Task force finds unmet needs on campus

PSU seeks to enhance services for students with children
Portland State has two childcare centers, and both are full. More than 1,000 students are on waiting lists for on-campus childcare, and many more don’t even apply, because they know there is no room. But, while few people picture an undergrad traipsing to class with a backpack, a diaper bag and a breast pump, times are changing. Universities are looking to meet the demands of a new type of college student.

Free rail zone becoming a thing of the past

TriMet says proposed flat-fare system is uncomplicated, would generate revenue
TriMet has emphasized, in the media and in its series of open-house meetings, that changes have to be made to make up for its $17 million budget shortfall. It needs higher rates and a streamlined system in order to balance the budget and especially to prevent further cuts in services. But what exactly does TriMet mean by a “flat-fare” system?

PSU black studies department celebrates 40th anniversary

Replica of the Stone of Hope monument will be on display
The Stone of Hope stands at the entrance to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C., surrounded by cherry trees and overlooking the Tidal Basin. The stone itself, a divided boulder, ushers visitors through the doorway to a 30-foot granite representation of King. Each side bears inscriptions taken from King’s speeches, reading “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” and “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”

How safe are nuclear reactors?

Pacific Northwest nuclear sites could be problematic after natural disasters
Nuclear reactor safety has been center stage in national news since the U.S. recently announced the construction of the first nuclear reactor to be built in more than 30 years—the Georgia Vogtle plant. The announcement comes on the eve of the March 11 one-year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude megathrust earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. In the days after the catastrophic event, a series of malfunctions at the Fukushima I nuclear power plant resulted in one of the largest nuclear disasters in history. It caused worldwide concerns over nuclear reactor safety.

Campus heroin use on the rise

CPSO research indicates the majority of arrests involve non-students
A recent study shows that the majority of crimes committed on the Portland State campus aren’t perpetrated by members of the PSU community—a problem endemic to PSU because of its non-traditional urban setting. One of the downfalls to being at the heart of Portland is the fact that PSU is easily accessible to the public, resulting in crimes not usually associated with college settings. And many of those crimes involve heroin or other drugs.

Environmental journalism victim of ‘slow violence’

Visiting professor Rob Nixon hosts lecture, workshop on pressing issues
Environmental journalists face a dilemma—how to make headlines for an often-invisible issue. “If it’s bloodless, slow-motion violence, the story is more likely to get buried,” said Rob Nixon, author and English professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Nixon visits Portland State this week, presenting both a lecture and a workshop exploring this issue.

Peace Corps a popular choice for Oregon grads

Service and master’s combination program to send its first student abroad this fall
Since its inception 51 years ago, Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 American volunteers to pursue development work in more than 130 countries, many of which lack basic home amenities such as electricity and running water.

TriMet open house on Feb. 29

PSU community has chance to express opinions on TriMet proposals
A $17 million transportation budget shortfall is a significant one by any standards, in any city. TriMet, faced with just such a shortfall for the 2013 fiscal year, proposed systemic changes that would alter the entire public transit system. Through its series of open house meetings in February, TriMet has emphasized the importance of its ridership’s interests and opinions. These meetings will serve as a runway for public hearings scheduled for March, at which any community input-based proposal revisions will be unveiled.

Enrollment boom boosts OUS cash reserves

PSU holds $52.8 million in reserve
The economy is down. The media, headhunters and the government espouse the advantages of having a college degree. Out-of-state students find Oregon attractive. These are some of the speculations as to the cause of increased student enrollment in Oregon universities. But whatever the reason, due to the increase in student enrollment in 2011 and decisions made by Oregon legislature, the seven public universities in the Oregon University System are sitting on a healthy-sized cash cushion.

Capstone courses help community

Fundraisers and drives set for March
The goal of Portland State’s capstone courses, required for all undergraduates, is to integrate learning with local community involvement. Bringing students out into the community is the foundation of PSU’s motto: “Let knowledge serve the city.”

Students helping students

PSU graduate students provide conflict resolution and mediation assistance on campus
Interpersonal relationships play a large role in university life and life in general. While some relationships are relatively uneventful, others can generate a lot of stress and anxiety. Others may even escalate to levels of hostility and antagonism. Portland State students who find themselves in difficult positions with friends or fellow peers may want to seek assistance—but where do they go?

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