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Dorm on a dime

As they decorate college rooms, students are tested by tighter budgets

Shane Cronin, a freshman at Worcester State, shops for dorm-room supplies at the IKEA store in Stoughton. He doesn't like clutter and he's cost-conscious. Shane Cronin, a freshman at Worcester State, shops for dorm-room supplies at the IKEA store in Stoughton. He doesn't like clutter and he's cost-conscious. (Jay Connor for The Boston Globe)
By Danielle Capalbo and Jeff Miranda
Globe Correspondent / September 4, 2008

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STOUGHTON - Under bright fluorescent lighting, amid aisles of textiles, 18-year-old Shane Cronin is embarking on what has become a rite-of-passage for tens of millions of college students in America: dorm shopping. On this day, Cronin's choice is minimalist IKEA. As a freshman at Worcester State College, he's here for the essentials. And while he admits he's not much of ... (Full article: 1018 words)

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