The post-pandemic era reveals a concerning 21% illiteracy rate, coupled with an unprecedented surge in banned books in certain states. This raises significant doubts about the future of our education system and the cultivation of critical thinking skills. Alberto Alonso Pujazon Bogani/PSU Vanguard.

Navigating banned books and gun violence

When envisioning a conducive learning environment for our children, one hopes to find a safe environment for productive and comprehensive learning. However, with the rise in gun violence in schools,…

When trash builds up on the sides of the road like this in Portland, the houseless are often blamed when in fact, the dumping is more often due to housed people and a failing sanitation system, made worse by the pandemic. Kat Leon/PSU Vanguard

The trash is out of control in PDX

You see it daily in Portland—trash piling up on the streets and litter covering sidewalks.   The easiest people to blame for all this litter are houseless people. Yet, are…

Students gathered on October 19 to call on PSU to cut ties with Boeing given their problematic connection to U.S. involvement in international conflicts. Cameron Rodriguez/ PSU Vanguard

Portland’s mutual relationship with a war profiteer

A growing wave of student resistance against administration actions mirrors broader protests exposing United States military involvement. This involvement is not without profiting, benefiting both those seizing power and those…

Student media is being adversely affected by a backlog of unprocessed contracts. This issue has resulted in staff burnout and has even led to some members quitting. Credit: Alberto Alonso Pujazon Bogani/PSU Vanguard

PSU does not care about student leaders

Student media is holding on by a thread as processing times for contracts lengthen, and the Portland State administration has ignored this longstanding and growing problem.   Students hoping to…

The SALP office is home base for most student-led organizations, many of whom are underfunded and understaffed, which leads to significant issues in the student organizations that add value to PSU's landscape.

PSU needs to reassess its priorities

Academic institutions like Portland State need to reassess their priorities if they want to continue claiming that they put their students first. Universities must compensate student organizations which actively work…

Traveling by bus is a great way to get around in Portland. TriMet FX buses are one way TriMet has worked to improve routes, but more should be done to increase rider accessibility. Alberto Alsonso Pujazon Bogani/PSU Vanguard

Portland needs better transportation options

Portland’s public transit system is—relatively speaking—pretty good. Portlanders took just under 43 million rides on TriMet in the 2022 fiscal year, according to TriMet ridership statistics. While Portland’s public transit…