Help yourself, help your future

Taking longer to graduate is popular at PSU
Is this your fifth year in college? Or even sixth? Strangely enough, Portland State students take longer to graduate than the usual college student does. Even full-time students who do not change their major tend to hang around as students for longer than four years. There does not seem to be any one reason for this that encompasses every student who takes longer than four years to get a degree. Some may have taken time off from school or are not enrolled full time. Others faced obstacles such as classes that are only offered during spring term. Others still spent a year or two abroad.

The end of Occupy?

Where will the movement go next?
The inevitable has finally happened. After weeks of camping out in the rain in makeshift tents and yurts, the protesters have finally been made to go home, for those who have one. After Mayor Adam’s eviction announcement that occupiers must vacate the area come Sunday at midnight, the movement was met with a huge swell of support. Though Saturday night found thousands joined together for one last hurrah, Portland police had every last protester out by the end of Sunday. If you drive Main Street passing the Lownsdale and Chapman Squares, it’s a sorry sight. A few scattered police officers stalk the recently erected fences that now cage the empty parks. The once-grassy area is now dead and muddy, and there are cleaning crews sweeping around to gather the last pieces of debris.

Giving at the office

Oxfam representatives should seek donors elsewhere
Like little green bees, Oxfam representatives congregate on the Portland State campus and swarm around students, asking for donations to support aid for a South African famine. Of the many clipboard-wielding charitable organizations begging for your money, Oxfam is perhaps the most noticeable. Oxfam consists of 15 different organizations working in 98 countries “with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice,” according to Oxfam stresses that respect for human rights is the key to lifting poverty. While ending poverty seems to be Oxfam’s ultimate goal, the organization also aids in climate change, agriculture, gender justice, education, health, trade (not the free kind, mind you) and establishing natural and sustainable resources.

On your marks…get set…WRITE!

NaNoWriMo takes hold in Portland
Writing a good book takes a lot of work. But during National Novel Writing Month, many literature enthusiasts devote themselves to writing a novel—all in November. The focus is the word count. With the goal of 50,000 words in mind (or sometimes another goal of the participant’s choice), participants often spend every spare moment writing. Although there are loopholes, such as getting an extra word every time a main character is mentioned by giving the main character a two-part name, it takes a lot of effort to get 50,000 words written. While some participants spend a month dedicated to writing an entire novel just for fun, others deem their literary work worthy of publication after the month is over.

Judgment delivered

Adam Rahmlow fails to deliver as student body president
“My highest hope as a public servant is that people judge me on what I do, in office,” said ASPSU President Adam Rahmlow in May, after details of his arrest months earlier surfaced. “I’ll do the best job that anybody could, and I promise to be open to criticism—you have to be. That’s just healthy.” Rahmlow, who had also faced allegations of breaking campaign rules, was already on the receiving end of some intense criticism. Some people were unsure whether he could adequately represent them or if he could be taken seriously. Others shrugged it off as a mistake. But they took him at his word: they would judge him by his actions. Six months later, Rahmlow has shown himself to be a less-than-ideal student body president. He’s more for parties than policy. ASPSU has voted to give itself a raise.

Paper, plastic,or neither?

Recent bag ban in Portland sets an example for PSU to follow
The City of Portland has officially banned plastic bags at grocery store checkout stands as of Oct. 15. This has students asking: Should Portland State follow suit? How should we answer when asked, “paper or plastic?” Plastic bags can be very green, according to Ken Brown, CEO of the Portland State Bookstore. The bookstore’s bags “can be used many times,” Brown said, and are “greener than paper bags in environmental criteria.”

History lesson, part II

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Turning the page

Honors Program implements new curriculum, increases accessibility for students
The Portland State Honors Program was founded in 1969. Now, 42 years later, it’s getting a facelift. The Honors Program was created for students who are high achievers and are interested in pursuing graduate or professional school for research in their field of study. In the old program, students weren’t held to university graduation requirements and were instead able to develop their own plan for a major. Working closely with faculty advisors all the while, this culminated in a thesis in the final year.

Organized chaos

Disorganization can lead to academic failure and stress
Everyone’s favorite time of year is fast approaching. Yes, bring out the decorations, festive food, good company and…finals? With finals coming up, many students are receiving their midterm exams and papers back and realizing that their organizational skills are not up to par with what is expected of them. Luckily, Portland State offers many workshops and campus resources to help those that are organizationally challenged.

The face of a movement

Mask used to represent anarchyan ironic choice
Even if you don’t know his name, you almost certainly know his face. Somewhere along the line—on the news, on the Internet, at the Occupy Wall Street camp —you’ve seen that broad smirk, stretching mischievously from cheek to rosy cheek. You’ve seen those dark eye slits, squinted contentedly in mute self-satisfaction. You’ve seen that razor-thin mustache. That dark, glistening hair. That towering captain hat.

More than just ‘legalizers’

Student group seeksto educate on drug use
When war fails, diplomacy begins. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students that seeks to end the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do not harm others


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