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.


Casa Latina celebrates diversity through education
The 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.

Pedals, Pints and Pokey

The dangerous relationship between drinking and biking
Portlanders 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?

Drug Addled

Legislation on Generic Drugs Makes Little Sense
If 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.

The sunscreen myth

New study finds some sunscreens accelerate cancer
Now 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.

No transit for you!

Oregon legislature eliminates free YouthPass program for Portland high school students
During 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.

Support or Advertising?

Corporate sponsorship at Pride weekend raises questions
For 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.


Arts & Culture

Portland (& PSU alum) Drag Queen Sugarpill talks queer youth upbringing,...

Sugarpill is the stage name for Portland State alum Alex Horsey. Titles held by the 22-year-old Sugarpill include Rosebud XXXVIII, Power Word: Protest |...


The Eagle Creek wake-up call

I woke up to the fire’s Level One Evacuations only ten miles away and so much smoke that I could barely breathe properly inside...