Through the week NJPIRG hopes to bring attention to the issue of poverty in America which Kisseberth said is sometimes overlooked A lot of people think that because we re in the United States we don t have these same problems or it only affects a certain part of the population she said It s not just something that happens in inner cities or in Africa or in Central America It s something that we need to also address here They also work to alleviate the poverty issue through educational events where panels of homeless and formerly homeless people speak and share stories about homeless life Kisseberth said They particularly focus on disproving the stereotype that homeless people are in their situations because of bad decision making NJPIRG is dedicated not only to raising awareness in communities but also among University students through flyer campaigns tabling and event pages on Facebook Kisseberth said Tabling and having a day of service allows people to know that an event is going on said Najmin Begum an NJPIRG volunteer and School of Arts and Sciences senior A small donation can go a long way toward helping the hungry and homeless Kisseberth said Two dollars donated can actually buy 20 pounds worth of food she said Kisseberth said one challenge NJPIRG must overcome is getting

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  • NJPIRG tour raises awareness on cheaper textbook options | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    are already available for dozens of courses like Economics 101 Calculus and Chemistry she said Since many of the authors just want more exposure for their work the books are priced much cheaper The petitions at the event had an action box that students were encouraged to sign which would allow NJPIRG to send emails to professors and faculty providing them with information about the benefits of using open textbooks We will be able to use the students signatures to send an email to up to 10 professors on campus with info about low cost textbooks in their course Allen said It will show that there is support among the student body for cheaper general NJPIRG representatives said publishing companies make too many unnecessary new editions to textbooks causing students to buy new textbooks too often Calculus hasn t changed in 100 years yet every single year the publishing companies are coming up with new editions because they want to make more money Farino said Students passing by the event said they were drawn to the large mascots one dressed as an expensive textbook and the other as an open book Many students who passed the event expressed concern about the money they had to spend on textbooks for their courses and thought student life would be easier if prices were lower The exorbitant prices of our textbooks really decrease the student life on campus and having less costly books would really make student life easier and more affordable said Upamanyu Mukhopadmyay a computer science graduate student School of Arts and Sciences senior Nikhil Divakar wants professors to learn about the advantages of open textbooks Bringing the solutions to our professors is a good idea and after hearing about the positives of open textbooks I really want more professors to

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  • NJPIRG works to ban plastic bag use on campus | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    bring pledges to them and say This many students have pledged to not use plastic bags Pollioni said Students can show support for the cause by signing the pledge to stop using plastic bags said Simo a School of Arts and Sciences senior If you re going to buy something small you should say Hey I don t need a plastic bag he said Once you drop that then the culture changes NJPIRG is asking local shops and University students to join the efforts of building a greener community because the United States is falling behind Simo said A lot of other countries have banned plastic bags whereas we haven t he said They use corn starched bags or reusable bags which are good alternatives The first city in the nation to ban plastic bags is San Francisco Simo said We re trying to be the first on the East Coast to get this done he said Simo said this is an issue that can be accomplished if everyone takes part I think it s something that s very realistic Cities and countries have already done this and it s something that will progress New Brunswick as a city he said In the future NJPIRG plans to ask community residents to make a pledge to stop using plastic bags and bring the issue to the New Brunswick City Council to build an environmentally conscious community Pollioni said The City Council is actually able to decide to no longer allow plastic bags in New Brunswick she said If they re going to uphold what they re supposed to be doing as political advocates in this city then they should get rid of plastic bags Lizmarie Velez a School of Arts and Sciences senior said she went green and stopped using plastic

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