Apocalypse now or apocalypse averted?Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a strategy within the Pentagon to tackle the looming debt crisis by slashing billions from the American defense budget. This has been met with the requisite cries of doom by policymakers, pundits and casual onlookers who balk at the idea of reducing our Armed Forces while one war continues, one just ended and the possibility of another looms on the horizon.
The new student apartment meets students’ biggest needThere are two types of students: those who prefer on-campus life, and those who pursue other housing options, such as apartments. While living in university housing presents its own problems at times, apartment hunters can also face a lot of challenges during their search for a place to live.
The Student Fee Committee, an arm of ASPSU, is responsible for managing PSU’s student fees and setting the budgets for all fee-funded areas. These areas include ASPSU, student publications, and student organizations and resource centers. Recently, however, the SFC appears to be testing the limits of their role at PSU.
Innovative high school engineering class fails to make a lasting impactTitle IX is being celebrated this month. As you may know, Title IX was instrumental in increasing the number of women in sports. Since its inception in 1972, the law has led to a drastic increase in female athletes in universities and consequently the world of professional sports. The text of the law states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
All PSU students should keep alertThe bystander effect happens every single day all over the world. A stranger is in trouble, and somehow the more people that surround them, the less likely they’ll receive any form of help. It is a tragic psychological effect that takes hold, leaving perfectly capable people to stand idly by while a person in need is left defenseless. With recent assaults on the PSU campus as well as other attacks around Portland, it brings into question: Who will take a stand and help those in need?
Grant could mean amore bike-friendly PortlandOn Jan. 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a small coalition of Oregon universities a $3.5 million grant for research on alternative transportation. Portland State was one of the universities included, as were the University of Oregon and the Oregon Institute of Technology. The grant was administered by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), which is based here at PSU.
Recent assaults on campus raise questions about safetyIt seems nowadays that everywhere you look on campus, there’s a reason to be concerned. First, a woman is sexually assaulted on the Portland State campus by two strangers. The Campus Public Safety Office acknowledge the crime as a rarity, and while the student population is a little concerned, it trusts the school’s judgment and counts itself as safe.
Increasing tuition threatens the value of higher educationAt a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education on Jan. 6, 2012, a near 9 percent increase in tuition for the full 2012–13 academic year was approved for Portland State. Included in this hike is a 9 percent increase in tuition for the upcoming 2012 summer session as well. Summer enrollment across the entire OUS has been increasing significantly in recent years, with many students seeking to take advantage of the traditionally lower costs compared to the regular academic terms. That alternative to soaring overall tuition fees has apparently run its course.
Vending machines with healthier alternatives are being installed at PSUAs you grow hungry on your way to class, you may begin to regret not bringing food with you. Thankfully, you spot a vending machine in the hall, which allows you to grab something quickly and be on your way. But as you bite into your newly procured snack, you find that you are not provided with the feeling of satisfaction that one should get when hunger is no longer a problem. While the snack food commonly found in vending machines may fill you up temporarily, you are not getting the right nutrients.
Serving students’ needs at the Disability Resource CenterBehind the staid elegance of the information desk, the Disability Resource Center serves the needs of students attending PSU. The DRC’s location in room 116 of the Smith Memorial Student Union does not reinforce the traditionally exclusionary and exploitative conceptualization of disability. However, it may do just that if students are unable to utilize the services they are entitled.
Minimum wage increase stirs debateOn Sept. 15, 2011, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced that Oregon’s minimum wage would get a 30-cent bump (from $8.50 to $8.80 an hour) for the year 2012. The increase, which took effect on Jan. 1, makes Oregon’s minimum wage the second highest in the nation. Our neighbor to the north, Washington, is the first at $9.04. All matters of economics are contentious. No matter how assured one is in his or her outlook on the best way to take advantage of the flow of money, an army of experts and Ph.D.’s stand ready to disagree.