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Turn your apartment into a greenhouse

One of the best things about Portland is the food, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Growing fruits and vegetables in your apartment or dorm is a great…
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South Albany High School, the site of a recent fire that destroyed the cafeteria. Zachary Lee Burghart, a veteran diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, was arrested in connection with the blaze. Public Domain

Mental illness in Portland

Two weeks ago, my high school cafeteria, in Albany, Oregon, got burned to the ground by a veteran suffering from a PTSD breakdown. The fire caused tens of thousands of…
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Sen. Ron Wyden has voiced support for a plan to fast-track legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move that has drawn fire from groups opposed to trade agreement. Wyden's local and Washington, DC offices can be reached at Public Domain

‘The Oregonian’ misses the mark on Senator Wyden and the TPP

In a recent article that set new levels of awful even for them, The Oregonian’s editorial board recently dismissed Trans-Pacific Partnership protesters as “entertaining” and lauded fast tracking the proposal as critical…
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Illustration | Nimi Einstein/PSU Vanguard

Don’t underestimate the working class

In one of my last articles I quoted a statistic that said the working class gives more. As long as I’ve worked on nonprofit fundraising, I’ve had to remind myself…
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Illustration | Elise Furlan/PSU Vanguard

Tuition raise: Was it really the only option?

Last week, Portland State’s Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition unanimously despite loud, disruptive protests from students. In a move that surprised no one, an administration that enjoys some…
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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 rap. I hate it just as much as the next…
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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 1993, and Kitzhaber has been governor for the majority of…
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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 in Oregon, an elections model that was common in America…
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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 most of the space, and you might end up sleeping…
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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 the crotches of their shorts to protest circumcision. Right across…
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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.