St. Mary’s Academy eyes expansion

St. Mary’s Academy, a close neighbor to Portland State, announced on Thursday possible plans to expand their campus through the purchase of the city block recently vacated by the U.S. Postal Service. Located on Southwest Fifth Avenue between Mill and Market streets, St. Mary’s is the oldest continuously operating secondary school in Oregon. Founded by 12 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1859, the school is a Roman Catholic high school for young women.

Strictly Portland

If you’re looking to do something at night that captures Portland’s unique culture, there are several options beyond dinner at a local restaurant or a good beer.

All-ages fun

It can be tough being under 21 and living in Portland—a city where beer-drinking is a culture. However, there are still a number of places where people of any age can go to have a good time.

Student volunteers break away

Some lucky Portland State students will be spending spring break traveling, volunteering and making new friendships. “When I went on an alternative spring break trip my first time two years ago as a freshman, I made some of the best friends that I am still close to today,” said Erika Nielsen, a student leader for the group headed to Houston, Texas.

The role of alcohol in suicide

A Portland State professor found new data on the presence of alcohol among suicide decedents, which points to a higher presence of alcohol among American Indians and Alaskan natives. “In general, the AI/AN group showed the highest prevalence of alcohol,” said Dr. Mark Kaplan, the study’s principal investigator.

Sabin Triangle up for possible redesign

The Sabin Triangle may be getting a makeover with a little help from some Portland State students. The neglected area, consisting of concrete, trees and grass located at Northeast Prescott Street and 15th Avenue, better known as the Sabin Triangle, is undergoing the first phases of what could be a major transformation.

Lessons from Havana

For the first time, in December, Portland State sent a group of 20 students to Cuba. The group returned with insights on sustainability, education and political participation to share.

Tea with TED

After meeting in the fall, two ambitious Portland State freshmen put their common passion for TED Talks to use by creating the student group Tea with TED. On Thursday, 20 to 30 students gathered in the Montgomery Court Residence Hall lounge to watch and discuss two TED Talks on water sustainability over snacks and tea.

The truth about online dating

Ten years ago when one thought of online dating, the image of a hairy man hunched over his computer with a toothy grin came to mind. Today, however, online dating is a hugely popular tool many singles use to meet potential lovers.

Technology flows from PSU to Rwanda

There are about 2.5 billion people living on Earth who lack access to proper sanitation, and 783 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, according to UNICEF. Portland State’s SWEETLab is doing something about it.