Surprise! Students thinking about money

Concerns about money are topping the list of concerns for college freshman these days, according to a new survey.

Money “just really permeated everything,” says John Pryor, lead author of the report by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, which has surveyed freshmen since 1966.

For starters, a record  78.1% of those surveyed dentified “being well-off financially” as a very important objective. That’s higher than any other item on the list of choices, including “raising a family” (74.7%) or “helping others in difficulty” (69.1%), according to a report in USA TODAY.

This year’s survey was based on data from nearly 220,000 first-time, full-time freshmen at 297 four-year institutions and was statistically adjusted to reflect the national population of 1.4 million new freshmen.

Among signs that financial hardships are intensifying:

•41.6% said the cost of attending a college was a very important factor in their choice of schools.

•56.5% said a very important factor in selecting a college was finding a school where “graduates get good jobs.”

Student Senate meets Thursday

The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii’s Student Senate at Honolulu Community College, which oversees student governance as funded by the Student Activity Fee,  will hold its  regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at s at 3:30 in 2-214.

These meetings are open to students, faculty and staff.

For more information, call the Senate office at  845-9268

Kalihi to get pedestrian crossing lights

City officials say in-ground flashing lights may help save pedestrian lives.
City officials say in-ground flashing lights may help save pedestrian lives.

The city plans to install a new in-pavement crosswalk flashing light to help pedestrians on North King Street, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

The in-pavement flashing light will be installed near the Kapālama Post Office. Flashing lights will alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the street.

The project announcement comes after two pedestrians were killed on O’ahu roads in the first three weeks of this year. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of pedestrians traffic accident deaths of any state in the country.