Report shows troubling numbers for Asian and Pacific Islanders

Findings indicate significant differences in academics, health and poverty

Language barriers and institutional racism appear to be the largest forces creating academic and socioeconomic disparities between Asian and Pacific Islanders and caucasians, according to a recent report released by the Coalition of Communities of Color. The report on the API community was five years in the making and is the third report in a series of seven that seeks to highlight inequities of minority groups in Oregon. Through its research, the coalition seeks to ultimately unite communities to achieve social justice.

Capstone courses help community

Fundraisers and drives set for March

The goal of Portland State’s capstone courses, required for all undergraduates, is to integrate learning with local community involvement. Bringing students out into the community is the foundation of PSU’s motto: “Let knowledge serve the city.”

Same-sex marriage on hold in Oregon

Because overturning 2004 state constitution is not on November ballot, Oregonians must wait until 2014

Conversation in the United States over the equality to marry is getting louder. The State of Washington recently joined the ranks of six other states along with Washington, D.C., by legalizing same-sex marriage on Feb. 1. This landmark legislation leaves many questioning when or if Oregon will follow. While the debate in Oregon is still strong, the 2004 Oregon constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage keeps the issue off the table. For now.

Visiting professor Steve Niva to discuss US withdrawal from Iraq

div id=”deck”>MESC continues its Lunch and Learn series

The Middle East Studies Center will continue its Lunch and Learn series on Thursday, Feb. 23,with a focus on the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. Speaking at the Lunch and Learn event will be Evergreen State College professor Dr. Steve Niva.

Niva, who teaches international politics and Middle Eastern studies with a focus on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, also appeared as a panelist for a previous luncheon on the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood.

Sterling Humphrey participated in “Life Flights” during his three-month medical internship in South Africa.

Help wanted: Considering jobs outside the US

International employment can offer students the chance to travel abroad

Portland State students looking for jobs after graduation may not think to look outside of Oregon. They may even confine their queries to the West Coast. Other students will include the entire United States, but the intrepid few who look internationally may just find something more than a job; They may find life experience.

Recent controversial lecture on faith sparks rebuttal

PSU student religious group hosts lecture event on effects of faith

The line “God Has Not Left the Building,” printed on the Basic English and Bible Club’s flyer for tomorrow evening’s lecture event, shows just how much controversy has arisen over Dr. Peter Boghossian’s Jan. 27 lecture.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Everything you should know before a Friday night

College students often indulge in the advantages of youth. Whether it’s eating whole pizzas, drinking in excess or having multiple sexual partners, students often don’t think of the consequences of instant gratification. Stomach aches and hangovers are one pitfall, but unsafe sex is a disaster waiting to happen.

Educational forums stress need for collaboration

Films and panel-audience dialogue spotlight local and global success stories

One of the richest countries in the world is falling behind in the classroom. This has been the mindset behind educational reform proposals which hope to curb the downward trends — trends that suggest the American education system is in need of significant investments, both monetarily and intellectually, if students are to have equal footing in an increasingly competitive global community.

40 years of Title IX

PSU celebrates landmark legislation

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The amendment states that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Oregon falls out of top 10 LEED states

Problems with the numbers, LEED certification gaining momentum, listed as possible factors

A new report by the U.S. Green Building Council recently listed the top 10 Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design states—Oregon was not one of them. Seven spots from where it finished last year, Oregon placed 12th on the list.

Jon Proctor joins PSU

Research analyst comes back to Northwest

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning gained a new member in January. Jon Proctor came to Portland State from Colorado to work with the OIRP on general university research, student and faculty surveys, campus climate and assessing student learning.