WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 18
Event of the day Educate yourself about Portland’s efforts to manage its carbon footprint at today’s free screening of Portland: Quest for the Livable City. President Wiewel will give an introductory speech and a discussion panel will follow the film.
When: 7 p.m. Where: University Place, Columbia Falls Ballroom
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INSIDE NEWS The Daily Cut Your world in brief PAGE 3
National Coming Out Day event QRC and Student Veterans Association sponsored event with Reichen Lehmkuhl Carrie Johnston Vanguard staff
Straylight fun Straylight Run returns to Portland, sans label, ready to lightly rock the Satyricon PAGE 4
Gypsy spectacular Gypsy Caravan performs this week at Kennedy School PAGE 4 Who needs braces? Canadian literary collective Loose Teeth Press hosts an evening of wordy greatness PAGE 5
Graduating from the United States Air Force Academy after nine years of service, Reichen Lehmkuhl describes his experience as a gay man in the military in his new book called Here’s What We’ ll Say. An audience of about 70 gathered in the Native American Center Monday night to listen to Lehmkuhl’s stories about falling in love, getting beat up and learning how to fly. The event was in honor of National Coming Out Day, and was sponsored by the Queer Resource Center and the Student Veterans Association. Accomplished as a captain in the Air Force, entrepreneur, model and flight instructor, Lehmkuhl is touring the country gathering support for a new bill that will help assist those who are discharged from the military for being gay. After an intense moment with a fellow cadet, Lehmkuhl “came out” while serving, but kept quiet in light of the academy’s contradictory and oppressive “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Keeping his sexuality a secret yielded a strong ambition to
change things for future cadets. “If a cadet is suspected to be gay, he is pulled out of bed in the middle of the night and taken to a mental evaluation,” Lehmkuhl said. Following the evaluation, the cadet is put into holding until his trial begins. His “crimes” are then broadcast to family and friends and he is discharged from service—essentially being humiliated and forced to come out of the closet. With the help of United States Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Lehmkuhl is drafting a bill asking for monetary reparation for gays who are kicked out of the military. This bill is to help compensate victims of trauma and human rights abuses. “I want to bring this idea to everyone. I think it’s fair,” Lehmkuhl said. Here’s What We’ll Say is dedicated to Lehmkuhl’s grandmother, who was part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War II. She taught Lehmkhul how to fly when he was 13 years old.
Student government hopes to register thousands of students to vote
ASPSU Voter Registration Drive
ASPSU is working to register 2,510 Portland State students to vote by Jan. 5, 2010, and is looking for more volunteers to help register potential voters. The vote drive is important because students need to vote in Oregon’s upcoming special election on Jan. 25, said ASPSU President Jonathan Sanford. “There are $733 million at stake in the special election that could dramatically affect students,” he said. There are several ballot measures
that, if passed during the special election, would repeal laws that established new taxes for businesses and individuals. Without that tax revenue, hundreds of millions of dollars will likely be taken from the state’s General Fund, which funds higher education, Sanford said. “The general fund is discretionary, meaning that it’s not mandatory to fund higher education,” Sanford said. “The current state budget was built based on revenue from these taxes and if they are repealed, the budget will be significantly altered.” It is important for students to register to vote because when students
Vote drive: ASPSU hopes to register 2,510 Portland State students to vote by Jan. 5, 2010.
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Cyclists push their limit A cemetery incident causes people to question cyclists’ responsibility PAGE 6 The Rant and Rage Pure, all-natural, animal-free fury PAGE 6
vote they gain legitimacy with lawmakers, according to Dorothy Zapf, a volunteer with the ASPSU Voter Registration Drive who just transferred to Portland State from Portland Community College. “The more students vote, the more power we have with lawmakers, and that can equal lower tuition,” she said. More volunteers are needed to help register voters, said Selina Paulsen, a sophomore who heads up the “class rap” portion of the voter drive. Some professors allow ASPSU volunteers to come into their classrooms to give a short presentation about the
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need for students to register to vote and then hand out registration cards. Last week ASPSU exceeded their goal of gathering 300 new voter registration cards during class raps by 30. Voter registration volunteers also canvass the South Park Blocks with registration cards and have so far been successful in collecting a total of 1,126 as of Tuesday. The registration drive is held in conjunction with the Oregon Student Association, a lobbying organization founded by students over 30 years ago to represent the interests of students in postsecondary education to Oregon lawmakers.
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Vanguard 2 | News October 14, 2009
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Richard Dawkins, famous evolutionary biologist, spoke to a nearly packed Peter Stott Center Saturday night. The free event was hosted by the Atheists and Agnostics Forum, the Center for Inquiry Portland and the Biology Association of Graduate Students. Dawkins read excerpts from his newest book,
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, and took questions from the audience submitted via text message. While the sound system was inadequate, Dawkins was well received and the audience gave him a standing ovation upon taking the stage and finishing questions.
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The Daily Barometer : OSU, Corvallis says please to cheese Cheese enthusiasts packed Old World Deli Monday night to hear Lisbeth Goddik, an associate professor of Food Science and Technology at OSU, give the Corvallis Science Pub presentation, “The Cheese Stands Alone: The Science behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses.” Old World Deli was packed with people even before the presentation was scheduled to begin. The night kicked off with a little cheese trivia, when Goddik asked the audience how many pounds of milk it takes to make a pound of cheddar. She also gave a brief history of cheese, which dates back to the ancient Egyptian era. “Ask anybody who makes cheese and they will all tell you cheese making is an art,” Goddik said. “Artisan dairy is the old fashioned way of making cheese while retaining high quality along the way. It consists of a hands-on approach as opposed to production through machinery.” —Yadira Gutierrez
The Daily Barometer : OSU libraries release mobile catalog application Accessing OSU Libraries’ online catalog has never been easier. A new addition to the libraries’ mobile website, which launched in March 2009, now allows students and staff to search the catalog from their mobile phones. The libraries’ mobile website, called MobileLib, provides easy access to library FAQ, location, hours and contacts. Karyle Butcher, the OSU Donald and Delpha Campbell University librarian, said the new mobile services are just one more way to engage users and keep students connected while on the go. Laurie Bridges, business and economics librarian, and Hannah Rempel, graduate student services coordinator and biosciences librarian, were two of the librarians helping with the mobile catalog project. “The library is dedicated to providing information to students wherever and whenever they need it,” Bridges and Rempel said. “We felt it was important to offer a
mobile version of the website so that students could access library information and services with ease while they are on the go.” The new mobile catalog is similar to the online website. However, after searching for a title, author, keyword, call number or ISBN, students can have the information sent to their mobile phones via text or e-mail. Mobile users can also search for course reserves and decide which library branch to search through—the Valley Library, Guin Library or the OSU Cascades library. —Katrina Lorengel
The Daily Barometer : Corvallis named seventh-best college town in America The American Institute for Economic Research recently published their annual College Destinations Index, which ranks the top college towns in America, and Corvallis checked in at seventh place in the College Town category. Corvallis was competing in a tier of cities with a population of 250,000 or less.
Corvallis beat out the only other Pacific Northwest city in its tier, Bellingham, Wash., home of Western Washington University which was ranked No. 20. Corvallis had the smallest population of any city in its tier. “Corvallis is a good college environment,” said Ben Beatty, a senior majoring in political science. “There’s a lot of student involvement around Corvallis, and the campus does a good job preparing students for life after college.” According to the official AIER Web site, AIER took over the College Destinations Index in 2008 from Collegia, a regional planning organization based in Wellesley, Mass. Collegia published the first College Destinations Index in 2003, but before then there were no resources to compare the offcampus assets of different colleges. The rankings are determined by three major criteria areas: academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunity. —Ryan Gunderson
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Vanguard News | 3 October 14, 2009
Your world in brief
News Editor: Nation: Army agrees Kansas priest worthy of Medal of Honor
Oregon’s State Land Board has voted to increase grazing fees on 635,000 acres of state lands, most of it in southeastern Oregon. The board voted 2-1 Tuesday in Salem. The exact amount is not certain yet, because a major factor in the formula setting the amount is the price of beef. Changes will be phased in over the next three years. They include an annual minimum fee of $250 and a base of $4.25 to graze a cow and calf for a month. The state range lands bring in about $346,000 a year, and after costs produce about $56,000 for the Common School Fund. The increase was prompted by a state audit finding the fees did not reflect market rates. Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Secretary of State Kate Brown voted in favor of the changes. State Treasurer Ben Westlund voted against. Oregon Cattlemen’s Association President Bill Moore did not immediately return a phone call for comment. —Jeff Barnard
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)—As his fellow prisoners of war returned home from the Korean War, they shared stories of self-sacrifice about Rev. Emil Kapaun, the humble priest from Kansas. The prisoners of the 8th Cavalry Regiment spoke of how Kapaun, an Army chaplain, continued to look after his men even though he was wounded and sick himself. Risking his own life, Kapaun would sneak out after dark to scrounge food for those too weak to eat, fashion makeshift containers to collect water and wash their soiled clothes. Kapaun died at the camp hospital seven months after he was first taken captive by the Chinese in 1950. More than a half-century later, the Army’s top civilian leader has recommended that Kapaun, who is also a candidate for sainthood, receive the Medal of Honor. Helen Kapaun, the chaplain’s sister-in-law, said her husband, Eugene, 85, has prayed that he would live to see his brother honored. “We hoped it would have been sooner,” Helen Kapaun said Monday. “I think there were a lot of circumstances that had to be finished in God’s hands. Now, it proves that he was a saintly, holy man.” In one of his final acts as Army secretary, Pete Geren, wrote to Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., saying he agreed that Kapaun was wor-
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—A Portland man who attacked his exgirlfriend and impaled her pet fish this summer has been sentenced to two years probation, a psychological evaluation and community service. Donald Earl Fite III, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to animal abuse and domestic violence assault. According to court records, Sarah Harris had broken up with Fite but returned to her Portland apartment July 25 to find him lying on her bed, saying he wanted to get back together. When Harris tried to leave, Fite shoved her against a wall, grabbed her hair and tossed her against a bathtub. Harris fled but returned with an officer to find her fish— a bright purple betta named “DeLorean”—on the wood floor with a knife through it. According to court records, Fite quickly admitted killing the fish, telling police: “If she can’t have me, then she can’t have the fish.” Fite’s attorney, Tom Macnair, said Tuesday that killing the fish was a “very low point” in his client’s life. “He is absolutely mortified and ashamed about what he did to the fish,” MacNair said in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Fite, who had no previous criminal history, declined to make a statement. Harris did not attend the hearing. In a phone interview with The Oregonian newspaper, she recalled crying hysterically when she saw the fish with a knife sticking through it. “Donald bought the fish for me, and I’m sure he knew how much I cared for it,” she said. Betta fish, also known as Siamese fighting fish, are colorful freshwater aquarium fish that usually are between 2 and 3 inches long. Prosecutor Eric Zimmerman told Judge Eric Bergstrom that Harris plans to get a memorial tattoo of the fish and wanted Fite to pay for it. Bergstrom, however, declined to make Fite pay restitution for the tattoo. The judge ordered Fite to stay away from Harris, but said he could have contact with fish.
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thy of the honor. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has also endorsed Kapaun’s honor. Seven chaplains have received the Medal of Honor, including Vincent Capodanno, a Navy chaplain from New York, killed in Vietnam in 1967. In 2006, Capodanno was declared a Servant of God by the Vatican, a step toward canonization. Tiahrt began efforts to honor Kapaun in 2000 after reading about his life. “It’s hard to imagine living through something like that. He handled it like a saint,” Tiahrt said Monday. “This is the kind of person that we ought to emulate.” Congress must approve legislation sending Kapaun’s award to President Barack Obama, which Tiahrt hopes happens by year’s end. —John Milburn
World: Court rules against Stalin grandson in libel suit MOSCOW (AP)—A Russian court ruled against Josef Stalin’s grandson Tuesday in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator sent thousands of people to their deaths. A judge at a Moscow district court rejected Yevgeny Dzhugashvili’s claim that Novaya Gazeta damaged Stalin’s honor and dignity in an April article that referred to him as a “bloodthirsty cannibal.”
The case essentially put Stalin on trial more than 50 years after his death. A ruling against the newspaper would have been seen as an exoneration one of the 20th century’s most notorious autocrats. And it would have dealt a blow to beleaguered Russian liberals who accuse the Kremlin of whitewashing history. The late-evening ruling was a rare victory for Stalin’s critics in their fight against efforts to rehabilitate the dictator, who according to the rights group Memorial ordered the deaths of at least 724,000 people during a series of purges that peaked in the late 1930s. But defendants said that having the case even make it to court was evidence of a chilling tendency to question the dark side of Soviet history. “Behind the plaintiff ’s bench are those who are throttling freedom...and giving the country back to Stalin,” defense lawyer Genri Reznik told the court during hours of tense proceedings Tuesday. Only a few journalists were allowed into the Basmanny district courtroom. On the winning side, the mood was more of relief than celebration. “What should have happened, happened,” Anatoly Yablokov, the author of the article and the newspaper’s co-defendant, said. “It’s a decision based on the law.” —David Nowak
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Correction: ASPSU President spells his name Jonathan Sanford. The Vanguard regrets the error.
Suicide: a major public health issue For help in crisis call: 800-273-TALK (8255) 800-716-9769 503-988-4888 In 2002 (the last date that statistics were available on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center Web site), 31,655 people committed suicide in the United States. Suicide was the 11thleading cause of death in the United States. In the U.S., more people commit suicide each year than die due to HIV or homicide. Eleven out of every 100,000 Americans commit suicide. There are gender, ethnic and age differences in suicide. Males are four times as likely to commit suicide than females, although females attempt suicide three times as often as males. White Americans are more likely to commit suicide than Americans of other racial backgrounds. Suicide is the thirdleading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15 and 24, and the secondleading cause of death among those between the ages of 25 and 34. Suicide rates increase with age. Elderly people who die by suicide are often divorced or widowed and suffering from a physical illness. Of suicides that take place in the United States, 90 percent are associated with mental illness, including disorders involving the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Of those who die by suicide, 50 percent were afflicted with major depression, and the suicide rate of people with major depression is eight times that of the general population. —www.sprc.org
Vanguard 4 | Arts & Culture October 14, 2009
Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 email@example.com
ARTS & CULTURE Straylight Run returns to Portland, sans label, ready to lightly rock the Satyricon Mark Johnston
Ludicrous lobster trivia! There have been lobsters known to be caught weighing up to 45 pounds. Extra-large lobsters usually find their way to museums or aquariums. Some believe that lobsters in unfarmed areas can reach as much as 20 years in age. These areas can be as far out as 30 miles off the coast. It takes lobsters an average of five to seven years (depending on the water temperature) to grow to legal size, and they grow more slowly as they get larger. When you cook hard-shell lobsters, their shells will turn a brick red color and sometimes black, whereas soft-shelled lobsters, when cooked, are a bright red color. The green stuff inside of the lobster is known as tomalley and is the liver of the lobster. Many people consider it a delicacy and use it for flavoring. A female lobster is called a hen.
After going from an indie label to a major label and then to no label, Straylight Run is touring in support of their sixth recording with no label backing, though they have some amazing sponsors and an EP that is well-recorded and thought out. After leaving Universal/ Republic, Straylight Run was faced with a conundrum: They had a great album, barely promoted and slightly toured, but they weren’t ready to just move on and record a new full-length for another label. “Label relationships are the same as any other [relationship],” said drummer Will Noon. “Once you’re hurt, you’re hesitant to get back into it.” The group decided to put out an EP themselves and get back on the road, while being able to promote their prior full-length album, The Needles the Space (which was out only six months before the band was dropped from their label). “By putting out multiple EPs you can tour, go home for one to two months, put out the EP and tour,” Noon said. “So we’re on the same page as our fans, rather than being away for months on end and neglecting to tour. The group never really missed a beat. They were undeterred by the label situation and back on the road before anyone missed them. This time around, the group is bringing a horde of great bands such as Lydia, Anarbor, Camera
When is a lobster a chicken? When it weighs about one pound.
Gypsy Caravan performs this week at Kennedy School
When is a lobster a pistol? When it has no claws.
To hypnotize a lobster, stand it on its head with its claws laid out in front of it and its tail curled inward. Rub your hand up and down the carapace making sure to rub between the eyes. Eventually it may stand by itself. —www.bestlobster.com
You may have heard of them. You may have seen them, but this is the kind of show you can’t see just once. Inspired by, and based on “different styles of Middle Eastern dance, flamenco, Indian classical dance and modern dance,” as explained by the founder of the Gypsy Caravan Dance Company herself, Paulette Rees-Denis, this unique performance will surely seduce you and your senses. Rees-Denis, creator and innovator of the Gypsy Caravan, got her master’s here at Portland State in writing and publishing. She recently published a book about the new form of tribal dance. The book, entitled Tribal Vision: a Celebration of Tribal Belly Dance, provides the meaning and significance of the new dance style.
Can’t Lie and The Dangerous Summer, to name a few–all of whom are eager to be a part of a great tour and a great cause. Some main sponsors for gear on their tour include Fender and Audix, but the real sponsors of note are Faceless International and The Love Alliance. Straylight Run is using their status to help promote social consciousness to the world around them. Faceless International is a humanitarian organization currently working with bands Anberlin, White Collar Side Show and Straylight Run to collect goods for aiding the millions in India recently hit by monsoons. The organization’s main directive is to defend the plight of exploited people worldwide, and raise awareness about social issues across the globe. Similarly, The Love Alliance travels around the country trying to raise awareness about issues within our own country, such as the human trafficking problem we are currently amidst. Currently, there are over 50 Love Alliance groups in four different countries. Straylight Run fully supports the efforts of these organizations and will have literature and information at all of their shows. “We’ll be collecting jackets, winter coats, anything that can be
Straylight Run: Heading with no label, the band takes fate into their own hands
spared to support these worthwhile causes,” Noon said. Straylight Run’s spirit, social consciousness and stick-to-itiveness are reason enough to get off your duff and see them this weekend. But if you need more, check out their newest EP, About Time. Rife with well-played, dynamic music and piano-driven melodies, it should get you in there.
Satyricon, 125 NW Sixth Ave. Fri, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. $12 advance or $14 door All ages
Gypsy spectacular Rees-Denis, whose company has been based in Portland since 1991, has been a dancer all her life and finds it to be an important aspect in the celebration of the feminine community. “It’s important that we dance as women today,” Rees-Denis said. “It’s a community-based dance, and it’s really about dancing as a group.” The book about this style has been an ongoing process. “I’ve been writing it for years,” Rees-Denis said. “It’s part memoir, my dance history and the history of
the tribal style of belly dance and how it evolved, and what it means.” The book talks about the feminine and communal nature of the dance, “and it also includes other women’s experiences [with the dance], it’s really important and it’s very profound.” The tribal dance style is also unique in the sense that it’s unpredictable. “They’re not really choreographed. The dance is based on improvisation, it’s a structured language of movements but it’s based on dancer’s attitude, inspiration at the time, music and audience,” Rees-Denis said. “The dancers feel like it’s a gift that they give to the viewers.” With this kind of format, every performance is different, so even if you’ve seen them before, you can get a new experience out of it every time. “It’s about being in the moment,” said Rees-Denis, whose company offers tribal belly dance lessons. “It’s for all ages and all sizes, it’s not discriminatory and it’s really fun!” The Gypsy Caravan Dance Company will be sweeping the stage for the McMenamins Kennedy School’s “Back to School: 12th Anniversary Celebration.” Along with Caravan, there will be live music by Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers and Foghorn Duo, and food and drink specials.
Gypsies: Jingly outfits and swirling skirts are
all part of the package when you see Gypsy Caravan’s celebration of tribal dance.
The Gypsy Caravan Dance Company
McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Thu, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. Free, all ages
Vanguard Arts & Culture | 5 October 14, 2009
Death to God
braces? needs braces? Who Who needs Canadian literary collective Loose Teeth Press hosts an evening of wordy greatness Joel Gaddis Vanguard staff
Loose teeth. The phrase brings to mind childhood angst, or those creepy dreams in which you start losing your molars one after another. A much nicer connotation can be found in Loose Teeth Press, an independent book publisher hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. This Thursday, Loose Teeth founder Mike Lecky and a handful of his cohorts will be presenting samples of their writings in Portland. To sweeten the deal even further, Ninkasi Brewing will be offering up free, tasty libations. Loose Teeth got its start in 2005 when longtime friends Lecky and Joey Comeau joined forces to publish Comeau’s debut novel, Lockpick Pornography. Lecky, who had been editing for a student newspaper, handled all of the design elements for the book, including typesetting and cover layout. Ever since, Loose Teeth has been turning out high-caliber work from a variety of writers and comic book artists. If there is a common thread to be found in the Loose Teeth canon, it’s probably an endearingly skewed sense of humor. For example, Zache VandeZande’s comic strip, Animals Have Problems Too. features a Galápagos finch with a superiority complex and a
raven that can’t remember its e-mail password. VandeZande, Lecky and Comeau’s presence in Portland is part of their annual Loose Teeth Press Tour. According to Lecky, this is the first time the tour has blazed a westward trail. “For three summers in a row we’ve done an East Coast tour, so we decided it was time to do the West Coast instead,” Lecky said. Their travels will take them from Victoria, British Columbia, to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. After a quick jaunt over to Toronto, they’ll make their way across the pond to check out London, Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris. Lecky said this is their most extensive tour to date. The concept of travel is amusingly explored in Lecky’s own zine, Bruce Springstzine, from which he will be reading on Thursday. The zine documents Lecky and Comeau’s experiences at last October’s CanZine Fest, a Canadian zine festival held in Toronto. Due to work obligations, the pair had exactly 36 hours to spend in Toronto before catching a plane back to Vancouver. As a journalistic experiment, they decided to stay up the entire time and chronicle every moment. “We loaded up on booze, pills and notebooks, and wandered around for 36 hours,” Lecky said. Afterward, Lecky pieced together a narrative from his entries, and Bruce Springstzine was born. “One of the reviewers described it as a sort of ‘Fear and Loathing
Loose Teeth: Making a first time visit to Portland, a city renowned for their indie publishing
scene, the band of zinesters is breaking ground and taking their work international.
at the CanZine Fest,’” Lecky said. It certainly evokes Hunter S. Thompson’s brand of joyously demented gonzo journalism. In addition to excerpts from Bruce Springstzine, Thursday’s event will also feature readings by VandeZande and Comeau. VandeZande will be reading from his novel, Apathy and Paying Rent, which is composed of chapters that relate to tracks on a mixtape. By visiting the book’s Web site you can read a selection of chapters and even listen to the corresponding music, which features songs by Jawbreaker, Les Savy Fav and many others. After VandeZande presents, Comeau will take the stage to read from a selection of his works, including his latest book, Overqualified. The novel tells its
story through a series of hilariously audacious cover letters that include everything we might want to say to a prospective employer, but would never have the gall. All told, this will be a vivifying evening of prose from some of the best the indie press has to offer. Grab a beer, open your ears and leave the dental floss at home.
Loose Teeth Press Tour
Reading Frenzy 921 SW Oak St. Thu, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Free
Ever hear of the TurnOns? No? Well, they’re pretty decent and so is the group’s lead singer and guitarist Travis deVries. He’s struck out on his own to tackle a solo project and, so far, it ain’t half bad. While the Turn-Ons erred more on the psychedelic side, deVries has more pop to its work and less experimentation. It’s a little bit Britpop with reverberating guitars and vocals, and it packs a lot of punch for something so safe. That’s really the only downfall on this album: safety. deVries is making some nice, sensitive pop-rock with solid vocals and backing beats, but there’s no real risk in his work. “Polar Shores,” however, is a saving grace toward the end of the album when deVries switches up to an acoustic guitar and adds in a cello and very minimal percussion. The song showcases a softer, more rhythmic side to the rocker’s writing, a side that I wish had been more present throughout the rest of his work.
Vanguard 6 | Opinion October 14, 2009
Opinion Editor: Richard D. Oxley 503-725-5692 firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving less to save more This week, four Portland area families are taking the “Drive Less. Save More.” challenge with the goal of cutting down how much they depend upon their cars. The Hays family, with six total in their bunch, are competing with the Penners family, the Markley-Johnson family and the Pettersens family. All families will attempt to go about their normal days and handle the usual commitments of work, school, daycare and leisure, among other activities, all while trying to steer clear of driving. Before the challenge began, each family was rated as to how much they use their cars and their overall mileage. Whichever family sheds the most mileage over the course of a week wins the grand prize of a Samsung Mondi, six months of WiMAX service with CLEAR and a $300 stay at the Inn at Spanish Head Resort in Lincoln City, Ore.
OPINION A cemetery incident causes people to question cyclists’ responsibility Meaghan Daniels Vanguard staff
Portland prides itself on being a bicycle-friendly city, but a recent incident in a local cemetery has shown that cyclists need limits too. River View Cemetery in Southwest Portland is a common route for cyclists. They use it to connect from the southwestern area to the east side and vice versa. It seemed like a good, safe way to commute because the alternate, Taylor’s Ferry Road, is too dangerous for cyclists. The road is too steep, does not have enough room for cyclists and is often full of speeding cars. So with the alternate route all is well and good right? Well it was, until a few cyclists’ behavior threatened to ruin it for everyone. As reported in the Portland Tribune last week, cyclists speed through the cemetery and so the River View Cemetery installed speed bumps. But it appears that the installation of speed bumps is causing more problems, because some
Cyclists push their limit cyclists do not slow down enough and fall off their bikes. Cyclists are also saying that there are no signs warning them of the speed bumps and that they are too steep. Well, here’s a tip: slow down when you reach the cemetery’s property. Speed bumps are there for a reason and by speeding, you caused the installation of them, so solve the problem of the bumps and stop speeding. Dealing with the loss of someone close is hard enough on people. I feel very lucky that, while saying goodbye to a loved one, I have not been interrupted by cyclists. Seeing what has occurred with a few of the cyclists who take the route through River View
Cemetery makes me ask one question: What is wrong with them? Interrupting funeral processions, as the Tribune mentioned, yelling at and cussing out people who visit the cemetery is in poor taste. Those who take the route need to be respectful because the site is not a service route for cyclists, it is for people to say goodbye or visit with those they have lost. Cyclists should realize that using the cemetery as a route is a privilege and not a right, because it does not have to stay open for bicycle traffic. I am all for people cycling where and when they can. And yes, bicycles are not cars. Not every cyclist has steel legs and can keep up with cars. Therefore, a safer route like the River View Cemetery is a top
priority for cyclists. But they also need to take some responsibility. As a general rule of the road for anyone and everyone, cyclists and drivers alike, be respectful of other people. The only way to get it is to give it. David Noble, the executive director at River View Cemetery, said that a meeting is scheduled for this week with Roger Geller, bicycle coordinator for the Portland Department of Transportation, and Michelle Poyourow of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. They are hoping to find a way to keep the cemetery open to cyclists, while still making the cemetery’s clients a priority. What it comes down to when sharing the road with anyone, be they pedestrians, cemetery patrons, cyclists or drivers, is being respectful. It is not fair to ruin a good thing for all because a few people cannot handle delaying their progress for a minute to be respectful to others, slowing down so that everyone will have a nice and safe day.
pompous, vegan preach-fest. You’re getting nowhere with it. Food production in our culture blows. This is true. There is no defense for it. Not even the biggest meat-eating hunter could deny how screwed up industrialized farming is. A factory farm produces some of the most hormone-packed, diseaseridden, pus-filled crap we have ever seen cross the butcher’s knife. And corn-fed beef. Corn-fed beef! When was the last time you saw a cow harvesting corn and chewing it off the cob? Cows don’t eat corn, and while on the subject, the happy ones certainly don’t come from California. Our factory farms not only are filthy petri dishes—the environmental punches they throw are beyond nasty. These farms degrade and destroy the land, and they just annihilate water supplies. Coastal areas get killed off, forest area is decreased and antibiotic resistance weakens our own defense against disease. And hey, I am running off of the playbook of www.veganoutreach.org (you should be proud). In other words, our meat-
producing industry makes us physically weaker while also screwing with other parts of the environment we depend on. And to add insult to injury, Americans eat too much meat. As Forbes reported last March, the Archives of Internal Medicine and the National Cancer Institute stated that excessive meat in your diet lessens your life span and raises your risk of cancer and cardiovascular mortality rates. I am very happy you figured all this out. Not a lot of folks do. Yet by your logic, if the water from one faucet is making us sick, then we should all give up water, instead of just getting it from a healthy source. Therefore, if the meat being produced sucks, as it does, then go to a healthy source. In Oregon, we really luck out. Farmers markets show up so frequently it’s practically annoying. You can bet the selection being offered at these places comes from your local area, so your money stays close to home, and the meat is raised a hell of a lot better than at a factory farm. I doubt you’ll
find many of the issues plaguing industrialized farms at these local ranches. Or you could choose to shop at a store that has good meat practices and is supplied by responsible farmers. Look, it’s not the fact you are vegan, or how I don’t follow your logic. Get down with your vegan self and all the vegan glory. That’s your right. It’s the evangelical, militant war you rage upon the rest of us that is sooo off-putting. You come off like a street preacher in the South Park Blocks. Not only does your faux meat not taste like actual meat, it doesn’t taste very good at all. The videos you show are just sad and gross. And moral arguments should be saved for philosophers and church. We—and I am speaking for the smart carnivores that make the effort to get healthy food—are going to continue smoking briskets, barbecuing beer-can chickens and making the most gorgeous, splendid and delicious cheese platters. And we are going to support our local farmers and environment while we do it.
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Pure, all-natural, animalfree fury Hey vegan friend, please shut up. I get it—we all get it. You don’t dig on the animal products. That’s cool…for you. Frankly, it’s got to be a bit tough, but you work it out and I respect you for that. However, us meat-atarians are mostly just fine how we are. I like bacon, beef, chicken and, oh man, don’t get me started on buffalo…mmm. What was I talking about? Oh yeah. And wine goes great with cheese and lox. Hey, I don’t make the rules. That’s just the way God, Gaia, evolution or Captain Planet made it. So cut out the high-and-mighty,
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ART WEDNESDAY So what if my face is a little colder than yours? confused: a critical look at our pop life By Ed Johnson
I’ll admit it: I’m a little jealous. You have a beard and your face is warm. Mine is bare and frigid. When I shave every other day, it is not to stave off the look of Vikings, but rather to halt the forgetful grime of pubescent 13-year-olds. I don’t have the willpower to grow a beard, to walk that epic monthslong slope from disheveled to rangy to homeless to manly. But I really want to. Why? Not sure. I guess it’s the cool thing to do, which is the worst, yet most assuredly common, reason for doing all sorts of “things.” It’s just that beards are in. Look at our new wave of folk rockers: bearded, almost all of them. In this town, a beard is a sign of certain type of cachet. It says, “I look lazy, but possibly I’m
not!” I want that type of freedom. Instead, I am stuck in Squaresville. One of my current favorite weirdo beardos is Zach Galifianakis. He pretty much sums up the reason for the full beard’s current resurgence. The characters he plays are almost always at a weird crossroad of stereotypical manliness. Consider his current work in the HBO show, Bored to Death. He’s inept, unsure and desperately seeking to project an image of just the opposite. Hence the beard. It’s an outward sign of what he thinks a man should be. It doesn’t take a genius to see that our generation—let’s say, between the ages of 18 and 35—is defining its gender roles in a largely unique way. Men are often good friends with women, there’s less emphasis on
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Saturday Night Live is off to a bad start this season. Not that last season or the one before that were much better. The funny has just been lacking lately, replaced by easy punch lines and dumb-funny skits with onenote jokes. Sure, sketch comedy shows can’t be “on” all the time, and SNL has gone through plenty of ups and downs in its 35 years on the air. But the rut it has been in lately is pretty deep. What’s the problem? The way sketch comedians come and go from SNL in small numbers (one or two rotating out every season), there is always a core group of seasoned regulars on the show. Right now, that includes the incomparable Kirsten Wigg, Obama-aping Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, master of impressions. These three cast members in particular are showing up all over the place, getting gigs in bigscreen comedies and guest starring elsewhere on TV. Wigg recently appeared in Adventureland and Whip It!, Hader in Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Armisen in episodes of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. So, not only is the cast full of talent, they are showing that talent off. Just not on Saturday night. The weakest links in the cast are Kenan Thompson and Will Forte, both of whom lack
versatility. Neither seems to be able to manipulate his voice or look enough like the people he is attempting to impersonate. Of course, these two are not the complete downfall of SNL. Thompson actually does a delightful Bill Cosby or Whoopi Goldberg, and Forte can always play a creep, if need be. So, how have the hosts been? Last week’s host, Drew Barrymore, was a champ, appearing in a number of skits and even trying on a Sharon Osbourne impression (which didn’t touch former cast member Amy Poehler’s take on the screeching wife). She gets major kudos for that, since hosts Ryan Reynolds and Megan Fox, in the weeks prior, were put to little use. Even so, the guests aren’t the problem. SNL will never struggle to find A-list celebrities because the show, even in a slump, is still the ultimate promotion machine. The same goes for musical guests. U2, pop star anomaly Lady Gaga and Regina Spektor have all graced the SNL stage this season. Since most of the hosts are actors, even if their skills are limited (ahem, Fox), the writers should be able to play their strengths, just like they should with the cast members. Lately, they haven’t been doing that. It seems the problem is with the writers. If an average of two skits in a whole episode genuinely make you laugh, who should take the blame? Not the cast member who does a hilarious Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis), but the writers who don’t give that Biden anything funny to say. This is a call to action for Seth
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it is definitely fate’s punitive fury. But back to me and my beard envy. In my inelegant world, it means I am confused about my masculinity. To be clear, I don’t think it’s that simple. I think our move towards beard growing, as a culture, is generally indicative of gender-role confusion. But sometimes it’s nothing more than someone wanting to look just a little bit strange to themselves. I want to grow a beard. But I can’t. And that’s less confusing than it seems.
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tradition and there is more openness to non-binary gender ideals. But this, too, is confusing and imperfect. As we’re changing our deeds and our actions, we’re responding in kind with big, bushy facial hair, even if we don’t put that together in our minds. One would argue that, in Oregon, part of the reason for beards comes from tradition. We are, after all, descended from mountain men, pillagers of the earth and takers of timber. You know, masculine dudes. But I reject this connection as little more than flimflam for the weak-willed. Growing a beard is not about history (unless you partake in Civil War reenactments), but rather about wanting to look a certain way. Beards made sense back then: It was cold, rainy and there was no heat. Things leaked a lot more. Having a built-in scarf would’ve come in handy. Today, it’s a matter of aesthetic and masculine confusion. Example? The squeak ‘n’ bristle, or when men lacking masculine locks on their heads decide to grow hair on their faces. This is a look I can get behind, as it is a literal evening out of fate’s punitive fury. And if anything needs a little evening out, like frosting on a cake,
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SNL: Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Phil Hartman are all rolling in their respective graves.
Meyers, “Weekend Update” anchor and head writer of the show. Meyers: Did you learn nothing from your predecessor? Since previous head writer Tina Fey moved on from SNL several years ago, her show 30 Rock is the funniest thing on TV. Fey finds humor in unexpected places—sometimes in the everyday, sometimes the absurd—not in harping on about the poor economy in underwritten opening sketches, which are supposed to set the tone for the whole show, or the completely unwarranted mocking
of poet Maya Angelou (because rhyming is so hilarious?). Things like that aren’t clever, just easy. SNL watchers are faithful. 35 years on the tube is no small feat. But if the show can’t make us laugh anymore, we might finally stop tuning into it.
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