An aspirin forthe headache

Making contraception affordable is common sense, not a political debate
Don’t you just love when billionaires talk about what’s good for the American people—us common folk—and especially when they talk about those “inexpensive,” petty issues we deal with? Like, say, contraception!

Coffee & Power moves into the neighborhood

A freelancing match made in cyber-heaven?
Coffee and power: everything you need to take over the world. Or, at the very least, a coffee shop in Portland. Freelancers, artists, creative minds and artisans can now stop holding their collective breath—the time has come. The office that’s not an office has finally moved into town­—a coffee shop workplace especially for you!

What do we know, anyway?

Pentagon should allow women to join their comrades on the front lines
Are women likely to compromise military missions? Probably not. So why grant them fewer opportunities for career advancement on the basis of their sex?

Et tu, TriMet?

Another day, another price hike

Another memoir, another sordid affair, another intern. Mimi Alford is the latest woman to claim an extra-marital affair with former president John F. Kennedy. At 19, she served as an intern at the White House and, according to her new book, Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath, they engaged in an 18-month relationship.

Guns blazin’

New legislation takes aim at unsafe firearm policies
University students throughout Oregon, as a result of Senate Bill 1550, may find themselves stowing their guns under mattresses once more. The proposed bill would eliminate “affirmative defense exempting concealed handgun licensees from crime applicable to possession of firearm or other instrumental used as dangerous weapon, while on school grounds.”

Editorial: What has ASPSU done for you lately?

ASPSU’s recent rally in the park blocks was just the latest demonstration of how far your student government has strayed from making any kind of real impact for the students of Portland State.

Mindful eating

Take a moment to stop talking and eat
Watching people scarf down a burger on the MAX, quickly maneuver through the cafeteria line to grab a bagel and coffee “to go” or slurp a cup o’ noodles on the way to class makes one wonder how well the thinking, loving and sleeping are going.

Transcending a ‘transgression’

Girl Scouts face opposition from traditionalists over accepting a transgender child
The name Girl Scouts brings to mind all sorts of images, from camaraderie and togetherness to cookies and the cute little girls who sell them. One aspect of the Girl Scouts that often gets overlooked by those with no connection to the organization is its inclusiveness, especially in the face of redefining gender.

Anonymous and hacktivism

Nameless, faceless social activism in the Internet age
Do you remember the poem from V for Vendetta? “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.” It was a rallying cry against fascism, censorship and injustice. It used the Guy Fawkes incident in 1604 England, in which a group of conspirators were caught trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James I, to protest tyrannical government.

Progressive reform

End of No Child Left Behind may be in sight
Last week, President Barack Obama gave 10 states the OK to scrap No Child Left Behind, one of the most unsuccessful and unpopular educational mandates in U.S. history. NCLB was one of the first proposals George W. Bush put through Congress during his first term as president. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and was passed without many problems.

Determining destiny

Activism in America

Activism applies to many forms of politically motivated speech, whether it is boycotting industrial meat practices or signing a petition shared through Facebook.


Arts & Culture

Suns’ Out, Baby!

On top of all the amazing concerts in Portland over the last week, the sun has been teasing and tempting us to run outside....

Millennial Scapegoating


Millennial Scapegoating

“Two-thirds of American millennials surveyed in a recent poll cannot identify what Auschwitz is,” stated an article published by The Washington Post on April...