Oregon’s new gun policy draws blanks

Is the new policy really protecting anyone?
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education really wants to get guns off campuses. A hotly contested topic in the legislature, the debate for and against firearm control has seen many twists and turns. One such twist was the Oregon Court of Appeals ruling last September that the board did not have administrative authority to regulate guns on campuses. And recently, the State Senate rejected a bill banning guns on school and university campuses.

What are you doing for Women’s History Month?

PSU and Portland celebrate women with tours, books and art
March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to remember and pay tribute to the many women throughout history who have contributed to making the world a better place. So how do we celebrate women?

Governing their own

OUS universities should establishlocal governing boards
Change is bad. Or at least that’s what some think. But the Oregon University System may be providing a change for the better.

Pre-occupied with the wrong things

Why Occupy should lighten up
What is Occupy trying to do? Occupy Wall Street began in September of last year and has grown into a national movement with several hundred groups participating to various degrees in cities all over the country. They have marched down streets, shut down ports, closed banks—and all to what end? Hostility will lead nowhere. Their methods have to change.

Autism speaks—and so should you

City employees push for autism coverage in their healthcare
Employees of the city of Portland are pushing for more healthcare benefits, specifically benefits to cover family members with autism. And with so much funding needed, they’re not the only ones who should. Autism-related costs are a major concern for many people, and support for families and individuals dealing with autism should be a no-brainer.

Yet another unsettling report

Seriously—what’s going on in Multnomah County?
Another report has just been released by the Coalition of Communities of Color and Portland State (their previous reports had addressed the state of Latinos and Native Americans in Multnomah County). This time, the CCC looked at the situation of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the county. Once again, the statistics are hard to swallow. In fact, the preface warns, “This is an early notice to the readers of this report: it is a tough read.” No kidding.

The rallies aren’t working

Why protesting rising tuition costs isn’t getting results
We all know college is costly. The common notion used to be that private schools were the expensive, elite institutions and that public universities were the affordable alternative―for anyone who wasn’t Ivy League material. But with state governments slashing education funding and tuition costs rising yearly, students and their parents are getting stuck with the swelling price tag of a college degree.

The rallies aren’t working

Why protesting rising tuition costs isn’t getting results
We all know college is costly. The common notion used to be that private schools were the expensive, elite institutions and that public universities were the affordable alternative―for anyone who wasn’t Ivy League material. But with state governments slashing education funding and tuition costs rising yearly, students and their parents are getting stuck with the swelling price tag of a college degree.

Autism speaks—and so should you

City employees push for autism coverage in their healthcare
Employees of the city of Portland are pushing for more healthcare benefits, specifically benefits to cover family members with autism. And with so much funding needed, they’re not the only ones who should. Autism-related costs are a major concern for many people, and support for families and individuals dealing with autism should be a no-brainer.

Yet another unsettling report

Seriously—what’s going on in Multnomah County?
Another report has just been released by the Coalition of Communities of Color and Portland State (their previous reports had addressed the state of Latinos and Native Americans in Multnomah County). This time, the CCC looked at the situation of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the county. Once again, the statistics are hard to swallow. In fact, the preface warns, “This is an early notice to the readers of this report: it is a tough read.” No kidding.

Editorial: Read no evil

A free and unrestrained press serves not only to cultivate a better-informed citizenry, but also to report on abuses of power and privilege that might otherwise go unknown and unpunished. It is for precisely this reason that politicians, businesses and other institutions of power employ public relations specialists who can promote the positive and obfuscate the negative.

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