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  • Ripoff 101: Tips for Saving on Textbooks | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    our student boards decided to launch an investigation into the cause of high textbook prices I have to admit at first we were a little alarmed by the results Textbook prices were rising at 4 times the rate of inflation and publishers were artificially inflating their prices Our staff and students released a series of reports which got a lot of media attention and faculty and congress responded Since 2004 several states have taken legislative action and last summer the national textbook price disclosure law went into effect Now we ve teamed up with other student faculty college and affordable textbook groups to launch a coalition called the Textbook Rebellion which will present a united front against textbook rip offs Good luck Make Textbooks Affordable Textbooks Add new comment Comments aecdbdfv November 5 2012 11 32pm Zsnanytw Canada Goose Jackor Mbxcpeqk Lid Coach Outlet Store Online Jidm reply 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/latest-updates-blog/ripoff-101-tips-saving-textbooks (2016-04-29)
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  • Pell Grants Protected in Budget Cuts | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    to fill a shortfall in the program even as it reduces federal spending by over 900 billion over ten years This decision demonstrates that federal leaders know that student aid is crucial to millions of students in order to pay for college Our nation needs graduates with the skills and knowledge that higher education provides Workforce projections forecast that by 2018 there will be jobs for as many as 2 2 million new workers with college degrees but on our current trajectory there will be a shortage of 3 million workers who need an associate s degree or higher After years of stagnant funding that failed to keep pace with college costs Congress provided desperately needed changes and funding increases to the Pell Grant program Pell Grants grew from serving just over 5 million students annually in 2006 to now over 9 million students in 2011 The program increased yearly funding from almost 13 billion a year in 2006 to almost 36 billion a year 2011 through the passage of a series of high profile pieces of legislation The maximum Pell Grant grew from 4 310 to 5 550 The recent victory came at a cost In order to make the deal to protect the Pell Grant key benefits were scaled back on graduate student loans In affect some students now face a higher debt burden in order to maintain grant aid As students head back to school this fall we have to be vigilant The fight over cutting the federal budget continues and we can expect more shortsighted proposals to scale back student aid Higher Ed 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/pell-grants-protected-budget-cuts (2016-04-29)
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  • Famine spreads in Africa | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    lives of more than 12 million families and children Severe droughts have depleted food supplies and livestock Families are fleeing their homes in search of food and refugee camps are filling fast Sadly this crisis is largely going unnoticed In 1984 nearly 1 million Ethiopians died because the world s attention and aid arrived too late We cannot let that happen again Donate if you can Spread the word Host a fundraiser Ask your friends Ask your parents Ask everyone Click here to donate to Oxfam or text FOOD to 864233 to donate 10 to UNICEF to help provide supplies water and food Click here to share this post on Facebook Click here to download our fundraising toolkit Thanks 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/latest-news/nj/famine-spreads-africa (2016-04-29)
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  • History of Accomplishments the Last 40 Years! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    CARD Act that will end some of the worst abuses of the credit card industry including some which are often targeted at college students 2009 Student PIRG and NJPIRG student activists mobilized their peers and helped persuade Congress to include an additional 2 5 billion down payment for high speed rail in their appropriations bill more than doubling President Obama s original recommendation 2009 Help to launch the Resolve Conference where 250 students from across the country were joined by activists advocates and organizers for a weekend of education and training to create anti poverty campaigns in their communities 2008 Helped with passing the Higher Education Opportunity Act The law contains several important policy changes including an increase in the maximum authorized level of the Pell Grant to 9 000 2008 NJPIRG students helped get an Affordable Textbooks provision included in the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act The provision helps lower the cost of textbooks for millions of students by requiring publishers to disclose textbook pricing and revision information to faculty and requiring publishers to offer textbooks and supplemental materials unbundled 2008 Students working on NJPIRG Student Chapters New Voters Project teamed up with the RU Voting Coalition and collected over 5 000 voter registration forms In the days leading up to the election we contacted over 28 000 young voters across the state to remind them to vote 2008 Across the country Student PIRGs New Voters Project helps register 118 000 young voters and contacts 440 000 voters to turn them out to the polls 2008 Surveyed over 2 000 students and released a subsequent report The Campus Credit Card Trap which garnered nationwide media coverage 2007 Joined the nationwide Student PIRGs What s Your Plan Campaign which talked to the presidential candidates over 100 times on the campaign trail to ask them about their plans for global warming and higher education 2007 In September NJPIRG worked with a national coalition to help pass the College Cost Reduction and Access Act the largest increase in federal student aid in 20 years This law also made dramatic cuts in interest rates for student loans We followed up by helping pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act which was signed by President Bush in August 2008 That law contains several important policy changes including an increase in the maximum authorized level of the Pell Grant to 9 000 2005 Despite a strong push by the oil industry and their allies in Congress NJPIRG Student Chapters and the State PIRGs were part of a successful campaign to beat back the latest effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling The fight was the latest in a 25 year effort to combat drilling in this pristine wilderness 2005 NJPIRG Student Chapters helped to register 5000 students to vote in the fall 2005 New Jersey election The registration effort was followed by a GOTV campaign contacting 16 000 registered 18 24 year olds on 12 college campuses across the state According to a

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/history-accomplishments-last-40-years (2016-04-29)
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  • Renter's Rights Guide | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    will be more effective and will be enforced by a court of law in spite of what the printed form says Be certain that both parties initial any modification 7 Have you carefully inspected the unit This will avoid future disputes about breaks damages or cleanliness 8 Did you get a copy of the signed rental agreement The landlord is required to give you a copy of the rental agreement and it is best to get the copy in person at the time you sign it If there is any later dispute the first thing you need is the agreement If you lose your copy of the lease you may request that the landlord make you a copy Your Rights as a Tenant Responsibility for maintaining a decent dwelling and a good rental relationship is shared by the landlord and tenant Tenants must Use the unit only as a dwelling and not as a business unless the landlord agrees in writing and not for illegal activities Use the parts of the unit kitchen bath etc as they should be used Keep areas under their control clean sanitary and free from accumulation of debris garbage and filth Use facilities such as electric heat and plumbing in a reasonable manner Not deliberately or negligently damage or remove or knowingly allow others to damage or remove any part of the premises Conduct themselves and visitors in a manner that will not disturb the neighbors tenants are responsible for the actions of their guests and parents for the actions of minors You have a right to live in an environment free from harassment If you are upholding your responsibilities your landlord should do the same You have a right to be treated with respect and dignity as does your landlord The landlord must keep the rental habitable at all times Habitable generally means A weatherproof and waterproof exterior roof walls doors and windows Approved plumbing facilities in good working order Hot and cold running water from an approved water supply connected to an approved sewage system and maintained in good working order Safe drinking water if the water is under the landlord s control Adequate and approved heating facilities in good working order Electric lighting wiring and equipment approved and in good working order Clean and sanitary buildings and grounds free from accumulation of debris filth rubbish garbage rodents and vermin and safe for normal and reasonable uses these obligations only apply to common areas after the tenant moves in Adequate garbage receptacles It may be the tenant s responsibility to pay for garbage collection if specified in the rental agreement Floors walls ceilings stairs and railings in good repair If provided ventilation or air conditioning elevators or other facilities and appliances washers dryers stoves refrigerators etc in good working order Safety from fire hazards Working locks for all outside doors except doors to common areas and keys to locks that require keys Working latches for all windows that open except common areas unless

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  • Don't get ripped off this Spring Break! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    to sign contracts in which they must waive or limit their legal rights to file disputes with the travel company Here are some common hidden fees to watch out for International Departure and Arrival Taxes Processing Fees Peak Week Surcharges Late Booking Fees Departure City Surcharges Travel Insurance Fuel Surcharges How to Avoid a Spring Break Rip off Read ALL of the fine print carefully This is by far the best step you can take to protect yourself Companies need to tell you how your trip will operate Even if they make their policies difficult to read smart consumers will look them over before sending any money If you can t get answers to your questions or are misled or deceived you should avoid using that company Avoid any company that mandates arbitration for disputes Don t give up your legal rights Read your invoice You should understand the purpose and amount of each fee Research a company before sending money Do not assume that a company is legitimate based on its flyer Ask friends if they know anyone who has used the company before If you re unsure contact your Attorney General s office to find out if any complaints have been made against them File a complaint if you have a dispute In most states you can do this through the Attorney General s office This calls attention to the company so that future travelers will not repeat your experience Also the attorney general may mediate your dispute to help resolve it Be aware of cancellation policies Before sending any money you should know how much you will lose if you need to cancel Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Camden Rutgers Newark About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New

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  • FAILbook Guide | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    privacy settings to different groups of your friends family and colleagues They also allow you to control who sees your wall post by post 2 Controlling who can see your information wall profile pictures By default your status posts photos and friends are public to everyone This is where you control who can see this information by limiting access to friends networks or specific friends 3 Controlling who can connect with you and see your basic information Control who can search for you send you messages see your basic profile information and see your likes and interests 4 Controlling what outside applications websites can access If you do not want your information shared with outside companies you need to disable Instant Personalization and adjust the settings for Info accessible to your friends and Applications you use Student Consumer Action Network Consumer Protection 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/failbook-guide (2016-04-29)
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  • Concept Plan | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    knowledge base of the University to research and advocate for solutions to pressing social problems from global warming to poverty and work to engage the campus community as a whole in public service Advocates of service learning programs emphasize the importance of fostering a sense of civic engagement at institutions of higher education to teach students the values of democracy and the skills to participate in our democratic society There are encouraging signs of civic engagement on the rise with student and youth voter participation hitting a record high in the 2008 election and an increase in youth volunteerism nationwide Yet there is still a real need for on going efforts to promote civic engagement on college campuses According to a recent report by the Corporation for National and Community Service New Jersey ranks 45th in college student volunteer rates with only 25 percent of college students in New Jersey volunteering in their communities The Campus Compact P residential Declaration on Civic Responsibility in Higher Education notes that among students there is a profound sense of cynicism and lack of trust in the political process which reveals that youth are still deeply skeptical that our civic institutions can effectively solve our social problems In this environment NJPIRG continues to engage thousands of students statewide NJPIRG creates as called for in the Campus Compact Presidential Declaration on Civic Responsibility in Higher Education innumerable opportunities for our students to practice and reap the results of the real hard work of citizenship 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

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/reports/nj/concept-plan (2016-04-29)
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