ASPSU to host town hall meeting

The Associated Students of Portland State University will convene on the evening of March 3 at 5 p.m. for a town hall meeting with the PSU community. The event will be held in Smith Memorial Student Union’s Parkway North and is open and free to the public.

Representatives from the Executive Cabinet, Student Fee Committee, Senate, and Judicial Review Board will be present to field questions and discuss current endeavors, answer questions from attendees, receive feedback and to take ideas for potential future projects.

Anticipated topics to be covered include cultural competency, next year’s potential tuition increase, PSU’s new payment plan, campus safety, and planned renovations for SMSU, according to Patrick Vroman, ASPSU Senator and organizer of the event. He emphasized that any topics are welcome.

“The goal is to seek any and all input on how we’re governing,” Vroman said in an email. “I envisioned it as being similar to the town halls US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley host every year to field questions from constituents.”

Vroman said he hopes for these town hall meetings to become recurring events.

“I plan on helping to organize another one myself before the end of the school year, and I also believe next year’s ASPSU should dedicate itself to hosting a few town halls as well,” he added.

For those unable to attend or those who wish to engage with ASPSU on social media, the hashtag #askASPSU has been created for Twitter, Facebook and other services.

More information about ASPSU and the town hall meeting can be found at

Additional reporting by Colleen Leary.