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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 34

Event of the day Portland State faculty member Rachel Hardesty presents a lecture today addressing the issues that face women as they access tertiary education. When: 1 p.m. Where: Women's Resource Center lounge

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INSIDE NEWS Take Back the Land: an event focused on homelessness solutions Max Rameau will present Friday at Portland State PAGE 2 Dean Kaiser to stay at Portland State Kaiser had sought provost position at Kansas State University PAGE 3

Arts

Steam and chilled water lines

In the loop: an all-around improvement Stimulus money utilized for better, more efficient heating and cooling Klara Cachau-Hansgardh Vanguard staff

KPSU shows selected for syndication in Taiwan Shows to broadcast on "All English, All the Time" online radio station PAGE 5

Mad old hatters The story of those old ladies with the red hats PAGE 4

Sports

Brown delivers Record-breaking kicker has been a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season PAGE 6

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Portland State is in the middle of the transition to a more efficient and sustainable system of highpressure steam and chilled water supported heating and cooling. In collaboration with Fortis Construction, Portland State is using stimulus money it received last year to fund the project. “This is a big undertaking,” said Marc Luce, refrigeration mechanic for Facilities and Planning. Construction began nearly a year ago and is scheduled for completion in late August of 2010. The project includes an upgrade to highpressure steam—from 15 pounds of pressure to 150—in addition to exchanging old pipes, most of which are over 20–30 years old. All of the high-pressure steam and chilled-water lines are also being connected into a closed circuit, establishing the most efficient method of heating and cooling for Portland State yet. “Right now our campus is so big,

low-pressure steam—by the time you get to the end—just doesn’t have enough energy left,” Luce said. The circuit will have three primary tunnels for the transportation of chilled water and high-pressure steam. These will not be open to the public and are solely for maintenance and the lines themselves. The north tunnel runs between Cramer Hall and Science Buildings 1 and 2, the east tunnel runs from Millar Library to Shattuck Hall and the south tunnel between the West Heating Plant and the Peter W. Stott Center. A total of seven boilers and over 10 chillers will continually reheat or cool steam and water, respectively, as they run along a loop of lines— three steam lines and two chilledwater lines—eliminating the need for the water to go all the way back to a primary heating and cooling location. According to an article in Oregon’s Daily Journal of Commerce, Portland State received $29 million from the state’s stimulus package, nearly one-sixth of total state funds. Approximately $19 million of that sum went to the renovation of the heating and cooling system and the conversion to high-pressure steam. Luce attested that the school

always intended to pursue the project, but had to delay in the past for a lack of funding. Notified of the disbursement, Portland State had to move quickly in order to get the deal through contractors and create local jobs. “They had to turn this over once they found out they’d get stimulus money, in a very short time,” Luce said, “within a month period, which

is completely unheard of.” Luce said that with the project came a vast number of job opportunities. “You’ve got hundreds of trade workers, from welders, plumbers, fitters, that are employed,” Luce said. Inefficiency and unnecessary complexity are two of the greater

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Craig White: Mechanical, electrical and plumbing superintendent for Fortis Construction.

Portland State veterans perform for Obama Pair of students shared stories of their service with The Telling Project Virginia Vickery Vanguard staff

The Telling Project

Two Portland State student veterans got the chance yesterday to tell President Barack Obama stories from their time serving in the military as part of The Telling Project. Jeremiah Washburn and Brian Friend were invited to Washington, D.C., with The Telling Project, a veteran-civilian collaboration using the medium of theater to open up communication between veterans and their communities, according to its Web site. The 22-minute performance was the finale of a daylong event called

“Mission Serve: Forging a Continuum of Service,” an event recognizing civilian and military partnerships in national service. Also in attendance were First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, according to a university press release. Since February 2008, The Telling Project has produced 10 performances throughout the Pacific Northwest. More than 50 veterans and their family members were interviewed for the project, 21 one of whom have so far been chosen to tell their stories on stage, according to the press release. Friend is studying business administration full time at Portland State and was deployed to Iraq twice. During his second tour, he elected to extend his deployment time voluntarily. Washburn, a full time student at Portland State, has served in Iraq and is a single father of two. He still serves in the Oregon Army National Guard.

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Vanguard 2 | News November 12, 2009

Sarah J. Christensen Editor-in-Chief Danielle Kulczyk News Editor Theodora Karatzas Arts & Culture Editor Richard D. Oxley Opinion Editor Robert Britt Sports Editor Shannon Vincent Production Manager Marni Cohen Photo Editor Zach Chastaine Online Editor Jennifer Wolff Chief Copy Editor Jennifer Wolff Calendar Editor Matthew Kirtley Advertising Manager Judson Randall Adviser Ann Roman Advertising Adviser Illustrator Kira Meyrick Marketing Manager Kelsey Chinen Associate News Editor Virginia Vickery Production Assistants Bryan Morgan, Charles Cooper Williams

Writers Kate Alexander, William Blackford, Bianca Blankenship, Klara Calhau-Hawsgardh, Maeve Connor, Meaghan Daniels, Erica DeCouteau, Joel Gaddis, Natalia Grozina, Patrick Guild, Rosemary Hanson, Steve Haske, Ed Johnson, Carrie Johnston, Mark Johnston, Tamara K. Kennedy, Anita Kinney, Gogul Krishnan, J. Logue, James MacKenzie, Holly K. Millar, Stephanie Fine Sasse, Wendy Shortman, Nilesh Tendolkar, Robin Tinker, Vinh Tran, Virginia Vickery, Allison Whited Photographers Aaron Leopold, Rodrigo Melgarejo, Liana Shewey, Adam Wickham Copy Editors Amy Lee, Robert Seitzinger Advertising Sales Matthew Kirtley, Ana SanRoman, Jae Specht, Wesley Van Der Veen

NEWS Considering queer culture on campus

Take Back the Land: an event focused on homelessness solutions Max Rameau will present Friday at Portland State Zoe Kellett Vanguard staff

Max Rameau, founder of the organization Take Back the Land, is coming to Portland State tomorrow, Nov. 13, as part of a tour of the Northwest. The free presentation will be held in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296. Rameau is also featured in the documentary Capitalism: A Love Story by Michael Moore. Take Back the Land is an organization that combats homelessness by moving families into bank-foreclosed homes without permission. The organization is located in Florida, which has the second highest foreclosure rate. So far, the organization has successfully found housing for over 20 families, many of whom have been able to use the circumstances to save money and “get back on their feet,” according to a press release by Walidah Imarisha of Portland State’s Black Studies department. The movement started in October 2006, when a vacant lot owned by the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County was turned into the Umoja Village Shantytown by a mixed group of homeless people and activists. In Swahili, “umoja” means unity, which is fitting for the self-sustaining community that has developed within it. “The Village” currently provides

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Max Rameau: Speaking at Umoja Village Shantytown in Miami.

Photo courtesy of Walidah Imarisha

Queer Resource Center to host pair of events this month Natalie Crosby

homes for 50 people. About 20 structures have been erected as housing, as well as a full kitchen, two portable toilets and a shower. The residents vote on issues pertaining to the Village, and are trained to keep the Village self-sufficient, according to the Web site. Tens of millions of dollars that the county and city governments had designated for the development of low-income housing was instead used to construct luxury condominiums to attract wealthy investors. When reports of the corruption were broadcasted by the media, an angered public took the opportunity to take back the land. In April of 2007, the Umoja Village was burned to the ground by unknown circumstances. However, the Take Back the Land movement has been moving homeless people into vacant, government-owned and foreclosed homes since October 2007. Critics of the movement proclaim

that it is “anti-development” because of its lack of buildings and consumer products. However, the movement suggests that development should be centered on humans, and that structures are merely a way to make a profit if they do not include the development of humans as well. Take Back the Land has been featured in many prestigious media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Mother Jones Magazine, CNN, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, Fox News and PBS’ NOW program. The event is sponsored by Portland State’s Black Studies, Students for Unity, Sociology department, KBOO Radio and the Portland Housing Center. The event will also feature Mic Crenshaw, a local hip-hop artist. Rameau anticipates that his presentation at Portland State will be his largest in the Northwest.

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New heating/cooling loops more efficient issues with Portland State’s old system of temperature maintenance and control. Since the foundation of the school, no measures had been taken to centralize or connect all the individual heating and cooling that resulted from picking up independently run buildings with their own boilers and air conditioning. “As different buildings came up for sale the school picked them up,” Luce said. With the new heating and cooling circuit, ultimately resembling

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a closed loop, Portland State cuts down on extraneous spending and reduces the waste of energy seen in previous years. “Before, we didn’t have to run chilled water year round, but now, with more and more computer labs that need cooling, we’re running the chillers year round,” Luce said. Nevertheless, Luce continued to explain that a single chiller could take care of the job, providing cool air along the entire line and cutting down on previous years’ usages of

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Construction: The tunnel system should be completed by late August of 2010.

power by 70 percent. “With high enough pressure, you only have the one plant that’ll take care of everything because it can go both ways on the loop, not just in a circle,” Luce said. Temperature regulation through an automatic Direct Digital Control system also reduces difficulties and cost. “Our computer has alarm set points. We find out there’s a [problem] before people even know they had [one], and we can correct the temperature,” Luce said. Luce also predicts tremendous savings during seasonally uncharacteristic days. He said the system would accommodate for the unusual weather, cutting down on wasteful heat or air conditioning, and making conditions more comfortable and pleasant for students, staff and visitors on a regular basis. The circuit’s scope should encompass about 40 Portland State buildings by construction’s completion, providing heating and cooling to the majority of the campus. For some buildings this is the first time they will have one feature or the other. Shattuck Hall now has air conditioning for the first time, and so will the Stott Center when construction is finished. Residential buildings remain independent, but the new aquatic and recreation center is included.

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The Queer Resource Center is hosting “Tranny Tracks: A Look at Gender Variant Representation in Literature” tomorrow, Nov. 13. The event will take place in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 333 at 1 p.m. Nathan Keep, QRC’s student life coordinator, and other members of the QRC contracted with Bare Bones Press & Productions to host the event. Bare Bones includes Twig Deluje and Erin Malus. They are a company devoted to demarginalizing gender variant visibility within all forms of media, according to a press release. Bare Bones is bringing individuals in the fields of film, literature, TV, music and visual arts to speak on transgendered persons in their fields. “Our mission is to provide a greater understanding of what the vast spectrum of gender variance actually looks like, and then apply that to all media forms,” said Deluje in a press release. “We want everyone within the gender spectrum to feel that their story is a valid and respected one.” This is the first time the QRC has done such an event. They will be “discussing where gender variant representation stands in their fields and where they see things going,” Keep said. “It will be a presentation—a representation of those who are trans-identified.” Bare Bones is putting together literature packets of submitted articles about transgender individuals. Over the last years, they have done the same things and are trying to incorporate new events into their schedule, Keep reports. The QRC is hosting another event in November, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Friday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, SMSU 228. It will be a candlelight vigil and community speakout, including speakers Jenn Burleton and Laura Calvo, and will be followed by performances by the Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe. The QRC will also host a queer prom night in May and “a giant weeklong pride event gearing up for the Portland Pride parade,” Keep said.

"Tranny Tracks: A Look at Gender Variant Representation in Literature" Friday, Nov. 13 SMSU, room 333 1 p.m.


Dean Kaiser to stay at Portland State Kaiser had sought provost position at Kansas State University Erica DeCouteau Vanguard staff

Marvin Kaiser will continue to hold his position as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State. Until this week, he had been one of four candidates vying for the provost and senior vice president position at Kansas State University. “I’m honored to have had an opportunity to consider a position at Kansas State. And by mutual agreement [between Kaiser and Kansas State], I’m no longer pursuing that opportunity,” Kaiser said. Each candidate was required to make a presentation to the committee in charge of the search detailing their vision for the university. In his speech, Kaiser discussed student retention and the rising costs of tuition around the nation, according to a Nov. 4 article in the Kansas State Collegian, the university’s student newspaper.

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Be healthy at your desk On average, Americans spend nearly 8 hours a day sitting.

During the question-andanswer period, Kaiser was asked about sustainability plans and mentioned his role in managing a $25 million fund dedicated to sustainability efforts at Portland State. Kaiser remains dedicated to his work and is now looking toward the future. “I’m excited about my time here at Portland State, and I’m excited about the future of Portland State,” Kaiser said.

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Marvin Kaiser: Dean of the College of

Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday the Student Veterans Association hosted a Veterans Day celebration in the Park Blocks. The event took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with music, guest speakers and free food from Slabtown Ribs and BBQ. One of the speakers, Michael Burton, vice provost of Extended Studies, discussed his experiences serving on the governor’s task force to improve veterans’ services on campus. Another guest speaker was Mike Howard, a Marine and Portland State alumnus. The Telling Project, a student film featuring SVA members discussing their experiences in the military, was also shown.

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Vanguard 4 | Arts & Culture November 12, 2009

Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 arts@dailyvanguard.com

Thirsty Thursday: live music to go with your drinking problem Mean Jeans, White Fang The Mean Jeans are Portland’s answer to the oversaturation of indie rock this city is currently experiencing. Their music is honest, authentic and the closest you’re probably going to be getting to real punk rock here. This show will be in celebration of their CD release and fellow rabblerousers White Fang will be joining them. Get ready to smash things.

ARTS & CULTURE KPSU shows selected for syndication in Taiwan Shows to broadcast on “All English, All the Time” online radio station Ryan Pemberton Vanguard staff

Portland State’s radio station, KPSU, has been selected by Taiwanese radio station OH! Zone Radio Network to be part of a culturally insightful programming schedule that highlights college radio stations from around the world. Jeremy Hardy, KPSU station manager, was contacted by OH! Zone last August about potentially broadcasting a few shows on the then up-and-coming radio station set to debut on Oct. 7. Joining universities from all around the United States, Canada,

Ground Kontrol, 8 p.m., free, 21+

the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, KPSU now broadcasts four shows on OH! Zone Radio: “The Jam Session,” “Anti-Apathy,” “The Indigo Blues Hour” and “Local Motion.” “KPSU was picked for OH! Zone,” KPSU Volunteer Director Rachelle Schmid said, “because of Portland’s great local music and culture.” Schmid hosts “Anti-Apathy,” a show featuring local music that often has local musicians in the studio. It airs on Tuesday nights at primetime in Taiwan, which caps off the “Women Rule” program, recurring every Tuesday with women disc jockeys and programs like “Women in Music.” On Oct. 7, OH! Zone launched its first day of programming. According to Brian Hockertz, OH! Zone director, the launch-day festivities included several appearances

Mike Coykendall Band, Parson Redheads, Cabinessence, Old Light Sometimes, it’s good to just kick back and relax with some nice, country-inspired folk music sung by a grisly, old man. Mike Coykendall is giving you this opportunity when he plays at Mississippi Studios tonight. Sounding like a mix between Bill Callahan and Bob Dylan, his slowstrumming guitar and simple songs are a reminder that sometimes it’s better to just tone things down, even if only for one night.

Mississippi Studios, 9 p.m., $8 door or $6 before 11 p.m., 21+ Arohan, Prizm, Soft Metals, Dj Maxx Bass Soft Metals are a local electronic outfit that’s heavy on the bass and monotone vocals. They’ve been known to sprinkle in the odd horn part here and there and their music is just the tiniest bit unsettling, but somehow it kind of works. Weird, industrial and a little bit dark, your best bet here is to grab a drink, drape yourself over a couch and take in the weirdness.

Holocene, 9 p.m., $5, 21+

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KPSU: DJs were recently honored when four of their shows were syndicated in Taiwan.

by foreign government dignitaries and a performance by locally based South-African musician Dawid Vorster playing some blues and folk music. The local media celebrated the launch day as well, with over 20 stories throughout the English and Chinese media, including a five-minute exclusive story with one of the largest television stations in Taiwan. “The results were somewhat overwhelming,” Hockertz said. “Our audience increased by close to 6,000 listeners in one day, and it created a bit of a traffic jam on our server.” Since then, they have quadrupled their bandwidth, which gives them some breathing room, as well as room to grow. “We are aiming to have an audience of 10,000–15,000 people by the New Year,” Hockertz said. As OH! Zone’s primary objective is to provide an English-speaking resource to local Taiwanese and international study abroad students, the station’s programming is fairly balanced between Mandarin- and English-speaking programs. And as university radio stations in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom join those in the United States, there will be some variance within the English language. The OH! Zone Radio Network is a subsidiary of the OH! Study Education Center in Taiwan, an international education and study abroad organization based in Taipei. OH! Zone is one of three divisions of OH! Study, the other two being OH! Study Student Recruiting and OH! Apply. This is KPSU’s first time broadcasting overseas. OH! Zone plans to

pick up more college radio stations throughout more parts of the world as they refine their technique and gain more experience in producing a bilingual programming schedule. “The OH! Zone is a new concept,” Hockertz said in an e-mail to Schmid, “and much of the work we are doing is going into uncharted territory.”

The four shows selected for Taiwanese syndication are: “Anti-Apathy,” with Rachelle Schmid, features local music and interviews with local musicians. “The Jam Session,” with Doug “Dangerous Doug” Friend, is a little mix of everything, from punk to funk, and classic rock to hiphop, making it a nice sampler for Taiwanese listeners. “The Indigo Blues Hour,” with Nadine Colb, offers great local blues, a timeless genre that has its roots in American culture, making it another great addition to the OH! Zone schedule. “Local Motion,” with Johnny “Noblit” Randak, is another local music show, in addition to “AntiApathy,” that offers a great taste of what Portland music is all about.

Mad old hatters The story of those old ladies with the red hats Anita Kinney Vanguard staff

At first glance, HATS! A New Musical For the Rest of Your Life might not seem like it has much to offer college students. The show deals with a woman on the eve of her 50th birthday who is having selfprofessed “issues” about her age. After her mother and her mother’s friends surprise her with an unwelcome party, Maryanne (Adair Chappell) nearly breaks down in a musical number that includes laments about hot flashes, her sexual frustration and varicose veins. Soon, though, Maryanne learns that 50 is “the youth of old age” and, by the end of the production, has somewhat grudgingly embraced her age, with the help of a lot of singing and dancing.

HATS! is the official musical of the Red Hat Society, a social club of women who drink tea while wearing purple outfits and red hats. The group takes its name from Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning,” which is a literal warning about the things the narrator intends to do when she is an old woman (these things include wearing purple with a clashing red hat). The club is intended to foster friendship between women as they travel through life. Many audience members were older women who were dressed accordingly and many performances have sold out—a testament to the club’s wide appeal. But this musical has something for all ages, especially for women of all ages. First, it’s truly funny. The script is bawdy and graphic, the songs are a pleasure to hear and, at one point, a character distributes thongs to audience members. Second, for a musical this entertaining, HATS! packs a pretty intense emotional punch. Song topics include

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HATS!: Chorus lines of ladies in red sing about hot flashes, sexual frustration and the joys of

growing old.

empty nest syndrome, being left by one’s husband and having a loved one suddenly die. Besides pure entertainment value, this ability to tackle grave subjects is the show’s greatest strength. The advanced age of the show’s characters gives the script a huge amount of potential. These seven women have lived long and full lives and that means that they can explore an infinite number of ways being 50 can look. Some still have children at home, some are femme fatales and some are high-strung career women. For a young person, this makes HATS! especially valuable. It invites the audience to celebrate individuality and listen to other people’s stories. In a youth-obsessed media

culture, the stories of women over 50 simply aren’t told. HATS! is a wake-up call to pay attention to the people around you, a tongue-in-cheek reminder that we’re all going to die and a rousing vision of feminism. That’s a lot for an 80-minute show.

HATS! Portland Center for the Performing Arts 1111 SW Broadway Thu—Sun, 7:30 p.m. Runs through Nov. 22 $15-35


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Vanguard 6 | Sports November 12, 2009

Sports Editor: Robert Britt 503-725-4538 sports@dailyvanguard.com

Odd sports facts A “faceoff” in hockey was originally called a “puck off.” At 120 mph, a Formula 1 car generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel. At horse races, the favorite wins fewer than 30 percent of the time. Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game. During World War II, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles. Each year, 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment. From a complete stop, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula 1 racecar for about 30 feet! In 1910, football teams were penalized 15 yards for an incomplete forward pass. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs. No high jumper has ever been able to stay off the ground for more than one second. People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport. Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: black and gold. The average life span of an MLB baseball is five to seven pitches. The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card. The Stanley Cup was originally only 7.5 inches high. The state sport of Maryland is jousting. Three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a turkey. When pitched, the average major league baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.

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Brown delivers Record-breaking kicker has been a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season Allison Whited Vanguard staff

Zach Brown is a country boy at heart. From the fancy-schmancy Ford pickup (keyless ignition, leather seats) he drives to the country music he pumps through its speakers, this freshman kicker is a country boy. Growing up around Keizer, Ore., a town with a population of 35,435, gave him plenty of opportunities to indulge his big-sky-open-spaces tendencies. “I enjoy being able to ride four wheelers around at night, making noise and not worrying about people getting mad. I like driving around our property and making dust—getting dirty,” Brown said. Brown started playing flag football in fifth grade and moved up to tackle football the following year, but his foray into the world of sports began at a much younger age. He began playing soccer at 4 years old, and continued with it until the end of his high school career. He played on a traveling soccer team and was a two-time state champion in club soccer. At McNary High School, he excelled in other sports as well, including basketball and track. While his athletic talents enabled him to play a multitude of sports, Brown always knew he would play football in college. “I pictured college football as a bigger sport than soccer. I didn’t want to show up to a game with 20 people watching, because it’s just not as much fun without people watching. I [play] to entertain people,” Brown said. One of the people he most enjoys entertaining is his mother. “She’s the only one who has been there my whole life,” he said. Brown tries to stay close to his family because he says he doesn’t have much of it. He tries to make it home every weekend to “at least just say hi.” Wanting to stay close to his family, Brown was pleased when head coach Jerry Glanville offered him a scholarship to play at Portland State. Making the offer even more attractive, Glanville agreed to let him play receiver. After redshirting last year, Brown played with the team as an emergency kicker and punter. At the beginning of this season, he seemed set to work his way up the receiving depth chart. However, after the first game against Oregon State, which saw a missed field goal from 38 yards out

Most field goals made in a season at PSU 16 (23) Zach Brown, 2009 15 (23) Danny Urrego, 2008 14 (19) Dan Frantz, 1999 14 (21) Eric Azorr, 2006 14 (22) Mike Cajal-Willis, 2002 (Attempts)

by presumed starter Wade Penner, Glanville decided to have Brown attempt kicking duties. In Brown’s first start against Southern Oregon University, he proved more than ready to be the team’s leg. During that 34-10 win, Brown made field goals from 52 and 46 yards. At the press conference afterward, the very first thing Glanville said was, “We found our kicker.” Since then, Brown has put together about as good a season as a kicker could possibly have. Last weekend, against Montana State at home, Brown broke the school record for field goals made in a season with 16, breaking the mark set just last year by Danny Urrego. He also holds two of the seven school records for field goals made from 50 yards or more. One of those kicks, a 50-yarder in the win against Northern Colorado, came in the driving snow and is certainly the most iconic of his kicking career so far. Brown is also the leading kicker in the Big Sky Conference. He has also been ranked as high as third in the nation in field goals made per game. He is currently ranked eighth with 1.6 per game after being given only one shot at the uprights last weekend. As if he could be any more impressive, Brown’s kickoffs average 65 yards and there have been a couple of times when he made the full-throttle tackle to stop the kick returner. Oh, and he has two receptions for 29 yards. Still, with the team struggling this season and recording only two wins entering this weekend’s matchup against Idaho State, Brown is finding it difficult to appreciate this season. “I don’t even think I’m doing that well. I missed a few,” he said. As a freshman, Brown will have several more years on the team, and at least one more under Glanville, whose contract expires after next season. Instead of dreading what may come next season after such a disappointing year, Brown is actually looking forward to it. “I wouldn’t say it’s harder to get excited [about next year]. If anything, we have nothing to lose. We can just continue getting better,” said an optimistic Brown.

Record breaker: Last week, Brown became PSU's leader in

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single-season field goals with his 16th shot through the uprights.

Longest field goals in PSU history (50+ yards) 1. 55, Pat Moore, 1975 2. 53, Mike Erickson, 1986 3. 52, Zach Brown, 2009 52, Mike Erickson, 1987 52, John Kincheloe, 1979 6. 50, Zach Brown, 2009 50, John Kincheloe, 1980

Up, and good: Originally scouted as a wide reciever, Brown

stepped in as a kicker and began the season with a 52-yard boot.

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POP CULTURE ARTS & CULTURE

Tough crowd Hip-hop satire pulls one over on the PC side of Portland

Hop to it: some things you may not know about kangaroo The word kangaroo stems from an Aboriginal language (Guugu Yimithirr). The Aboriginal word “gangurru” described the grey kangaroo. The name kangaroo is used broadly to include all species within the super-family of macropods.

Thuggage: Two local dudes making some fun, satirical hip-hop.

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After years of recording through online correspondence, Caws moved in with Lyon from Corvallis and the two began allowing their project to take on a more solid shape. Since then, Thuggage has become more than a creative outlet. Blending their comedic nature with a long history of musical skills and interest in the dynamics of the modern music industry, the project has become a caricature of 21st century hip-hop intended to provoke thought and amusement as well as to entertain. Lyon is cautious in how he labels the innovative approach. “I think there is a lot of stigma with hip hop. I try to veer away from hip-hop. As Thuggage, we take what is known as popular hip-hop and treat it like it’s a forum. Our music is a response to that. A lot of people don’t get it but it’s more of a satire and direct response to certain songs and genre.” The inspiration for their work stems from a depreciation for the shallow direction popular culture is taking and the public’s complacency, even encouragement, in its doing so. Thuggage addresses the vain and formulaic pop music phenomenon through thoughtful parody, often playing with their audience’s social sensibilities.

“We play with what people think is politically correct,” Lyon said. “We’re so comfortable with the society that we’re living in that people don’t know how to handle it. They get confused. Everyone may be really comfortable with what’s happening, but they’re told not to be, so they respond to that.” Of course, some people have never been good at taking a joke. “Nobody can offend people like Thuggage can, unintentionally,” Lyon said. “They get up and leave our shows. We make a valid effort to not swear in our music. I think some people are afraid of people who are confident. We know that what we’re doing is a really good social commentary. People are really scared of that.” Despite the heavy subject matter, their points are not made in a way that feels preachy or didactic. It’s fun music with big-time dance appeal. “Hip-hop today is at an all-time low,” Caws said. “Rick Ross is selling gold records, and all he does in his videos is eat food and ride around in speed boats. How can we not laugh at that?” They trade in the soapbox for satire and dry wit spun into lyrics actually worth listening to. A Bonzi Buddy-esque voice makes a guest appearance rapping about sex appeal.

Old soul and contemporary rap are juxtaposed on the album, allowing listeners to infer, rather than mindlessly absorb, the Thuggage point of view. With plenty of raw material, the cheap shots of the greater industry don’t make the cut. Both band members find oblivious listeners to be particularly amusing and further proof of the current content, unquestioning state of mind of musical consumers. “People ask us if Thuggage is a joke, and it always makes me laugh,” Lyon said. “We have a song about marshmallow Peeps and people don’t know if they should take it seriously.” Approach Thuggage with an open mind. The new record is a composite of insight and comedy, but is also just a collection of goodtime tunes with musicians skilled at their craft. Social awareness is the new complacency, so give them a listen. Everybody’s doing it.

Thuggage record release party Virgo & Pisces, 500 NW 21st Ave. Tonight, 8 p.m. Free All ages

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Leonard Zeskind has a story to tell you, a story that may seem all too familiar and reiterates the social problems of racism in contemporary and historical society. Anti-Semitism and the white supremacist movement has been a topic plaguing our nation since its humble beginnings. “I was always an anti-racism activist, interested in the white nationalist movement,” said Zeskind. “I originally saw it as far right racism and an anti-Semitic movement.” A former employee in the heavy machinery industry, Zeskind has worked in a lamp factory, an automobile plant assembly line and in steel fabrication shops. Despite his unique beginnings and only having a high school degree, Zeskind has achieved more than some college graduates could hope for with his in-depth research of the white nationalist movement

and related topics of racism. Zeskind received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 1998 and has written for Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has also participated in major groups to combat racial injustices and was the president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human rights since 1983. Zeskind’s new book, Blood and Politics, is an important new piece of literature of the topic of racism and anti-Semitism internationally and in the U.S. The title of the lecture series, “Neither Dinosaurs nor Neanderthals: Understanding the White Nationalist Movement” comes from the need to address these issues in a way that brings them to our front door. “[The series gets its name] mostly because there were certain, if you will, liberal stereotypes of it all that consign that the white nationalist movement is at the furthest, creepiest edges of society,” Zeskind said. “I’m trying to talk about it in the middle. Right in the middle of American life.” As Zeskind talks about Blood and Politics at Portland State, he will tell

you the three major components that he wants you to get from reading his book. “[The book is] the first, most comprehensive treatment of the topic to date,” Zeskind said. “It treats the white nationalist movement as a social movement with resources and the ability to influence society larger than just the movement. It’s not primarily a criminal conspiracy, but a social movement. And it locates the problem in history and our current situation, [in] which we have a new discussion of national sovereignty.” Zeskind wants us to be aware of the threats that these movements pose by illustrating their historical narratives and how they adapt to present situations. “I want people to know that this is a problem. With its criminality, violence and political experiences and that this is a movement with their skid power, it is a national identity,” Zeskind said. “They don’t consider themselves multicultural, and they want to break away and create a white only republic which is very dangerous for our country.” The talk will undoubtedly tackle issues with the white nationalist

Kangaroos are the only large animals that move by hopping. They cannot move backwards. All macropods have very strong hind legs and large feet. (Only the tree kangaroos have strong front legs as well and smaller back legs compared to other kangaroos.) The large and strong tail is used for balance when hopping and as a fifth limb when moving about on all four legs. Hopping is a fast and energy-efficient method of travel, designed to cover huge distances in a land that offers little food or water. On land, kangaroos can’t move their hind legs independently, only together. But when they are swimming (they are good swimmers), they kick each leg independently. All kangaroos are herbivores. The grazers or browsers eat only plant matter. Kangaroo species that are adapted to the drier regions need very little water. Red kangaroos can go without water altogether if there is fresh green grass available.

The white nationalist movement, yesterday and today Public talk will discuss issues of racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacists

The adult male Kangaroo is called buck, boomer or jack. Adult females are called doe, flyer or jill.

Stephanie Fine Sasse

The best multimedia comedians are those who have taken the time to master their medium rather than cheapen the genre for a punch line. Emerson Valentine Lyon and Caws Pobi, the two cerebral cortexes behind the ironic Portland hyphy hip-hop band Thuggage, have been fine-tuning their musical skills for years. Lyon, a Portland State English major, was raised by a trained opera singer and special effects supervisor, forging a unique fusion of classic and contemporary that realized itself in Lyon’s adolescent hobbies. “When I was in high school I started getting into making my own music,” Lyon said. “I started with piano, then realized that, with my knowledge of computers and the music from my mother, I could create some type of electronic music.” Caws, a veteran artist, met Lyon through comedy performance acts A+ Failing and Renob Control. The two bonded over a similar wit and scope of interests. “I was a musician and a songwriter long before I was doing hiphop,” said Caws. “Emerson and I started Thuggage because we have a similar sense of humor, and we both spend a lot of time making beats and music.”

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The stomachs of macropods are complex, sacculated organs. The compartments contain microorganisms that aid with digestion by fermentation, a bit like cows. Some kangaroo species also regurgitate and chew their food like cows.

movement that’s going on today, as well as in the past. The talk will be the most useful having some background information about the discussion. So, if you plan on going to the talk, make sure to pick up an excerpt from Zeskind’s book at the History Department office in Cramer Hall.

Most macropods are nocturnal, moving about and looking for food at nighttime. Some are particularly active during the early morning or late evening hours (they are said to be crepuscular, which means active during twilight hours). Few are active during the day. Most kangaroos spend the day resting in the shade.

A public talk with Leonard Zeskind

Kangaroos live in “mobs” of about 10 individuals, males and females. There is one dominant male, usually the oldest and biggest male. This male is the only one to mate with the females in the mob.

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