Birth–control legislation on the touch and go

Obama wants to make sex safe, much to the dismay of others
Last week, the Obama administration approved a rule requiring employers to cover the cost of contraceptives in their employee health plans. This is a huge step forward for both the Obama administration and preventive healthcare. Contraceptives, along with other forms of preventive services and medicine, will now be available to employees with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles.

Military budget cuts

Apocalypse now or apocalypse averted?
Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a strategy within the Pentagon to tackle the looming debt crisis by slashing billions from the American defense budget. This has been met with the requisite cries of doom by policymakers, pundits and casual onlookers who balk at the idea of reducing our Armed Forces while one war continues, one just ended and the possibility of another looms on the horizon.

That’s the pointe

The new student apartment meets students’ biggest need
There are two types of students: those who prefer on-campus life, and those who pursue other housing options, such as apartments. While living in university housing presents its own problems at times, apartment hunters can also face a lot of challenges during their search for a place to live.

Has student government gone too far?

The Student Fee Committee, an arm of ASPSU, is responsible for managing PSU’s student fees and setting the budgets for all fee-funded areas. These areas include ASPSU, student publications, and student organizations and resource centers. Recently, however, the SFC appears to be testing the limits of their role at PSU.

No boys allowed?

Innovative high school engineering class fails to make a lasting impact
Title IX is being celebrated this month. As you may know, Title IX was instrumental in increasing the number of women in sports. Since its inception in 1972, the law has led to a drastic increase in female athletes in universities and consequently the world of professional sports. The text of the law states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The bystander effect

All PSU students should keep alert
The bystander effect happens every single day all over the world. A stranger is in trouble, and somehow the more people that surround them, the less likely they’ll receive any form of help. It is a tragic psychological effect that takes hold, leaving perfectly capable people to stand idly by while a person in need is left defenseless. With recent assaults on the PSU campus as well as other attacks around Portland, it brings into question: Who will take a stand and help those in need?
Maintaining a trend: Pete Swallen, a mechanic/instructor at the PSU Bike Hub, works on a bike.

Put some fun between your legs

Grant could mean amore bike-friendly Portland
On Jan. 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a small coalition of Oregon universities a $3.5 million grant for research on alternative transportation. Portland State was one of the universities included, as were the University of Oregon and the Oregon Institute of Technology. The grant was administered by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), which is based here at PSU.

A campus in trouble?

Recent assaults on campus raise questions about safety
It seems nowadays that everywhere you look on campus, there’s a reason to be concerned. First, a woman is sexually assaulted on the Portland State campus by two strangers. The Campus Public Safety Office acknowledge the crime as a rarity, and while the student population is a little concerned, it trusts the school’s judgment and counts itself as safe.

Up, up and away

Increasing tuition threatens the value of higher education
At a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education on Jan. 6, 2012, a near 9 percent increase in tuition for the full 2012–13 academic year was approved for Portland State. Included in this hike is a 9 percent increase in tuition for the upcoming 2012 summer session as well. Summer enrollment across the entire OUS has been increasing significantly in recent years, with many students seeking to take advantage of the traditionally lower costs compared to the regular academic terms. That alternative to soaring overall tuition fees has apparently run its course.

Worthy machines

Vending machines with healthier alternatives are being installed at PSU
As you grow hungry on your way to class, you may begin to regret not bringing food with you. Thankfully, you spot a vending machine in the hall, which allows you to grab something quickly and be on your way. But as you bite into your newly procured snack, you find that you are not provided with the feeling of satisfaction that one should get when hunger is no longer a problem. While the snack food commonly found in vending machines may fill you up temporarily, you are not getting the right nutrients.

Bodies that matter

Serving students’ needs at the Disability Resource Center
Behind the staid elegance of the information desk, the Disability Resource Center serves the needs of students attending PSU. The DRC’s location in room 116 of the Smith Memorial Student Union does not reinforce the traditionally exclusionary and exploitative conceptualization of disability. However, it may do just that if students are unable to utilize the services they are entitled.



Hill to Hall: Oct. 9 -13

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...