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More than 80 teams participated in the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races on June 11 and 12 at Waterfront Park. Thomas Spoelhof/PSU Vanguard

Dragon boaters of Portland: A conditioning community

Over 80 teams competed before Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races June 11 and 12. A multitude of spectators gathered under perfect weather and…
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This 1945 flier for The Dude Ranch bills the club as "Pleasure Spot of the West"
Image courtesy theleftbankproject.com

Portland jazz history: Bryan Smith’s ‘The Dude Ranch’

Legends are often born quickly. Portland’s historic Dude Ranch jazz supper club opened in 1945 and operated for just one year, bringing world-class jazz musicianship to the City of Roses…
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(Left to Right) Mara Romero,  Myrlaviani, Anne Tyler. Photo by Catherine Johnson/PSU Vanguard

‘Improv for Transformation’ seeks catharsis in discussion of disability

Improvisation is not just for comedians; it can also be a powerful tool for social change. On May 24 a group of volunteer actors performed “Improv for Transformation,” the master’s…
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Josh Gross,  a PSU alumni and author of "Funeral Papers." Courtesy of Josh Gross

Alum Josh Gross confronts estranged father in ‘The Funeral Papers’

Josh Gross, a Portland State alumnus from 2008, is a journalist, playwright and now published author of four books. His most recent, a memoir called The Funeral Papers, is the…
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Junghee Lee, Portland State professor of Asian art history speaks her journey to the caves with “Stories of the Buddha from Kizil Caves and Khotan in the Taklamakan Desert.” Courtesy of Professor Qingqing Gong

Stories from the Buddha: Professor Junghee Lee explains ancient cave art

The way of nirvana is simple: Achieve selflessness through the purge of all worldly desires. So say the picture stories etched into 1,600-year-old Buddhist ceiling and wall paintings found in…
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Illustration by Elise Furlan

Archaeology Roadshow invites public to dig into the past

The archeology department invites all to discover the past at the fifth annual Archeology Roadshow. The archeology department organized this dwellings-themed event for all PSU students and the public. The…
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A Night of Strindberg runs until May 28. Silvia Cardullo/PSU Vanguard

‘A Night of Strindberg’ tackles masculinity and gender relationships

Starting with August Strindberg’s 1889 one act play The Stronger, and featuring Per Olov Enquist’s 1975 The Night of the Tribades, the Portland State School of Theater + Film’s A…
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Portland State University grad student Arianna Warner receiving temporary tattoos by Hawthorn Ink tattoo artists, Aubrey Hight, left, and Kimber Teatro. Courtesy of the Portland Tribune

Ink Visible explores crossroads of disability and tattoo culture

Ink Visible is more than just a graduate project for Arianna Warner; it’s also a personal endeavor to illuminate invisible disabilities through tattoo culture. Warner is pursuing a Master of…
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Totally legit horoscopes for the week of May 23-29

Aries (March 21–April 19) The spring rain might be dampening your mood, but hang in there, focus and own those finals. When the sun’s finally back, leave that cave behind…
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Emily Lewis and her exhibit, Beetle Song. Thomas Spoelhof/PSU Vanguard

Beetle Song: MFA candidate Emily Lewis fuses trauma and art

What happens when the trauma that can accompany growing up in a small town—gossip mongering, alcoholism, corporal punishment—manifests through multidisciplinary artistic expression? Portland State Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary…
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Institute for Sustainable  Solutions has acquired Bee City USA certification. Courtesy of Portland State Student Sustainability Center

Sustainability students acquire Bee City USA certification

This month, Portland State officially became the 10th certified Bee Campus USA institution in the country since the initiative launched last year. The new apiary, which consists of two beehives…
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