Mathematics placement tests designed to increase student successThis year, the Portland State Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics decided to implement placement tests for several of its courses. In the past, prerequisites for introductory math and statistics courses were not enforced. Beginning winter term 2012, students will need to satisfy prerequisite requirements in order to register for select lower-division courses in the department.
The Center for Japanese Studies kicks off its lectures series tonightDr. Woon Do Choi, an internationally recognized scholar at the Northeast Asian History Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, will be presenting a free lecture sponsored by the PSU Center for Japanese Studies, taking place tonight at 6 p.m. in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327/8.
Despite a bumpy road, Ooligan keeps its balanceOoligan Press is a key component of the curriculum in Portland State’s graduate publishing program. Dennis Stovall, who founded the nonprofit, student-run publishing house, coordinated both Ooligan and the publishing program for 10 years; he retired Oct. 1.
College radio station finds strength in streaming"It has been a little over a year since the Portland State radio station lost its AM signal and was forced to accept alternative methods of broadcasting. Since then, KPSU has shifted its focus toward online streaming and found its voice in the students who continue to push the group forward.
As the region celebrates National Mental Illness Awareness Week, students can connect with resourcesThe National Mental Illness Awareness Week began Sunday, Oct. 2. This occasion is an opportunity to check in with the resources available at Portland State, and to offer support to those who struggle with mental health issues.
Projects will increase university’s energy efficiencySeveral construction projects are underway on Portland State’s campus. New student housing at College Station, an underground heating and cooling system and the yet-to-be-built Life Sciences building are the three major projects dominating PSU construction.
A once-a-year opportunity for students interested in studying abroadNext Thursday, Portland State students will have a chance to gain great insight into their school’s many studying abroad programs. The PSU Education Abroad Fair will take place in the Smith Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, and will feature representatives from study abroad programs, travel agencies and the Peace Corps, as well as speakers from many different countries. There will also be information on internship and scholarship opportunities, and even free food and prizes.
Firearms will not be banned on campusOn Wednesday morning, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the Oregon University System (OUS) did not have a right to keep guns off of public university campuses. Yesterday morning, “the court concluded that the OUS’ administrative rule…which prohibits firearms and other weapons from campuses, is invalid,” according to an OUS press release.
AUCs are an important aspect of the universityA new school year means new ASPSU campaigns and plenty of All University Committee spots that need to be filled. “Students need to know that these committees are doing important work,” said Sean Green, a member of the Budget Committee. “Out of 71 spots, the majority aren’t being filled year after year.”
The Mehrgan Grant strengthens Persian/Iranian academic communityPortland State received $150,000 earlier this month from the Persian Aligned Righteous Strategic Astute Community Foundation (PARSA CF), a grant aimed at revamping Portland State’s Persian/Iranian Studies program. PARSA CF is a six-year-old philanthropic organization dedicated to preserving Persian arts and culture while creating leaders in the Persian/Iranian community by offering fellowships and awards.
The influence of journalism and its ethos throughout the course of American history is undeniable. A free and unrestrained press is essential to any nation that would purport to call itself a democracy. If journalism as an American institution is in peril, so too are our freedoms.