Wednesday walkout plannedA loose collective of Portland State students and faculty have organized an Occupy PSU event scheduled to take place tomorrow, Nov. 16, at noon. The event organizers are asking students and faculty to leave their classes at noon and assemble in the South Park Blocks in front of Smith Memorial Student Union. Those assembled will then march through downtown Portland before gathering in PSU’s Urban Plaza at 2 p.m. 26-year-old history major and PSU senior Kira Lesley is among those representing the movement. “I’m not really personally involved in the Occupy movement, but they’ve used that name to build on the momentum of that movement and there are some common issues there,” Lesley said. “Were just a group of students and faculty interested in defending and preserving education.”
The university’s ‘Business Accelerator’ provides opportunities for local start-upsTomorrow, the Portland State Business Accelerator will host its annual Company Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. The event, which is open to students as well as the general public, offers attendees the chance to learn about the 23 local start-up companies taking part in Portland State’s business incubator program. It will take place at the PSBA facility, located between the Portland State campus and the South Waterfront at Southwest Corbett Avenue and Meade Street.
Recent report reveals disparities in Native American communityThis month, a report titled “The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile,” was released in partnership by Portland State and the Coalition of Communities of Color. The report is the result of a three-year project to investigate the state of Native American welfare as a whole, and it presents a dark portrait of the state of the Native American Community in Multnomah County. This is especially true when it comes to the issue of Native American child welfare.
PSU shares grant to fund the cooperative Governor’s Papers ProjectA $68,344 grant was awarded to a consortium of schools, including Portland State University, Pacific University and Western Oregon University, to be shared for the cooperative Governor’s Papers Project. The Governor’s Papers Project aims to process, preserve and enable access to important gubernatorial documents that are not included in the official state archives. The official state archives have strict categories for what is included in their collection, and the Governor’s Papers Project archives some documents that fall outside those categories.
Sentenced to serve four days in Multnomah County Jail, write book reportAccording to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s booking log, ASPSU President Adam Rahmlow spent three days in Multnomah County Jail last week. Records indicate that Rahmlow was arrested at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, booked into custody at 4:57 p.m. that same day, and released on Friday, Nov. 11. The arrest was the result of a probation violation, stemming from unauthorized travel, according to Rahmlow.
The Millar Library was closed minutes after 6 p.m., nearly 5 hours earlier than scheduled. One librarian, who declined to give his name, stated that they were advised to close early by a PSU Campus Public Safety officer, who cited concerns over the potential occupation of PSU by Occupy Portland protestors. Approximately 1,000 Occupy Portland protestors are currently holding a general assembly in Pioneer Square.
On Friday, the nation recognizes Americans who have servedIn recognition of Veterans Day, the Vanguard would like to call attention to a few of the nearly 1,000 student veterans currently enrolled at Portland State. The history of our university is unequivocally tethered to veteran’s affairs. After all, the very beginning of our school—the 1946 Vanport extension—was a response to huge numbers of soldiers returning from World War II battlefields and an effort to provide those soldiers with academic opportunities. The following is a presentation of five student veterans and their stories.
Jobs scarce, despite reported post-grad employment figuresFinding work in a struggling economy is difficult, but if a law student were to believe the employment rates reported by their alma mater, finding high-paying legal work is a breeze. The problem is, those numbers might not be accurate. Law schools have been under increasing pressure from outsiders to defend the claims they make with their post-grad employment rates and median salaries. In April of this year, 15 law schools faced class-action lawsuits for their allegedly inflated post-grad employment rate statistics. Among them were Villanova University, St. John’s University and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Students have an opportunity to participate in local government and be heardToday, Commissioner Amanda Fritz is hosting a community forum on the state’s upcoming legislative agenda. The purpose of the meeting is to allow citizens to give their input regarding the city, state and federal legislative priorities for the upcoming year. “The meeting is for people to come and say what they would like to see in the upcoming year,” Fritz said.
The student group promotes networking and conversationToday the Viking Vets—Portland State’s student veterans group—will host their annual Veterans Day celebration in anticipation of tomorrow’s national holiday. The free event, which takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in Parkway North on the first floor of the Smith Memorial Student Union, is intended to honor and celebrate the service of Portland-area veterans, and is open to the public. The celebration will feature refreshments, speakers and information on resources available to local veterans. According to communication major Paul Polsin, the vice president of Viking Vets, the celebration is a chance to “highlight how much we appreciate the veterans within the community and try to give back to them.”
Candidates to face off in January race to determine replacement for David WuSuzanne Bonamici has won the Democratic primary election for Portland’s 1st Congressional District and will face Republican candidate Rob Cornilles in a special election on Jan. 31 to determine who will replace David Wu as the district’s House representative. Whomever takes home the win in January’s election will hold the position only temporarily; they will have to emerge victorious in next November’s regular election in order to officially begin their first two-year term as a House representative. Although yesterday’s Democratic race was thought to be without a clear favorite, Bonamici ran away with the victory, collecting a whopping 66 percent of the vote. The next closest finishers were Brad Avakian (22 percent) and Brad Witt (8 percent). Recent figures indicate that around 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the election.