Disorganization can lead to academic failure and stressEveryone’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.
Mask used to represent anarchyan ironic choiceEven 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.
Student group seeksto educate on drug useWhen 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
Max Faberbock’s Aimee & Jaguar delivers a tender and original romance amidst war-film clichésLove—of the deeply felt, complex, and battle-tested variety—is so terrifyingly intimate that, while in its throes, it is nearly impossible to communicate to an outsider how it started, how it works or where’s it going. Love lives in the close-ups, in those shared unspoken moments where two imperfect beings collide, in the hope of rearranging their molecules into something closer to perfect. The two lovestruck, imperfect beings in question are, in this case, Felice and Lilly (known to each other privately as Aimee and Jaguar), the friends-then-lovers at the heart of Max Faberbock’s 1998 film, Aimee & Jaguar, playing this weekend at 5th Avenue Cinema.
Native American children in foster care lose part of their heritageComing from a minority group, with a cultural heritage and traditions that you are proud of can be part of what makes you special and different. But imagine what would have happened if you were whisked away from your family at a young age and never got to know the culture that makes up part of who you are. For one in every five Native American children in Multnomah County, this is exactly what happens. These children are taken from their parents and often placed with white families. They grow up far away from their roots.
Do your part to help overcrowding in shelters this winterPortland notoriously has a huge issue with homeless pets and stray animals. When winter hits each year, hundreds of animals are left to fend for themselves during the rainy season. While there are many organizations and animal shelters doing their best to keep homeless pets safe and healthy, the sheer number of animals needing care is overwhelming. Animal lovers all over the city take strays into the various shelters, saving them from the cold. But what happens to those animals afterward is dependent on the kindness of Portland citizens. Fortunately, there are numerous ways that even students can help.
The holiday illuminates Vietnam history and opportunitiesPerhaps my view is skewed, hailing from central Oregon (with all that implies politically). But I find it pleasantly surprising that Portland State is the only public university in the state that closes its doors on Veterans Day. Known as Armistice Day until 1954, Nov. 11 originally celebrated the end of World War I, a war whose sheer brutality was overshadowed only by its senselessness. Largely forgotten now, WWI saw massive casualties, new alliances and changes in the ways wars were fought. It ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—Nov. 11. The date expanding into an honoring of all American veterans was passed by the Eisenhower administration in response to a suggestion by a World War II veteran.
States can’t make up their minds over mandating the HPV vaccineEven after longstanding debate over whether an HPV vaccine should be mandatory, states still can’t make up their minds. What began with Texas’ mandate to have an HPV vaccine required for sixth-grade girls attending public school (with some exceptions) has become an argument about the morality of requiring vaccinations for children for an STD and infringing on the rights of personal choice. The verdict will be based on whether the benefits to the public’s health outweigh the costs. Other considerations include the practical implications of where the resources to afford vaccination come from, the safety of the vaccines and whether it is an infringement on one’s rights to have the decision whether to vaccinate or not taken away from them.
Unemployment benefitsup for renewalThe year 2012 is bringing with it many different things: a presidential election, the release of The Hobbit movies, the 2012 Olympics and, according to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world. However, as exciting as all of those are, the new year could also be bringing in many changes in terms of politics and benefits. As soon as the new year begins, Congress will decide whether or not to renew unemployment benefits. According to the Oregon Employment Department, these possible cuts could cause the number of jobless Oregonians to grow exponentially. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a bill that would extend federally funded unemployment benefits for another year. While Congress has not voted against passing an extension on unemployment benefits, this particular bill comes with a $45 billion price tag attached.
Breaking free of the media’s portrayal of men and womenWhen people buy products that set an idealized standard for men and women, they not only support objectification but also internalize it. We’ve all seen the advertisements. The perfect pair of jeans. The perfect bra. The perfect cologne. They portray idealized people in iconic situations in order to convince us to buy their products. This not only reinforces impossible standards for men and women to uphold but also creates an endless cycle of consumerism in order to fulfill an unobtainable goal. Advertisers spend billions of dollars every year trying to manipulate people into buying things. The problem is that they’re not just selling products, they’re selling ideas.
This year, total student loan debt in the United States finally exceeded $1 trillion. This surpasses even credit card debt, which is seen as...