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The New Studio Theater is screening Proof by David Auburn, winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize. The film follows a young woman whose genius-yet-crazy father is dying and her efforts to make sense of his research. $4 with student ID, $6 general admission. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: 1600 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 110



Students serve on MLK Day PSU will join nearly a dozen schools for community-wide service projects

The dangerous pursuit of normal Fat acceptance and the skinny addiction PAGE 4


Flying high The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces finally gives the Wii a good flight simulator PAGE 5 Learning from the comic book masters Brian Michael Bendis teaches and inspires PSU students PAGE 6

Soba and veggies to go A fast, light meal that can be carried with you to your winter classes PAGE 7

NEWS Student group dispute escalates Student Fee Committee member involved in Pre-Law Society conflict PAGE 8


Viks look to hack Jacks Portland State travels to Flagstaff to take on Northern Arizona PAGE 10

Zoe Kellett Vanguard staff

In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” For 10 years, Student Leaders for Service (SLS) have taken this statement to heart by planning service events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. This year, however, is a little different. For the first time, Portland State will not participate in individual projects, but instead will join efforts with over 1,000 students from 11 other colleges and universities for a collaborative day of service on Monday. Will Wright, member of the planning committee and project leader, has found working with other colleges and universities inspiring. “It’s been truly wonderful to work with the students from all of the other schools,” Wright said. “Often they have unique perspectives that contribute to our own endeavors here on campus. It’s also quite exciting to be a part of something so large and ambitious.” The day of service will commence with a rally hosted by Concordia University. It will include a performance by the local King Elementary School Choir, and a keynote speech delivered by Pastor Mark Strong of Life Change Christian Center. In addition, local pastor Emmett Wheatfall will deliver Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Following the rally, students will be transported by bus to one of 50 project sites around Portland. The projects have been planned with the assistance of Hands On Greater Portland and the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. The various projects include refurbishing schools, churches and community centers. Many community organizations will also use the day to sign up mentors and tutors for the coming year, and to encourage youth to make a pledge of non-violence. The day will conclude with a reflective discussion among students about the impact of Dr. King’s life work on their own lives, as well as future student collaboration. “Whenever I’m involved in an event like this, the main feeling I walk away with is awe combined with rejuvenation,” Wright said. “The daily grind can wear you down, make you feel like you just aren’t getting anywhere. Seeing all of these other folks just as committed as you are and seeing what you all can accomplish together is an incredibly invigorating experience.” Wright strongly encouraged other students to sign up as a volunteer for one of the MLK Service Day projects. “There are so many positives to volunteering that I would recommend it to anyone, whether they do it for a day or for a lifetime… no one walks away not having gained

something. And might I mention, it’s always fun,” Wright said. Megan Jensen, SLS member and MLK Service Day planning subcommittee member, also urged the importance of community service. “There are many personal and communal benefits of reciprocal service,” Jensen said. “By participating in MLK Service Day, we recognize the legacy of Dr. King and the civil rights movement, and the great impact that legacy has on the world. Through service, we can continue to honor that legacy by actively shaping our communities the way we envision they can be.” For students that cannot attend the MLK Service Day, there are many other ways to get involved throughout the week. The Queer Resource Center and the Multicultural Center have planned events that can be found on the calendar at studentaffairs/mcc/mlk-celebration. Emily Hoffer, program coordinator of the event, feels confident that the spirit of service will not be limited to the MLK Service Day. “I don’t expect this excitement to stop after January 18. There is already a lot of energy on campus for community engagement,” Hoffer said. SLS is currently working on a volunteer calendar for its Web site that students can access to get involved. Members can also help students find community service opportunities with one of their 25 community partners. “Service allows us to strengthen our communities, influence our Democratic systems, and to continually take action to be the agents of the positive changes we wish to make,” Jensen said. In addition to Concordia and Portland State, partners involved in this day of service include, George Fox University, Hands On Greater Portland, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, Mt. Hood Community College, Multnomah University, Oregon Campus Compact, Portland Community College, Portland Leadership Foundation, Reed College, Season of Service, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, University of Portland and Warner Pacific College.

MLK Day of Service: A Day on, Not a Day Off Student Leaders for Service Mon, Jan. 18 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Morning Rally at Concordia University, 9:00 a.m., followed by service projects in the NE Portland area Transportation provided from Portland State to Concordia and back Sign up online to volunteer at

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Inspiration to serve.

MLK: more than just a day Week of events planned in honor of the civil-rights leader’s legacy Tamara K. Kennedy

Tue, Jan. 19, noon A Conversation with Oregon Black Leaders Multicultural Center SMSU, room 228 Wed, Jan. 20, noon Black Male Collegians: Networking for Success Multicultural Center

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Wed, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

The commemoration of Martin Luther King Day at Portland State includes a full week of events sponsored by the university and Multicultural Center. Events will feature community service opportunities, interactive forums, film documentaries and a distinguished keynote speaker at the marquee event on Thursday evening. Daljit Dhaliwal, host of Public Broadcasting’s Foreign Exchange program will speak at Thursday evening’s Living Legacy event and will also engage in a student interactive session earlier in the day, which will address topics such as global solidarity through service, according to a press release from the Multicultural Center (MCC). One of the many events during the week is Networking for Success, put on by Black Male Collegians, an event designed to aid retention of black men in colleges and universities, according to Sa’eed M. Haji, MCC assistant coordinator. “MCC and Portland State Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s intent is to spotlight the apparent national scarcity of young black males in college,” Haji said. He wants to help boost the number of black men in college on a national level, Haji said.

“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” Free food and drinks Multicultural Center Thu, Jan. 21, noon Student Interactive Session Multicultural Center Thu, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. SMSU Ballroom Living Legacy lecture and performance $10 general admission free w/ PSU ID For more information call 503-725-3307 Fri, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Documentary Film Series “The Ku Klux Klan in Oregon: 1923­–29” Multicultural Center mcc/mlk-celebration

Vanguard 2 | Opinion January 15, 2010

Sarah J. Christensen Editor-in-Chief Virginia Vickery News Editor Theodora Karatzas Arts & Culture Editor

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Last week, ASPSU released the results of their supposedly nonpartisan voter registration drive. Since fall term, volunteers made presentations in classrooms and resident halls in an effort to increase the number of registered student voters. The problem with being nonpartisan is that everyone has opinions and personal interests, regardless of what or whom they affiliate themselves with. When an entire organization—such as ASPSU—claims a nonpartisan effort, one volunteer’s opinion can make the whole group appear suspect. When more than one volunteer expresses a specific opinion, it’s even worse. Voter registration drives are supposed to be nonpartisan, and ASPSU made a point of telling people during the drive that they were acting as such. Yet various reports indicate that when volunteers spoke in classrooms, upcoming political issues entered the discussion. Specifically, the topic of Measures 66 and 67 was brought up, and only the “yes” side was explored—when the “no” side was mentioned, it was done so in a negative light. Such actions constitute a deceptive and misleading effort to influence the votes of students. When a group frames their presentation

of voter material during a registration drive, it compromises their nonpartisanship. It tends to stray from a genuine civic effort and lean toward persuasion. It is perfectly appropriate for our student government to have a platform, or even promote specific agendas. Furthermore, it’s good that ASPSU is trying to get people involved, but they don’t need interrupt classes or troll resident halls to register voters. They don’t need to use the guise of a nonpartisan registration drive to further their own agenda. They have plenty opportunities and venues elsewhere to do so. It is safe to say that ASPSU aims to benefit students as much as possible; they put in a serious effort for the greater good of Portland State. However, if they make a claim to be nonbiased, they should stick to it and make a concerted effort to assure that their volunteers refrain from influencing voters. This is a civic-minded campus and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, including ASPSU volunteers. However, a nonpartisan voter registration drive is not the appropriate venue for spreading political agendas. ASPSU has the right to voice an opinion, but they should do so ethically, not covertly.

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with Richard D. Oxley

Deconstructing threatening questions Richard D. Oxley Vanguard staff

Whenever the issue arises, so does this question: What harm or threat does gay marriage pose? It’s a question that not even David Thompson, Proposition 8 supporter and defending lawyer in the current Californian Prop. 8 trial, could answer when asked during the pretrial. His answer at the time, “I don’t know,” is perhaps the most ingenuous and plausible response yet. Most replies generally don’t fare as well and more importantly, fail to be relevant to the legal realm of our nation. The biggest flaw in the anti-gay marriage argument is the fact that they have no answer to this question aside from responses that tend to favor a religious prescription, or statements causing one to scratch their head in bewilderment. Statements such as Hak-Shing William Tam’s, who testified yesterday for the disputed constitutionality of Prop. 8. In a letter released to various Chinese church groups by Tam in 2008, during the height of the Prop. 8 campaigns, he urged that, should gays obtain the right to marry, the next logical step in a homosexual agenda would be to legalize sex with children. Scratching your head yet? If you aren’t, then I would ask you to deconstruct this assumption. What relation does a homosexual person have with pedophilia?

Furthermore, what relation does marriage have with pedophilia? No cheating now, you have to make a genuine link between the two. “Gays are out to rape our children” doesn’t count. And if, unlike me, you are able to make such a connection, I encourage you to send a letter my way explaining your conclusion. Wyatt Cenac of The Daily Show offered a peek into the anti-gay marriage movement’s arguments, though admittedly a comedic peek, when New Jersey recently failed to pass its own gay marriage bill. My favorite assertion offered was that numbers of abortions would rise. Scratching your head again? Though perhaps the issue at hand isn’t these hypothetical assertions that get thrown about. Maybe such questions just distract from a greater problem—rights. Giving credit to hypotheticals may just be diverting our attention from the fact that this issue is about our government’s denial of rights to gay couples. When looked at from this perspective, it isn’t difficult to see that not a single liberty is threatened for straight couples at all. But for a gay couple, it’s a different story. However, Cenac’s satirical report did touch upon this tradition to fight for one’s rights in our country, even when those rights belong to a minority. As one African-American woman ironically stated, at one time in history she too would have had certain rights denied to her, but because of the efforts of those who came before her, she can now have equal rights in this nation. Hmm, scratching your head yet?

VikingVoice What do you think about the ending of the Fareless Square?

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What do you think? How do you think ASPSU has done so far?

Lynsey Forshee Senior, studio arts

Joel Shaw Post-bac, pre-physical therapy

“It’s kind of sad, it’s really useful when you’re [downtown] because when you just want to go within the proximity that it allowed you, it’s convenient…I think it should have stayed fareless.”

“To be honest, I didn’t really know. It’s pretty unfortunate. I don’t utilize public transportation a whole lot because I ride my bike, but when I’d have a flat on my bike or something it was always nice to hop on a bus downtown…I can’t see any positive effects because people are just gonna have to spend more money.”

Lena Monteverdi Sophomore, psychology

Jake Bevis Freshman, computer science

“That sucks, because I ride the bus everywhere and it was really helpful to have it fareless…when you are only needing to go certain places within the fareless area, you can pay a lot of money.”

“I use the rail more than I use the buses so I prefer [closing the Fairless square] rather than closing the rails. As it is, I think that they should have kept the buses [fareless] because already, they are too over priced. $2 or $1.50 per ride? Back where I’m from [Anchorage, Alaska] it was like 75 cents for a ride.”

Aaron Keel Graduate student, mathematics

Diane Deitering Senior, architectural studies

“It doesn’t affect me, the MAX is still free to ride. I came from San Francisco, so the MUNI there was always packed and it wasn’t any different from any other major city that I know of.”

“I think it pushes the homeless people to ride around the trains more and the buses less…I believe one of TriMet’s primary goals with the Free Rail Zone replacing Fareless Square was to keep homeless people from spending their time on the buses to get out of the weather.”

Ian Romanick Masters in computer science

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“At first I thought it was kind of stupid, but you know, everywhere useful that you could have gone on the buses for free you could go on the various trains now for free. I think, really, all it will do is make it so not as many people will get on the bus and say they are only on for the Fairless Square, and then go to Troutdale.”

How do you get to campus? Do you take the MAX, the bus, ride your bike or drive your car? Head to the Vanguard’s Facebook profile and take our transportation poll. Leave a comment and let us know the benefits and drawbacks of your preferred mode of transportation.

Farewell, Fareless Square Portland’s mass transit just got a little less great Meaghan Daniels Vanguard staff

It is officially over: Fareless Square has ended. Since Jan. 3, TriMet riders have had to change their routes if they are not willing to pay for bus rides in what used to be fareless zones in downtown Portland. For public buses, Fareless Square no longer exists, and so TriMet decided to change the name. They spent money on advertising for the useless name change from Fareless Square to the Free Rail Zone. Why spend vital funds on something so unnecessary? Most people would have heard about all bus areas requiring fares without the

needless advertisements. If TriMet really felt the need to spend money on advertisements, they should have just advertised that the Fareless Square will no longer include buses. The name change itself is not even essential. It is rather pointless and most people would have understood the change within the Fareless Square without changing the name and the advertisements. TriMet may have thought that the name change would add less confusion to the already poor choice of getting rid of Fareless Square, but changing names and wasting money is a poor use of resources and could potentially just confuse more people. The decision was made on Aug. 12, 2009, to make changes to Fareless Square by TriMet’s board of directors, according to Their reason was that with the

addition of the green line, nearly all trips can be made by either MAX or streetcar within Fareless Square. Let’s face it, without the option for buses in Fareless Square, the already overly crowded MAX trains and streetcars are going to become even worse. Yes, there are some moments when the MAX and streetcar are not very crowded, but in peak riding times, the MAX and streetcar are going to be packed with people. With that kind of congestion on public transportation, it makes the trip miserable, and who would want to ride it? Portland is a city that prides itself on their public transportation system. However, this error with removing Fareless Square was not Portland public transportation’s finest moment.

One of the greatest things about the public transportation system was Fareless Square. It made getting around downtown a lot easier and cheaper for all of us. Especially for people who live, work or go to school downtown, Fareless Square was a great resource and asset to being downtown. Even for people who just want to travel around downtown, it is nice not to worry about fares expiring or paying extra. And Free Rail Zone doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it? TriMet made a mistake by washing their hands of Fareless Square, what with the increased traffic on MAX trains and streetcars, and the squandering of money on a frivolous name change and pointless advertisements. So long Fareless Square, it was nice knowing you.

As we start a new decade and head into winter term, we find ourselves halfway toward the end of the academic year. It might be a good idea to check in on our student government and see how they are doing. How does one rate their student government? Have they communicated well with the students and faculty of PSU? Have they done anything notable so far? Do you even know what issues affect you as a student? Let the Vanguard know what you think. How is ASPSU doing so far in your eyes? Send a letter to opinion@, or leave a comment online. Share your thoughts, express your opinions and make your voice heard!


Vanguard 4 |4Opinion | News February January Month JanuaryDay, 23, 13, 15, 2009 2010

Healthy weight loss So what does healthy weight loss even mean? Where is the line between being overweight and going too far in your journey toward losing a few pounds? Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track. Keep in mind that the best source, and your first stop concerning weight loss, should be your doctor. - People who gradually lose weight, around one or two pounds a week, are more successful in keeping it off. - Don’t think that losing weight is merely restricted to your diet or some exercise craze. Lifestyle changes help far more in obtaining a healthy weight level. - It’s a good idea to recognize activities and dietary habits that may make it difficult for you to lose weight. - Set small but specific goals, and be realistic about them. A small commitment to jog or do pushups every other day is a good idea. Don’t just say that you will exercise more. - Monitor yourself. Keep a food diary or create a system to check in with yourself about your goals. Once you accomplish a healthy weight, don’t just stop there— keeping up a moderate exercise program will help you maintain. —

The dangerous pursuit of normal Fat acceptance and the skinny addiction Natalia Grozina Vanguard staff

As human beings, we are constantly seeking pleasure, whether that pleasure is food, love, music, clothes, drugs or whatever else. Many of these pleasures can escalate into addictions, and wanting those pleasures over and over again can oftentimes stay with us for many years. Of course another part of addiction is denial—denial that you have a problem, denial of a reliance and the eventual struggle once you admit having a problem and must give up that particular pleasure. On Jan. 6, an article posted in the health section of titled “Is the fat acceptance movement bad for our health?” certainly grabs your attention. Maybe because you are one of the millions of people whose New Year’s resolution this year is to lose a few pounds—or a lot—but stop going to the gym after a week of huffs and puffs on the treadmill. Perhaps you are a person considered overweight, or someone who doesn’t see it when people tell you you’re beautiful. Like many people struggling with their weight, the article portrays an accurate description of what some people have to deal with in life. Deb Lemire, featured in the article, referred to her figure as “short and square,” a family trait that was passed on to her. She recalled a tear-jerking

moment during a doctor visit for her daughter. The doctor pulled Lemire aside with concerns for her daughter’s weight. The 47-year-old Lemire began to cry, as if she “was the 10-year-old being told I was overweight.” Lemire is now the president of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, a group among the growing number called the fat acceptance movement that advocate that people can be healthy at any size. The CNN article questions whether accepting obesity or being overweight is as unhealthy as promoting super-skinny models as the feminine ideal. Being overweight is bad and proven to be unhealthy for your heart. But being underweight is just as bad—most people already know this as common sense. The inherent issue that should be discussed is not whether the fat acceptance movement is good or bad, or about obese people who can’t control their genes. What it should talk about is why some people can’t control their eating habits. The destruction an eating disorder causes is not just to physical appearance, but also emotional and mental health. It ruins everything in its path. It leaves nothing but this question: How does the desire to lose a few pounds become something so powerful that is takes control of your entire life? Eating disorder statistics provided by the National Eating Disorder Association indicate that 10 million American women suffer from eating disorders. One in 200 American women suffer from anorexia, and three in 100 American women suffer from bulimia. An

Guest Opinion Neo-Nazi fervor on the U of O campus? Grace Pettygrove Guest opinion

On the icy, though jubilant Friday at the end of fall finals week, I meandered with mild curiosity to the EMU Walnut Room to see what my friends described as “a bunch of Nazis.” The word “Nazi” isn’t a term that I take lightly, though I doubted that there was any literal connection between the speakers hosted by the Pacifica Forum and the white supremacists I’ve seen portrayed in movies like American History X. This is why I was shocked when presenters, along with several audience members, sieg heiled in the middle of the forum and showed a video of the feature speaker, Jimmy Marr, marching with white supremacists in Arizona as fellow demonstrators yelled “Death to the Jewish traitors.” Recovering my wits in the hallway after witnessing this gross display of racism and xenophobia, I felt camaraderie with a DPS officer who looked a little nauseous. “At least I got paid to be here,” he muttered. As it turns out, most people don’t

estimated 10 to 15 percent of anorexics and bulimics are male. And if you think that is a lot, a number of cases go unreported as girls struggle in silence. I was one of them. My goal of losing a few pounds for prom in high school progressed into an overwhelming addiction where my coping mechanism to deal with the pain of living in this world was to count my calories. I was once so consumed by it, that being happy with myself and the world around me was defined by a number equivalent to the amount of calories I consumed every day. Although I have overcome my problem of accepting the way I look, I have a much bigger consequence to pay than I could have ever imagined when I was addicted to being skinny. Today, my immune system is worse than that of a baby, and my metabolism and digestive system are even worse. I know there are people out there that just want a way out. Many, like me, have found it. Eating disorders are found in people attending universities, working for corporations, on a mission field or at home raising families. The same CNN article stated, “Obesity is the single greatest public health problem we face in the U.S.

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today and is now spreading beyond the developed world into developing countries.” Whether the obesity level is due to unhealthy eating habits or genetics, there is no one solution for losing weight besides making a change in your lifestyle. Whether that is by eating healthy or working out more, there is a significant difference between what is considered “normal” and what will create an addiction, when you begin to define yourself by your weight. Choose the one that won’t ruin your organs, like it did mine.

Vulnerability is more powerful than hate

really like neo-Nazis. Nonetheless, Nazi-sympathizers congregate regularly in our student union because of a policy that allows former professors, such as Pacifica Forum founder Orval Etter, to book rooms on campus free of charge. Pacifica members tout the organization as a forum for free speech, but over the last two years the Friday afternoon meetings have hosted a rather narrow array of holocaust deniers and white supremacists. Student Katie Hulse, like me, went to her first Pacifica Forum meeting last Friday without knowing the full extent of the off-campus organization’s radical right ideologies. “It’s easy to call someone Nazi fascist without actually listening to them first,” Hulse told me in an interview Tuesday. She didn’t know Friday that she would become the center of the event’s most heavily publicized confrontation. Hulse questioned Pacifica speaker Valdas Anelauskas about calling feminist theorist Andrea Dworkin “too ugly to rape,” and the rest is history: Anelauskas told Hulse, “Don’t worry, you are not ugly,” (Read: You are pretty enough to rape) and Hulse confronted him in tears: “You’re making me feel unsafe.”

Most people don’t really like neoNazis, so debate surrounding the Pacifica Forum is less, “Do we like them?” and more, “What do we do with people we don’t like using our student union?” Hulse responded with poignant emotion. “I just wanted to say: ‘You are a human, and I am a human, and your words do not express the reality of sexual violence in the world,’” Hulse told me. “I feel that you need to approach people on a personal level instead of just yelling, ‘I hate you, you’re a fascist.’” I tend to agree with Hulse’s approach, if only because it is finally drawing the sort of outrage warranted by the Pacifica Forum’s two-year parade of ugly-isms and phobias. “It’s interesting that it got blown up because someone was crying,” she said. “What does it take to mainstream a political movement?” While the protest last Friday displayed a variety of valid responses—reasoned, emotional, and angry—to racism and sexism on campus, Hulse’s experience is a reminder that standing up against hate speech isn’t just a political debate; it’s about creating a safe space for a diverse student body. Sometimes vulnerability is more powerful than anger. Whether we have a common

enemy, like the Pacifica Forum— which seems to offend every group of people that isn’t the Pacifica Forum— we should keep talking about the pervasive reality of discrimination and sexual assault in our own community. I get pissed every time I think about neo-Nazis with their straight-armed salutes and sieg heils in my student union, but something good should come from the very public display of the quiet prejudices that still cripple social progress. My preferred approach to Nazism aside, I see beautiful potential in all of this ugliness. In response to the hate speech masquerading as “free speech” at the Pacifica Forum, an organic, genuine forum for free speech has emerged among University students and the broader community of Eugene. This week, I see people defining their perspectives on racism and sexism on the Internet, on the street, in the café and in the classroom. This is our moment to show the Pacifica Forum what free speech actually sounds like, and I encourage everyone to do so if and when the organization returns to campus Friday. *This article was originally published in the Daily Emerald and is printed here in its original form.


Flying high The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces finally gives the Wii a good flight simulator Steve Haske Vanguard staff

Quick—name five good flight simulators for the Wii. No? OK, how about three, then. Two? How about even just one? OK, so the Wii hasn’t traditionally been known for being a good platform for flight sims, dogfighting games or anything that has to do with aircraft. Since its launch, if you’re a fan of flying planes, you probably haven’t been using Nintendo’s console to do it. Don’t worry though—publisher XSEED’s apparently got your number. And with the release of The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, the Wii finally has a very well-made flight sim. This should come as no surprise, considering the developers of the game are none other than Project Aces, who’ve demonstrated their deft prowess with aircraft design and mechanics time and again in the superlative Ace Combat series. The game is based on anime of the same name, which in turn is based on a series of books by acclaimed Japanese mystery author Hiroshi Mori. The plot of the film and books deals with a group of young fighter pilots—more or less genetically modified child soldiers minus infantry experience—that participate in a bizarre war-asentertainment which helps maintain the peace among nations. The setting, which is sort of like if Miyazaki took a stab at an alternate history World War II, seems appropriate for the story, but it’s one of only a few similarities be-

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10 worst slogan translations tween the game and its originators. Project Aces’ penchant for political backdrops is present in Innocent Aces, as is their love of anime cut scenes, but the narrative here is generally pretty slight. However, with pilots as experienced as these development team flyboys are, it doesn’t really matter much when you strap into the cockpit. Project Aces have done a wonderful thing with Innocent Aces by giving it a control scheme that plays to the strength of the Wiimote while offering a setup that closely resembles ( for a game) an actual plane’s layout. Essentially, you take the Wiimote in your left hand—that’s your throttle. The Nunchuck, on the other hand, controls pitch and yaw, with its top buttons taking care of machine guns and special weaponry. To adjust speed or direction, all you have to do is pull up on your throttle ( from a pointing position) or move the nunchuck up or down. It’s an orthodox setup, particularly when you’re starting out with the Nunchuk in your right hand, but once you get used to it, it’s damn near perfect. Tricky maneuvers like barrel rolls and mid-air turnarounds are also a cinch—the eight directions of the Nunchuck’s D-pad have various tricks mapped to them, usable by hitting the A button. Given that the Wiimote only has so many buttons (read: not many), this is a great compromise for improving your plane’s overall maneuverability, and makes flying itself a blast. When you’re tracking a bogey in the midst of battle, there’s also a special targeting gauge that can be used to line your enemy up in your sights. Basically, the gauge fills up to three levels the longer you’re tailing or tracking someone.

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The Sky crawlers: A new flight simulator for Nintendo’s Wii.

Using the gauge will make your plane do a fancy maneuver to fall in close behind your enemy, with your proximity being measured by which level the gauge is at. Flying in at a maxed out level three will practically guarantee you a kill if you start firing your machine guns, while a level one will generally put you within range, but may require manual targeting. Sometimes the targeting makes the game a little too easy, though enemies can still be tricky to keep in your crosshairs some of the time. Of course, much like an Ace Combat game, which aircraft you choose will also greatly affect your battle performance. Picking a smaller, faster plane will make dogfighting easier, but any air-to-surface attacks you may have to engage in will probably require a little more finesse with your machine guns. Your aircraft hangar isn’t huge, but there’s a good selection of fighters and lighter weight craft as well as heavy, slower planes that can carry a hefty payload of, say, napalm or other incendiary bombs. Customization of your planes can also help, with

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everything from armor and weapons to different engine and wing types available. Even with all its different component parts, Innocent Aces feels just slightly more arcade-y than its Ace Combat cousins, but damn is it fun (and sports a great, if limited, soundtrack). One can only hope that next time Project Aces actually makes us an Ace Combat Wii. But for a more period-style flight sim (particularly one with a $30 price point) you probably won’t want to pass this one up.

The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces XSEED Games Nintendo Wii $29.99

Wendy Shortman Vanguard staff

What makes a planet a planet? In Alan Boyle’s new book The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference, the author addresses the heated debate in the scientific world as to how scientists determine the status of unknown objects in the universe. Boyle makes the case for one of the most controversial planets, or whatever you’d like to call it. “The book does cover the political back-story behind what happened to Pluto, and how scientists are human too,” Boyle said. Boyle, who’s a science writer for the Microsoft National Broadcasting Company (MSNBC) Web site, has been considering controversies surrounding Pluto’s status since 2003, especially the 2006 decision to demote Pluto from planetary status. “You have to consider all these

icy worlds that are being found and ask questions what it means to be a planet,” said Boyle, who argues that Pluto is a planet despite its small size. A common misconception, Boyle explains, is that size determines a planet from a floating piece of space junk. In fact, some scientists would tell you it’s the geological potential, atmosphere or number of moons. Boyle will tell you it’s a complex discussion, and there’s really no right way to decide. “People think that Pluto is just a piece of leftover junk out there, and that it doesn’t count,” Boyle said. “Really, Pluto is a survivor.” Boyle and others will tell you that Pluto is the oddball of the solar system. Its distance from Earth has always made it difficult for scientists to learn more about it. It took some time for scientists to discover that Pluto survived a giant cosmic collision causing one of its moons Charon to develop—much like the process of development for our own moon, according to scientists.

Clairol introduced the “Mist Stick,” a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that “mist” is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the “Manure Stick.” Coors translated its slogan, “Turn it loose,” in Spanish, making it read “Suffer from diarrhea.”  Pepsi’s “Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation” translated into “Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back From the Grave” in Chinese.  When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the U.S., with the smiling baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels of what’s inside, since many of the natives can’t read.  Frank Perdue’s chicken slogan, “It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken,” was translated into Spanish as “it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate.” 

Solar system underdog In his new book, Alan Boyle makes a case for Pluto

Vanguard Arts & Culture | 5 January 15, 2010

When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, it translated its “Fly In Leather” campaign literally, which meant “Fly Naked” (vuela en cuero) in Spanish.

Space: The final frontier.

Still, Pluto is considered somewhat of an underdog in the solar system. Some may wonder what the cultural fascination with Pluto is. “Some people say it’s all because of the dog,” Boyle said. “A year after Pluto was discovered, Walt Disney created the character named Pluto. Some people think it’s [solely] associated with the dog. I think there’s more to it.” Judging from how the media and people responded three years ago to the news of Pluto losing its planetary title, the subject has proved to be more complex than a Disney reference. It had more to do with the way you’d root for a sports team deemed the underdog of a championship game. The Case for Pluto really isn’t just about Pluto, but about how

Illustration courtesy of NASA

politics play a role in even the scientific world. So, even if you don’t agree with Boyle that Pluto should have the status as a planet once again, you may learn a thing or two about how scientists rationalize and debate over planets. “I hope it’s fascinating for people that may not be interested in even taking a physics class, but are interested in how scientists do their work as humans,” Boyle said.

Reading with Alan Boyle Powell’s Technical Books 33 NW Park Ave. Sat, 4 p.m. Free

The Dairy Association’s huge success with the campaign “Got Milk?” prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention that the Spanish translation read “Are You Lactating?” General Motors had a very famous fiasco in trying to market the Nova car in Central and South America. No va in Spanish means, “It Doesn’t Go”.  The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as “Kekoukela”, meaning “Bite the Wax Tadpole” or “Female Horse Stuffed with Wax”, depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent “kokoukole”, translating into “Happiness in the Mouth.”


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Friday night’s all right for a fight (or just checking out some awesome live music) Just Lions, Tango Alpha Tango, Bognor Just Lions’ music is a little eerie, somewhat minimal at times, but just what indie rock should be. With an honest sound, fun, catchy hooks and a lead singer who errs on the side of monotone from time to time, this group puts out some nice Death Cab for Cutiestyle tunes with pretty harmonies to compliment the finished product. The Artistery 8 p.m., $6, all ages Deelay Ceelay, Matt Sheehy, special guest This line up is a little odd, but totally amazing. Combining the sweet folky-ness of Matt Sheehy and the can’t-stop-won’tstop dancey action of Deelay Ceelay’s double drum musical madness, this is sure to be a memorable evening. The show is a celebration for the Willamette Week Give! Guide 2009. If you donated, you’re guaranteed a spot, but if you didn’t it’s still free. Come early if you didn’t make a donation since it will most likely sell out. Berbati’s Pan 9 p.m., Free, 21+ Guidance Counselor, Velella Velella, Cape Arch Watch out Mississippi Studios—you are about to get rocked. Guidance Counselor will be taking the stage of this cozy North Portland venue to jump, shake and rattle your skulls with heavy bass, sick beats and some funky vocals. Their line up may have changed over the years and they do have some new material, but the original spirit has never left. Mississippi Studios, 8 p.m., $8, 21+

Learning from the comic book masters Brian Michael Bendis teaches and inspires PSU students Anita Kinney Vanguard staff

Portland is known for being a hotbed of comic book creators. With a thriving community of local artists, the presence of a major publishing company (Milwaukee’s Dark Horse, founded by Portland State alumnus Mike Richardson) and an ever-increasing number of comic artists choosing to make Portland their home, it’s no surprise that Portland State offers courses focusing on the medium. Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz has taught a graphic novels course at Portland State, and she invited Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis to guest lecture in her classes—a turn of events that led to Bendis being offered a class of his own. “I realized that the best thing I could do in my life is probably create the class that I didn’t get to take when I was in college in Cleveland,” Bendis said. Bendis inked his first comic publishing deal before graduation and designed an independent study so that he could focus on his work. Now, he is teaching his first class at Portland State, a writer’s workshop focusing on the craft of writing and its relevance to the graphic novel. His course covers the philosophy of comic books in comparison to other mediums and includes documentaries and guest speakers. Bendis is perhaps best known for his tenure as the lead writer for the Marvel series Ultimate Spiderman. He’s also written for Daredevil, The Avengers and X-Men, and collaborates on a creator-owned series, Powers. Bendis’ writing is known for its dialogue and he has crafted a number of years-long storylines that stand out for their length. The author said that he’s been able to develop these stories over a long period of time because of his somewhat unique circumstances— citing an exclusive contract with Marvel as a source of tremendous artistic freedom. “I’m not going to get fired, unless I really, really screw up,” Bendis said. “So I think, ‘let’s make some long form, really interesting, hopefully really fun, storylines with books…other people don’t have the opportunity to even try that, just because of the nature of freelance… but I’m really given the chance to roll up my sleeves and do something special…and I find that really rewarding. There’s nothing like setting something up and watching it pay off gigantically, years down the line.” For his Portland State class, Bendis handpicked students from a pool of applicants. At the university’s behest, he selected students based on an e-mailed statement of intent. The class is a true writing workshop, designed to make its participants write every day. The final project is an original comic, which Bendis emphasized is an exercise in creative visual storytelling. “There’s a million ways to produce a comic book that don’t include drawing,” Bendis said. “No one’s being judged on their artistic skill, they’re being judged on their ability to tell a visual story…comics are a bastard medium, like rock and roll is a bastard medium…it always thrives if someone is able to find something from outside the medium to put into it. “The medium almost by itself allows that—like rock and

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roll, if someone just imitates another rock and roll star, it just becomes a flabbier version. But if someone takes opera, or jazz, or classical, or something, to rock and roll, it elevates the form, it makes something exciting. What comics excel at is that someone can find something that truly inspires them from outside that medium—painting, screenwriting, photography, poetry, anything that makes words and pictures that can be put together to tell a story—and can make a good graphic novel.” He noted that he spends a great deal of time studying playwrights and cinematographers in order to hone his skill at writing conversational dialogue. “I want to believe that [characters] are listening to each other, and they’re not just laying stuff out for the audience,” Bendis said. “In comics particularly, I think the weakness of the medium has

always allowed for very clunky, fanny exposition that no one would actually say in real life…on my personal journey, I’ve tried to apply the craft of the playwright to the superhero genre that I work in, so that when Spiderman and the Human Torch are having a conversation, as silly as that is, it sounds like an actual conversation.” Using his varied studies to hone his skills, Bendis’ work has come out rich, varied and full of a special kind of life that has made him a unique player in the world of graphic novels. “[Studying film and theater] has done me very well,” Bendis said. “I’m able to produce something, even in superheroes, that’s different, that even smells different from the decades that came before me. Part of the class is learning to look outside the medium to find things that inspire [students] to their core, to produce things that no one’s ever thought of before.”

Jinx: Bendis’ best known early work, a noir-

style story about a bounty hunter.

Soba and

veggies to go

A fast, light meal that can be carried with you to your winter classes. Katherine Vetrano Vanguard staff

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Vegetable goodies: Fresh, colorful produce mixed lovingly with oodles of noodles.

As we delve deeper into winter term, many students are faced with the dilemma of meals on campus. Some have classes during their usual lunchtime, others at night when they would normally enjoy cooking dinner at home. Often, it’s easy to turn to eating at the many campus restaurants offered at Portland State. Whether it’s Pizzicato, Pita Pit or Chipotle, sometimes these choices are hard on the wallet and not always the best for your waist line. If a student is to spend $6 a day on food at campus, that’s $30 a week! Why not spend that money to fill your fridge instead of emptying your wallet? Packing a meal at home is an easy way to cut back on spending that

financial aid money too quickly. It’s also a great way to stick to your New Year’s resolutions for healthier eating. When you take the time to shop over the weekend, it’s easy to pull together a fast meal to go during the school week. Plus, produce is cheap, so once again, the wallet benefits. This recipe is healthy, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like it. It has whole grains, a plethora of great vegetables and avocado for some healthy fat. The beans add protein and fiber, so you’ll stay full throughout your class. Be creative with this meal and add whatever you have in your own refrigerator. Grated ginger or a squeeze of any citrus fruit will lend nicely to the sauce. Soba noodles can be found in most Asian aisles of the grocery store, but really any whole-grain noodles work here. An assortment of vegetables (such as broccoli, carrots or mushrooms), or even fruit, are all nice additions to the mix. Lastly, the colors of this dish are vibrant and beautiful. As you look down at your deliciously economical meal, maybe you’ll forget how far off spring term really is.

Ingredients 1 large handful of soba noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti 1/4 cup of purple cabbage, finely chopped 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cucumber, chopped 1/2 avocado, diced 1/2 cup of canned kidney or black beans, drained and rinsed For the dressing: 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce 1 generous splash of Sriracha or any hot sauce Pepper Serves one

Method 1. Prep your ingredients. Cut your bell pepper, cucumber, avocado, and drain your beans. 2. Put a small saucepan of salted water over high heat. When rapidly boiling, add Soba noodles. 3. Place all chopped veggies in a Tupperware container. 4. Combine oils, soy sauce and Sriracha in a cup or small bowl and whisk with a fork. Taste, and fix the sauce to your liking. 5. After about six minutes, or when the Soba noodles are floating and tender, drain them in a strainer (whole-wheat spaghetti will take longer, most likely 10 minutes). 6. Add cooked noodles to the veggies and top with sauce, stirring to ensure that everything is coated. 7. Pop your tasty concoction in some Tupperware, secure the lid and catch the bus!

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10 creative uses for tennis balls Erase scuffmarks With a utility knife, cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the end of an old broom handle. Rub the ball over scuffmarks on your wood floors—they’ll come right off. Protect a padlock Cut a slit in a tennis ball with a utility knife and slip it over an outdoor padlock to prevent water from getting into it and freezing. Remove a broken light bulb The bulb broke off in the socket? No problem. Carefully clear away any shards of broken glass, then gently push a tennis ball against the light socket and twist it to remove the bulb’s embedded stem. Cushion the blow Cut an X in a tennis ball and slip it over the head of a hammer so you don’t ding up walls, wood or other fragile materials while you’re pounding away. Install a parking guide Hang a tennis ball from a string from the ceiling of your garage so that the ball touches the top left corner of the windshield when your car is properly parked. Now you’ll know how far to pull in each time you come home.  Open a jar Cut a tennis ball in half. Use the open end to grip and unscrew tight lids. Make a hitch cover Make a long slit in a tennis ball with a utility knife. Slide the ball over the hitch of your trailer to keep it from scratching other cars (and protect it from getting damaged).  Collect change for tolls Cut a slit in a tennis ball and stash spare change inside. Keep the ball in your car so you don’t have to grope for your wallet when you’re at the tollbooth. Keep a door open Who needs a doorstop? Wedge a tennis ball between the door and the doorjamb instead. Get a better grip Hold a tennis ball in each hand. Squeeze and release repeatedly to strengthen your hands and arms for using tools.


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News Editor: Virginia Vickery 503-725-5690

A Grimm tale, completed (continued from Wednesday, Jan. 13) Thereupon the little dwarf carried the ravens’ dinner in, on seven little plates, and in seven little glasses, and the little sister ate a morsel from each plate, and from each little glass she took a sip, but in the last little glass she dropped the ring which she had brought away with her. Suddenly she heard a whirring of wings and a rushing through the air, and then the little dwarf said, “Now the lord ravens are flying home.” Then they came, and wanted to eat and drink, and looked for their little plates and glasses. Then said one after the other, “Who has eaten something from my plate? Who has drunk out of my little glass? It was a human mouth.” And when the seventh came to the bottom of the glass, the ring rolled against his mouth. Then he looked at it, and saw that it was a ring belonging to his father and mother, and said, “God grant that our sister may be here, and then we shall be free.” When the maiden, who was standing behind the door watching, heard that wish, she came forth, and on this all the ravens were restored to their human form again. And they embraced and kissed each other, and went joyfully home. —

Ron Lee: Student fee committee and Pre-Law Society member.

Student group dispute escalates Student Fee Committee member involved in Pre-Law Society conflict Vinh Tran Vanguard staff

What started out as a simple miscommunication between a student group and one of its members escalated into a standoff involving several students and a faculty member that left all sides reeling from the negative publicity. The nucleus of the controversy— at whom everyone is pointing their finger—is Ron Lee, a member of the Student Fee Committee (SFC). As first reported in the Portland Spectator, Lee became the center of attention after he accused Ashley McClain, president of the Pre-Law Society, of financial mismanagement. According to McClain, Lee paid the $15 membership dues with a $20 bill that he turned into the group’s former president Jake Merz. Merz resigned shortly after receiving the payment, so the money was delayed from being recorded by the group. “Basically, [Lee] is saying that I had his $5, [and] that I didn’t reflect that amount in the books,” McClain said. McClain said Lee was upset, not so much over the $5, but because she took over as president right after Merz resigned without going through a formal election process. She claims Lee held aspirations of becoming the group’s president but also admits that the group’s constitution does not specify steps

to take in the event of a presidential resignation. Lee said that, as a member of the SFC, he has an obligation to students to cast attention on the group’s failure to report income. Lee brought the matter before the SFC during a hearing, and posted messages airing his grievances with the student group on the Pre-Law Society’s public listserv. McClain said that after Lee made the discrepancy a public matter, he became a target for criticism from group members. “People were taking stabs at him on the listserv,” McClain said. The matter took a turn for the worse when the group’s academic advisor, philosophy professor and attorney Kevin Hill, responded to Lee’s accusations on the public listserv and sent him a personal message. At the time, still reeling from what he called ad hominem attacks from his fellow group members, Lee said he was further irked by the private message from Hill. “He sent me an inappropriate message with this opening statement that basically said ‘I have a relationship with all of the law schools in Oregon,’” Lee said. As an aspiring lawyer, Lee said he felt the message was intimidating and responded in an e-mail to Hill: “Professor you do not have any right to infer a threat upon students legal futures suggesting in any way that you can, may or will have ANY negative influence over them...” Lee told Hill in an e-mail that he will complain to the Oregon State Bar and three Oregon law schools about Hill’s “threats.” McClain said she is certain from

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Ashley McClain: Looking to the future of the Pre-Law Society.

her experience with Hill that he did not make any threat against Lee. She called Lee’s attempt to get Hill disbarred “ridiculous.” However, Lee did attempt just that and more. Aside from forwarding all his correspondence between himself and Hill to university media outlets, including the Vanguard and the Spectator, Lee also sent the records to President Wim Wiewel, the State Board of Higher Education and the Oregon State Bar. During this time, Hill publicly resigned from his position as advisor to the group in a post on its listserv, an action Lee called “entirely inappropriate.” “[Hill] lead everyone to believe that I was the one who lead him to that resignation by saying that he was disgusted by some student’s conduct,” Lee said. In an e-mail sent to Lee, Hill apologized a total of six times for making his comments on the public listserv and for the perceived threats over e-mail. Since then, the Spectator has published an article describing the incident and Hill’s resignation. Now, Lee says the article was biased and left out his side of the story and implied that Lee was the source for Hill’s resignation. “I wrote a six-page letter to [a writer at the Spectator] explaining my side of the story, and he refused to even put my response letter in the article,” Lee said. “Instead, they fabricated a quote from me.” After the article came out, Lee requested of Hill that he contact the Spectator and ask them to issue a retraction. Hill responded in an e-mail saying that his decision to drop

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his advising post was due to family issues, not because of Lee. Hill again apologized to Lee for his listserv comments and said he wanted to put this matter behind them. McClain said Lee’s actions negatively impacted the group through the loss of its advisor. “I do blame Ron for Kevin’s resignation…it was completely unnecessary,” McClain said. “Ron claimed that he’s there for the students but look at the damage he caused.” McClain said Lee’s false accusation hurt the Pre-Law Society but she still considers Lee a member of the group. “I do resent the fact that he said I’m stealing money but I will still treat him just like any other member,” McClain said. McClain said the group will continue its work and plans to host an upcoming Q-and-A session with Tracy Sullivan from Lewis & Clark Law School on Feb. 4.

Pre-law Society general meeting Wed, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SMSU, room 338 Personal Statement Workshop and Q-and-A session with Tracy Sullivan, Lewis & Clark Law School Thu, Feb. 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. SMSU, room 296

Vanguard 10 | Sports January 15, 2010


Viks look to hack Jacks

Sports Editor: Robert Britt 503-725-4538

Intramural sports leagues Winter in Portland means rainy days—many, many rainy days. Luckily, Campus Rec’s Intramural Sports program offers a variety of indoor sports to keep you inside and active.

Portland State travels to Flagstaff to take on Northern Arizona Nilesh Tendolkar

From the competitive indoor soccer league to pickup basketball games, the possibilities are nearly endless. So, grab your shorts and shoes and hit the gym.

League play Start dates for co-ed leagues: Basketball Jan. 19 Volleyball Jan. 25

Scouting the Vikings

The Portland State women’s basketball team takes on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks tomorrow night in the second consecutive road game of Big Sky, Conference action. After last night’s loss to Northern Colorado, the Vikings are second in the conference standings with a 3–1 league record. Tip-off is slated for 5:35 p.m. at the J.L. Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Vikings are coming into Saturday night’s match-up off a 72–68 loss against Northern Colorado, and are 9–8 overall and 3–1 in Big Sky play. Portland State has been stellar on their home court, winning both conference games played at the Stott Center this season. Last Friday, the Vikings came back from an unbelievable 20-point deficit to win at home against Montana State. Senior guard Claire Faucher had an impressive lategame resurgence, scoring 25 of her 28 points in the second half. The win was also head coach Sherri Murrell’s 200th career victory. On Saturday, the Viks won another at the Stott after restricting Montana to just 47 points.

Scouting the Lumberjacks

Indoor soccer Jan. 27

Pick up games Until league play begins, drop-in games are available during the following times:

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Basketball Jones: Sophomore guard Eryn Jones and company take to the road this weekend.

Indoor soccer Mondays 4 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. Volleyball Mondays 7 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Northern Arizona, currently 3–14 this season and 1–3 in the Big Sky are placed sixth in the conference. The Lumberjacks broke a two-game losing streak with a victory over Weber State last weekend, but lost to Eastern Washington last night. Freshman guard Amy Patton, who leads the conference with six double-doubles through 16 games, will likely be spearheading the Lumberjacks’ offense on Saturdays night. Patton also leads the conference with an average of 22 points per game in league play and was selected as a Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

Past matchups: The Vikings have dominated their recent clashes with the Lumberjacks, winning five of the last six meetings. In the last four games, the margin of victory was in double digits. In their last meeting, back in February 2009, Portland State defeated the Northern Arizona squad, 69–57 in Flagstaff.


What: Portland State (9–8 overall, 3–1 Big Sky) at Northern Arizona (3–14 overall, 1–3 Big Sky)

Tuesday and Thursday 7 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. Registration for league play is required, and all information can be found on the Intramurals section of the Campus Rec Web site at

When: 5:35 p.m., Saturday Where: Flagstaff, Ariz. Coverage: 800 AM, KPDQ or

E-mail Intramural Sports at for additional information.

Photos by Aaron Leopold/Portland State Vanguard

And they’re off… Vikings hope to add to December’s winnings in Emerald City Nadya Ighani Vanguard staff

After a long winter break, the Portland State track and field teams return to action to face the brunt of their indoor season. Beginning with tomorrow’s UW Indoor Preview in Seattle, Wash., the Vikings will compete for the next five weekends until the conference championship on Feb. 26–27. Head coach Ronnye Harrison is looking to get all of his athletes qualified for the championship. “It’s time to dust the cobwebs off from winter and get into competition mode,” Harrison said. Seven Portland State studentathletes already qualified in December for the Big Sky Indoor Championship during their

performance at the Boise Statehosted Jackson Open. Two of them, sophomore Geronne Black and junior Karene King, placed first and second in the 60-meter dash with times of 7.71 and 7.75 seconds, respectively. Sophomores Joenisha Vinson and Pilar Dorsett qualified in the 60-meter hurdles. Vinson had 9.04 seconds and Dorsett was two places behind her at 9.13 seconds. Two seniors also qualified with second-place finishes. Amirah Karim placed in the long jump with a distance of 18.73 feet, and Mikeya Nicholson ended the triple jump at 38.06 feet. Senior Nick Trubachik, reigning conference champion in the heptathlon, qualified for the championship with 5,001 points and a fourth place finish—making him the only player on the men’s team to qualify for the championship. Junior Adrienne Davis nearly qualified in the shot put during her first meet as a Viking, but was three-

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Back on track: Head coach Ronnye Harrison (right) hopes to qualify more Viks for conference.

quarters of an inch short of standard. Her toss of 42 feet, 11.25 inches still enters her at third place in the Portland State record books. Sophomore Tony Crisofulli nearly made his mark in the record books as well, missing the school record for the 1,000-meter run by only 1.88 seconds. In the conference’s preseason poll, the results of which were

released earlier this month, Portland State earned 15 votes for both the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team was selected to finish eighth and the women are predicted to finish ninth. After Seattle, the Viks head to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Friday Night Challenge hosted by Northern Arizona.


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At the line: Junior forward Phillip Thomas (above) and the Viks take aim at victory in the Stott this weekend.

After dropping two in a row, the Vikings return to the Park Blocks to host UNC and NAU this weekend J. Logue Vanguard staff

After losing two straight on the road, the Portland State men’s basketball team has an opportunity to right the ship this weekend when they host Northern Colorado tonight and Northern Arizona on Sunday. The Vikings (7–9, 4–4 Big Sky) look to extend their perfect record at home this year, while keeping pace with the other top teams also vying for first place in the Big Sky. In tonight’s contest with Northern Colorado (15–3, 4–1 Big Sky), the Vikings face a tough team that should test the legitimacy of their perfect home record. With shaky play coming from nearly every position recently, the Vikings need production from the entire roster to have any chance of success against the Bears. Easily the biggest surprise in the Big Sky this year, Northern Colorado is squarely in first place after last weekend’s convincing 84–75 win against Weber State. Bringing a primarily blue-collar style of play, the Bears are ranked second in scoring offense and scoring defense, as well as first in free-throw shooting. After what will probably be their toughest test at home this year on Friday, Portland State will then face a Northern Arizona (7–9, 1–4 Big Sky) team that dropped two of its last four games. Similar to the Vikings, the Lumberjacks have struggled as of late and are

SCORING OFFENSE 1. Portland State 2. N. Colorado 3. Weber State 4. Montana State 5. E. Washington 6. N. Arizona 7. Montana 8. Sacramento St. 9. Idaho State

G 16 18 17 16 17 16 18 17 17

performing far better at home then on the road. Portland State should make short work of the Lumberjacks—who are near the bottom of every statistical category—which will serve to build some much-needed excitement for the following week’s tough competition, and Weber State in particular. One thing the Vikings will likely be paying attention to all weekend is turnovers. With the majority of their problems stemming from giveaways, success will largely depend on how well they protect the rock and prevent steals on passes. While it is impossible to think they won’t commit any, the 31 turnovers produced against Montana and Montana State on the previous road trip simply will not cut it. Also a contributing factor to their recent troubles, Portland State ranks dead last in three-point defense, which is surprising considering their ability to hit the net from a distance against opposing teams. If the Viks can get turnovers and threes under control, their athleticism should get them two badly needed wins this weekend, and their hopes to make it into the conference tournament and extend the streak of NCAA Tournament appearances depend on those wins. Both games are at the Stott Center, and tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. tonight and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Pts 1,241 1,363 1,268 1,120 1,174 1,096 1,231 1,099 1,074

Avg/G 77.6 75.7 74.6 70.0 69.1 68.5 68.4 64.6 63.2

Vanguard Sports | 12 January 15, 2010

A sports story that will make you believe in curses Sports buffs are a superstitious bunch. Every team that’s gone a few years without a title is said to be under some kind of “curse.” But then there are the real ones, the ones that are kind of hard to dismiss. The Giants and the Curse of Coogan’s Bluff Once upon a time, the San Francisco Giants baseball team played in New York, underneath a cliff face known as Coogan’s Bluff. In 1957, the Giants decided to abandon their crumbling stadium and move to San Francisco. The move was sudden and incensed longtime fans who took it as a sign of outright betrayal, forcing them to make an impossible choice: continue rooting for their team that was now 3,000 miles away, or become Mets fans. As any rational person would do when faced with such a dilemma, the fans placed a hex on the team, and it worked. When the Giants played at Coogan’s Bluff, they were in the World Series 17 times and won their fifth, and last title in 1954. To put it in perspective, the last time the Giants touched the Commissioner’s Trophy was the very first time a sporting event was broadcast in color. Or, for the geeks out there, when Lord of the Rings was first published. Here’s where it gets weird. Two of the Giants’ three appearances in the Series since moving were delayed by freak acts of nature’s wrath—heavy, monsoonlike rains in 1962 and an earthquake in 1989 delayed the World Series. From this, we can scientifically deduce that instead of a robe, God wears an “I Heart N.Y.” shirt. —

Daily Vanguard January 15, 2010  

Daily Vanguard January 15, 2010

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