PHENOM competes in 2014 Justice Cup in Holyoke

PHENOM competed along with more than twenty teams in the 2014 Justice Cup this summer. With over 200 in attendance, the teams, supporters, and sponsors raised over $4,000 for Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and the Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center. Check our additional coverage from WMJwJ and WGGB.  

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Daily Collegian Covers PHENOM’s Student Debt Refi Rally

Check out this great article from the Massachusetts Daily Collegian at UMass Amherst covering the student debt crisis, Senator Warren’s Student Loan Debt Refinancing bill, and PHENOM’s rally in support of Senator Warren’s efforts last Friday. To learn more about Senator Warren’s efforts and student loan refinancing check out Generation Progress. Just last week we learned […]

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Holyoke Students Speak Out about Debt

Take a minute (well, actually a minute and a half) to watch great TV coverage about the Student Speakout at Holyoke Community College.  Organized by PHENOM members, drawing a large crowd, this event clearly struck a nerve. Nationally, two-thirds of the class of 2011 held student loans, with the average amount owed being $26,600, according […]

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Boston Globe: “Fee hikes threaten viability of public university system”

“The term ‘state university’’ starts to lose its meaning when the state provides just a quarter of its operating cost.” The Boston Globe  editorialized about costs at the State Universities on July 22.  It often seems like UMass and the Community Colleges get all the attention, but the 9 state universities educate about as many […]

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Media Coverage of 3-8-12 Advocacy Day

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1957363860/Students-faculty-rally-for-less-expensive-college-experience     Metro West, also ran in Milford Daily News “A boisterous crowd of nearly a thousand students and faculty members gathered at the State House yesterday to lobby lawmakers for a better education at a lower cost. …”   Channel 22   http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/politics/students-concerned-about-college-cost   (Includes a 2 minute video) “Students and professors from community colleges, state and […]

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Finish Line grants referenced on leading economics blog

One of PHENOM’s priorities is finding ways to improve graduation rates at public colleges in a way which is meaningful and stays true to our goal of meaningfully improving accessibility for poor and working class students. The neoliberal approach currently being pursued by Beacon Hill focuses on increasing graduation rates by increasing selectivity, using metrics which […]

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