Tipping Scales

The government weighs in on the growing obesity rate.
When walking down the bustling streets of Portland, it’s hard to consider Oregon a state that is facing an obesity problem. With multitudes of walkers, bikers and waifish hipsters, it sometimes feels like Oregon might be too healthy.

Prisoner Solidarity

Voices from outside Pelican Bay hunger strikes
On July 1, an estimated 6,600 prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison, a supermax California prison near the Oregon border, went on hunger strike refusing food. The strike lasted for 21 days, during which thousands of prisoners refused to eat until their demands for better conditions were met.

Prisoner Solidarity

Voices from outside Pelican Bay hunger strikes On July 1, an estimated 6,600 prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison, a supermax California prison near...

From Cold Spell to Maelstrom

Situation in Syria grows graver
When we last spoke, the Syria situation looked grim. One thousand three hundred government protesters had already died at the hands of the oppressive Ba’ath Party regime headed by Bashar al-Assad. The opposition movement that demanded his downfall was vulnerable and leaderless. The call for democracy had yet to take hold in any major cities. And Hama, the ideological center of the opposition movement, while still relatively untouched by the Assad Regime, lived under the shadow of Syrian tanks on the horizon.

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.

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Arts & Culture

Corey Harper is post-Portlandia on the national stage

Corey Harper does not immediately strike me as a folk musician, but after speaking with him, I see where and why he deserves the...

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Opinion

Trumpcare: Are we any better off with this new plan?

The House of Representatives passed Trumpcare, or the American Health Care Act, on May 4. While the bill still has to make it through...