Illustration | Nimi Einstein/PSU Vanguard

In defense of clipboarders

I never thought I’d say this, but here it goes: The canvassers and clipboard activists on campus get a bad … Continue reading In defense of clipboarders

Illustration | Rachael Bentz/PSU Vanguard

The legacy of Kitzhaber

After a long month of speculation, investigations and possible cover-ups, Governor John Kitzhaber has finally resigned. I was born in … Continue reading The legacy of Kitzhaber

Illustration | Brendan Mulligan/PSU Vanguard

Fusion voting is good for Oregon

This legislative session, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 will be pushing a bill to restore fusion voting … Continue reading Fusion voting is good for Oregon

The Tiny House Giant Journey in Arizona. Courtesy of Guillaume Dutilh through Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons

The rise of the tiny houses

Tiny houses are having a moment right now. They’re small, generally in the range of 150–800 square feet. They make the … Continue reading The rise of the tiny houses

Protesters call for accountability during a Dec. 2014 demonstration against police violence. Jeoffry Ray/PSU Vanguard

Not all protests are equal

Last summer I walked through Pioneer Square and dodged a bunch of chubby white guys with red paint splashed on … Continue reading Not all protests are equal


The 9-to-5 campus: PSU needs more than just housing

Portland State has been marketing itself as being “different” for a long time, but as the new construction around campus proves, the administration has realized that becoming a more traditional campus has its benefits.


Say goodbye to the Internet as you know it

The year 2012 saw a series of fights for the freedom and openness of the Internet. SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and the WCIT treaty all failed. But it’s a new year, and the fight will never be over.


Hagel is the right choice

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense has generated a bewildering amount of controversy, but it seems to be a sure thing anyway. This is good.

The Clean Air Corridor is pointless

It’s been a month with the new Clean Air Corridor in effect, and I feel pretty safe in saying it’s accomplished nothing. First, can we drop any pretense of it being about emissions as well as smoking? The only people who ever drive in the Park Blocks are cops and university staff. They definitely haven’t stopped driving in the Park Blocks, and didn’t do it frequently enough to warrant any kind of action. Also, what about the big, diesel-guzzling delivery trucks that park next to the loading dock at Smith Memorial Student Union and leave their engines running?

No, you turn off the lights

Every time I leave my room, I see the little green sticker that PSU Housing placed on my light switch. It says, “Lights off before leaving—Campus Sustainability Office.” This sticker never ceases to annoy me, because it’s one of the most hypocritical things at Portland State.


Bringing back the hope

Things are looking up, and now it’s time to move ahead. Or at least, that’s what you would have gathered from President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.