Beacon Of Color

by Kassandra Johnson Standing in the hot sun, cheering as each float passed in a flurry of color, it seemed like everyone in Portland was on that street. In that moment I realized something: I’m thankful to live here. It was Sunday, June 17, and I was at the Pride Parade in downtown Portland. As I looked around all I could see were happy faces. … Continue reading Beacon Of Color

Let It Move You

 By: Xylia Lydgate Four simple words. Four words that can make a lasting impact. When I hear the phrase “dance like nobody’s watching,” it makes me nervous because what if someone IS watching. It is the fear of being criticized, made fun of, looked down upon, that causes me to tighten up and not want to just “let loose” in public settings. But at the … Continue reading Let It Move You

Why I ‘Sailed through the Stars’

  By Kellie Doherty Graduate school is busy and stressful. But don’t get me wrong, I love my book publishing program. I’ll be sad to leave next month, but sometimes I just have to do something else. PSU has no shortage of cool events for students, and last Saturday was no exception. I decided to go to the Pacific Islander’s Club 14th Annual Lu’au called “Sailing … Continue reading Why I ‘Sailed through the Stars’

Why I’m Annoyed by the Alumni Countdown

 By Kellie Doherty There is a sign on the alumni building on campus that went up on March 5 declaring “100 Days Until You Are An Alumni.” It’s been steadily counting down since then. I get it. It’s supposed to portray the happiness and excitement of graduation. It’s supposed to get the students pumped about being alumni of this fabulous university. It’s supposed to be … Continue reading Why I’m Annoyed by the Alumni Countdown

Why I Love PSU’s Weirdness Factor

 By: Kellie Doherty A portion of my hair is bright orange. That isn’t terribly big news here in Portland, especially around campus. We have some colorful characters. I’ve seen flame-red, neon green, rainbow, mermaid, galaxy, and even multicolored blocked hair. I’ve seen spiked hair a foot high, hair sheered completely off on just one side, and myriad other things. I’m originally from Alaska. We have … Continue reading Why I Love PSU’s Weirdness Factor

My Major Networking Opportunity

  By Kellie Doherty The Write to Publish 2016 conference is over. Write to Publish is an annual writing conference, and it’s a great place to find some interesting contacts and meet some influential people. (I also organized it this year, so I may be a tad biased.) One of the great things about my graduate program (MS in Book Publishing) is the hands-on learning … Continue reading My Major Networking Opportunity