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Portland State Vanguard Orientation Guide 2012


Official Orientation Guide cheat sheet

Downtown mainstays Alder Food Cart Pod/Director Park Santería/Mary’s Club Ground Kontrol Jimmy Mak’s The Roxy Study around campus On Campus Millar Library Smith Memorial Student Union Ondine South Park Blocks…
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Getting there and back

Using cars, buses, trains and your feet to get to campus If you are lucky enough to live on or near campus, getting to class shouldn’t cost you a nickel—you…
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Picture me drinkin’

So you’re 21 and in college. Congratulations, you made it to the stage of life in which you don’t have to drink contraband Keystone Light in a dorm bathroom. The world is your sauced-up oyster. But now that you don’t have to sneak suds, where can you go that’s not halfway across town?

Viking games



Having split the Big Sky regular season title in 2011, the Vikings women’s soccer team was picked in the league’s preseason poll as the top team of 2012. “I don’t necessarily think it is any pressure, but it’s nice to hear that people are giving us respect,” coach Laura Schott said.

Rec Center fun and fitness

With so many options, you may not know where to begin

When long hours of sitting at a computer have caused that familiar feeling of fatigue, or when the icy Portland rain makes going for a run feel like an Arctic expedition, remember that the Portland State Academic and Student Rec Center has your back. Simply show your school identification at the front desk (located on the second floor) and enter a recreation wonderland.

Intramural Sports

Many students leave behind their athletic aspirations when they begin college. It’s understandable—your papers are due, your part-time job eats up your weekends—but you don’t have to quit playing sports.

Downtown mainstays

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and explore my city So you’re new here. That’s cool. Welcome. At this point, you may be unfamiliar with all the amenities that…
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Local arts, culture & entertainment

A starter list of cultural mainstays on or near campus Portland hosts a variety of arts and cultural events throughout the year, and many of them thrive in the campus…
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Stretch that dollar

Make the most out of student discounts Everyone loves a good deal. But students, who often have to reconcile low funds and pricey school fees, especially hate paying full price…
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Tips for living off campus

Freshman year, the dorms can be exciting—a great way to make friends and adjust to living away from home. Surrounded by peers riding a similar freedom high, students get a new sense of community and what it means to be in college.

We started from nothing

From its humble beginnings as an extension center, educating primarily World War II veterans in an abandoned shipyard housing project, Portland State has survived everything from legislative resistance to floods and riots in its climb to its present state of being.

Get out of the dorm

Best places to study on and around campus

If you don’t want to spend your school year sitting on a lumpy bed, computer propped on your lap, trying to study as your roommates blast their horrible music, there are a plethora of other options—you just have to know about them! There’s nothing better than finding the study spot that’s perfect for you, so here are some suggestions.

Clubs Galore

College can be intimidating for new students, especially those unfamiliar with their community. Luckily, Portland State supports a wide variety of student-run groups that give students the opportunity to gather and socialize outside of the classroom. Joining a student group can be a great way to make friends, rally for a cause and participate in the PSU community.

A helping hand

Campus resources available to students

College is tough enough when you’re on your own. That’s why Portland State has resources to assist you throughout your journey. If it’s getting help with writing or academic advising, being exposed to the rich cultural diversity of PSU or getting help when times are tough, these people can help you when it counts most.

Bong hits and BIO 101: Surviving your freshman year

Tips and Tricks to ease the way After 13 first days of school, hundreds of thousands of sheets of wide-ruled notebook paper and several million little cartons of milk, you’ve…
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ASPSU for dummies

A newcomer’s guide to PSU student government Many students’ initial encounters with the Associated Students of Portland State University are at tabling events outside Smith Memorial Student Union, where they…
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Letter from ASPSU Student Body President

Welcome to a new year at Portland State! PSU has a vibrant student culture that is diverse and unique compared to any university anywhere in the world. As students we…
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Letter From the Editor

Hey there, fellow Viking! If my calculations are correct, you may be reading the most useful publication of your college career. For as we skid to the end of another…
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