From Cold Spell to Maelstrom

When we last spoke, the Syria situation looked grim. One thousand three hundred government protesters had already died at the hands of the oppressive...

Manning up about contraception

New male birth control could level the field
For years, women have been given the responsibility of taking their birth control. Currently, all forms of birth control, except condoms or vasectomies, are designed for female use only. Forms of male birth control have been discussed and developed, but many are still undergoing testing due to the potential side effects of hormone-based solutions. Now, a doctor in India has developed a new form of birth control for men. The method has been used on humans, but is still considered experimental. The procedure is known as Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG). The procedure starts out like a normal vasectomy, but instead of cutting, the doctor injects a polymer into the vas deferens, which causes the sperm that travel through the tube to be chemically altered, rendering them unable to impregnate a woman.

A Formidable Program

Millar Library’s new program beats out concerns
When people think of libraries, what comes to mind? Books? Journals? Dust and shelves and tables? How about laptop computers? Portland State's Millar Library announced last month the availability of a new laptop checkout program for its students. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like. A student can, like with any reference material, check out a laptop for use in the library, free of charge. The laptops are available for non-renewable checkout for up to three hours at a time and are equipped with everything a student might need.

Who’s the fairest of them all?

Fair trade not really all that fair
The fair trade movement has grown exponentially since 2005, rising from $15 million in sales a year to $48 million in 2011. From textiles to produce, to coffee and tea and jewelry, fair trade certification is making its black-and-white mark in more and more places every day.

Legislation, Over Easy

Which comes first: the chicken or the egg farmer?
Oregon legislators are moving out of the courthouse and into the henhouse. Over the last few months, there has been some trouble brewing at the Capitol. There has been much discussion regarding the state’s regulations on what is considered humane when it comes to egg-laying chickens.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Casey Anthony trial perfectly in line with U.S. justice system
For many people in the United States, the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial inspired outrage and disbelief. Casey Anthony, on trial for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, was declared not guilty by a jury on all counts of murder and child abuse. The evidence against her seemed overwhelming, and the court of public opinion had long since declared her guilty. The actual legal verdict left many Americans crying foul at the justice system.

Words, Words, Words!

Local feminist bookstore deserves a voice
Portlanders are currently at risk of losing one of the city’s valuable landmarks. While many may not have stepped foot inside In Other Words, the northeast bookstore was the setting for the famous bookstore sketch in the local hit series Portlandia.


Casa Latina celebrates diversity through education
The grand opening of Casa Latina at Portland State has inspired fierce debate among members of the community regarding its goals. There are people who will point out that Casa Latina will lead to a separatist attitude among Latina and Latino students, and is therefore counterproductive. It is the same argument used by those concerned by immigration and assimilation in the United States.

Pedals, Pints and Pokey

The dangerous relationship between drinking and biking
Portlanders are known for two things: their love of all things hoppy and brewed and their love of bicycles. Recently, several bicycle-friendly pubs have opened throughout the city. Additionally, the Portland Pedalounge, a 14-person bicycle, will soon take to the streets to guide Portlanders on tours from bar to bar. Simultaneously, new laws are emerging that punish bikers who cycle under the influence. Is condoning such an activity good for Portland’s cycle culture?

Drug Addled

Legislation on Generic Drugs Makes Little Sense
If Sudafed causes you to slip into a coma, you can bet that somebody is going to get sued. But thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last Thursday, if the generic equivalent does the same thing, there is nothing you can do about it. According to the court, makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for not warning consumers of potential side effects if they’ve copied down the same warnings that are on the brand-name equivalents.

The sunscreen myth

New study finds some sunscreens accelerate cancer
Now that summer is upon us, many are itching to get outside. Due to the not-so-sunny climate of Portland, many are escaping to warmer places in order to “catch a few rays.” Of course, there are obvious health risks that come with tanning, so many often lather up with sunscreen in order to be protected from those scary ultraviolet rays.


Arts & Culture

On-campus events calendar: April 18–24

FEATURED EVENT FESTIVAL Earth Day Festival Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. PSU Park Blocks Free, all ages PSU's Environmental Club hosts a celebration honoring Earth Day, featuring related campus organizations,...

Cannabis close to campus


The internet, the government and the generation gap

During the first week of April, the U.S. president signed a piece of legislation eliminating rules that require internet service providers to receive your...