Name that tune

Looking for something to do on an otherwise quiet Friday night? Getting onstage and belting out an improvised verse or two is always a good time. Here are five of the best karaoke bars in Portland, guaranteed not to disappoint.

Lost Coast backpacking

Edward Abbey once said, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” The Outdoor Program has taken that sentiment to heart and scheduled a weeklong backpacking trip out to the 25-mile Lost Coast along California’s King Range.

Clackamas whitewater rafting

Coming up on March 16, the Outdoor Program is hosting a whitewater rafting trip on the Clackamas River, one of the most highly anticipated outings of the season at Portland State.

Women’s golf makes its way through Golden State

The Portland State women’s golf team traveled to Yorba Linda, Calif., last week to compete in the California State University, Long Beach Gold Rush tournament. The Vikings acquitted themselves well at the event, shooting 307 as a team to finish in fifth place. That result was better than four schools ranked above Portland State in the Big Sky standings.

What turns you on? Students speak out

Valentine’s Day is here, so we’ve asked a group of students at Portland State what turns them on, both physically and emotionally. As it turns out, girls were much more willing to offer insights, which quickly turned this project into an all-female survey.

Wilderness first responders

Next month, the Outdoor Program at PSU will be sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder course. The five-day program offers attendees the knowledge and support to learn what to do in the event of a medical emergency out in the wild. The course is scheduled for March 23 to 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, but may be extended if necessary. A trip to Tryon Creek State Natural Area is included in the package.

PSU golf ready for new year

Portland State golf is back and ready to get 2013 underway. The team is set to compete in the Gold Rush event at Yorba Linda Country Club in California, a formidable course that they are excited to take on.

Lacrosse takes the field

The Portland State men’s lacrosse club is back in business in 2013, with 19 players on the roster for the upcoming season. The club has had mixed results since it was founded in 2007, but head coach Dave Sanford is ready to set a new standard this year, starting with the opener on Feb. 2 against the University of Portland.

Hit the water at PSU

Kayaking hits the agenda for the Outdoor Program this month, with an “Intro to Kayak” seminar starting this afternoon and two all-day river trips on Jan. 26 and 27. Held at Portland State for the last six years, the seminar teaches participants the basics of whitewater kayaking and is open to those with limited or no experience.