Casa Latina celebrates diversity through educationThe 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.
The dangerous relationship between drinking and bikingPortlanders 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?
Legislation on Generic Drugs Makes Little SenseIf 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.
New study finds some sunscreens accelerate cancerNow 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.
Oregon legislature eliminates free YouthPass program for Portland high school studentsDuring the last school year, thousands of Portland high school students boarded TriMet buses in order to make their way to school. While many might feel that the students are a pain, TriMet provides the only public busing opportunity for these students. Many of these teenagers and children would not have a mode of transportation to and from school without such opportunities.
Corporate sponsorship at Pride weekend raises questionsFor over a decade, corporations have used big-budget campaigns to endorse the Gay Pride Parade and to create mega-advertising showing their alliance with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community.