A matter of campus safety at PSU

Campus Public Safety Chief Michael Soto hosted the Meet the Chief Forum on Wednesday in the Smith Memorial Student Union. Other than the Vanguard staff, no students attended and Soto said that the forums have been averaging about one or two students since he began them. Students, community members and faculty are encouraged to attend and have the opportunity to learn about campus safety resources and discuss safety topics with Soto.

Fire in St. Helens housing building contained by residents

A Portland State student arrested on charges of arson is awaiting a decision from the university regarding disciplinary action, after a fire broke out early Monday morning at the St. Helens housing building. Paul Rowley, a student at PSU, was spotted by a witness and reported to investigators, after firefighters came to clear out smoke and reset smoke alarms, according to a press release from the Portland Fire Department.

PSU feeling bike parking crunch

Some bicycle commuters returning to school last week found a challenge waiting for them before they even got to their first class of the day: no place to park. With an increase in bicycle ridership and a limited numbers of bike racks available on campus, cyclists have been resorting to finding any piece of metal they can secure their bikes to. “People are locking their bikes to fences,” said ASPSU student senator Peter Welte.