Letter to the Editor: Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders is a game that many of us played as children. Indeed, many of us still play it with our children or our relatives’ children. For those not familiar with the game, you play by getting around the board using a series of upward-moving ladders and downward-moving slides. If you play the game right, you make it to the finish line before your opponents do. Make it through the obstacles first, you win. Pretty simple, right?

A difficult thing to accept

Last Sunday, my bookshelf broke, and I ran out of my apartment and sobbed in the stairwell of a parking structure for half an hour. It’s not a joke. It’s not hyperbole. It was me at my breaking point. This is going to be my last article for the Vanguard. My editor let me decide what I should write—science? legislation? women’s rights?—and I eventually decided that my last submission should be more than that.

Letter to the Editor

Sexism and classism have no place in the ‘Monitor vs. Whiteboard’ debate

I am writing to express my disappointment in the publication of a recent column authored by Alyck Horton. In the October 23 opinion piece titled “Monitor vs. Whiteboard,” Mr. Horton couches the issue of online coursework in sexist, judgmental, and offensive language. I believe there are more respectful—and accurate—ways to engage in this discussion that centralize the merits of online learning, not online learners themselves. While I agree with some of Mr. Horton’s assertions about the unsuitability of online environments for coursework that is dynamic and discussion-based, I find his sexist caricature of female online students particularly disgusting, and I disagree strongly with the characterization of students enrolled in online coursework as lazy and unprincipled. This portrait is both offensive and inaccurate.

A helping hand

Campus resources available to students

College is tough enough when you’re on your own. That’s why Portland State has resources to assist you throughout your journey. If it’s getting help with writing or academic advising, being exposed to the rich cultural diversity of PSU or getting help when times are tough, these people can help you when it counts most.

ASPSU elections board to be dissolved under new Constitution

Amendment would combine elections board with judicial board, forming one entity

The Associated Students of Portland State University elections board was created in order to serve as a check and balance on the other legislative and executive systems. According to the ASPSUwebsite, the board is “crucial,” as its ultimate goal is to ensure proper conduct during the election and voting processes. Now, pending approved changes made to the ASPSU Constitution, the elections board will be combined with the judicial board.

Mart Stewart-Smith the SFC chair, speaks at Sunday’s meeting.

SFC to change pay structure for student publications

University will save money by placing student leaders outside of federal and state labor laws

On Jan. 15, the Student Fee Committee held deliberations for the 2012-13 student publications’ budget proposals in a meeting attended by Dean of Student Life Michele Toppe. The SFC proposed the reclassification of student positions at Portland State publications, which includes the Vanguard, the Rearguard, Portland Spectator, KPSU, PSU–TV, Pathos and The Portland Review.

In love and war

Max Faberbock’s Aimee & Jaguar delivers a tender and original romance amidst war-film clichés

Love—of the deeply felt, complex, and battle-tested variety—is so terrifyingly intimate that, while in its throes, it is nearly impossible to communicate to an outsider how it started, how it works or where’s it going. Love lives in the close-ups, in those shared unspoken moments where two imperfect beings collide, in the hope of rearranging their molecules into something closer to perfect.

The two lovestruck, imperfect beings in question are, in this case, Felice and Lilly (known to each other privately as Aimee and Jaguar), the friends-then-lovers at the heart of Max Faberbock’s 1998 film, Aimee & Jaguar, playing this weekend at 5th Avenue Cinema.

Letter to the editor: Guide Dog Etiquette

We received this letter to the editor from a concerned reader who ran into issues on campus with his guide dog. His advice is quite valuable, so we’ve printed the entire letter for your information. Consider it a part of your education at PSU.

Dear Editor:

I would like to address the students and faculty of the Portland State University campus.

There have been several incidents which have occurred to me while walking with my guide dog Bryson which makes me feel that perhaps a note regarding the proper protocol or etiquettes when dealing with a guide dog team (the guide dog and the handler).