By Claire Golden There’s a scene in one of my favorite books, The Giver by Lois Lowry, that’s stuck with me. It’s a dystopian novel where every year children go through a different ritual for their age group. One year, they have to give up their “comfort object,” which is a stuffed animal they’ve had since they were born. The idea is that the children … Continue reading In Defense of Comfort Objects
By Naomi Kolb It’s been hard to miss the fact that Valentine’s Day is this week with the bake sales, posters, and sex-themed events that have been seemingly taking over our campus lately. I’ve been actively trying not to be bitter about Valentine’s Day because this is the first year in awhile that Cupid forgot to fire the magical arrow that would land me a … Continue reading A Queer Complaint Against Valentine’s Day
By Kellie Doherty Every year the second-year graduate students of the book publishing program join the new students (we call them “little fish”) at a local bar. Last year it was at Cheerful Tortoise and this year, Rogue. Not all the little fish go, of course, but the ones who do get to meet the second years and mingle with their incoming class. It’s a … Continue reading Putting the Pub Back in Publishing
By: Sharon Jackson England was absolutely more than I could ever ask for. I have been to London, to the south in Devon, to the north in Chester, and to the phenomenal countryside in Yorkshire. I have seen medieval churches, ancient Roman remains, and pubs that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086. I have eaten Devonshire cream teas, Cornish pasties, and full English breakfasts … Continue reading English 101: A sentimental summer lesson
By: Theo Burke Not long ago, while working on a PSU Vanguard story, I received a return phone call, within 24 hours, from Scott Gallagher of the University Communications office. I nearly fell down from shock. I had not received a live phone call in months from anyone other than my mother. And it seemed as though an ever-increasing amount of important people in my life … Continue reading A live phone call — someone loves me
There is a secret held by many a Portland State student, closely guarded, but not really secret; not shameful, but not boasted of. We keep it from others, and ourselves as well. It is the grinding, relentless poverty of the college student. Students push poverty out of their minds, taking loan after loan each term without dwelling on the ramifications, trying to hang on until graduation, … Continue reading A relentless secret at PSU . . .
Being a part of the Orientation Team has been my absolute, without a doubt, favorite part of the summer. I’m glad I decided to get involved in my school, or else I would not have met all of these amazing people and I never would have gotten the same type of work experience anywhere else. Everyone always says “Get involved!”, but you never realize how … Continue reading How I got Involved