Words, words, words!

Weekend Wordstock festival highlights PSU’s Creative Writing M.F.A. program and its faculty stars
“The Creative Writing M.F.A. is a meteor,” said Portland State fiction professor A.B. Paulson, motioning skyward. “We’re headed into deep space.” Last weekend, however, Paulson and the rest of the creative writing contingent were relegated to planet Earth—more specifically, booth 614 at the 2011 Wordstock Festival, held at the Oregon Convention Center.

The ordinary made extraordinary

Joseph Webb’s hyper-realistic Sight Beyond Vision graces PSU’s White Gallery
Joseph Webb, a student at Pacific Northwest College of Art, is filling PSU’s White Gallery in some really big ways. His exhibition Sight Beyond Vision consists of six 44 by 45 inch pieces that focus on the details of ordinary items. The images are tweaked to reveal an alternative perspective—one that demands attention.

Poverty in America turns heads in Japan

Japanese journalist Mika Tsutsumi to speak at Portland State
Japanese journalist and author Mika Tsutsumi will deliver a lecture, titled “Why my book Poverty Superpower America sold 500,000 copies in Japan,” Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327. A book about poverty in the United States is nothing new, and Portlanders see examples of poverty every day. So why is Tsutsumi’s book so popular in Japan?

Jalapeño Bacon Bombs

Treat your taste buds to an explosion of fiery flavor!
This delicious recipe packs some serious punch and is perfect for parties. After being baked, the jalapeños are not nearly as threatening as they are when raw but still carry a lush, spicy flavor. Whether you’re getting the gang together to watch football or just looking to kick back with a more interesting snack, these Jalapeño Bacon Bombs are sure to satisfy your craving.

Songs of love, hope and compassion

Benefit assists local artist injured in car accident
The Portland music community will be uniting in order to raise money for local injured artist Stevie Rae Urwin Friday Oct. 14 at the Wonder Ballroom. “When she was hit by a truck in May, I had an idea that I wanted to put on a concert for her,” said Urwin’s mother Tammy, who is organizing the event. “I did not know whether she would live or die, and I figured either way I wanted to do something spectacular for my daughter because she is a spectacular person and a talented artist.”

Sustainable chocolate?!

PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions to hold a fair trade chocolate tasting
In love with chocolate? You’re in good company. On Wednesday, Portland State’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions will give you an opportunity to learn a little more about the cacao bean. The institute has partnered with the Kallari Cooperative, a farmers cooperative based in the Amazon, to present a discussion about its work with sustainably harvested cocoa.

Institutional madness

A Q&A with Guilty Except for Insanity director and PSU professor Jan Haaken
There is more than meets the eye behind the walls of the Oregon State Hospital. As an institution that houses “criminally insane” patients, the hospital—which served as the set for the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—has been the object of controversy for nearly 30 years.

A ‘Touch’ of Japanese art

The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand opens at the Portland Art Museum
“Art is like a seasoning when you cook; without it life is tasteless and boring,” said Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of fine arts at Oregon State University. Hiratsuka currently has his work on display alongside artists such as Suzuki Harunobu and Katsushika Hokusai in the Portland Art Museum’s newest exhibit, The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints, which opened to the public Saturday.

Desperation leads to danger in communist Romania

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days presents a harrowing look at abortion in communist Romania
Cristian Mungui’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days follows two college roommates, Otilia and Gabita, in their search for an illegal abortion in communist Romania. The movie is dark, strikingly realistic and presents a shocking view of what many desperate young women in this situation endured at that time in history.

Balsamic wheat pasta

A tasty twist on Italian cuisine
Pasta is always a quick-fix dinner for busy students. It hardly takes any time to make, uses only a few cheap ingredients and requires little preparation. But sometimes the same old spaghetti in red sauce gets old. If your taste buds are craving something new, this balsamic wheat pasta and asparagus is an awesome low-cal alternative to your regular Italian flavors.

Don’t you know that you’re toxic?

PSU’s Sustainable Solutions Seminar identifies ways that Oregon can be a leader in green industry
There are 84,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. today, and only 200 have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Jennifer Allen, associate professor and fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.


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