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

On May 11, 1970, the Vanguard became a part of its own story when a PSU student strike and protest against the invasion of...

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

In love and war

Max Faberbock’s Aimee & Jaguar delivers a tender and original romance amidst war-film clichés
Love—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.

Torn apart

Native American children in foster care lose part of their heritage
Coming 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.
I can haz ur home? With colder weather ahead, now might be the best time to adopt or foster a pet.

It’s raining cats and dogs

Do your part to help overcrowding in shelters this winter
Portland 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.


Arts & Culture

Colonialism weekend at 5th Ave.

If you’re looking for an easy summer blockbuster to help you beat the heat, maybe avoid the 5th Avenue Cinema this weekend. This week’s...


‘I really do care, don’t you?’

America has a long-standing history of oppression, violence and injustice, but in all of the chaos, there are nonprofits, organizations and people willing to...