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Money Saving Tips for College


By Lisa Rogers-Cherry

Heading off to college can be an exciting time for both students and parents. It can also be a very expensive time if you aren't careful. I sat down and tried to think of ten ideas to help you to go to school without going broke.

  1. Prior to purchasing textbooks, check to see if someone will lend you the book that you need, if not try to get to the bookstore early to get a used book that is in good condition. Make sure that the pages have not been torn out.
  2. Find out if you can participate in an on campus work-study program. If so, try to get a job where you can bring your books and do homework while you are actually making some extra money.
  3. Learn how to eat affordably. Items like Ramen noodles, tuna, and peanut butter taste really good late at night after the cafeteria has closed. Buy snacks in bulk from wholesale or discount stores so that you don't have to buy high priced snacks from the vending machines.
  4. Get to know the staff in the Financial Aid Office. That way you can find out about scholarships that you may qualify for based on your GPA, where you're from, and/or what your major is. From time to time, when alumni pass away, scholarships become available based on specific qualifications.
  5. Stay away from drinking sodas and stop paying high prices for bottled water. Drink tap water or invest in an inexpensive water filter if you don't like the taste.
  6. Make sure that you take care of your personal belongings. Everyone isn't as honest as you are. Therefore take the time to lock up your expensive things when you leave your room. Check to see if you can get renters insurance. Trust me, it's much cheaper than having to replace your laptop.
  7. Check your local newspaper for free events around town. You'd be surprised at how many concerts and cultural events you can attend without spending a dime.
  8. Learn where the local consignment and thrift stores are located. When you need an outfit for a special occasion, you don't have to spend a lot to look stunning. 
  9. Remember what you are going to school for. If you concentrate on academics and school activities then there shouldn't be too much extra time to get distracted by events or items to spend money on. 
  10. Last but certainly not least, I suggest that you steer clear of credit cards. On most college campuses, representatives from credit card companies will offer you a credit card. If you don't have any additional money to pay off a credit card within 30 days, I strongly suggest that you let the credit card company keep their card and whatever gift they are offering you to sign up. I know thousands of people who ruined their credit while in college. Don't become a statistic by ruining your credit before graduating from college. 

Lisa Rogers-Cherry is the author of Lifting the Burdens of Debt: A Helpful Guide to Getting Your Debts Paid and Your Life Back on Track (2005; $14.95). If you have a question or for more information go to, e-mail her at, or write Lisa Rogers-Cherry, Red Pen Press, P. O. Box 1196, Dania Beach, FL 33004. 

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Freedom of Speech Not Welcome at University of Florida; Student Tasered at John Kerry Forum


A University of Florida student, Andrew Meyer, was tasered during the Q&A period of a John Kerry Town Hall Meeting on the University's campus. Meyer was obviously trying to make a point when questioning Kerry about membership in the secret society "Skull and Bones" and citing the disenfranchisement of Black voters but what transpired when the campus police officers stepped in was nothing short of unbelievable.

See for yourself in the video below. Be sure to read the article and comments from the UF student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.


updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

UF student Tasered at Kerry forum

By KIM WILMATH, Alligator Writer

A UF student was shot with a Taser gun, arrested and charged with a felony Monday because police said he started a riot during Sen. John Kerry's on-campus speech.

Andrew Meyer, a telecommunication senior and former Alligator columnist, was charged with a third-degree felony for resisting arrest with violence, according to a University Police Department report.

A third-degree felony could mean up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, according to a UF Web site.

Meyer attempted to ask Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, about his involvement in Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University, at the end of the speech's question-and-answer session. [Continue reading…]

From migrant worker to history-making educator: Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz

Juanita Too often we can get caught up in our own little world and forget that every living, breathing human being has a story to tell. Some stories are more shocking and unbelievable than others but there are people that we pass everyday or sit next to at work or talk to on the phone that have overcome such tremendous challenges in life and life goes on for them.

Such is the story of educator and administrator Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz. I have known this woman for more than ten years but it was only through a Miami Herald news article that I learned of the significance of her academic and social accomplishments. She is remarkable. Juanita makes me feel as though I have not done enough with my life. Through her trials and tribulations, she is one of the most pleasant individuals you will ever meet.

Congratulations and thank you to phenomenal woman Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz. To read and hear her story, click here.

From the Wall Street Journal: The Impoverishment of American Culture

And the need for better art education.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

There is an experiment I'd love to conduct. I'd like to survey a cross-section of Americans and ask them how many active NBA players, Major League Baseball players, and "American Idol" finalists they can name. Then I'd ask them how many living American poets, playwrights, painters, sculptors, architects, classical musicians, conductors and composers they can name. I'd even like to ask how many living American scientists or social thinkers they can name.

Fifty years ago, I suspect that along with Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax, most Americans could have named, at the very least, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Leonard Bernstein, Leontyne Price and Frank Lloyd Wright. Not to mention scientists and thinkers like Linus Pauling, Jonas Salk, Rachel Carson, Margaret Mead and especially Dr. Alfred Kinsey.

I don't think that Americans were smarter then, but American culture was. Even the mass media placed a greater emphasis on presenting a broad range of human achievement. I grew up mostly among immigrants, many of whom never learned to speak English. But at night watching TV variety programs like the Ed Sullivan Show, I saw--along with comedians, popular singers and movie stars--classical musicians like Jascha Heifetz and Arthur Rubinstein, opera singers like Robert Merrill and Anna Moffo, and jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong captivate an audience of millions with their art.

The same was true of literature. I first encountered Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, Lillian Hellman and James Baldwin on general-interest TV shows. All of these people were famous to the average American--because the culture considered them important. Today no working-class kid would encounter that range of arts and ideas in the popular culture. Almost everything in our national culture, even the news, has been reduced to entertainment, or altogether eliminated.

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If you live in America and you only speak English, you need a wake-up call

I live in Miami where it seems that almost everyone is from somewhere else and still claim their native country as their own even if they are citizens of the USA. It's somewhat strange and Tom Tancredo raised the ire of many when he called Miami a third-world country not too long ago. Hmmmm….let's not go there.

Miami is really a great place when folks are not claiming allegiance to some ethnic group or country other than America, to the detriment of others. Miami is like a vacation to any foreign country of your choosing without actually leaving the area. You can taste the foods, dance to music or hear the native tongue of folks from countries around the world.

All this is enjoyed by those open to all that Miami has to offer. Far too often though, folks are too much into their own culture and unwilling to truly appreciate others. Children can grow up in their neighborhood and never venture far from its boundaries. That's a shame.

For Black American children it's more of a shame because many grow up in a monolingual household with little or no opportunity to prepare them for a multilingual world. Rather than stand around waving the American flag as if speaking a foreign language is an assault on democracy, make sure you and your children can communicate in another language.

In Miami, blacks can get caught up in the issue of speaking Spanish. I say, don't be so short-sighted, the real concern is not Spanish, it's whatever language that's being spoken in India; that's were a significant percentage of American jobs are being outsourced to.

In case you need a wake-up call, read The World is Flat. It's all about globalization and how we'll survive in the future. Don't trip out and get angry, just do something progressive. Our American education system must change---No Child Left Behind does not work--- and our consciousness must change if we are to adequately prepare Americans to survive, thrive and prosper.

Freedom of Speech Violation or Justifiable Punishment? What do you think?


Avery Doninger, 16, was secretary of her junior class at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Connecticut when she was summarily dismissed from her class office. Why? Well, it seems that Avery referred to school administrators as 'douchbags' (sic) on her personal blog. Yeah, she did.

Now, Avery should not have used such language but does the punishment fit the crime? In spite of an apology, Avery was still removed from office and forbidden from running for office again at her school.

An apology should have been sufficient with, let's say, perhaps volunteering to help around the school. The punishment is overkill. This situation has gained national attention with concern for freedom of speech as the central issue. Strong opinions on this issue are prevalent in comments to news articles about this situation. Missing frequently from the comments is a sense of objectivity.

Freedom of speech is a serious issue but this situation has gotten out of hand. Prayerfully someone will come to the rescue soon and we can stay focused on important issues like the war in Iraq, the price of gasoline, etc…etc.

Related link: Free Speech Suit Filed 

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2000 Bloggers Update and the Plight of Julie Amero

The last couple of days have been quite wonderful; I am so amazed by the number of comments from my fellow 2000 Bloggers. The experiment has accomplished its goal, not just the link love to totally screw with the folks at Technorati, but it has also shown how people from around the world can connect with, communicate, educate and entertain each other.

I have been lead to some absolutely fabulous blogs via comments received from my fellow 2000 Bloggers neighbors. My visits to those blogs have been further confirmation that people are people. Regardless of the difference in our packaging by gender, ethnicity and religious beliefs, we have so much in common. Prayerfully, the 2000 Bloggers experiment revolution will be the tipping point toward peaceful co-existence of people around the world.

Amerox Through Karoli’s blog odd time signatures, I surfed over to media coverage of the case of Julie Amero, a substitute teacher in Connecticut who was found guilty of four counts of risk of injury to a minor and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Now, I won’t re-hash the specifics of the case, click here for that, and then let me know what you think. The Amero Case is another shameful example of miscarriage of justice in the United States. Hmmm...Sometimes I feel as though I live in the Twilight Zone.

The unfortunate case of Julie Amero is also a reminder that situations are not always about race; sometimes there are just whack-@#% people in the world with power over the lives of others. It’s a shame; how can there be any justification for such madness?

There but for the grace of God go I.

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Saturday Morning Shout Out to the Miami Central High School Alumni Association; They don't give lip service!

This morning I’m giving a shout out to the alumni association of Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida. Why do they deserve such recognition? Well, let me tell you a little about the school from my perspective and experience. Yes, it’s my alma mater.

When I started at Miami Central as a freshman, Blacks had only recently moved into the neighborhood immediately surrounding the school. Most of the Blacks that attended were bussed in from Opa-Locka, a nearby county municipality.

I was so happy when Kim moved to the neighborhood. She was the only other girl my age in the neighborhood. I’d met Kim a couple of years earlier in junior high school, we fast became friends.

The ethnic and socio-economic demographics of the community were changing and changing rapidly. As a kid, such issues were of no concern. I related the change based on indicators that were relevant and important to me:

When I started Miami Central as a freshman, there were two Black varsity cheerleaders, one Black junior varsity (JV) cheerleader and one Black majorette. By my senior year, there was one white majorette, two white varsity cheerleaders and one white JV cheerleader --- talk about white flight.

In spite of the rapid demographic change, my years at Central were rich and fun-filled; my friends could have been called The Rainbow Coalition. Miami Central prepared me well for life. I remain friends with several of my classmates after all these years.

Unfortunately, Miami Central has digressed when it comes to student achievement on standardized tests. The FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) has been the root of much angst in recent years as it determines whether a student is promoted to the next grade and even if they graduate. The FCAT also determines a school’s grade.

Miami Central has been graded “F”. This blog post is not about the test, but it is about a group of committed individuals, the Miami Central High School Alumni Association, who coalesced to do something to help the current Central students.

My classmate, William “DC” Clark, is the president of the organization. Under his leadership and vision, alumni have bonded, volunteered and presented several activities benefiting Miami Central. This group doesn’t just talk about it; they are doing positive things for students and the community.

Here are photos from our latest project which was a laptop computer for Class of 2007 college-bound graduates.


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