PSU Day At The Capitol puts university issues front and center

Budget, Sustainability Center, university governance discussed
Portland State was highlighted at the Oregon State Capitol building on Wednesday, Feb. 8, as politicians and PSU representatives spoke about key issues concerning the school. “The general purpose of PSU Day is to let legislators know that Portland State University is alive and thriving,” said Wim Wiewel, university president.

Career Fair provides employment opportunities for PSU students

Event brings more than 100 employers to campus February 14 and 15
The price of college tuition is higher than ever, and an increase is on the horizon. This, coupled with increasing costs of living, means that more and more students are seeking employment. But where can students go to look for employment?

Kim III: new leadership for North Korea

Professor Mel Gurtov to give lecture on the hermit kingdom’s uncertain future
On Dec. 28, 2011, thousands of North Koreans stood on snowy streets to commemorate the funeral of their late leader Kim Jong Il. Some openly wept; others mourned in silence. What will North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, do now that he is in power? Time will tell. Until then, speculations on North Korea’s future will stand at the forefront of the minds of scholars and foreign affairs experts.

Obama addresses higher education issues in State of the Union

President suggests changes to combat increasing costs
In his State of the Union address on Jan. 24, President Barack Obama proposed a radical higher education plan that would dramatically aid college students with financial struggles.

PSU professor receives $50,000 grant

OHSU and Central City Concern partner with PSU to study homelessness, addiction recovery
Portland State professor of community health Stephanie Farquhar has received a $50,000 grant from the Northwest Health Foundation to be the principal investigator in a yearlong research study focused on homelessness and the process of addiction recovery. The study is part of a larger research project that has been a multi-year collaboration between PSU, Oregon Health and Science University and Portland community organization Central City Concern.

PSU’s Lincoln Hall the battleground for mayoral debate

Smith, Brady, Hales vocalize views on Portland’s transportation issues
Portland is one of the most pedestrian/bike and public transit friendly cities in the country, a fact supported over the last few years by the city consistently ranking high in various top-10 lists (such as Biking Magazine and reports from the Department of Transportation). This makes transportation one of the most important issues in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Sam Adams.

Megathrust earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

Portland sits in a potentially shaky spot
Major earthquakes over the last several years have made headlines and captured everyone’s attention. According to the United States Geological Survey, the Haitian earthquake in 2010 killed over 200,000 people and left over a million homeless. Several months later, an 8.8 magnitude quake struck Chile and caused the equivalent of 30 billion U.S. dollars in damage. More recently, Japan experienced a tragedy that is still being tallied. Could something like this happen in the Pacific Northwest?

Recent controversial lecture on faith sparks rebuttal

PSU student religious group hosts lecture event on effects of faith
The line “God Has Not Left the Building,” printed on the Basic English and Bible Club’s flyer for tomorrow evening’s lecture event, shows just how much controversy has arisen over Dr. Peter Boghossian’s Jan. 27 lecture.

Center for Japanese studies events examine the wrongful internment of Japanese...

Feb. 19 marks the 70th anniversary of the forcible relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II
The Portland State Center for Japanese Studies will host a series of events in February and March to honor the Japanese American victims and survivors who were forcibly detained during World War II.

Everybody Reads promotes community education

PSU and Multnomah County Library collaborate on events that discuss race, personal identity and community
“What if everybody read the same book?” That’s the question asked by the 10th annual Everybody Reads campaign, which kicked off this month. The program, created by Multnomah County Library and sponsored by Portland State, attempts to foster community engagement and learning through the wide-spread reading of a specific book selected by MCL.
Kevin Reynolds vice provost of Fiscal Strategies and Planning, serves on the steering committee that was formed to research and implement the new budget model.

University announces new budget model

Focus shifts toward performance-based allotments
On Jan. 19, Portland State unveiled the new university-wide budget model that will affect the 2012–13 academic year and will be fully implemented in the 2013–14 academic year. According to a press release issued by PSU, the change will “help the campus meet its academic and financial goals despite declining state funding.”



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Arts & Culture

Finally rich

The Hawthorne Theatre is louder than usual; I’m close to the stage as mosh pits erupt behind me, though I’m too busy to gauge...


Portland State allowed a rapist to go unpunished and nearly ruined...

By Eden Paul I was raped and assaulted, then forced to participate in a process that tried to steal my dignity and resulted in Post-Traumatic...