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  • Toy Safety Tips | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    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

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  • Trouble in Toyland | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    it would be banned for sale to children under 14 These instead were labeled 4 and up Choking Hazards Choking on small toy parts on small balls on marbles and on balloons continues to be the major cause of toy related deaths and injuries Between 1990 and 2011 over 200 children died from choking incidents This year we found 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

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  • Youth Share of Electorate Rises Campus Precincts Post Turnout Increase | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Texas Dallas demonstrated a 46 percent increase University of Massachusetts Amherst Precinct 3 for instance showed a 29 percent increase over 2008 Despite the dire predictions of low youth turnout today young people once again showed that when voter mobilization efforts pay attention to them they show up on Election Day said Leigh Anne Cole Student 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 How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters

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  • ELECTION DAY UPDATES FROM ACROSS NEW JERSEY | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    voting AND mustaches Students showing their voter pride in Wisconsin At NC State 115 people voted at the campus polling location in the first hour 80 were students Daniel and volunteers at the CMU polls Jocelyn Williams sophomore at NC Central first time voting my education means a lot and I love my future Students voting at NC Central University this AM BCC VOTES 941 GOTV contacts made at Berkshire Community College on election day eve New Voters Project 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 Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Student Consumer Action Network Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Safe

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  • NJPIRG | Together we can make change happen Student Chapters
    of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students More 05 30 2012 Report The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified More Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 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

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  • Limited Knowledge | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    article process charged to authors their grants or institutions Open access peer reviewed journals also have impact factors and citation rates that on average are equal to or higher than traditional peer reviewed journals 1 Open Course Materials And Software In 1999 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT launched OpenCourseWare OCW a program MIT uses to make all of its course materials available free online for anyone in the world 2 OCW had 1 100 courses published as of June 1 2005 3 Rice University launched a similar site Connexions which grew from 200 modules to 2 300 in two years 4 Leverage Interlibrary Loan Systems Interlibrary loaning programs allow multiple institutions to share research materials through the Web or a manual delivery system For example the University of California UC interlibrary loan system allows a library to borrow or photocopy an article available in another institution s collections thus providing access to research without significant cost to the reader and capturing efficiencies in the way materials are collected and shared 5 Create Permanent Institutional Archives Administrators and librarians should create permanent standing archives in which researchers at the institution can deposit their work The university system maintains the archive and makes available the research stored within it over the Internet This guarantees free permanent access to the research produced by that university to the university itself other university systems and the public Bulk Purchasing Institutions should purchase journals in consortia with other universities to help lower subscription prices In 2002 the UC campuses negotiating in consortia through the California Digital Library saved 27 million dollars 6 After purchasing the information each of the UC schools had access to it through the Internet Bulk purchasing lowers the prices and maintains user access to vital research UC budget materials give dramatic

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  • A Guide to Establishing Textbook Rental Services | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    of which have rented textbooks for more than a century Students attending colleges and universities that rent textbooks spend less on textbooks than students who purchase their books Students using existing textbook rental services pay 130 to 240 per year plus some course materials students attending public four year colleges currentlypay an 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

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  • Ripoff 101: 2nd Edition | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    rate for all finished goods according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index The wholesale prices charged by textbook publishers have jumped 62 percent since 1994 while prices charged for all finished goods increased only 14 percent Similarly the prices charged by publishers for general books increased just 19 percent 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

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