Paint by numbers

Sienna Morris started drawing with numbers in 2008. She called it “Numberism,” a term she coined herself. Morris incorporates mathematical formulas into her paintings. She uses math to make art, which may sound odd, but her pieces are truly breathtaking.

The final chapter

At the beginning of the month, I set out to write a novel in 30 days. Sadly, I could not complete the Camp NaNoWriMo 50,000-word challenge. I reached the halfway point and simply couldn’t continue. It’s said writing is a marathon, not a sprint, but every day felt like running on a road of broken glass: agonizing and seemingly never-ending.

Tales from the typewriter

By the time this edition of the Vanguard goes to print, my novel for the Camp NaNoWriMo writing challenge should be at roughly 16,150 words. As of now, I’m about halfway there, working my way to the 7,000-word mark on my fifth day of writing.

The author at the end of the stage

Neil Gaiman was born, as far as most are concerned, under normal circumstances in Hampshire, England. He spent the majority of his childhood roaming the local library’s halls, where he discovered the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. LeGuin. Now, many years later, he has joined the ranks of these authors, writing books that are often described as “odd,” “creepy” or “twisted.” His stories take on dark subject matter, often subverting those themes and turning them on their ears. Some of his works include American Gods, The Sandman graphic novel series, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

A novel approach to summer camp

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one for camping. I don’t see the draw of spending days at a time outside without access to running water or the wonder that is indoor plumbing, getting bitten by a whole host of insects with incredibly scary-sounding Latin names and generally stepping down a few rungs on the progress ladder. It’s just not my cup of tea (except for the s’mores). However, I am going to camp this year for the first time since I was 14; but I’m going from the comfort of my back porch and Adirondack chair.

57 journeys, 1 celebration

“Don’t just stay in your books—[there are] a lot of things happening out there,” said Marianne Mulumba, the president of Portland State’s Association of African Students.

The circus comes to town

Redefining nouveau circus, the dance company CIRCA’s upcoming production may not include lions, tigers or bears, but it might still stop your heart with its dancers’ skills. Combining tumbling, acrobats and, to the uninitiated audience, seemingly physics-defying tricks, this company and performance spells out just one one thing: This isn’t your grandparents’ circus.

Ringing out the new year

While the Chinese New Year may be drawing to a close, the celebrations aren’t over quite yet. The Confucius Institute at Portland State has one more trick up its sleeve. Rounding out a month’s worth of parties, cooking demonstrations and galas, the “Guzheng Lecture and Recital” will be the last event held by the Confucius Institute in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Scholarly pursuits in the Chinese gardens

To the ancient Chinese, gardens symbolized the ultimate balance and harmony of man and nature. “Though many of the gardens have been looked at with an evil eye, given all the political turmoil in China over the last few decades, many have become world artifacts,” said Ben Ngan, a Portland landscape architect who will be delivering a lecture on campus on Saturday, March 2.