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  • Questioning the System

    Questioning the System

    by Shezad Khan Now that I’ve officially begun my career as a graduate student, I’ve been delving into some pretty interesting conversations with my cohort. A topic that was the focus of a lively discussion that took place recently was that of the “banking concept” in education. This concept essentially places teachers and professors as…

  • What are your social media profiles saying about you?

    What are your social media profiles saying about you?

    By: Sara Kirkpatrick As I scroll through my social profiles, I see a Portland State University student, a dog lover, a movie buff, the love of pink, and so much more; I am bombarded with images of my favorite memes, and timelines of life events. As I look upon these profiles, I am reminded of…

  • PAMLA 2015 – A Conference You Don’t Want To Miss

    PAMLA 2015 – A Conference You Don’t Want To Miss

    by Shezad Khan If you haven’t heard yet, Portland State is hosting PAMLA this year. If you don’t know what PAMLA is, it’s the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. The association puts on conferences on languages and literatures, and luckily for us, the conferences are going to be taking place in our home of…

  • Looking back on a year of fitness

    Looking back on a year of fitness

    By: Sam Bakkila In the corner of my room, right in front of my over-crammed bookcase, I keep my black Nike tennis shoes. These shoes have followed me a long way: they’ve cushioned me on ten mile runs, supported me when I put 300 pounds on my shoulders in the gym, and even splashed into…

  • What a Wonderful Year

    What a Wonderful Year

    By: Sharon Nellist This upcoming year at Portland State is the one I have been waiting for. Not only is it my last undergraduate year (hoping to stay for graduate studies!), but I am comfortably involved in various ways to ensure that quintessential college experience that I have been pining for all of my young…

  • STUMPED in Stumptown…

    STUMPED in Stumptown…

    By: Sharon Nellist Can you imagine going into your senior year and doubt the major that you have so painstakingly been working toward the last few years? Well, I certainly can. HELP! My most recent thoughts: I am certain of the type of job I am looking for…. But will my current major get me…

  • The Power of Orange

    The Power of Orange

    By Olivia Clarke On my bedroom curtain, secured with a safety pin, is a little square of orange fabric. I got the square when I attended PSU’s Sustainability Celebration last spring – in return for my signature on a Divest PSU petition, I received this piece of fabric as a symbol of my support for…

  • The Miserable but Hopeful Hiker

    The Miserable but Hopeful Hiker

    By Olivia Clarke When Spring Break rolled around, my friend and I decided to go backpacking in the Columbia Gorge. We arrived at the trailhead around noon, and from there we hiked up…and up…and up. It was an unpleasant trip. The weather was cold and wet. Our gear got soaked. Our hands went numb. The…

  • Slow ride, Take it easy

    Slow ride, Take it easy

    By: Sharon Nellist I admire and sympathize at the same time with those who take more than the recommended full-time classes and are involved in every other school organization and club in hopes to save a bit of money and graduate sooner than expected. Because I once was that student – and it is certainly…