Elections, orientation set for April

This week’s canceled student government elections have restarted the entire elections process, sparking the Elections Board to set the applications deadline and orientation for the first week of spring term and the elections for the third week. The Elections Board voted unanimously Thursday to postpone Associated Students of Portland State University elections until the third week of spring term, a decision that is pending approval by the student Senate meeting this coming Monday.

Men against Rape comes to PSU

When Ethan Young came to Portland State five years ago, he was interested in joining a Men Against Rape group like the one his brother ran at Oregon State University. Present at college campuses around the nation, Men Against Rape student groups hope to enlist the help of men in preventing rape on campus.

President commits to carbon emission reduction

President Daniel Bernstine has signed a commitment that vows to reduce and offset all carbon emissions created by Portland State. The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment is part of a national effort by colleges or universities to recognize the effects of global warming.

Natural healing

David Chang likes helping people. A pre-med student at Portland State, Chang works at the Mercy and Wisdom Healing Clinic and, like all the other doctors and staff at the clinic, is a volunteer. The clinic, on Northwest Burnside Street and Third Avenue near Chinatown in downtown Portland, uses natural medicine to treat various complaints, providing alternative medical treatment to those who desire it.

Students still find jobs, but debt increases

A study released by the Oregon University System found that graduates of the class of 2005 are more pleased with their college experience than their predecessors, yet carry more financial burdens. A similar study of OUS graduates was taken for the class of 2003.

Presentation on Students First Mentoring Program

Peter Collier, assistant professor of sociology, will be giving a talk on the Students First Mentoring Program at PSU, a program designed to help first-generation students new to PSU and higher education. Students are considered “first generation” when their parents have not finished a college degree in the United States by the time the child is 16.

Survey looks at bicyclists in city setting

The PSU Center for Transportation Studies presented preliminary results from a bike survey Friday that looked at how the urban environment affects bicyclists in Portland. The study was an effort to deduce what changes in the urban environment would encourage people to bike more.

Gov. gives $29 million for Lincoln Hall seismic work

Portland State’s first building, Lincoln Hall, will receive $29 million in deferred maintenance work because of the seismic instability of the building, pending approval of the governor’s budget by the state Legislature. The construction in Lincoln Hall, much like the construction at nearby Shattuck Hall, will take place over two years in the near future if the Legislature passes the budget that gave PSU over $90 million in capital construction.

Renovations coming to Stott Center

With Portland State snagging close to one-sixth of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s 2007-09 capital construction budget, the university will use the money for development of the new recreation center, revamping the old recreation center, expanding parking and continuing work on deferred building maintenance.