The $2.5 million question

Oregon judge’s ruling in blogger case clarifies what a journalist is—and isn’t.
The media was in a defensive frenzy when Crystal Cox, a Montana blogger, was fined $2.5 million for defamation in early December. That is, until they checked out her blogs. Cox, a self proclaimed “investigative blogger,” proposed many accounts of fraud perpetrated by Kevin Padrick, a lawyer for the investment firm Obsidian Financial Group, in her blogs. Padrick sued Cox for her multiple accusations of the company’s financial corruption which spread over 500 separate URL’s and which now plague Google searches of his name.

A dilemma for the city’s youth

Gang violence plagues Portland
When one thinks of Portland, gang violence is not often the first image to come to mind. Though people may be unaware, there have been several gang-related deaths in recent years. In 2011 alone, there were eight gang-related deaths. The young people that have been found dead should serve as a wake up call and remind people of what is really going on in one of Oregon’s most beloved cities.

Tolerance not required

Philosophy professor’s challenge sparks discussion
Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State, ruffled quite a few feathers last year with his arguments that college instructors should not be afraid to correct a student’s beliefs in things like creationism in the classroom. His article “Should We Challenge Student Beliefs?” in Inside Higher Ed, an online educational journal, was followed by a lecture open to the public on campus titled “Faith, Belief and Hope: From Cognitive Sickness to Moral Value and Back Again,” which was covered by The Oregonian and various online news outlets.

SOPA sucks

If bill passes, long-term consequences could change internet use in America
Ah, the Internet. Gigabytes, megabytes, even terabytes worth of free information readily available at one’s convenience—but not for long, if a new bill currently undergoing review in Congress has anything to say about it. The Stop Online Piracy Act, also known as SOPA, is a bill written mostly to protect against the growing problem (if you want to call it a problem) of Internet piracy.

Bridge over troubled water

Pollution and a high price tag make the Morrison Bridge remodel a nightmare
The Morrison Bridge remodel was set to be finished by November 2011. Yet on Jan 3, 2012, construction was just resuming on a project less than half-way complete at this point. Between a poor contracting choice, pollution violations during construction and constant delays, commuters and city officials alike have a massive headache instead of a functional bridge.

2011: The year of protest?

Time magazine decision unfocused but correct
In 2008, the bubble bursts, and the world’s mightiest economic giant stumbles. The full extent of the ramifications remains contested, and the recovery continues to slog on at an abysmally slow pace. As the details come to light, and the world bears witness to an infuriating trend—one of greed, disparity and double-dealing—the first of the Occupy movements takes place in Zucotti Park, on Sept. 17, 2011.

Vanguard off the record

It's been a heck of a term at the Vanguard. We've just finished our final issue for the year (on stands now - check...

The blame game

Sexual assault on campus brings sad realities about rape to light
On Saturday, Nov. 5, campus security arrested two men after they were found sexually assaulting a woman on Southwest 10th Avenue and Market Street on the PSU campus. The perpetrators, Leslie Lee Thornton Jr. and Timothy Nathaniel Hogue, were arrested in the early hours of the morning and subsequently charged with sexual assault. Thornton was charged with rape, sodomy and sex abuse, and Hogue was charged with rape in the first degree. But at their court date, both Hogue and Thornton were dismissed of all charges. Why? Because the alleged victim failed to show up and testify before a grand jury.

Art ordelinquency?

Portland’s graffiti abatement program’sattack on murals
Portland is cracking down on graffiti. The only problem is that it’s also cracking down on murals. These iconic pieces of the city are disappearing. Murals must go through a costly permit process in order to be considered “art,” regardless of whether there is permission by the owner of the building it is painted on. In other words, people cannot paint their own buildings without violating the Portland City Code or graffiti-related offenses laws.

Blazing through

Revelations about cyclist behavior is worrisome
Most students can relate to this story: You’re crossing the street, perhaps on your way to Neuberger or Smith, when you come an inch from being run down by a cyclist. Bewildered, you glance upward to confirm that the signal says to walk. Sure enough, there it is. You had the right of way. And yet you’ve just narrowly avoided a collision with a cyclist who decided to run the red light. It’s a common occurrence, to say the least, and now there’s some data to back it up. Four students in the Natural Science Inquiry class at Portland State decided to look at how many cyclists ran red lights at intersections on campus, as opposed to other motorists.

Sticking up for Plan B

Washington court battle highlights need for emergency contraceptive
For many women, the availability of good contraception is not in question. From Planned Parenthood option to generic hormone birth control, it is both easy and affordable for women to find a method of preventing unwanted pregnancies that works for them. The Plan B pill acts as an emergency contraceptive in the event that these methods fail or are unavailable. The medication is one alternative many women are thankful to have.



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...