Saga over iconic sign may be nearing conclusion

The ongoing fracas over the “Made in Oregon” sign came somewhat closer to a conclusion Wednesday morning, as City Commissioner Randy Leonard introduced an ordinance that would wrest control of the sign away from the University of Oregon and give it to the city of Portland.

Help decide the future of the sign

It’s historic, iconic and one of the few landmarks that the rest of the nation uses to identify Portland. The “Made in Oregon” sign that sits on top of the White Stag Building at 70 N.W. Couch St. long ago transcended a mere marketing ploy, and Portland Commissioner Randy Leonard wants to keep it that way.

Student senate approves $14.7 million SFC budget

Facing a tight deadline before spring break, the student senate approved the Student Fee Committee’s 2009–10 academic year budget on March 18 by a vote of 19 to 3, with one abstention.

The vote, after a contentious meeting which included a presentation by SFC Chair Aimeera Flint, moved the record $14.7 million budget to the desk of President Wim Wiewel. Wiewel must approve the budget before it is passed to the Oregon University System for final approval.

In search of bartending excellence

Portland bars are working hard to make sure the people serving you drinks are of the beautiful variety, but what really makes a good bartender? We’ve come a long way since overweight, middle-aged and balding was the standard barkeep archetype, but that doesn’t mean the pretty little things slinging the Maker’s for this generation are expert mixologists.

Made in Oregon’ sign debate heats up

The University of Oregon inched closer in its effort to rename the iconic “Made in Oregon” sign that sits atop the White Stag building in Portland Monday afternoon. More than 50 Portlanders packed into the City Development Center on Southwest Fourth Avenue and Hall to give testimony and hear the Portland Landmarks Commission debate the request to change the sign to read “University of Oregon.”

Overstretched yet optimistic

Heather Spalding has a lot on her plate these days. She is the Student Senate pro tempore, works as campus sustainability outreach coordinator Noelle Studer-Spevak’s assistant and is the administrator for the new Portland State Ecowiki.