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Proposed Budget to Cut Pell Grant Funding

With recent spikes in college tuition, students are in need of federal aid more than ever, but they may not get the amount they need. If the U.S. Senate passes a bill proposed recently by the U.S. House, the federal grant budget will be cut by 15 percent.

Education activists and many college students are incensed by the proposed budget cuts. They say that lawmakers need to get their priorities in order. They also say representatives in D.C. should do away with tax loopholes and subsidies for multimillionaires and corporations, instead of trying to balance the federal budget by cutting back college aid.

“The Pell Grants are the federal government’s cornerstone financial aid program that 9.4 million college students rely on each year to pay for the college courses that are fueling our recovering workforce and economy,” Rich Williams said, a higher education advocate with Illinois Public Interest Research Group. “Tough choices are supposed to come only after the easy ones. It’s difficult to imagine how cuts to Pell Grants happen before cuts to BP and Goldman Sachs. And yet that’s exactly what the House resolution does.”

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BP Interns Earn $5500 a Month

BP-interns-earn-5500Unpaid internships seem like a necessary hurdle on the road to employment, but there are a few internship positions that have generous stipends. Here are the 12 companies that pay interns the most.

1. IBM pays interns $18.00 per hour.

2. Accenture, the global consulting management firm, pays its interns $21.00.

3. Ernst & Young pays interns $22.00 an hour. Plus, the Academy Awards are one of their clients.

4. The two pharmaceutical companies, Merck and Schering-Plough, offer $22.20 per hour to interns.

5. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm, pays $23.75 per hour to their interns.

6. At KPMG, another accounting firm, interns earn $24.80.

7. Deloitte & Touche pays interns $24.50, plus was voted the No. 1 place to intern by BusinessWeek in 2009.
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Students Donate Hair to Help with Gulf Oil Spill

Hair nets collected by Matter of Trust for the Gulf oil spill rescue efforts.

Hair nets collected by Matter of Trust for the Gulf oil spill rescue efforts.

After I wrote the blog about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, it seemed appropriate to find out how students all across the nation are lending their support to the rescue efforts.

There has been a national campaign by established by Matter of Trust that sends human hair to Louisiana to be combined with nylons – yes,  like panty hose-  to create nets of hair that will essentially sop up the oil in the Gulf.

At Grand Blanc’s Brendel Elementary, the Bulldogs have started their “Save the Sea” program and have transformed their gym into a hair salon, where students, teachers and staff are donating anywhere from one to 14 inches of hair.

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Young Girl Calls Out BP on Gulf Oil Spill

Photo Courtesy of Brian Merchant

Image Via Brian Merchant

The media coverage for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana has caused BP to receive criticism from across the nation, but most recently from Lauren Spaulding, 14, who confidently stepped up to the podium at a tense town hall-style meeting that included fishermen, federal officials, and BP representatives near Houma, Louisiana.

Spaulding confronted BP inquiring about the company’s lack of initiative to educate children about the recent disaster.

Politely, but directly, she asked BP whether the company had planned on distributing teaching materials to schools, pointing out that children are also concerned about the spill, wanted to learn more about the situation and how they could potentially help. Spaulding also mentioned how children are just as environmentally-conscious as adults.

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