Film studies program continues to grow

PSU film program incorporates a production component

A recently incorporated component to Portland State’s film studies program allows students to not only watch and analyze films in lecture halls but also have the opportunity to produce their own films.

Though this program is a new addition to the university, film studies already claims about 270 students. The program began in 2007 as a vision of several faculty members within the Department of Theater Arts, particularly professor William Tate. As a result of the collaborative effort, film studies recently included a production component to its program.

Dr. Ranu Popa uses an Anaerobic Glove Box in his lab in Science Building 1 to study bacteria living in the absence of oxygen.

Martian life on earth?

PSU and OSU researchers find microbes that suggest ancient Martian life

A cave in the Oregon Cascades may very well contain clues to ancient life on Mars, according to a paper published by Dr. Radu Popa, a Portland State researcher and associate professor of biology.

According to Popa’s paper, the South Ice Cave, located in central Oregon, sits at an elevation of 5,019 feet and isn’t actually a cave. It is a basalt lava tube, a common type of volcanic rock. Upon analysis, the volcanic rock shows evidence of fossilized bacteria that can survive in extreme conditions. The temperature in the cave can be as low as five degrees Celsius, and its physical environment is similar to that of Martian volcanoes.

PSU study abroad program participant found deceased

Dartmouth student’s death leaves community ‘devastated’

More than a week after a Dartmouth student was found dead in Barcelona, Spain, while participating in a study abroad program run by Portland State, authorities and officials from the two universities still have not determined the cause of his death.

International student enrollment at all-time high

Saudi Arabia provides majority of international students at PSU

The Oregon University System released its Fall 2011 enrollment fact sheet for the seven OUS institutions, which shows a 12.2 percent increase in the number of international students enrolled.

The number of international students is at an all-time high of 6,387 students, 1,923 of which are from Portland State. The University of Oregon boasts the largest number of international students of all the OUS campuses with 2,116 students.

Drawing diversity

Rose City’s alternative graphic artist Rupert Kinnard to discuss his work at Portland State

The year 1979 was important in the history of the civil rights and gay rights movements in the United States.

It was the year that the White Night riots took place in the streets of San Francisco after a jury found Dan White, who assassinated LGBT icon Harvey Milk, guilty of manslaughter. It was also the year of the Greensboro massacre, in which a group of five people were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan during an anti-Klan rally, and each defendant was acquitted by an all-white jury.

Toward the end of 1979, graphic artist Rupert Kinnard had just arrived in the Rose City from the Midwest.

Holly Osborne, left, and Dusty Merrill look at a map of the Career Center.

Non-profiting for profit

Nonprofit career fair offers students jobs opportunities for the greater good

Students interested in working in the nonprofit sector should come to today’s nonprofit career fair, hosted by Portland State’s Career Center, that will feature 67 nonprofit organizations from around the city. The event will be held in the Smith Memorial Student Union ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For the past 11 years, the nonprofit career fair has provided resources and opportunities for students interested in working in the nonprofit sector. Representatives from some of the most recognizable organizations—including Planned Parenthood, the Peace Corps and Volunteers of America—as well as smaller organizations, such as Loaves and Fishes and Bethesda Lutheran Communities, will be on campus to speak to students.

Simon Benson Awards dinner raises $465,000

Condoleezza Rice’s speech praised U.S. philanthropy, universities

The 12th Annual Simon Benson Awards dinner held Wednesday night was a huge success for Portland State, netting $465,000 in funds raised.

The money goes towards supporting PSU students and faculty, according to the PSU Foundation, the organization which planned the event. Named after the late local philanthropist Simon Benson, the event honors the Furman and Mark families for their contributions to the arts, as well as education and nonprofit organizations.

Condoleezza Rice to speak at Simon Benson Awards Dinner

Former secretary of state’s arrival draws complaints from faculty and students

The 14th annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner, the largest fundraising event at Portland State, is shaping up to be one of the most controversial dinners yet. Several faculty members, students and local organizations have criticized the university for its selection of Condoleezza Rice as this year’s keynote speaker.

Occupy Portland: “We can do great things”

The peaceful New York movement lands in Portland

On Thursday, thousands of Portlanders marched through downtown and congregated in Pioneer Square—Portland’s answer to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, which is spreading nationwide. Nearly 70 hours later, the occupation of downtown’s Chapman Square was complete, and by Sunday morning the park had become, in a way, a functioning society unto itself.

Oregon Sustainability Center faces uncertain future

City council members skeptical about funding; PSU to press legislature for money

The grand project to build the world’s first energy neutral, high-rise, urban building here in Portland is in need of a lifeline from the city and the state legislature—and it might get one, provided stakeholders can demonstrate that Oregonians won’t go broke paying for it.

Electric show and tell

Electric Avenue is part research project, part alternative transportation showcase

One month after its grand opening, Electric Avenue is already drawing attention from all kinds of people, and its developers couldn’t be
more pleased.

On a Wednesday afternoon, Mary Wiese was on her way to catch a street car that takes her to a nearby grocery store, when something caught her eye: three Toyotas parked on Montgomery Avenue, each with a cord coming out its side. The accountant stopped for a minute to read the sign that explains Electric Avenue to visitors before she continued on her way.