Building the war chest

Higher education political action committee features a who’s who of Oregon’s business elite

Any organization that can count Nike Chairman Phil Knight and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle among its donors is a force to be reckoned with in Oregon.

Tips for living off campus

Freshman year, the dorms can be exciting—a great way to make friends and adjust to living away from home. Surrounded by peers riding a similar freedom high, students get a new sense of community and what it means to be in college.

A burning question

Measure 80 seeks full cannabis legalization and taxation in Oregon

Should marijuana be legal? This November, Oregonians will decide.

Food safety and the gloved hand

Ask Tim Kellen, Aramark Corporation’s food service director at Portland State, about non-latex glove use in his kitchens, and he’ll tell you how it impacts his bottom line.

Governing the heart

Former PSU student Samantha Berrier, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in social science in 2011, alleged that Oregon Rep. Matt Wingard, R-Wilsonville, made unwanted sexual advances on to her while she worked for him as a legislative aide in 2010. After Berrier—whom the Vanguard interviewed—came forward about the consensual relationship that resulted, Wingard declined to seek re-election to a third term.

Free streetcar access for Portland State

PSU signs on as Portland Streetcar sponsor

This fall, riding the streetcar will be as easy as showing your student ID.

Portland State will soon become a sponsor of Portland Streetcar, signing a five-year contract that will include ridership benefits for all students, staff and faculty.

Resumes and grad school applications: Tips from those who know

Students share experiences of getting into grad school

As the class of 2012 looks out on the world beyond the halls of academia, the big question of what’s next can be intimidating. Students looking to join the work force in a professional line of work may be worrying about whether their degree will get them an opening in their field. For those looking ahead to graduate school, it can sometimes be hard to know how to go about the application process and what kinds of trip-ups to avoid.

Student Fee Committee wraps up end of year projects, passes 2012-13 budget

Committee hopes new budget will encourage more responsible, sustainable spending

As the year comes to a close, the student fee committee is wrapping up activities, documenting final balances for fee-funded areas and finalizing documentation for the transition to a new SFC coming in with the new Associated Students of Portland State University administration. These are tasks ASPSU Vice President and SFC Chair-elect Nick Rowe called “very important to the current and continued smooth functioning of the SFC.”

Results are in

Oregon wraps up spring primary elections with some surprising outcomes

A spring primary with no contest in either party’s nomination for president, no governor’s race or high profile legislature race, wasn’t expected to yield many surprises. However, Tuesday, May 15 saw unexpected results in the Portland mayoral race, and a neck-and-neck run off for the last contested seat on the city council, both of which yielded considerable surprises in the usual business of Portland politics.

Wild Ones

Wild Ones bring fresh new sound to Portland indie scene

Wild Ones are that band that you may not have heard yet, but you will soon. Occupying that space of “best kept secret soon to be known to the world,” Wild Ones create catchy experimental songs that exemplify Portland’s musical sensibility with a sound that has the potential to foster a broader appeal.

Vanishing All-Ages Venues

Where do the kids go now to see live music?

Over the last 10 years, Portland has seen a rapid decline in all-ages live music venues. Younger college-age kids living on their own in the city find that they are veritable outcasts from the live music culture that defines a huge facet of the urban experience. Especially in Portland, a city formerly known as an all-ages music hot spot, where the field of options has dropped off significantly.