Monday, December 18, 2017

Neo-Nazi propaganda flyers found near Portland State Campus

By Anna Williams
December 17, 2017

While walking his dog at around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, Allen Mottard, a resident of the Park Plaza Apartments near Portland State campus found three recruitment flyers from the Neo-Nazi group Patriot Front.

Mottard said he found two flyers on nearby car windshields and one on a park bench outside Park Plaza's front door near SW Park Ave. and College St. Mottard shredded two of the flyers, and used the third to pick up his dog's excrement.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Neo-Nazi Recruitment Flyers Found Littering Downtown Portland on Saturday Night

Willamette Week
By Anna Williams
December 17, 2017

Residents of downtown Portland found a handful of Neo-Nazi recruitment flyers littering their neighborhood last night.

As first reported by Portland State Vanguard, Allen Mottard, a resident of the Park Plaza Apartments near Southwest Park Avenue and College Street, was walking his dog at around 11 pm Saturday when he discovered propaganda from a group called the "Patriot Front."

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Volunteer conversation program opens cross-border dialogue

By Li Chun Wu and Chris May
December 4, 2017

For the past 15 years, Portland State's Volunteer Conversation Program has acted as a bridge connecting American students with international students from PSU's Intensive English Language Program.

"The volunteer program not only gives [international] students a good chance to practice speaking English, it also supplies American students with a good opportunity to come in contact with different cultures," said undergraduate student Peter Brown dos Reis, who currently serves as the IELP Learning Center's volunteer conversation program coordinator.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

New Seasons Workers United Accuse Grocery Chain of Firing Two Union Organizers

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
December 7, 2017

Union-supporting employees at new Seasons Market filed complaints with nonprofit B Lab against the grocery company, alleging that managers had intimidated workers from pledging support to the union and that two union organizers had been illegally fired.

B Lab certifies businesses as B Corporations, companies that meet "rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency."  Its stamp is often compared to the "fair trade" designation for coffee farms.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

New Seasons Market Hires The Same Union-Busting Firm Donald Trump Used to Fight Workers At His Las Vegas Hotels

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
December 6, 2017

Facing a unionizing drive by its grocery workers, New Seasons Market has hired a divisive "union avoidance" firm that has worked nationwide to quash labor movements at companies like American Apparel, Conway Freight, and the Hilton at Los Angeles Airport.

It's the same firm that President Donald Trump hired last year in an attempt to quash union organizing at his Las Vegas hotels- a fact that has given new ammunition to New Seasons union organizers.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

To be young, wise and debt-free

By Anna Williams
November 29, 2017

Jacey Wilson is one of 2,015 Portland State freshman who attended their first days of undergraduate classes at the start of Fall 2017.  She plans to earn a bachelor's degree by 2021-and she plans to do it for free.

Wilson joins more than a third of this year's in-state freshman, roughly 492, enrolled in the first generation of PSU's Four Years Free initiative, which along with federal Pell grants, covers full-time tuition and fees for up to 12 consecutive semesters.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

OSU to move into Meier & Frank building downtown

By Anna Marum
November 21, 2017

The vacant floors of the Meier & Frank building have at least one future tenant.  Oregon State University announced Tuesday that it will occupy the second floor of the historic building in downtown Portland.

The new location will give the state's largest university a major foothold in Portland's central core and close proximity to Portland State University and the University of Oregon's two buildings in Old Town Chinatown.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Oregon public universities see in-state enrollment dip slightly, diversity increase

By Andrew Theen
November 15, 2017

The number of Oregonians studying full-time at the state's seven public universities fell to its lowest level in a decade this fall, newly released data show.

As of this fall, 51,152 Oregonians were studying full-time at the state's seven four-year schools, according to enrollment numbers published this week by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.  The declines are negligible -- full-time figures dropped by roughly six-tenths of one percentage point -- but it's a trend that predates the 2008 recession.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shooting investigation underway in downtown Portland - one person deceased

PSU News
By Kenny Ma, Media and Public Relations
November 7, 2017

On Tuesday November 7, 2017, at 12:45 a.m., Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct officers responded to the 900 block of Southwest Montgomery Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and located a person lying on the ground.  Medical personnel determined the person was deceased.

Read the full article at the PSU News webpage here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Marginalized over Minority voices: ASPSU leaders draw the line

By Anne Williams
October 30, 2017

Since a graphic anti-abortion showcase towered two stories high and drew spirited protests in Portland State University's Park Blocks two weeks ago, the University has had to defend its commitment and obligation to the First Amendment, to the chagrin of students facing triggering imagery and language posted by the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) throughout campus.

However, student government officials have drawn controversy by taking a less cut-and-dry stance on how controversial imagery is discussed and dealt with on campus.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Portland State Chamber Choir is making a global name for itself

By Brett Campbell
November 6, 2017

In July, it became the first American choir to compete in the prestigious Bali International Choir festival, to which it was invited because of recent success in international competitions, including a major victory in Italy.  The choir won top prize among 124 choirs in Bali and went on to perform in several other concerts and other events in Indonesia.

A few weeks later, the choir's newly released third CD, "The Doors of Heaven," not only became the first college choir recording to make Billboard's chart of best selling traditional classical albums but also debuted at No. 1 and stayed on the chart for two months.  The album earned worldwide play on streaming platforms, like Apple Music, and favorable, sometimes ecstatic reviews in Europe and the U.S.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Assistant Professor Lucía Martínez Valdivia's op-ed in the Washington Post joins a growing chorus of academic voices denouncing anti-fascist and anti-racism protests on college campuses

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
October 29, 2017

An assistant English and humanities professor at Reed College urged students to stop protesting lectures in an op-ed published in the Washington Post.

Professor Lucía Martínez Valdivia says students have been attending lectures holding obscene signs and even seizing microphones from teachers to hijack one class.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

MAX stabbing survivor Micah Fletcher talks safety, student life and solidarity

By Alex-Jon Earl
October 12, 2017

Micah Fletcher, a Portland State student who survived the fatal May 26 MAX attack, spoke on campus about his recovery, activism and hopes for students as he returns to school.

Earlier this week, Fletcher was elected to fill a seat on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association board.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.

PCC's $185 million bond measure for job training centers heads to mailboxes

By Andrew Theen
October 22, 2017

Portland metro area voters should have received ballots this week for next month's special election.

It's a brief menu this fall.

Portland Community College, the state's largest post-secondary education institution with roughly 78,000 full and part-time students, is asking voters to pass a $185 million bond measure to pay for renovation at a Northeast Portland workforce center and other job training and workforce programs.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On Columbus Day, the Washington Post Details Blowback from PSU Professor's Controversial Essay Defending Colonialism

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
October 9, 2017

Bruce Gilley, an associate professor of political science at Portland State University, is making a name for himself on a campus known for its leftward leanings.

Today, when some calendars still tell us it's Columbus Day, the Washington Post reports that Gilley cane under heavy fire for a recent journal article titled "The Case for Colonialism," which he wrote last month for the journal Third World Quarterly.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ASPSU, BOT turn over new leaf as academic year begins

By Anamika Vaughan
September 25, 2017

To start the new school year, newly elected student body President Brent Finkbeiner and Vice President Donald Thompson III are reaching out to members of the Portland State Board of Trustees individually to try to forge a new and strong relationship between the two governing bodies.

"There were some obvious public tensions between our bodies, but as individuals what we have really been working on is we've been having those one-on-one meetings, we've been building that relationship, and we've been building trust," Finkbeiner said.  "While we're going to disagree we're going to still try to work towards a positive solution in the long run."

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Portland State debuts $64 million business school building in heart of campus

By Andrew Theen
September 13, 2017

For years, Portland State university's School of Business students has little reason to stick around after class.

There was nowhere to meet and brainstorm or talk shop, and Dean Cliff Allen said the building itself seemed designed specifically to discourage such collaboration.
"They used to literally leave the building after class and sit in their cars," Allen said.
"That's not conducive to learning."

Those days are now gone,  Starting this month, PSU business students have a shiny new home.  Allen took media on a sneak peek tour of the building's $64 million renovation and expansion now called the Karl Miller Center.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

At Reed College: Occupation of Hum 110

Inside Higher Ed
By Colleen Flaherty
September 11, 2017

An education from Reed College, where students' sense of individualism is perhaps matched only by their studiousness, is anything but common.  And recently one of Reed's most distinctive experience -- one designed, ironically, to bring students together -- has become one of its most divisive.

"We don't ever want to repeat what happened that Wednesday -- we don't ever want there to be shouting over one another and shouting people down," said Kevin Myers, a Reed spokesperson, about escalating tensions over the college's signature yearlong freshman humanities course.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

President Shoureshi responds to ending DACA

Portland State University- News
By University Communications
September 5, 2017

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will have serious consequences for our students at Portland State University.  These DACA students known as "dreamers," came to Oregon as children of undocumented parents.  The federal program, which is renewable every two years, has enabled them to attend college and work without fear of deportation.  Ending the DACA program would upend their lives and the lives of their families.

Read the full statement from President Rahmat Shoureshi at the PSU News page here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Portland State named one of America's Top 25 most LGBTQ-friendly colleges

Portland State University News
By Kurt Bedell
August 30, 2017

A national nonprofit working to make college campuses safer for LGBT students has ranked Portland State University among the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the U.S.

Campus Pride, a nonprofit seeking to make campuses safer for LGBT students, recently named PSU as one of the Top 25 campuses in its 2017 Best of the Best rankings that highlight friendly and inclusive places for LGBTQ students.  Portland State made the Top 25 list six out of the seven years for advancing LGBTQ inclusion in policies, programs, and practices.

Read the full article and view links at the Portland State website here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dr. Margaret Everett named PSU Interim Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

By Colleen Leary
August 22, 2017

Dr. Margaret Everett will serve as Portland State Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs beginning Sept. 1, according to an Aug. 22 statement from the PSU President's office.  Everett is currently PSU's Vice Provost for International Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Everett will temporarily fill the position after Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Sona K. Andrews' resignation, announced June 28.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

State approves $51M building for three colleges and city offices in downtown Portland

Portland State University News
By Kenny Ma
August 16, 2017

The State Legislature recently approved $51 million in bonds to fund an education and health center that will house city offices and Portland's three largest public colleges on Portland State University's downtown campus.

The $100-million building will be home to the PSU Graduate School of Education, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the Portland Community College dental programs and a City of Portland bureau that's yet to be determined.  Lawmakers' approval of the state bonds completes the building's funding package with the rest of the amount coming from all four partners and philanthropy.

Read the full article at the Portland State University News webpage here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rahmat Soureshi starts tenure at Portland State with students at the center

By Andrew Theen
August 14, 2017

Rahmat Shoureshi spent his first morning as Portland State University's president riding the MAX and streetcar through downtown, and getting to know the three student tour guides who led him around his new city and campus.

By a quarter past noon Monday, the tour was finished and the welcome party started behind him at the university's urban plaza.  The crowd mingled and snagged cupcakes with PSU green frosting.  But Shoureshi, a soft-spoken mechanical engineer who's spent the past four decades in academia, lingered with the three students for one more picture.

Read the full article and see the pictures at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Portlanders Respond to Hate Attacks

As President Trump Declines to Condemn Nazi Marches, Portlanders Respond to Hate Attacks: "White Supremacy Is Real in This Country"

Willamette Week
By Karina Brown
August 12, 2017

At two sparsely attended Portland rallies this afternoon, Portlanders called on Americans to stand up to white supremacists in the hours after a woman was killed in Charlottesville, Va., during a weekend of hate-filled rallies.

About 30 people joined the leaders of the NAACP Portland at the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. near the Oregon Convention Center.  Later, the Queer Liberation Front gathered 60 people at Portland City Hall.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Future Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw Recently Defended an Agreement Between Oakland Police and Ice

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
August 10, 2017

Last month, before Oakland City Council voted to revoke its partnership with the branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tasked with policing international drug, sex and labor trafficking, the Oakland Police Department made a last-ditch effort to save the agreement.

The person who made the case for continuing to work in a limited fashion with ICE was the Oakland Police Deputy Chief, Danielle Outlaw, Portland's next police chief.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Board of Trustees lowers tuition hike. Will students feel the pinch?

By Anne Williams
July 24, 2017

At a special meeting on July 21, the Portland State Board of Trustees approved a resolution to lower the planned tuition increase set for Fall term.

After passing an Oregon Senate bill that adds an additional $70 million to Oregon's higher education budget, the BOT's new increase resolution replaces a prior resolution that increased PSU's tuition 8.9 percent.  This prior resolution was already approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission in May.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PSU Chief Public Safety Officer to step down

By Alex-Jon Earl
July 17, 2017

PSU's Chief Public Safety Officer Phillip Zerzan will be stepping down from his post on Aug.1 after six years of service, capping off what was supposed to be a 6-month interim stint in the position.  Zerzan will be replaced by Lt. Vince Elmore.

Zerzan's tenure began in May of 2011 with the resignation of Chief Michael Soto, who began oversight of the Campus Public Safety Office in 2003.  Zerzan's position, initially temporary in nature, eventually became permanent.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lawsuit claims Portland State debt collector violated state, federal law with 'excessive fees'

By Andrew Theen
July 14, 2017

A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court claims a private debt collection company contracted by Portland State University violated Oregon and federal laws by charging fees as high as 25 percent of the debt owed to the university.

Tara Bowman filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland "on behalf of herself and potentially thousands of former PSU students," the lawsuit reads.

Read the full article at the Oregon Live website here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

PSU gets $5 million for Neuberger Hall renovation from biggest donor

By Andrew Theen
July 6, 2017

Fariborz Maseeh already has his name on one building at Portland State University, and now the mechanical engineer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is donating millions to help the downtown campus transform another.

Maseeh, the founder and president of the Massiah Foundation, will give his alma mater $5 million to renovate Neuberger Hall.  According to its website, the Massiah Foundation makes philanthropic investments in education, the arts and health-related causes.

Read the full article and see the photos at the OregonLive site here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sex offender with extensive PSU assault record released

By Alanna Madden
July 3, 2017

Michael Dorgan, a 54-year-old known sex offender, was released a year early from Multnomah County custody on May 23.  Dorgan was convicted for the eighth and ninth times for public indecency occuring over the summer of 2011.  One of the instances in particular took place at PSU.

Michael Dorgan was released a year early from
Multnomah County custody on May 23.
Courtesy of Multnomah County.
Before Dorgan's most recent sentencing, however, his affinity toward exposing himself at PSU can be traced back to 1999.  According to the Oregonian, in the 11 years between 1999 and 2011 there had been six separate instances alone on the PSU campus in which Dorgan sexually assaulted and harassed victims.  Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bloch sentenced Dorgan to six years in prison.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.

Legislature pushes for more higher education funding to keep Oregon tuition hikes down

By Andrew Theen
June 29, 2017

State lawmakers appear close to approving a $736.9 million budget for public universities that would nearly halve the proposed tuition increases for some undergraduate Oregonians this fall, saving students hundreds of dollars a year.

The spending plan, which passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, includes nearly $70 million more in operating support than Gov. Kate Brown's proposal, which left funding flat.  That plan was criticized by university presidents, student groups and faculty unions.

Read the full article at the OregonLive site here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lewis & Clark College names Wim Wiewel as president

June 20, 2017
By Andrew Theen

When Wim Wiewel announced his retirement last summer after nine years as president at Portland State University, he expected his days of leading a college were behind him.

The 67-year-old had planned to take a position at PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning on the Park Blocks after a sabbatical traveling with his wife, Alice.  It was time to wind down.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Undocumented PSU graduate's past fuels passion to shape immigration policy

By Janaki Chadha
June 17, 2017

Mariana Garcia Medina can never shake the fear that comes with being undocumented.

Mariana Garcia Medina/ Photo by Janaki Chadha
Between keeping track of class assignments and studying for exams during four years at Portland State University, the Tigard High graduate has worried that federal immigration protections would be overturned or that she'll get a call that one of her parents has been detained.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shut down: PSU Dance program puts on its last show

PSU Vanguard
By Matthew Andrews
June 14, 2017

At 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday on Lincoln Hall's main stage, Portland State's Dance program will host its last two shows, featuring student dancers and choreographers.  The show is free to all, though they will be taking a donation for the crew.

Rachel Lara/PSU Vanguard
So. All of a sudden, we don't have a dance program.  All the classes have been cancelled for the coming school year, and according to the School of Theater + Film website, "Admissions to the Minor in Dance and the Certificate in Dance has been suspended effective fall 2017, and no applications are being accepted at this time."

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here

Monday, June 5, 2017

Portland State study cited in opposition to Trimet budget proposal

By Anna Williams
May 29, 2017

Courtesy of Opal PDX
A Trimet Board of Directors meeting to approve its new $1.2 billion budget on May 24 attracted a crowd of activists condemning an $11.5 million line item to build a new transit police precinct near the Convention Center in Northeast Portland.  The board unanimously approved the budget after hearing testimony from over a dozen people who had either experienced discrimination on transit themselves or who witnessed it of minorities.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Message from the Portland Stands United Against Hate event

Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally
By The Planning Committee of the Portland Stands United Against Hate
June 4, 2017

**Please Share Widely**

PSU-AAUP President, Jose Padin,
speaking at the June 4th rally. Photo credit:
Portland Stands United Against Hate
Today Portland came out and made it clear that this is a city that will not stand for racist hate!  The Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally drew out 1200-1500 and along with the other counter-demonstrations vastly outnumbered the far-right rally.  The media coverage of course repeats nothing but reports of "violent clashes" and competing 'extremist' rallies.

But we know what happened today in Portland.  The far-right attempted to claim Portland as its newest stomping ground but they failed.  Our side outnumbered them 8 to 1 and sent a clear and principled message not only that we will not stand for racist hate but also expressed our vision of the type of world we would like to live in.

Read the full message at the event's Facebook page here.

Photo credit: Portland Stands United Against Hate

Photo Credit: Portland Stands United Against Hate

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

President's Message for May 29, from José Padin

We are shaken by the incident of racism on the MAX this past weekend, and by the tragedy that followed.  Portland is our city, PSU is the university that serves the city, and hundreds of students, faculty, academic professionals, and other staff, travel on the MAX every day.

We grieve for the families of the lost ones.

We grieve for the loss of safety in public places being experienced by immigrants, Muslims, and all those who don't fit a racist profile of America that members of the national administration have promoted to capitalize on hatred and fear for political gain.

PSU-AAUP takes to heart the courage of the victims this weekend and we stand by all members of our community - campus, city, state, country - who have to live in fear of hatred and intolerance.

Surviving victim of Friday train stabbing a poet and PSU student

By Fedor Zarkhin
May 28, 2017

One of the men who came to the defense of a teenager wearing a hijab on a MAX train Friday won a 2013 poetry competition with a poem condemning prejudices faced by Muslims.

Micah David Cole Fletcher (Credit: Annalise Reinhardt)
Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured in the attack after he and two other men approached suspect Jeremy Christian, who was allegedly yelling racial slurs at two young women, of of whom is Muslim.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oregon Can't Wait- Rally for Revenue

Partner Event:

A Better Oregon is hosting Oregon Can't Wait- Rally for Revenue

Tuesday, June 6, Noon to 1 pm

Register by May 31 and receive a complimentary lunch and t-shirt!

This event is fully supported with buses leaving Portland at 10 AM from Lents Park (4808 SE 92nd Ave.)

More details from A Better Oregon below.

Where: Oregon State Capitol, front steps
When: Tuesday, June 6, 12 PM - 1 PM (Registration opens at 11)
10 AM - Buses leave from Eugene (2800 Gateway St.,Springfield, OR- by Ross and Cabela’s) and Portland (Lents Park- 4808 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266)
11 AM. - Check-in and lunch
12 PM - Rally

RSVP here: to reserve your free lunch and t-shirt.

Hundreds of Oregonians are coming together in Salem to tell legislators: Oregon Can’t Wait for investments in education, health care and other essential services. Caregivers, nurses, teachers, parents, students, advocates, workers and more know that it’s time for corporations to finally pay their fair share so we can all have the Oregon we deserve. 

RSVP here: to reserve your free lunch and t-shirt.

State board approves UO, Portland State tuition hikes

By Elliot Njus
May 26, 2017

A state higher education board reversed course Thursday, approving big tuition hikes at Portland State University and the University of Oregon that it had rejected earlier in the month.

members of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission said they were convinced the schools would have to make critical cuts without the tuition levels they had proposed.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Portland State names Rahmat Shoureshi as next president

By Elliot Njus
May 16, 2017

The Portland State University governing board appointed Rahmat Shoureshi to serve as the school's ninth president.

Elliot Njus/Staff (OregonLive)
Shoureshi will succeed Wim Wiewel, who will step down at the end of this school year but remain on the faculty.  He arrived at the school in 2008.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

State board rejects big tuition hikes at UO, Portland State

By Elliot Njus
May 11,2017

A state board rejected steep tuition increases sought by the University of Oregon and Portland State University on Thursday, prompting PSU officials to say, "there are no good options here."
Photo by Mike Zacchino/Staff (OregonLive)

The rebuke came a month after Gov. Kate Brown ordered the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission to "rigorously apply" oversight before approving tuition increases greater than 5 percent.  Under state law, the panel is required to sign off on increases past that threshold.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 ASPSU elections results are in

By Vanguard Staff
May 5, 2017

Just after 1p.m. today, Associated Students of Portland State announced election results for leaders to serve in student government for the 2017-18 academic year.  Students and staff gathered at PSU's Simon Benson House for the announcement.

See the slate of newly elected candidates at the Vanguard website here.

Visit ASPSU's site for more information.

Portland State professor could be one of Canada's next astronauts

Andrew Theen
May 3, 2017

Evan Thomas has been to Canada four times in the past year, but the Montreal native wasn't on vacation.

The Portland State University professor underwent days of grueling physical and mental tests, often with little sleep.  He helped fight fires and floods, and once jumped more than 26 feet into freezing water as lightening and thunder clattered around him.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Portland's March for Science: This one's for the kids

By Eder Campuzano
April 22, 2017

Thousands flocked to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Saturday for the local iteration of the international March for Science.  But unlike so many similar demonstrations - such as January's Women's March, the Tax Day March or several other downtown protests - this one skewed younger.

Courtesy of OregonLive
Demonstrators turned out in droves with their children in tow, a fact many parents attributed to the fact that event organizers had provided a kids' zone near the Battleship Oregon Memorial with educational booths and live music nearby.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Creating tangible equity in the 'Tower of Power'

PSU Vanguard
By Jake Johnson
April 19, 2017

An April 6 University Studies' Dialogue Series seeking to spark engaging conversation began the first of three events with a lecture about fostering diversity.

Dr. Oscar Fernandez, who spoke at the Walking the Talk:
Demanding Equity from the 'Tower of Power' event on  April 6.
Jamon Sin/ PSU Vanguard
Director of the Portland State School of Gender, Race, and Nations Dr. Winston Grady-Willis presented "Walking the Talk: Demanding Equity from the 'Tower of Power,'" focusing on what real commitment to equity and diversity looks like for PSU and how to measure its success.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Unopposed ASPSU candidates present at annual debate

ASPSU presidential and vice presidential candidates debate?
By Jake Johnson
April 17, 2017

The ASPSU president and vice president debate on April 11.
Jake Johnson/PSU Vanguard
Associated Students of Portland State University hosted its annual public presidential and vice presidential debate on Tuesday, April 11.  The debate began at noon inside Smith Memorial Student Union and more closely resembled a press conference rather than a debate for unopposed presidential candidate Brent Finkbeiner and vice presidential candidate Donald Thompson III.

Read the full article and watch the video report at the Vanguard website here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PSU Board of Trustees votes to raise tuition to avert deep cuts

Portland State University
By Christopher Broderick, University Communications
April 11, 2017

The Portland State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to raise tuition next fall to avert deep cuts in programs and staff, promising to lower the increase of the legislature increases funding for higher education.

Read the full story at the Portland State University website here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

ASPSU President and Vice President Resign

By Alex-Jon Earl
April 5, 2017

ASPSU Vice President Verret resigns after 'honor and privilege' of serving

Verret's resignation follows President Forbes' resignation. Emergency meeting to be held April 10 to fill vacancies.

Associated Students of Portland State University Vice President Kaitlyn Verret resigned this evening, just one day after the resignation of Student-Body President Liela Forbes.  Her resignation came during a Wednesday evening ASPSU Senate meeting in the Green Roots Cafe Room.

Read the full article at the Vanguard's website here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Portland State University eyes 9 percent tuition hike, $9 million in cuts

By Andrew Theen
April 5, 2017

Portland State University trustees will consider raising tuition by nearly 9 percent this fall for in-state undergraduate students, a preview of a painful year that probably will include significant staff cuts at the downtown campus.

Administrators outlined the economic realities Wednesday during a finance committee meeting.  They said they needed $11 million in new tuition revenue to help plug a projected $20 million dollar shortfall, and would find the remaining $9 million through cuts from yet-to-be-determined sources.  Some university staffers said the administration will look at "targeted personnel reductions" to make the budget a reality.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Meet the 3 finalists for Portland State president

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
April 5, 2017

A 21-person committee tasked with picking the new president of Portland Ste University has narrowed its wish list to three finalists.

Jonathan Kroppell (left) a dean at Arizona State, and Jack
Knott, a dean at the University of Southern California are
in the running to replace Wim Wiewel as president of
Portland State University. An image was not immediately
available for the third finalist, Rahmat Shoureshi, who is the
interim president of the New York Institute of Technology.
The candidates include the interim president of New York Institute of Technology, the dean of Arizona State University's public service school and the dean of University of Southern California's public policy school.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PSU students attend town hall meeting in support of increasing state funding

By Anamika Vaughan
March 12, 20017

Portland State students and members of the Portland public met at noon, March 3 in East Multnomah County Town Hall to voice their concerns and demands to state legislatures for the upcoming Oregon budget finalization.

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Illustration by Robby Day

Portland Will Train City Workers on How to Respond to Federal Immigration Agents

The City Council resolution declares Portland "a welcoming city, a sanctuary city, and an inclusive city to all."

Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
March 19, 2017

Besides serving the symbolic purpose of reiterating the city's refusal to aid federal immigration enforcement, the resolution also has at least one concrete action attached.

It requires the city's Human Resources Bureau along with the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the City Attorney's Office to develop, within 90 days, a plan for training city workers on how to "respond" to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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(Gabriel Green)

$100 Million Academic Building in Downtown Portland- Oregon Live

Portland colleges, city tout new $100 million academic building in downtown

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
March 20, 2017

The city of Portland and its three biggest schools of higher learning are teaming up to transform a parking lot into a nearly $100 million hub for public health, education and city services.

Leaders from Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Community College and the city on Monday will formally lick off plans to construct a 200,000-square-foot building on PSU's downtown campus by 2020.  Still in the design phase, the building is projected to be seven to nine stories tall.

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The Vanguard published an article about this partnership on March 23, 2017.