An Undergraduate Council effort to provide students with cheaper textbooks suffered a setback this week, when Harvard Coop officials asked the council’s representatives to leave off collecting textbook ISBNs. Nevertheless, the students have re-opened Crimson Reading, a website designed for students to compare book prices and find the cheapest selection possible online. Students collected information from nearly 2,500 textbooks in August in order to get the site up and running this past September. Significantly, the effort isn’t just helping Harvard students; of the $50,000
A group of students from the Community Service Center and the Golden Key Chapter at Boston University have joined together with other organizations to collect donated books, resell them, and donate the money to send books to impoverished African areas.
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A group of students at Brigham Young University were inspired to form Giving Back: Students in Philanthropy after listening to a presentation by the United Way. The group raised more than $10,000 in their first event, co-hosted by the United Way of Utah County. Two students at the University of Minnesota were discouraged by the high costs of volunteering abroad, so they started a group that helps University students raise the funds to travel abroad to volunteer.
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As seniors prepare to graduate many are concerned with facing a smaller job market in the midst of the current financial crisis. According to Peter Orazem, a professor at Iowa State University, the career fields weakened the most are housing, construction and finance. However, he reassures students that in a job market of 146 million jobs, only 1 million have been lost so far, so it isn’t a “terrible job market.” Professor Chiappori, of Columbia University in New York says that while some areas of the economy have been hit hard, there may still be some opportunities in finance for graduating s
A student at the University of Delaware will spend his summer pedaling on the Journey of Hope, a cross-country bicycle trip that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
4/17/07 Read More from the University of Delaware
A group of students at the University of Wisconsin Madison organized a concert and fundraiser that will feature music as well as a lecture by an HIV/AIDS activist. Proceeds from the festival will go to Nkosi’s Haven, an orphanage in South Africa that offers care for mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS, and the Madison AIDS Network.
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Students from Smith, Hampshire, UMass, and South Dakota State University helped broker a fair-trade deal between a U.S. organic coffee buyer and Oro Verde, a Peruvian coffee-growing cooperative. The students all participated in a class called "Fair Trade and Bio-Cultural Regeneration in the High Amazon," which was taught in the Andean-Amazon region of Peru.
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were a little unsure whether to file this as social justice, community service,
environmentalism, or what. Based on that confusion, we’ve decided that Food Not
Bomb’s dumpster-diving-to-feed-the-needy venture is certainly philanthropic
& entrepreneurial, albeit in somewhat reconceived terms. Read this vividly
written article if you’d like to know more about Food Not Bombs, or how one
gets over a 16 foot chain link fence topped with razor wire (good times!).
In case you missed last week’s issue, a quick re-cap: Kathryn Wasserman Davis, bless her heart, is giving away one million dollars—in $10,000 parcels—to the 100 best student-conceived, student-enacted projects to promote peace. (Sorry for the excessive alliteration.) This article from The Mac Weekly discusses the particulars as it relates to Macalester’s own student body—and props for that—but it also gives readers a more in-depth portrait of Ms. Wasserman Davis and her projects. If you’re one of the lucky ducks enrolled at the 76 colleges eligible to compete for this prize and your