State gives foster kids a chance

HB 3471 grants youth from state foster homes tuition waivers at Oregon universities

Oregon will soon join a growing number of states—including Florida, Kentucky and Texas—that offer full tuition waivers to foster kids entering higher education. The idea began as a grass roots caampaign by the very children that the bill is sponsoring.

News Briefs

American Idol visits Portland, Board of Higher Education leadership changes, Vice Provost Melody Rose becomes president of City Club, Lincoln Hall renovation earns LEED Platinum

Casa Latina opens in Smith

Culture-themed center is part of President Wiewel’s Éxito program

Casa Latina opened June 8 in Smith Memorial Student Union. Geared toward serving Latino students, the cultural center is a goalpost of Portland State President Wim Wiewel’s Éxito program.

ASPSU gears up for fall term

Staff members launch campaigns and receive training for coming year

ASPSU staff members will be meeting regularly this summer to coordinate the events and campaigns that will take place during the regular school year.

The fact that most executive staff positions are replaced over the summer also increases the need for ASPSU members to begin working together before the school year gets started, according to ASPSU officials.

Passage of SB 242 grants freedom to OUS

Bill aims to invest higher education system with more power

The bipartisan SB 242 was recently approved by the State Senate, giving the Oregon University System greater autonomy. The bill will designate OUS as a public entity rather than a state agency.

Vietnamese Intel Scholars look ahead

All 28 students in Intel program graduate with honors, return to Vietnam

When Huong Ha was 12 years old, she’d play with electronic devices instead of modeling her mother’s dresses. She broke her father’s new watch while trying to disassemble it.

“I was like a boy growing up,” Ha said, “I would put nails into walls.”

Prior arrest surfaces for ASPSU president-elect

Details emerge about incident that took place while Adam Rahmlow served in ASPSU

ASPSU president-elect Adam Rahmlow was arrested outside of the Dixie Tavern last summer, according to Portland Police Bureau reports. He was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest and attempted assault of a police officer.

A jury convicted Rahmlow of one count of resisting arrest, for which he served a sentence of three days in Multnomah County Jail. He was acquitted of all other charges.

Is Portland prepared for peak oil?

Jim Jackson, adjunct professor of geology at Portland State, delivered a lecture last month for the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences titled “Peak Oil: All Geology is Local,” which covered the history and future of oil production, the many estimates of how much oil remains and the fact that global analysis of these issues has little to do with how a country’s energy policy is actually crafted.

KPSU launches new website

After Portland State’s student-run radio station, KPSU, lost its AM signal last summer, the station’s website suddenly became the de facto medium for broadcasting beyond campus.