Kira Lesley attended the PSU-AAUP meetings as a student representative.

Collective bargaining ends in mediation

PSU and AAUP reach agreement, but issues remain unresolved

On Dec. 20, 2011, negotiations over full-time faculty contracts between the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the PSU administration ended in mediation. After a single day of mediation, both parties came to a tentative agreement, and a proposed contract was recommended for ratification by the PSU-AAUP’s collective bargaining team.

Red means go?

Pedestrians battle bicyclists at campus intersections

As any Portland State student with 10 minutes between classes will tell you, Southwest Broadway is one of the busiest thoroughfares on campus, whether traveling by foot or bicycle. The wait for a traffic signal to change near Cramer Hall can seem endless, and it’s not uncommon to see impatient students dart across the street, regardless of the color of the light.

This, too, is true regardless of whether that student is traveling by foot across the street or by bicycle along Southwest Broadway’s cycle track, making a few specific intersections around campus particularly dangerous. For a campus that prides itself on bike-friendliness, this creates a problem.

A Very Boozy Christmas

Portland State students come from all over the world. We come from different backgrounds and different families, with all different kinds of holiday traditions. There is, however, one tie that…

Portland considers Bank Transfer Day of its own

City officials may move Portland’s bank accounts to credit unions

The City of Portland is considering following the lead of thousands of Americans who took part in Bank Transfer Day on Nov. 5, switching their accounts from large, corporate banks to smaller, not-for-profit credit unions. Mayor Sam Adams agreed at a Nov. 14 city council meeting to consider a responsible banking resolution that focuses on using local banks for public funds. However, he was quick to note that the city’s largest investment is already held with a local bank—Umpqua.

Todd Olson, the coordinator of Move Our Money Oregon, raised the issue at the city council meeting. The newly formed organization was inspired by Move Your Money, the L.A.-based non profit behind the campaign for the nationwide Bank Transfer Day. The local group’s mission according to its Facebook page is to urge local governments to immediately look for ways to divest as much money as possible from Wall Street banks.

Portland State hosts company showcase

The university’s ‘Business Accelerator’ provides opportunities for local start-ups

Tomorrow, the Portland State Business Accelerator will host its annual Company Showcase from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event, which is open to students as well as the general public, offers attendees the chance to learn about the 23 local start-up companies taking part in Portland State’s business incubator program. It will take place at the PSBA facility, located between the Portland State campus and the South Waterfront at Southwest Corbett Avenue and Meade Street.

Viking Vets host Veterans Day celebration

The student group promotes networking and conversation

Today the Viking Vets—Portland State’s student veterans group—will host their annual Veterans Day celebration in anticipation of tomorrow’s national holiday.

The free event, which takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in Parkway North on the first floor of the Smith Memorial Student Union, is intended to honor and celebrate the service of Portland-area veterans, and is open to the public. The celebration will feature refreshments, speakers and information on resources available to local veterans.

According to communication major Paul Polsin, the vice president of Viking Vets, the celebration is a chance to “highlight how much we appreciate the veterans within the community and try to give back to them.”