Letter to the Editor

I am writing this letter in response to [the] July 31 Vanguard article “PSU’s Diversity Action Plan proving difficult to define.” It’s important to understand both the background and goals of this campus-wide initiative.

Interdimensional man of mystery

Still one of the most popular mysteries in recent memory, the infamous (and unidentified) D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a Boeing 727 and subsequently disappeared, has fueled conspiracy theories for decades.

Comics craft

Portland is rife with comics writers and artists. Close your eyes and stick out your hand at Holocene and you’ll probably accidentally hit one of them, or at least someone who knows someone.

Letter to the Editor

Students should vote no on the proposed constitution. It revives outmoded advocacy mechanisms, denies representation and advocacy for under-served and marginalized communities, and will be practically impossible to amend in the future.

Letter to the Editor

Dear President Wiewel, My name is Lisa Meersman and I received a Bachelor’s in Community Development from Portland State this last December. When I started at PSU as a freshman in 2008, I founded Take Back the Tap at Portland State with four other students. I continued to coordinate the campaign until December of 2012, when I graduated.

Letter to the Editor: Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders is a game that many of us played as children. Indeed, many of us still play it with our children or our relatives’ children. For those not familiar with the game, you play by getting around the board using a series of upward-moving ladders and downward-moving slides. If you play the game right, you make it to the finish line before your opponents do. Make it through the obstacles first, you win. Pretty simple, right?

A difficult thing to accept

Last Sunday, my bookshelf broke, and I ran out of my apartment and sobbed in the stairwell of a parking structure for half an hour. It’s not a joke. It’s not hyperbole. It was me at my breaking point. This is going to be my last article for the Vanguard. My editor let me decide what I should write—science? legislation? women’s rights?—and I eventually decided that my last submission should be more than that.

Letter to the Editor

Sexism and classism have no place in the ‘Monitor vs. Whiteboard’ debate
I am writing to express my disappointment in the publication of a recent column authored by Alyck Horton. In the October 23 opinion piece titled “Monitor vs. Whiteboard,” Mr. Horton couches the issue of online coursework in sexist, judgmental, and offensive language. I believe there are more respectful—and accurate—ways to engage in this discussion that centralize the merits of online learning, not online learners themselves. While I agree with some of Mr. Horton’s assertions about the unsuitability of online environments for coursework that is dynamic and discussion-based, I find his sexist caricature of female online students particularly disgusting, and I disagree strongly with the characterization of students enrolled in online coursework as lazy and unprincipled. This portrait is both offensive and inaccurate.

A helping hand

Campus resources available to students
College is tough enough when you’re on your own. That’s why Portland State has resources to assist you throughout your journey. If it’s getting help with writing or academic advising, being exposed to the rich cultural diversity of PSU or getting help when times are tough, these people can help you when it counts most.

Letter from the Editor

Hey there, fellow Viking! If my calculations are correct, you may be reading the most useful publication of your college career. For as we...

Letter From the Editor

Hey there, fellow Viking! If my calculations are correct, you may be reading the most useful publication of your college career. For as we...


Arts & Culture


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College of the Arts is failing its students

The art department at Portland State sometimes feels like an afterthought. Recent cuts coinciding with the renovation of Neuberger Hall brought art students’ simmering...