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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 40
Celebrate diversity and gain intercultural understanding by attending Hijabi Monologues, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. A workshop will follow the presentation. When: 5 p.m. Where: SMSU Ballroom
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Former FAP employee comes forward with claims of intimidation Employee threatened with illegally obtained termination letter
but King said he was asked by her what could be done “to make this go away.”
The greatest escape Criminals released early due to state budget cuts PAGE 3
NEWS Proudfoot resigns ASPSU’s legislative affairs director leaves student government PAGE 4 Portland State, OUS enrollment numbers up However, Portland State sees slight decline in freshman enrollment PAGE 4
Twitch Trek Star Trek D-A-C trades technicality for arcade action PAGE 6
A former Portland State laborer, who worked for Facilities and Planning, said he was intimidated by a supervisor who appeared to be threatening the laborer with termination. The laborer, Fred King, says that in June, lead carpenter for FAP John LaDu obtained a termination letter that had been given to another employee, and having written King’s name in place of the other employee’s name, showed it to King. King, who was laid off a month later, said LaDu told him, “I’m just letting you know that this kind of stuff can happen,” which King took as a threat. After receiving a memorandum on the incident from Construction Supervisor Gail Hamilton, Associate FAP Director Nancy Grech called King and LaDu into her office and asked LaDu to apologize. “‘I didn’t mean to threaten you, I didn’t mean anything by it,’” King recalled LaDu saying. “It wasn’t a real apology.” Asked about the incident, LaDu said he could neither confirm nor deny that it happened. “I can’t tell you anything about it,” he said. Grech would not comment on it,
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A Portland State football player is in custody on charges of sex abuse, harassment and resisting arrest for actions that occurred at West Hall early Sunday morning. Abraham David Gertson, 20, is in custody at the Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office for allegedly fighting with Campus Public Safety officers, according to the campus crime log released by the Campus Public Safety Office. At 2:10 a.m., officers responded to a report that a female was fondled without permission. When they arrived at the residence hall, Gertson fought with officers, hitting one officer and causing a severe laceration to another officer’s hand from glass in his backpack. Gertson, a freshman defensive tackle, is a native of Beaverton and a graduate of Westview High School.
On June 5, King and two other coworkers were assigned the task of moving all offices in the University Studies suite to prepare for construction. According to King, LaDu gave his crew about four hours to complete the task. King said he went to see another supervisor to ask for help. “We didn’t have enough manpower to complete it in four hours, so I went and got some help from the supervisor of construction,” King said. In an official memorandum recalling the incident, Hamilton confirms this fact. Hamilton provided King with several workers and the crew finished on time. The following Monday, June 8, King said he was called into the office by LaDu. According to King and the memorandum, LaDu asked King why he didn’t ask for permission to go get help. “I was expecting to be called in and be congratulated,” King said, “I thought I did a good job.” Instead of a compliment, LaDu showed King the termination letter to a maintenance worker who had been laid off in April.
In the field where it showed the maintenance worker’s name, LaDu had scratched out the original employee’s name and written in King’s name. According to King, it was clear to him that LaDu was making a threat.
Japanese Student Society sold out third-annual Japan Night Event aimed to provide entertainment, knowledge of culture Erica DeCouteau Vanguard staff
The Portland State Japanese Student Society, together with the Multicultural Center and Takamichi Okabe, Japan’s consul general in Portland, hosted its third-annual Japan Night for a packed house last night in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. A crucial part of the event was to raise awareness about Japan and its culture, organizers said. “Lots of Americans don’t know what Japan is. They automatically think of sushi [when they think of Japan],” said Taishi Seki, sophomore exchange student. The first performers of the evening, Portland Taiko, showed off
two synchronized drum pieces, which hold significance in Japanese culture. Other highlights included a fashion show, which organizers said was meant to portray the identity of Japanese women through the ages, and a speed-eating contest, in which attendees were encouraged to participate. The audience also participated in a quiz on Japanese culture and other trivia. The night opened with remarks made by Okabe and Multicultural Center Director Jon Joiner. Okabe noted the differences between Portland and Japan, but emphasized that the celebration of diversity is imperative to the continuation of these types of events. Joiner praised the support and participation of the audience for making Japan Night possible. “It has been a joy to watch this event happen every year,” Joiner said.
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Successful event: The third-annual Japan Night at Portland State sold out all tickets.
“He said, ‘I’m just letting you know that this kind of stuff can happen,’” King said. “He was upset that I went behind his back.”
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A place for American Muslims to share their stories
Hijabi Monologues promotes awareness, individuality Gogul Krishnan Vanguard staff
Portland State’s Muslim Student Association along with the Women’s Resource Center and the Multicultural Center is hosting the Hijabi Monologues tomorrow, Nov. 24. The show uses real-life stories of Muslim women and presents a soulsearching journey into the lives of the Muslim-Americans. The MSA aims to create awareness about laws that contradict faith, such as ones banning teachers from wearing religious attire. While talking about the Hijabi Monologues event, MSA President Erica Aisha Charves said, “There will be a play that emphasizes individualism and a workshop after,
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Vanguard 2 | Opinion November 24, 2009
Sarah J. Christensen Editor-in-Chief
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Context on positions I am writing in response to a recent article in your publication related to the Oregon Student Association and ASPSU [“ASPSU silent on OUS report,” Nov. 19]. My name is Christopher Proudfoot and I am currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Student Association and a junior at Portland State University. Although I do not dispute the validity or accuracy of the article, I would like to address the context of the issue. When proposals regarding such weighty matters as the restructuring of the entire Oregon University System are proposed, as an organization we must consider how this may affect students and how we, as students ourselves, can be involved in the process. We know that a great deal of discussion will need to take place, and the governing boards will need to consider all of the information before making organizational decisions. Then we will define a goal, message and purpose, as an organization before moving forward. That is how we can be successful, and how we will ensure students have the voice they deserve. As with any organization that puts value on member involvement, coming to finalized decisions and
stances can take more than a few hours. This is why we ask all board members to wait to speak on behalf of the organization until we have had a chance to decide our position. The e-mail from the OSA, referred to in your article, did indeed ask people to wait before speaking on behalf of OSA. However, by no means did it remove the right of the individual to their personal opinion. The OSA has always encouraged everyone to voice their opinions and to start the conversations necessary to bring questions about this change to the forefront of student awareness. The entire point of the OSA is to promote diverse student involvement. If we as students don’t ask the questions and voice our opinions, how will we ever let our voice be heard? Especially in situations like this, it is more important than ever that we students work together, and an open dialogue is always part of the collaboration that the OSA promotes as its fundamental goal. Thank you for your consideration. —Christopher Proudfoot, vice chair, Board of Directors, Oregon Student Association
A student’s experience with medical marijuana As a response to Natalia Grozina’s recent opinion piece [“Social medication,” Nov. 13] regarding Portland’s new social clubs for medical marijuana users, I wanted to share a little about my experience as both a PSU student and a medical marijuana patient. To give you a little background, I suffer from Crohn’s Disease. Rather than state the various reasons why Crohn’s makes a person eligible for medical marijuana, I will simply say that throughout the course of every day there will be a handful of times where my digestive innards become, well, gurgly. Intensely, insistently, painfully gurgly. Under the affects of marijuana, however, those symptoms all but stop, which is wonderful. The problem is that, although I am legally allowed to possess and use marijuana, I am restricted to using it only in privately owned buildings (with permission, naturally). Even my own parked car, were I to own one, would be off limits. This means that I have zero opportunity during a normal school day to lessen my symptoms so that I can focus on lecture. Last year, my first at PSU, I tried
doing something similar to the above. I had completed a morning lecture and needed to stay on campus for another lecture in several hours. It was a nice spring day so I went out on the South Park Blocks, which were mostly empty, and snuck in a few tokes near Interstate 5. This had the effect of making me feel like an addicted loser and I never did it again. After that I wondered about lobbying PSU for a room or space where marijuana patients like me could medicate without skulking about campus or going home…until I noticed the signs around campus stating that it is a drug-free zone. Needless to say that scared me shitless because it dawned on me that no matter how friendly local police might be about the matter, known drug possession or use on campus would get me expelled in an instant and might also prevent me from attending another school. Can you understand how frustrating it is when city and school policy assumes, as you do, that just because I use and carry one particular drug I will also be violent, carry weapons, or try to score and sell other drugs? Prescription opiates and amphetamines are perfectly acceptable though, right? —Brandon Peters
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Profiting from addiction Oregon brings revenue in from gambling addicts Natalia Grozina Vanguard staff
First you lose your house and then your family, which includes the dogs. Then you get out of control and steal money from your church offering, and despite guilty feelings, you can’t stop yourself from “borrowing” money from anywhere and everywhere you can, with no means to pay it back. That is when you’ve really hit rock bottom and can’t get yourself out of this mess. This may seem exaggerated, but quite frankly it is not unusual to see in the life of a gambling addict. And the sad truth is, our own state is guilty for being dependent on the revenue generated by these same gambling addicts that can relate to the example above. On Nov. 15, The Oregonian reported the following: “More than half the money the lottery collects from video gambling—about $375
million last year—comes from a small number of Oregonians, many with big gambling problems.” The article went on to state that these gamblers lose more than $500 dollars a month, every month. More so, they represent only 10 percent of Oregon’s video gamblers but account for 53 percent of the money lost, according to an analysis of three years’ worth of the lottery’s data obtained by The Oregonian under the state’s public records law. Whether or not you believe that gambling is a choice, or whether people who gamble should be held accountable, that is up to you. But the sad truth is that some people really can’t control their gambling problems. They are only human. And even though there is help that gambling addicts can get, only 1 percent of the lottery profits cover all costs for all gamblers seeking state-funded treatment. My question is, how could this possibly pay for all gambling addicts? In addition to that, I don’t think many people realize how big of a problem gambling is.
“We understand there is a portion of our players that have a problem with gambling,” said Carol Hardy, Oregon Lottery’s assistant marketing director, in a recent Oregonian article. “We try to educate them and their loved ones about what’s available to help them.” And that’s the thing: 1 percent is what is available to them because if a gambling addict already lost everything, he or she can’t afford any treatment other than the statefunded option. Unfortunately, the commercials and advertisements on TV are not enough either. We should increase the amount of the profit towards these programs so that these people can actually get their lives together. Gambling, like alcohol or drugs, does not care if you are educated or uneducated, if you are white or black, if you are male or female, rich or poor, or if you have a job or are homeless. Gambling is an addiction, and anyone can be consumed by it. What is sad is that Oregon’s revenue is the misery of these people.
What do you think? If gambling addiction is a major concern and our state depends on funds gained from lottery income, should we do something about it? Or is this a mere side effect of the lottery? Should we put forth greater efforts to aid gambling addicts in the state? Send a letter to the editor and tell us what you think. E-mail opinion@ dailyvanguard.com.
The greatest escape
Criminals released early due to state budget cuts Patrick Guild Vanguard staff
Hello all Oregon prisoners. Put down your tiny hammers and give up on your dream of tunneling your way toward freedom. If you stay in prison, eat your three meals a day and enjoy your free health care, you’ll see a third of your sentence disappear. Since the Oregon Legislature passed HB 3508 in July, prisoners eligible for a 20 percent reduction in their sentences for good behavior could see that jump to 30 percent. The new law will save taxpayers up to $6 million by sending home 4,169 eligible inmates. Inmates must be incarcerated due to nonviolent crimes and already be eligible for a 20 percent reduction. If all goes as planned, the bill will reduce the Oregon Department of Correction’s (DOC) $1.4 billion dollar budget. That’s correct. The annual Oregon prison system budget is $1.4 billion dollars—about $77 per prisoner per day. To put that in perspective, Portland Public Schools, another overcrowded state institution, has a general budget of less than $500 million. What kind of message are we sending here? Public schools are being shut down all across the state, classrooms are bulging with 30 students per class and yet the Oregon Legislature in 2005 approved a new $190 million prison in Madras, because the state is more worried about an inmate’s comfort than a child’s education. Oregon Legislature’s answer to cutting prison costs is the same it has used for public schools: furloughs. Teachers and students get
less time in the classroom and now, criminals can too. According to the DOC’s Web site, 68 percent of inmates are receiving work or training of some kind. In the present economic recession, prisoners are getting a more valuable education than our kids. Sending property crime offenders home early to save taxpayers money is simply redirecting those funds right back to those criminal’s pockets. Oregon boasts that it has a low 30 percent recidivism rate, or one-third of every released prisoner is caught again within three years. That means that out of these approximate 4,200 prisoners, 1,400 of them will rob you or do worse. You, the taxpayer, would be paying for the $77 daily cost of housing, clothing, feeding and educating convicted criminals. Let’s not forget the added cost of home security, property damage and therapy. The state, and its taxpayers, will then provide care for their families while the principal earner is living comfortably with every need provided for. Oregon is coddling its prisoners. The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) in Pendleton offers housing, food service and health care to its guests. Local church and civic groups donate thousands of dollars annually so that residents of the prison can receive their GED certificate from nearby Blue Mountain
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Illegal immigration in the United States Like it or not, illegal immigration happens, and in the United States it happens a lot. Many sides of the issue have been formed, all in response to the same concern and information. What information, you ask? In 2007, there were 11.3 million illegal aliens living in the United States. The population of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. rose by around 4 million people between 2000 and 2007.
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Community College. Textbooks, tuition and supplies are all provided to new students free of charge. The facility also offers a creative arts program, which includes woodworking and cast iron projects, and is internationally recognized for its “Prison Blues” line of denim clothing, all manufactured on-site by prisoners. In their free time, inmates can enjoy the institution’s many outdoor facilities like their fully equipped gym, basketball courts and two baseball fields. The EOCI provides a perfect example of a good idea getting way out of hand. Yes, prisoners should be made into productive members
of society and pay their own way through prison. The EOCI’s ideas are innovative and fiscally effective. But the EOCI and Oregon’s 13 other prisons are only addressing the symptoms, not the illness. All of the money invested in building new prisons could go to education or work programs for those of us that don’t hurt and rob people. We should focus on ways to keep people out of jail in the first place instead of worrying how we can get them back on the streets more quickly. Denying law-abiding citizens and children opportunity in favor of prisoners is nothing short of criminal.
Illegal lip service Immigration reform needs an honest effort Will Blackford Vanguard staff
Immigration is an issue often discussed, but rarely acted upon. Every once in a while the powers that be decide to take another run at immigration reform with generally lackluster or nonexistent results. That time has come once again. As The New York Times reported on Nov. 14, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has thrown down the gauntlet for congress to get the ball rolling on immigration reform, hopefully starting this coming January. Arguably, the toughest part of reform will be trying to figure out a good way to legalize immigrants already here. The consensus seems to be a pathway that is, as Napolitano puts it, “tough and fair.” Apparently, the Obama administration’s—or at least Napolitano’s—
idea of fair includes registration, paying fines and taxes owed, passing a criminal background check and learning English. Some of these requirements sound pretty fair, but all of them together seem overreaching and would perhaps be an obstacle to anyone looking to become legal. The idea of having to pay back taxes and fees is not entirely unfair. It may, however, be virtually impossibe for some who hardly have enough to live on as it is. And what of all the companies that hired illegal immigrants under the table to avoid taxes? Will they be asked to give themselves up and pay fees and back taxes as well? I doubt it. Illegal immigrants are able to negatively impact the local economy by taking jobs at lower pay and dodging taxes. They also help the economy by taking jobs that no one wants and providing other services—foreign labor is only a bad thing when it’s illegal and under the table. Some may claim that they “took our jobs,” but I don’t see long lines of legalized Americans
applying to pick strawberries in California all summer, even in this recession. I understand that they violated our laws and came here illegally, and that dues should be paid. But any conclusion reached needs to be reasonable, and the companies and corporations that violated laws by employing illegal immigrants should be held as accountable as the immigrants they hired. Another obstacle is whether or not comprehensive immigration reform is even possible. Every couple of years, some progressive politician with a bit of power starts making a stink about reforming immigration. Pundits and advisors chat with each other on CNN for a few weeks while the issue is hot and Congress is thinking about it, and eventually someone throws up another couple miles of fence along the border or hires a couple hundred police officers until the issue is forgotten. It seems that there is always another issue that gets deemed more important. That issue is health
care. The way we deal with the health care issue now and over the next months will greatly impact whether or not, and to what extent, we deal with immigration reform. I cannot imagine that immigration reform will last more than a couple of weeks if we are still dealing with health care and partisan politics come January. This is also evidenced in the concessions being made on health care reform due to partisan politics—concessions which will almost certainly be made on any kind of immigration reform bill, assuming anything even reaches Congress. Napolitano made a bold move by calling out lawmakers to address immigration reform and even speaking on the Obama administration’s behalf by laying out some possible guidelines. But health care and other issues are going to make this tough. If we really want to address comprehensive immigration reform, we need to make sure that it actually gets some follow through and not just a word or two.
Around 7.6 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. originated from North America (Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean) and Central America. The second-highest number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. originate from Asia. Two main causes for illegal immigration have been cited as family connection and jobs. Illegal immigrants are paid around 10 percent of what the legal worker earns. The poverty rate among adult illegal immigrants (21 percent) is higher than legal immigrants (13 percent) and U.S.-born citizens (10 percent). Metropolitan areas draw illegal immigrants more than rural areas. Around 94 percent of illegal immigrants live in metropolitan areas, compared to 80 percent of U.S.-born citizens living in cities. Around 59 percent of undocumented adults in the U.S. had no health insurance during 2007.
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Vanguard 4 | News November 24, 2009
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46 years since Kennedy shot Last Sunday marked an anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the U.S. Kennedy was shot on a Friday afternoon in Dallas, Texas, while riding next to his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, in a presidential motorcade. Suspected shooter Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested an hour and 20 minutes after the assassination for killing Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit. He was charged with the murders of Tippit and Kennedy later that night. Oswald denied shooting anyone and claimed he was a patsy. Two days later, while being escorted to a car for transfer from Dallas Police Headquarters to the Dallas County Jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The afternoon of the shooting, Kennedy’s limousine entered Dealey Plaza, past the Texas School Book Depository and continued down Elm Street, when shots were fired. Bullets that hit President Kennedy traveled through his neck and head. A 10-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–64, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations of 1976–79 and other government investigations concluded that the president was assassinated by Oswald. This conclusion was initially met with support among the American public, but polls conducted in 1966 show as many as 80 percent of the American public hold beliefs contrary to these findings. The assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. In 1979, the HSCA found both the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to be seriously flawed. Later studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences, have called into question the accuracy of the evidence used by the HSCA to support its findings. —Wikipedia
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Christopher Proudfoot: ASPSU’s former legislative affairs director will stay to help with the transition.
ASPSU’s legislative affairs director leaves student government Kate Alexander Vanguard staff
Christopher Proudfoot resigned as ASPSU’s legislative affairs director on Nov. 1, 2009, after oneand-a-half years in the position. “I’m leaving to spend some time working outside of ASPSU,” Proudfoot said. He is working on finishing up ASPSU’s voter registration campaign and planning for a voter education drive, Get Out the Vote, and the upcoming special election. “Not all students realize the benefits of student government and the work that they do. There’s a huge commitment to that job,” Proudfoot said. This work includes weekly task reports, one-on-one meetings, staff meetings, and more.
The impact Proudfoot’s work yielded significant results for Portland State students, and those contributions have not gone unnoticed by his coworkers in ASPSU. “He was instrumental in organizing countless volunteers, phone banks, ‘class raps’ and ‘dorm storms,’
and was very inspirational about the importance of civic engagement,” said Christian Aniciete, communications director for ASPSU. Proudfoot’s unfaltering commitment to the political process was particularly critical this past summer, when tuition at Portland State was at risk. “Last summer, when we went to tuition hearings, we had to get students down there,” Proudfoot said. “We kept tuition down to an 8.5 percent increase as opposed to the proposed 14.5 percent increase. We had statistics showing that anything over 8 percent and students drop out.” Proudfoot did not achieve this success alone. Portland State students sent 600 fake checks to their representatives with the amount of money that they feel they could invest in Oregon if Oregon’s education system invested in them, according to Proudfoot. “If someone had been quiet, tuition would have gone up significantly more,” Proudfoot said. Rallying students around a cause and being a grassroots organizer is only one part of what Proudfoot describes as a two-pronged job. “If you’re working in this job, you need to have dual personalities. For the vote campaign, you need massive organizing skills for something like a ‘dorm storm.’ But you also have to be able to schmooze and lobby,”
Proudfoot said. Despite keeping Portland State’s tuition from increasing by over 14 percent, Proudfoot believes his crowning moment came in late September when, at the final hour, he was able to get $2 million more into the Oregon Opportunity Grant. The Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon’s largest need-based and statefunded grant, supported the education of over 38,000 students in 2008–09. The Oregon Senate Education and General Governance Committee were discussing the budget for this program when Proudfoot made his mark on the funds. “I pulled Representative [Peter] Buckley off the floor and started asking him for more money for students. I asked him for $100 million, then $99 million, until we got to $97 million. The initial allotment had been for $95 million; that additional $2 million just helped hundreds of students,” Proudfoot said.
The future Ability and willingness to be ASPSU’s primary field operative and grassroots strategist is a trait that our student government is looking for in Proudfoot’s replacement, but they are also traits that Proudfoot is looking for from Portland State students. “A giant myth is that you can’t lobby for students unless you’re the legisla-
tive affairs director, but that just isn’t true,” Proudfoot said. “I’ve seen the people we’re lobbying down at bars, and they’re regular people.” Proudfoot’s role as legislative affairs director allowed him the opportunity to lobby these regular people, but also to make a professional network that could carry him into his career. “Being in this position at Portland State, the largest university in the state, means that people will want to know you,” Proudfoot said. Proudfoot’s involvement in the tuition hearings at Portland State and as a testifier in front of the Senate Education and General Governance Committee last year won him recognition. “I’m a familiar face down there,” Proudfoot said. Having achieved recognition with politicians statewide, Proudfoot’s departure from ASPSU is being prolonged so as to not lose that connection right away. “Proudfoot continues to visit the ASPSU office to help with what he can and so to me, Christopher never really left,” Aniciete said. Proudfoot may not be leaving anytime soon because of an agreement that was made between Proudfoot and ASPSU President Jonathan Sanford to maintain some of Proudfoot’s involvement with ASPSU. “I’m not going to just leave. I will be an advisor to the next legislative affairs director and I’ll help with the transition process,” Proudfoot said.
Portland State, OUS enrollment numbers up However, Portland State sees slight decline in freshman enrollment Erica DeCouteau Vanguard staff
A record-high 91,580 students are enrolled in the Oregon University System, OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner announced Nov. 10. Those numbers reflect a 5.8 percent increase in students since last year. “These significant enrollment increases show the great demand in Oregon for higher education, as students of all ages seek the skills and experiences they need to be successful in the workplace and in life,” Pernsteiner said. Across the system, total fall 2009 enrollment has reached 75,443 undergraduates and 16,137 graduate students, according to figures collected at the fourth week of the fall term and released by the OUS Office of the Chancellor. “I am pleased to welcome our largest class of college students in Oregon history,” said Gov. Ted Kulongoski. “Their participation in our universities will build a stronger Oregon in the years ahead.” The 10-year growth for OUS has continued to outpace other averages
with a 36 percent increase since 1999, compared to 22.8 percent nationally. Portland State leads that increase with a growth of 52.7 percent since 1999. “We have almost added the equivalent of another Portland State University—the state’s largest university—in those 10 years, increasing by 24,000 students,” said Bob Kieran, OUS assistant vice chancellor for institutional research and planning. Portland State has seen the second highest increase of all OUS universities, with 1,385 more students enrolled for fall term 2009 than fall 2008. However, first-time freshman enrollment at Portland State slightly decreased over that time period, from 1,768 in 2008 to 1,676 at the fourth week of this term. Freshman retention did increase, to an all-time high of 81.7 percent. System-wide, non-resident transfer admission has increased, which OUS officials have attributed to other states’ rising tuition costs. According to a Nov. 10 news release compiled by the OUS Chancellor’s Office, some states have capped public university enrollment as their contributions to postsecondary education decline due to the current economic climate. Oregon, meanwhile, has had relatively stable tuition increases.
This growth in transfer enrollment can also be credited to improved transition assistance programs, OUS officials said. “We’re very pleased to see the strong increases in transfer students entering our universities, a result of concerted campus efforts to make transitioning from a twoto a four-year institution seamless for students,” Pernsteiner said. Student diversity has also grown across OUS. Up from 17.5 percent
in fall 2008, rates of students selfidentifying as other than white and non-Hispanic are now at 17.8 percent. “Enrollment increases exceeded all expectations this year,” Kieran said. “This verifies the success of campus efforts to provide access to a larger, more diverse number of Oregonians, and acknowledges the public’s recognition that higher education is the key to career flexibility and economic gains.”
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Enrollment up: Despite a small decline in freshman enrollment, Portland State numbers are up.
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FAP employee allegedly threatened The other supervisor
LaDu was hired in November of last year as a lead carpenter for FAP. Ray Schaffer, King’s former boss who worked at Portland State for almost 14 years, was the building maintenance supervisor during King’s short time at the university. According to Schaffer, LaDu’s hiring process was odd because he was hired from outside, not from within FAP. As building maintenance supervisor, Schaffer said he has power over all of the labor force in the carpentry shop, including LaDu. The decision to discipline King would have been within Schaffer’s power. King said he told his boss of the incident that same morning, and Schaffer said he knew right away how LaDu had obtained the termination letter. “Sometime during that morning, [LaDu] pilfered into my personnel cabinet and took out this document,” Schaffer said. Schaffer said he later asked LaDu whether he took the termination letter from his personnel file cabinet, and LaDu admitted to the act. “This is a very serious thing,” Schaffer said. “You don’t break into people’s stuff without permission. I tried to find out what the laws were about compromising personnel files.”
According to the memorandum sent to Grech, Schaffer spoke immediately about the incident with two other higher-ups, Hamilton and Ken Irwin, plant operation manager. The two leaders then called King into the office to verify the information. The memorandum ended with Irwin and Hamilton asking Grech to take action against LaDu. “We do not want our hardworking staff to be treated with such disrespect and scare tactics,” reads the memorandum. On July 10, a month after the incident happened, King said he was laid off as part of the university budget cut. LaDu was still employed at this time and continues to work as a lead carpenter.
According to both Schaffer and King, LaDu did not receive any disciplinary action from Grech except for his apology to King. “He’s still working there, getting paid as a lead carpenter, but other employees don’t like him—he’s seen as a snitch,” Schaffer said. King said he received a lot of sympathy and support from his former coworkers when they learned of the incident. “Everybody knew about it and they were pretty upset,” King said. “People were saying that it’s total B.S. what happened—I have no recourse.”
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[during] which dinner will be served.” “Many Muslim women share the experience of facing an entire set of assumptions about their faith, politics, preferences, education, class, etc., based on whether they choose to wear, or not to wear, a headscarf,” said a press release for the event. According toSenate Bill 786, also known as the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, “No teacher in any public school shall wear any religious dress while engaged in the performance of duties as a teacher.” “This bill is against religious rights and restricts Muslim teachers from wearing their headscarf,” Charves said. After a protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square on the day the law came into force, the Hijabi Monologues event came next in the process of getting the government to revoke the law. “Many people can’t believe that there is such a law. So we are trying to create awareness among people about the laws that violate religious rights,” Charves said.
Hijabi Monologues and workshop
Grech did not comment on the incident as of press time. King said Grech called him to the office and showed a real concern about the incident. “Her exact words were, ‘What can we do to make this go away?’” King said. “I was upset…I want this to blow over so I can keep my job.” According to King, Grech later called LaDu into the office where he was asked to apologize to King.
Nov. 24 SMSU Ballroom; 5 p.m. $10 general admission $5 students Light meal will be served. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and PSU Box office More info is available at www.web. pdx.edu/~msapsu Photo illustration by Adam Wickham/Portland State Vanguard
Vanguard News | 5 November 24, 2009
Suicide Karaoke Tired of karaoke events with MIDI files and a dull screen with lyrics being highlighted as your favorite songs are butchered? Food for Thought Café is doing something about it. A pianist and drummer will play live music, and performers are encouraged to bring along their own guitars or any other instrument attendees dare to bring and show off. Performers are asked to bring their own sheet music, though songs will also be songs provided at the event. Food for Thought is located in the basement of Smith Memorial Student Union, and they will provide free food and drinks for attendees. Have any other questions about Suicide Karaoke? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Where: SMSU basement When: Tonight, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. —Robert Seitzinger
Vanguard 6 | Arts & Culture November 24, 2009
Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 email@example.com
This week at the NW Film Center: Gamperaliya Lester James, Sri Lanka, 1964 “A seminal work in Sri Lankan cinema, Gamperaliya launched ‘a revolution, not only in the way films were made, but also in their content,’ according to producer Anton Wickramasinghe. Based on the novel by Martin Wickramasinghe, the film focuses on Piyal, a teacher and member of the new rising middle class who falls in love with the daughter of his village’s leading aristocratic clan. Defensive positions are assumed and the girl’s parents insist upon a marriage to a stuffed shirt of her own class. For its elegant style, Gamperaliya has been compared to Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.” Wednesday, 7 p.m.
In the Land of the Head Hunters Edward S. Curtis, U.S., 1914 “Almost a decade before Robert Flaherty immortalized the Inuit people in Nanook of the North, Edward S. Curtis filmed In the Land of the Head Hunters with an indigenous Native American cast. Like Flaherty’s ‘documentary,’ Head Hunters was both a reflection of contemporary life among the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia and a fiction that combined melodramatic elements with tribal customs. Motana, the son of a chief, must battle an old medicine man for the right to marry Naida, who has been promised by her father to the tribe of the head hunters. Around this plot, Curtis stages many authentic ceremonies, including the tribe’s potlatch ceremony.” Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
ARTS & CULTURE
Twitch trek Star Trek D-A-C trades technicality for arcade action Steve Haske Vanguard staff
Chances are, when you think of Star Trek, you don’t necessarily picture fast-and-frantic space dogfights in the same way that you might within the Star Wars universe. Space combat in Trek—despite what J.J. Abrams might have you believe—has always been more like 19th century naval warfare with a greater focus on slowly circling an enemy, finding a weak point in their defenses and choosing the right moment to attack. This is not the case in Star Trek D-A-C. As a top-down, arcade-style shooter, it has much more in common with the twitchy-reflex gameplay of Geometry Wars than a slowerpaced or more strategic war game, but that’s OK. D-A-C, (which stands for defend, assault and conquest, though this is never explained in the game) may have little to do with Trek’s tactical logistics, but it’s a PlayStation Network release that will only set you back $10. And for that price, the game provides some pretty engaging, if somewhat shallow, play. This has a lot to do with the game’s core single-player experience, which is a pretty standard survival mode. You’re given the option of commanding one of five classes of Federation ships against endless waves of Romulan attackers. Thankfully, the different classes of Federation ships, which range from small, agile fighters to bombers, missile-cruisers and the series’ iconic flagships, lend a bit of strategy to D-A-C.
Flagships, while powerful, are slower, have auto-firing phasers and manually aimed photon torpedoes. Bombers are speedy and pack a payload, but are small and can’t withstand a sustained frontal assault. Fighters have low defense but a quick rate of fire, and can take down a flagship if piloted by a skilled player. And then there are the secondary weapons, which give you bonuses like invulnerability, higher-grade weapons and improved engine thrusters for quick escapes. Your enemies are, of course, afforded the same strengths and weaknesses, so you have to pick your battle strategies a little more carefully than simply blasting everything in sight. This makes the game more interesting than say, Zombie Apocalypse, another recent downloadable topdown shooter with a similar design sense whose lack of variety between characters made the game deplorably repetitive, a fate D-A-C manages to mostly avoid. The game’s multiplayer edition is fun too, with a handful of different modes such as co-op, free-forall online and team death matches, capture the flag and “defend or destroy” base assault. Like the singleplayer game, online matches are simple, but engaging enough to retain a certain level of pick-upand-play. Although D-A-C is technically a licensed movie game, it doesn’t fall victim to the shit mechanics and execution that most disc-release tieins do, thanks to its simplicity. Fans of Abram’s Trek will recognize various vessels from the film (sorry kids, no Enterprise), which are fun to see rendered in the game, and there’s music from the film, but that’s about it. Had Paramount Interactive gone
Star Trek D-A-C: In this case, straying from the T.V. show was a good thing.
all in to try and create an actual game based on the film, it probably would’ve been a far worse endeavor, so this is actually one case where less is more. Plus, it’s $10. If you’re looking for a decent Trek-based arcade shooter (and there aren’t too many to choose from) D-A-C might just do the job.
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Star Trek D-A-C Paramount Interactive PSN (Multiplayer-only edition available on XBLA) $9.99
Ruthless Edgar G. Ulmer, U.S., 1948 “Director Edgar G. Ulmer’s complex psycho-melodrama is undoubtedly worthy of rediscovery. A flashbackstructured tale of a sociopath’s remorseless drive for station and wealth, Ruthless (often referred to as Ulmer’s Citizen Kane) employs a relentless undercurrent of emotional violence. The film’s chilling, malevolent tone is personified in a starkly muted performance by the lead—and frequent screen cad—Zachary Scott.” Sunday, 7 p.m. All screenings are in Whitsell Auditorium, 1218 SW Park Ave. Free with PSU ID. —www.nwfilm.org
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Glass Candy sweat it out at Rotture this past Friday for a dance-filled night of chaos. The packed house also played host to Portuguese death doom/metal band Desire and local bands Boy Joy and Mike Simonetti. Glass Candy themselves ruled the house with their signature brand of
industrial-tinged, dark electronics and beautiful showmanship on stage. The group will be one of the many fantastic local acts at Superfresh, a two-day electronic music festival going on this January.
Gypsy punk on screen Gogol Bordello Non-Stop: The band that works (and parties) the hardest this side of Siberia.
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Friday, noon $6.50
Documentary on Gogol Bordello premieres in Portland this Friday Bianca Blankenship Vanguard staff
A music documentary film, Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, comes to town this weekend to offer a taste of the band’s history, sound and high-energy stage performances. It’s like going to a Gogol Bordello show, except that audiences tend to sit through films rather than dance wildly around the room. Through loads of concert footage, personal interviews and shots of Gogol Bordello band members partying backstage, this film provides the viewer with a sense of the truly non-stop party that the band and its music seek to provide. “Who are gypsies?” said Sergey Ryabtsev, violinist and backup singer, in the film. “People without borders.” The self-proclaimed gypsy punk band prides itself on throwing together an eclectic mix of nationalities. Eugene Hütz, who leads the band with vocals and acoustic guitar, is originally from Ukraine. Other band members come from Israel, Russia, Ethiopia, Ecuador and the United States. “All sexes, all ages, all nationalities,” said Hütz in the film. The film premiered in North America in 2008 and has since been circuiting cities throughout the continent. Last August it was awarded best film at the MusiXine International Film Contest. Friday it debuts in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre. Colombian director and writer Margarita Jimeno directed Non-Stop after spending seven years shooting and collecting footage of the band on stage and on tour, catching some
of their wildest behavior. Much of the documentary is spent with Hütz as he describes his life experiences and philosophy. As a result, the film’s strength rests greatly on Hütz stealing the camera. A lively, crass man with a heavily pomaded moustache, he flings himself, shirtless and sweaty, around the stage, spitting into microphones and hurtling into the audience. Hütz tells some engaging stories about emigrating to the U.S. from Ukraine as a refugee at 17, and he dotes over New York City as his muse for constant creative inspiration. The film ends up revolving more around Hütz than it does the band or the music. Their music is an eclectic clashing of traditional instruments and rapid punk rhythms. Gogol Bordello’s live performances throb with a passionate energy as band members dance around the stage playing violin, accordion, cymbals and even a washboard, in addition to the assumed drums, guitar and bass. Behind Hütz’s voice, distinguished by his heavy Ukrainian accent, the whole band chimes in to sing backup vocals. The group thrashes around the stage in true punk style as the audience attempts to mob them. The film explains that, back in their early days, the band was often thrown out of New York City clubs for being too rowdy. The post-show scenes of band members dancing and partying make this a believable claim. While Non-Stop gives an accurate impression of the chaos that their shows induce, the film is more a tease for their live shows than anything else. For the easily excited, earplug-wearing music lover, this film will supply more than enough liveliness to induce a minor heart attack. For the concertgoer who craves a loud, riotous show, it might be advised to wait until the band hits Portland in real time.
Vanguard Arts & Culture | 7 November 24, 2009
A look at January with 5th Avenue Cinema: The Fifth Element Dir. Luc Besson, 126 min. Jan. 8–9 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. Jules et Jim Dir. Francois Truffaut, 105 min. Jan. 15–16 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. Stroszek Dir. Werner Herzog, 115 min. Jan. 22–23 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (tentative) Dir. Tim Burton, 90 min. Jan. 29–30 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Free with PSU ID. $2 all other students and seniors. $3 general admission. Admission includes free popcorn for all.
Vanguard 8 | Arts & Culture November 24, 2009
Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend box office: top 10 highest-grossing films for the weekend of Nov. 20–Nov. 22 1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon Weekend gross: $140,700,000 Gross to date: $140,700,000 2. The Blind Side Weekend gross: $34,510,000 Gross to date: $34,510,000 3. 2012 Weekend dross: $26,500,000 Gross to date: $108,221,000
Brother’s gonna work it out The NW Film Center brings some early ’80s flavor with John Sayles Mark Johnston Vanguard staff
Northwest Film Center is paying homage to director John Sayles, showing Brother from Another Planet and Return of the Secaucus Seven. In Brother from Another Planet, Joe Morton stars as a man that travels across the cosmos to escape the bonds of slavery, only to end up on Earth and have to make it without a home, money or even shoes on his three-toed feet. The alien is taken into a boarding house where he befriends a mother and child. He takes the child to a tolerance museum where we see that, back on his home planet, he was a slave. Later, he dabbles with drugs, falls
in love and goes E.T. on some broken pinball machines and a scraped knee. Ultimately, his former captors come looking for him and the hunt begins. Sayles puts out some lofty concepts in this 109-minute feature. Outright, he attempts to tackle intolerance by not-so-subtly disguising it in the fact that the alien that is being pursued has three toes and is referred to as such by his former owner, providing that the character’s number of digits is akin to our racial profiling determined by color of skin. Aside from the overtly thematic points in the film, Sayles also attempts to be visually artistic throughout. Clever cinematography, editing (also done by Sayles) by chopping scenes up into small vignettes and adding a very brief subplot that barely comes across as the alien tries to save Harlem from a drug kingpin (one can only assume this, since the scene itself it less than three or four minutes and barely plays itself out).
Unfortunately for Sayles, he was attempting to throw too many things at the audience. In such a short amount of time everything just fell apart. In Return of the Secaucus Seven, Sayles made his directorial debut in a film about a group of friends that gather together to mark the 10-year anniversary of their arrest on the way to a protest in Washington, D.C. The film focuses on the individual characters and the group’s reaction to their change in situation, ultimately bringing up a slew of old wounds and long forgotten desires. Much like Brother, the film was episodic and cut with many vignettes. Being attributed as the influence for the movie The Big Chill, Secaucus Seven won numerous prestigious awards and launched a genre of “reunion films” and television, exploring the baby boomer generation growing old before its time and how it copes.
As a filmmaker, Sayles has had an interesting career. From working for B-movie magnate Roger Corman to director Bruce Springsteen music videos and writing the unmade Jurassic Park IV, Sayles has had an interesting ride. The Northwest Film center is definitely doing him justice in showcasing his two most ambitious works.
John Sayles special screening Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Ave. Return of the Secaucus Seven Fri, Nov 27., 7 p.m. Brother From Another Planet Sat, Nov. 28., 7 p.m. Free for PSU students
4. Planet 51 Weekend gross: $12,600,000 Gross to date: $12,600,000 5. Disney’s A Christmas Carol Weekend gross: $12,230,000 Gross to date: $79,791,000 6. Precious Weekend gross: $11,008,000 Gross to date: $21,403,000 7. The Men Who Stare at Goats Weekend gross: $2,773,000 Gross to date: $27,624,000 8. Couples Retreat Weekend gross: $1,952,000 Gross to date: $105,001,000 9. The Fourth Kind Weekend gross: $1,730,000 Gross to date: $23,343,000 10. Law Abiding Citizen Weekend gross: $1,615,000 Gross to date: $70,027,000 —the-movie-times.com
Return of the Secaucus Seven: A pioneer in the “reunion” genre of film.
Cindy Anderson talks cheap drinks and eats Wendy Shortman
Brother from Another Planet: An intergalactic refugee on the run from slavery.
Your good-times guide
“I just love Portland, and I love the happy hours,” said Cindy Anderson, author of the Happy Hour Guidebook: Portland and the Oregon Wine Country Guidebook. The author will be at Powell’s tonight to talk about the fourth edition of her book on happy hour hot spots in Portland, and the August release of the Oregon Wine
Country Guidebook. Anderson, who moved to Portland from Chicago about five years ago, discovered the endless possibilities of cheap food and drinks during particular hours of the day. “They don’t have happy hour in Chicago,” Anderson said. “So when I came here I was like a kid in a candy store. It became a way
to meet people. I would arrange group happy hours.” After checking out various happy hours around the city, she knew of so many that her friends suggested that she write a book including all of her favorite spots around town. Anderson thought it would be a fun idea. Three revised editions later, the fourth edition, the Happy Hour Guidebook 2010 was recently released. The first guidebook included 115 different places in Portland, and the second added 75 more places. With each updated edition Anderson added or updated information about different happy hour hot spots in our area, mostly restaurants rather than bars. The different locations are rated according to drinks, food and atmosphere. Anderson wanted to create the book to help people get out of their comfort zones and try new and different places. In addition to the rating, an extra “magic point” is possible if the place goes above and beyond, has a cool scene, a neat vibe or extended hours. “Ambiance and atmosphere are important,” Anderson said. “Same with food and quality.” Anderson’s Oregon Wine Country Guidebook, which was released in August, doesn’t include a rating system, but provides information about the locations and includes pictures. She wanted to give more detail than provided on the Web
sites of many of these wineries. “[I wanted to answer questions like] what’s it like? Is it a fancy place? Is it expensive? What is the wine like? What’s the place like to visit? Is there a view?” Anderson said. “I found that some of the wineries take the view for granted sometimes.” For the Oregon Wine Country Guidebook, Anderson chose not to rate the wineries because of the subjective nature of wine drinking. Instead, she left little areas in the book for people to have their own ratings. Anderson just completed her top 10 favorite happy hours and wineries. Some of her recommendations include Uptown Billiards Club on Northwest 23rd Avenue where, for $10, you can get a five-course meal that has one ingredient in common, and Limo, a Peruvian restaurant also located in Northwest Portland. “[Limo has] unique ingredients and blends, and such great food, and they have some drink specials!” For college students on a budget or the many struggling creative minds in this city, Anderson’s books will surely prove invaluable.
Reading from Cindy Anderson Powell’s City of Books 1005 W Burnside St. Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Free
Vanguard Sports | 9 November 24, 2009
Sports Editor: Robert Britt 503-725-4538 email@example.com
Today in sports history 1897 – Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms 1953 – Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a oneyear contract as manager
Photo courtesy of GoViks.com
Whitney Phillips: Her aggressive play and 24 kills led the Vikings to victory in Sacramento.
Just rolling through The Vikings have never looked stronger heading into the postseason J. Logue Vanguard staff
Heading to Sacramento, the Portland State women’s volleyball team was playing its best volleyball of the season. With the Vikings’ ticket to the Big Sky Tournament punched, they prepared for a Sacramento State team that was fighting for its playoff life, with the fourth seed in the tournament still up for grabs. Looking for their fifth-straight 20-win season, Portland State also had a chance to win for the first time ever on Sacramento State’s home court. With both teams having plenty of reasons to win, it was no surprise that the match turned into a grueling struggle until the last point was tallied on a 3-1 win by the Vikings. Portland State performed well, despite the absence of senior outside hitter Marija Vojnovic, a key player on this year’s squad. In her place, senior outside hitter Lindsey Steele tallied 10 kills, 15 digs and .205 hitting in her first significant action of the year. “I can’t say enough about the job Lindsey did tonight,” said head coach Michael Seemann. “She filled a huge void with Marija being gone. She did a fantastic job of defending and anchoring our serve receive.” Drawing first blood, Portland State used a combination of kills from junior outside hitter Whitney Phillips and unforced attack errors by the Hornets to win set one, 25-21.
Never trailing once in the first set, Portland State appeared to be in control of the match until the Hornets finally broke out of their shell in the second set. The Hornets put together a late rally at the end of the set to win, 22-25, putting an end to the Vikings’ streak of 25 consecutive set wins. With the score tied, Portland State got back to work and started playing Vikings volleyball—which consisted largely of getting the ball to Phillips and letting her find the openings in the defense. Getting a total of 24 kills on the night, she scored eight in the third set and paced the team to a 25-22 win. With the Hornets reeling, the Vikings gave them a healthy dose of Phillips to put the game away for good. Showing why they are the best team in the conference, Portland State never trailed in the final set and earned a convincing 25-20 win to finish the match. “The easiest way for me to put it, is that she [Phillips] just put us on her shoulders for awhile,” Seemann said. “She had shown symptoms of the flu today, and wasn’t doing well heading into the match. But if we would have had to go five sets, I know we would have gotten some more great swings out of her.” Next on the schedule, the Vikings travel to Cheney, Wash., for the Big Sky Championship Tournament on Friday, where they vie for a berth in their secondconsecutive NCAA Tournament. The Vikings will play fourthseeded Montana at 5 p.m., and tournament-hosting Eastern Washington will play Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. The two winning squads advance to the championship match at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Table tennis showdown PSU hosts National Collegiate Table Tennis Association tourney Nilesh Tendolkar Vanguard staff
The Portland State Table Tennis Club could not repeat last year’s firstplace finish, and instead came in fifth for the 2009 National Collegiate Table Tennis Association Open, held in the Stott Center. The Vikings’ A-team lost all four matches against other teams from the Pacific Northwest, while the B-team
made a surprising clean sweep of all four opponents. “We were outmatched today,” said Jeremy Dubow, A-team member. “We played hard in a friendly against Lewis & Clark yesterday, so we felt a little tired today.” Brian Yoder, who won the mixed doubles title in the Pacific Rim Open on Nov. 7, attributes the team’s performance to a transitional phase. “[We have] a lot of new players coming in, so we couldn’t perform as well as we did in the past,” he said. “But we have trained hard and it’s been a lot of fun. I played the best table tennis I ever had, but I was unlucky. I came up against
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Road loss: The women’s basketball team was bested in Boise last week.
Broncos buck Vikings in Boise Women’s basketball suffers first loss on the road
The Portland State women’s basketball team, without the leadership of head coach Sherri Murrell and starting junior guard Lexi Bishop, lost to the Boise State Broncos, 92-80, in their first away game on Thursday. Boise State’s Jessica Van Hoogen chalked up 24 points on the night to lead both squads in scoring, while Portland State’s senior guard Claire Faucher posted 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings. Even with Faucher, junior guard Kelly Marchant and sophomore forward Katy Wade, who each tallied 11 points, the Broncos held control for much of the game. Leading up to the game, the Portland State team had been fighting off the flu, with as many as six players battling symptoms during the week. Bishop did not travel due to flu-like symptoms, while Murrell did travel with her team, but did not coach due to symptoms. After falling behind to Boise State’s 30-23 lead 15 minutes into the game, the Vikings rallied to close the gap to three points with 38 seconds left in the half. In the last five seconds of the half, a jumper by Melissa Rima gave the Broncos a 35-30 lead going into the break. The second half began in Boise State’s hands, as they sped away to an early 47-34 lead. The Vikings weren’t finished though, with three-pointers by Faucher, Wade and freshman guard Nichole Jackson bringing the score to within one, at 52-51. After Portland State’s comeback performance, the Broncos took control of the court with some
help from a frustrated Viks squad. Portland State was called on a season-high 31 fouls, and Boise State capitalized by making 26 of 40 free throws. The Vikings were only given 10 attempts at the free-throw line, sinking five, from the Broncos 14 fouls. “I think the one key thing is that Boise State did a good job testing our defense,” said associate head coach Peg Swadener, who led the Vikings in the absence of Murrell. Playing without Bishop, a key defensive player, the younger Vikings players were put to the test. “It was a big loss not having Lexi,” Swadener said. “Because our defense is really centered around her.” Defensive rebounds were problematic for Portland State, who posted 19 to Boise State’s 29. The Vikings did post a strong offensive battle. They had 17 offensive rebounds to the Broncos’ 18, and Faucher played a strong game for Portland State. Her 10 assists enabled the Vikings to keep up with Boise State. “Claire is the heartbeat behind the team. She’s so competitive,” Swadener said. Though the Vikings never held the lead, a win was never out of reach according to Swadener. “Even though Boise State had control, we were always right there,” she said. “Claire was always there to get us back in.” Playing without a full string, and with Murrell out, the Vikings had setbacks going into the game. With Faucher, Wade and Marchant putting significant points on the board, the Vikings did not lose sight of their competitors. The Vikings, now 2-1 on the season, face their cross-town rivals at the University of Portland tonight. First tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
some really good opponents.” Yoder and Shubham Chopra were the only two players on the A-team who were able to win a match each in the tournament. Yoder won his match against Oregon opponent Xie Tan (11-7, 11-9, 11-9), while Chopra came up trumps in his duel against British Columbian paddler Ilam Keshet, (11-9, 15-13, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9). Portland State’s B-team, on the other hand, was unstoppable and won all four of their matches. Players Leonidis Thape and Chris Conrad each won all four of their games. “I had no problems today and all went well,” Thape said. “This is one of the largest tournaments in the season, and lots of talented players with good skills turn up. So, I am proud to have done well today.” The NCTTA tournament was
held at Portland State with the help of the Portland Table Tennis Club, who provided the tables required to conduct such a large competition. “The tournament is a good place for college players to get some experience,” said Darell Potter, club president. “Since Portland State is centrally located, it’s a great venue to hold this event and lots of teams have turned up for it.” Washington finished in first place, followed by the University of British Columbia and Oregon State. After defeating Portland State in their last game, Oregon ended up fourth, relegating the Vikings to a fifth-place finish. The Portland State Table Tennis Club practices every Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stott Center.
Rosemary Hanson Vanguard staff
1956 – 44th Canadian Football League Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes, 50-27 1960 – Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a single game (NBA record) 1968 – Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Louise Suggs Invitational 1974 – Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic 1976 – NBA team Atlanta Hawks end a 28-game road-losing streak 1991 – Monica Seles sets female tennis record, winning $2.46 million in a year 1996 – Mohammad Wasim scores 109 on Test Cricket debut, Pakistan vs. NZ Lahore 1996 – Rookie Karrie Webb wins LPGA Tour Championship —www.todayinsport.com
Vanguard 10 | Sports November 24, 2009
Funny sports quotes “Always remember Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.” —Shug Jordan “The only way to stop Jim Brown was to give him a movie contract.” —Spider Lockhart “It was a big win for us and it put us exactly where we want to be at this point in the season— back in the locker room making sure that no one stole our bling during the game.” —Andrew Shortshanks “Our defense is like a computer: It’s quick, complicated and powerful, and I’m looking forward to upgrading it next season.” —Tank MacNamara “Left hand, right hand, it doesn’t matter. I’m amphibious.” —Charles Shackleford “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” —Joe Theismann “When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team.” —George Raveling “Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” —Dave Barry
All photos by Adam Wickham/Portland State Vanguard
Cris Lewis: The senior goalkeeper had an amazing season, garnering a spot on the All-Conference Team, earning defensive MVP distinction and breaking several Portland State records.
Soccer season in review A look back at the Vikings’ record-breaking season Nilesh Tendolkar Vanguard staff
It was a cold Friday evening at PCC-Rock Creek on Nov. 6 when the curtains came down on the 2009 Portland State women’s soccer season. The Vikings lost to Northern Arizona in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship in a closely contested shootout after a stalled double-overtime match. But once the dust settled, the outcome of the
season was very clear. The Viks are a force to be reckoned with on the soccer pitch. Portland State won the Big Sky regular season championship for the second time in the program’s history, and finished the season with an enviable 10-6-4 record. The Vikings were the highest-ranked Big Sky team in the NCAA women’s soccer ranking. The defense conceded a miserly 21 goals all season, while the offense tallied 25 goals. The team earned nine selections to the Big Sky AllConference Team, including both the offensive and the defensive MVPs. Here is a recap of the Vikings’ record-breaking 2009 soccer season.
August Rush (1-2-0):
Portland State began their 2009 campaign with a 1-0 upset over archrivals Oregon State in Corvallis. It was a symbolic win for the Vikings, and a sign of things to come. “That game was significant not only because OSU had a great team this year, but also because it opened our season with a win,” head coach Laura Schott said. But defensive lapses saw the Vikings allow eight goals in their next two games. The Viks lost at home (1-3) to a low-ranked Boise State and were defeated 5-0 at Pacific.
September Steam (3-3-1): The Portland State defense united and displayed great grit and resilience against Schott’s alma mater, thenNo. 16 California, narrowly losing the game, 1-0. “I’m very proud of our team’s overall defensive effort this fall,” Schott said. “I’d say experience is one of the reasons we improved this year. We played five freshman in starting roles much of last year, so our sophomore class this year was much more experienced having played 20 games.” In the month of September, the Vikings played just two games at home, but still managed to salvage three wins and a draw. The victories included shutouts over Nevada (3-0), Wyoming (1-0) and North Dakota State (1-0).
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October “Big” Sky (6-1-2):
Esty Geiger: The sophomore midfielder helped the Viks dominate the Big Sky Conference.
October saw the Viks truly finding their rhythm. The team won all four home games, including victories over Big Sky rivals Northern Colorado (3-2), Idaho State (4-1) and Weber State (2-0). They finished the regular season with a 4-1-2 record in conference, crowning them the Big Sky regular season champions. “During this past year, one of my personal goals for this program was to improve our attack. We needed to attack with more confidence and consistency if we wanted to be at the top of our conference. This year we started to attack with more consistency and got results,” Schott said. Dolly Enneking, senior and alltime Portland State leading goal scorer, was awarded the Golden
Boot and the Big Sky Offensive MVP. Enneking finished the season scoring 12 goals. Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Cris Lewis was named the Big Sky Defensive MVP for her consistent performance in the net for the Vikings.
November Heartbreak (0-0-1): The Vikings played Northern Arizona in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship at PCC-Rock Creek. Despite taking an early lead in the fifth minute, the Viks could not keep the advantage and, after a 1-1 double-overtime draw, lost 4-3 to the eventual champions in the shootout. Regardless of the postseason loss, Schott expressed happiness with her team’s 2009 performance. “There are always things we want to improve on,” she said. “But overall, improving our record from 5-11-4 to 10-6-4, winning the conference championship and having nine players named to all-conference teams is a great achievement. It shows that our players have become more dedicated to improving and being successful.” Schott said she still has her sights set on a conference championship. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce our way, but if we are the most consistent team in the conference, I believe it will bounce our way more often than not,” she said.
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8 shutouts 104 saves 1873:50 minutes in goal
Dolly Enneking 12 goals 3 game winners 3 assists 23 shots on goal
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Homevictory Portland State chalks up first win of season in the Stott against Cal Poly J. Logue Vanguard staff
Phillip Thomas: Shot two-for-two, with a pair of free throws and one rebound on the night.
Phil Nelson: The junior forward chalked 11 points and a steal on Saturday night.
The Portland State men’s basketball team earned its first win of the season on Saturday in the home opener against Cal Poly. Heading into the game, the Vikings had more than a few questions surrounding their ability to rebound. Losing the battle on the glass in three previous games, they were seemingly unable to create a presence under the hoop, offensively or defensively. “Rebounding is a lot of going to get it—boxing your guy out, being physical, the little things,” said head coach Tyler Geving. “We will get beat night in and night out if we continue to rebound like that.” Hitting .674 from the field, Portland State (1-3) shot lights-out all night, and rode the hot hands of senior guard Dominic Waters. Despite being beaten on the glass by Cal Poly (0-3), the Vikings produced their best shooting in the history of the men’s basketball team, and ran away with a 92-83 victory. “We had a good game plan by our coaches,” Waters said. “They scouted the team, and how to play them. That was a big part of it.” Extending their streak of consecutive wins in the Stott to eight games, Portland State proved once again there is no place like home. The Vikings played with a renewed sense of energy, and were nearly perfect in shooting during the first half of play. At the midway point they were hitting an eye-opening .714 from the field. Benefiting from being at their healthiest point all season, the Vikings were able to overcome some early foul trouble by going to their bench. Rotating in junior forward Phillip Thomas and senior forward Julius
Thomas, Portland State got a combined five-of-five shooting and five rebounds from the duo in 35 minutes of action. Increasing the lead to double digits on junior guard Melvin Jones’ three-pointer with 17:38 left in the game, the Vikings appeared to have the game locked. That was until the Mustangs decided to show up mentally, and began to slowly chip away at Portland State’s lead. Tying up the score with seven minutes left, Cal Poly started to take control and looked like the better team on the floor. After the Mustangs pulled ahead by a point just seconds later, the Vikings regrouped and got back into the game before taking the lead for good. “The second half we shared the basketball,” Geving said. “We had one turnover over the last 17 minutes of the game—that was something we preached all week.” Nailing free throws down the stretch, Portland State closed out the game in convincing fashion, something they had trouble doing in the first three games of the season in Seattle. With over a week to rest, the Vikings will continue to work on rebounding and growing as a team before heading to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford on Nov. 29.
Portland State’s field goal percentage, setting a new single-game record
23 of 29
Free throws made
10 of 11
Free throws made by senior guard Dominic Waters
5 of 10
Combined Three-point shooting of Waters and junior guard Melvin Jones
Aggressive play: The Viks tallied 12 points off turnovers.
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Big Sky Conference basketball venues (Arena capacity)
Dee Events Center (12,000) Weber State Wildcats Ogden, Utah Holt Arena (8,000) Idaho State Bengals men’s basketball Pocatello, Idaho Dahlberg Arena (7,321) Montana Grizzlies Missoula, Mont. Worthington Arena (7,250) Montana State Bobcats Bozeman, Mont. Walkup Skydome (7,000) N. Arizona Lumberjacks Flagstaff, Ariz. Reese Court (6,000) E. Washington Eagles Cheney, Wash. Reed Gym (3,241) Idaho State Bengals women’s basketball Pocatello, Idaho Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,734) N. Colorado Bears Greeley, Colo. Stott Center (1,500) Portland State Vikings Portland, Ore. Hornet’s Nest (1,200) Sacramento State Hornets Sacramento, Calif.