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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 72
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Calls for justice in shooting
Hard drive recovery Continues OIT works to restore data to computers after an upgrade mistake Sharon E. Rhodes Vanguard staff
2018 Olympics in Portland? A bid for the best in the Northwest PAGE 3
NEWS Bookstore still recovering Cleanup continues after water filled basement level PAGE 4 News Briefs PAGE 5
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Peace and justice for all: Peaceful protesters marching to PSU campus last Friday demanding justice for the shooting of an unarmed man by
Attorney general spoke Friday to protesters gathered at PSU Tamara K. Kennedy Vanguard staff
The secrets of Portland An exposé on the darker past of our fine city PAGE 6
Empowerment in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro The Afroreggae movement and the power of positive social change PAGE 7
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger spoke to a crowd gathered in the South Park Blocks beside Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State last Friday to protest the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer in late January. The protesters met at Pioneer Courthouse Square and marched down Broadway Street to campus, filling an estimated city block as police blocked off side streets along the route. “The United States Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation, which is appropriate and necessary,” Kroger said. Family of the 25-year-old AfricanAmerican man, Aaron Campbell, who was shot during a stand off with police on Jan. 29 in Northeast Portland, attended the rally. Marva Davis, Campbell’s mother, thanked the crowd for coming and said she wants to see fairness and justice. Kroger came to speak to the protesters after leaving a meeting in the PSU Urban Center, at which he introduced Assistant Attorney General Diane Schwartz Sykes, the
Card issuance age, ability of companies to market on campus changed Carrie Johnston
head of the state’s newly formed civil rights unit, and discussed the unit’s priority areas of casework, according to a posting on the Disability Rights Oregon Web site. It is clear there is enormous room for improvement in the Portland Police Bureau, Kroger said. He called this situation a turning point for Portland that he thinks will galvanize the city. According to Kroger, it is not about how police are or are not doing their job, but it is about how to restore trust. “The last thing our city needs now is violence of any sort,” Kroger said. Dr. Leroy Haynes of the Allen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church said, “If each one of us will stand together, we can sweep in reform in our police department.” Ed Garrett, candidate for city commissioner, said, “If [there is] not a huge bond of trust between law enforcement and community, we are in real trouble.” The Rev. Renee’ Ward, associate pastor of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist church and a rally organizer, spoke to the diverse crowd gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the march, calling for justice and thanking the police for their escort during the march through the streets to PSU. The march portion of the event was previously scheduled to take place on the sidewalks, Ward said. The march included Chris Beck a
20-year-old man who held a sign with the word “Justice” printed on it. Albert Matthews, a 53-year-oldman, carried a sign with red letters that said, “Am I next?” As she marched down Broadway, Gina Parks, a 24-year-old woman, repeatedly called out “what do we need?” and the crowd answered “justice.”
Lobby day for Aaron’s Law Wed, Feb.24, in Salem 8 a.m., Meet at 3138 N Vancouver Ave. in front of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church (North Fargo and Vancouver avenues) 8:30 a.m., Carpool to the Oregon capitol building in Salem 9:45 a.m., Visit Oregon representatives according to zip code 11:15 a.m., Meet with Oregon senators according to zip code 1 p.m., Visit Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s office 1:45 p.m., Visit Department of Justice, Civil Rights Unit 2:30 p.m., Return to Portland For more information call 503-548-7537 or 503-962-9607
Federal credit law affects students
Feast or famine Offense fades in and out as softball goes 2–4 at Stacy Winsberg Tournament PAGE 10
The Federal Credit CARD Act, or Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, took effect Monday after being signed into law by President Barack Obama last Friday. Among other things, this act changes the way that companies can market credit cards on college campuses. The law, passed by Congress in May 2009, will help consumers avoid unfair fees, penalties, interest rate increases and other unwarranted changes from credit card companies, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Consumer News.
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Not everywhere you want to be: Credit card companies banned from marketing on campuses.
The Office of Information Technologies found that less hard drives than originally estimated were affected by an upgrade error that caused data loss, but the recovery effort continues three weeks later. On Friday, Feb. 5, at 4:10 p.m., OIT installed an upgrade to a remote hard-drive imaging program, Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager, and in doing so inadvertently wiped the hard drives of 302 campus computers, which is 88 fewer than initially estimated. According to Sharon Blanton, chief information officer of OIT, this was the result of human error. When an OIT employee with administrative privileges wiped the hard drive of the computer OIT intended to upgrade, they also wiped the hard-drives of every computer connected to the server at that instant. However, the damage was limited. Blanton said, “It could have been way, way worse than it was...the image could have gone to up to 4,500 computers.” Campus computers check in with the server for updates only every 30 minutes and, because this occurred late on a Friday afternoon, many faculty members had already shut down their machines. By the following Friday, OIT had fully restored 155 computers. Blanton said, “15 people worked through the weekend…We had pretty much all the classrooms and labs back up by Sunday [Feb. 7].” Faculty computers required more time. According to Jeff Brown, office coordinator in the Department of History, it took OIT “a little bit more than a week” to return the three or four affected computers to full functionality. Although, unsure of the exact impact on faculty research or class data, Brown said, “I assume that there was data lost.” According to Blanton, OIT “replaced all of the hard drives [of affected faculty computers] with a new disk, so that they would at least be able to use their computer.” OIT encourages everyone to store their data on the server. Those who followed this advice lost no data, nor did many general use lab computers and Macintoshes, which the SCCM did not affect. “We have to do everything possible to recover that data.” Unfortunately, some data has been lost, she said. “A lot of this stuff comes back scrambled,” Blanton said. According to Blanton, OIT could have prevented this by setting up its implementation of the imaging differently. “We did not go far enough in setting up those granular levels of access,” she said. In the future, OIT plans to divide installation tasks between at least two people, so that one person submits a command and another approves it, a system Blanton compared to the launching of nuclear weapons.
Vanguard 2 | Opinion February 23, 2010
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A look at what you’re saying online at www.dailyvanguard.com The story doesn’t stop when the print hits the page. Don’t like something that you read, want us to cover a story or feel that there is more to be said? You have the opportunity to praise or rip us apart here at the Vanguard. Post a comment online or write us a letter and tell us what you think. Here are some highlights from last week’s online comments.
Satan’s toolbox Pornography is the largest hammer in Satan’s toolbox, and shame on your publication for condoning anything that perpetuates the viewing of carnal activities between dirty, godless pimp-rapists and the whores suckling the teat of the Sow of Sin (“Now in session: Porn 101!” Feb. 10). Sex itself is a beautiful aspect of our lives. Why must there be people that pervert sex for the rest of us?
Penises do not belong in a mouth, people, nor should women allow their divine birthing canals to be sullied by tongues. Genitals should only be rubbed together when two adults choose to bring life into this world, and not as a pursuit of lust that only results in a brackish torrent of semen, which necessitates laundering one’s bedding. —Clive Wilmiston
(“Editorial: Sights on gun laws,” Feb. 19). I don’t like the Second Amendment very much, but I do appreciate the constitutional rights we are all afforded. In short, good job Vanguard, but guns suck. —C. Whitsell
In order for a gun to suck, it must be able to do so on its own by having the will or the physical capability to do so (“Editorial: Sights on gun laws,” Feb. 19). Since an inanimate object does not have that capability, it is therefore dependent on the HUMAN to implement action to it. Therefore, the humans that violate the law and commit violence, those gangs and criminals as identified by the USDOJ Gang Activity report are responsible for up to 80 percent of all reported violent
My kicker check goes into my rainy-day fund (“Kicking the kicker to the curb,” Feb. 19). What college student will step up and help me financially if the kicker dies and I have no rainy-day fund? —Marvinlee
Guns suck! This is a good editorial for anyone who agrees with gun laws
crime in the US yearly, not the normal law-abiding citizen. Cars are responsible for 41,000 deaths a year and 1.5 million injuries so all cars suck. The 700,000 doctors in the US per JAMA are responsible for 98,000 deaths a year from medical malpractice so all doctors suck. Concealed carry licensees are 200 times less likely to commit a violent crime than your average gang banger and five to 10 times less likely to commit a violent crime than a nonlicensed individual. Of course you have the proof from the multiple states databases on concealed carry to prove otherwise eh? Since a gun sucks in your opinion, no police should have to carry them while on or off duty right? Let’s see you convince the police of that! —Jarhead1982
Experience speaks I am an honorably retired combat veteran and a medically retired Oregon peace officer (“Editorial: Sights on gun laws,” Feb. 19). In both careers I have enjoyed extensive training in the use of firearms, to include rules of engagement (military) and the use of deadly force (law enforcement). I am a recent graduate of PSU. In my professional and personal opinion there is no place on a school campus—any school campus—for anyone other than properly trained and certified law enforcement officers to possess or carry a gun onto a campus, into a campus building or to a campus event. Again, in my personal and professional opinion—regardless of background—if you are of such a state of mind that “packing to class” is something you cannot do without…there are perhaps other issues you should be dealing with. If you have a concealed carry permit, whether from Washington state or Oregon, the key word is “concealed.” To intimate or demonstrate in any manner that you are carrying a firearm anywhere, but in this case specifically on campus, is less-thanprudent judgment. A new twist perhaps to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Books, debates, laptops, pencils, paper and pens on campus—yes. Guns on campus other than in the holsters of those trained and sworn to respond to an incident that may involve using deadly force—no. —Greg Walker
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2018 Olympics in Portland? A bid for the best in the Northwest Patrick Guild Vanguard staff
There’s no point in denying it, the 2010 Winter Olympics are a bust. Transportation systems are blocked by protestors, spectator stands are melting away and countless delays are ruining the two weeks that millions wait four years to watch. While Vancouver, British Columbia, is choking on the world stage, I would like to take this opportunity to submit my bid for Portland as a viable option for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Our slogan could be “Portland—you’ve done worse.” It wouldn’t be right to insult Canada as I sit here eating mac ’n’ cheese on my chesterfield with my pet beaver, Lemieux. I love Canada from the top of my toque to the soles of my lumberjack boots. But seeing how poorly the games are being handled made me think— why not have them here? Vancouverites clearly don’t want it as much as the rest of the country. On Feb. 13, protesters of the Olympics ran through the streets of downtown Vancouver smashing windows, spray painting buildings and overturning newspaper boxes. The last time Portland had a riot for something other than a Voodoo doughnut, it was against a war, not a sporting event. Mayor Sam Adams wants to mold Portland into a world-class city and the Olympics are just what he needs. The International Olympic Committee and their strict timeline could put pressure on the government to push through improvement and restructuring projects that would otherwise be caught up in endless debates. The $4 billion Columbia River Crossing project is one of them. As one of the largest public works projects in the region’s history, its importance would be scrutinized and a decision would be made on whether or not the money could be better spent elsewhere. Vast city improvements would be a great boost for Portland’s economy. Our suffocating construction industry would probably benefit the most if careful precautions were
taken. There is always the danger of losing jobs once the games are finished. Vancouver, following Australia’s example in the 2000 Summer Olympics, is postponing government-funded infrastructure projects to coincide with the ending of Games construction, prolonging the boom and ensuring that local companies benefit the most from the international competition. The economic boom does not begin and end with the Olympics either. After the conclusion of the 2000 Games in Australia, the city of Sydney was able to attract 214 new international companies. That means more jobs, more growth and a greater international presence. Investing in the games is another matter. Montreal was nearly bankrupted after the 1976 Olympics. Since then, Olympic committees and host cities have done a pretty good job of diffusing the financial
Whitney Hopple Daily Barometer staff
To my own dismay, I saw the saddest attempt at political conversion as I walked back to my dormitory last week. A few rightwinged students had set up a small booth and were asking students who passed, such as myself, “Are you ready to impeach Obama?” This comment was less of my concern than the posters they had displayed around their booth. They had taken a smiling image of President Barack Obama and added the characteristic Hitler-style moustache to his face. As a young individual who has always been politically moderate,
lift, and the second-largest night skiing area. When it comes to indoor events like hockey and figure skating, Portland has world-class facilities also. The indoor rinks at Lloyd Center and Clackamas Town Center are superb. The fluid grace of Meryl Davis and Charlie White would only, and could only, be improved by a Hotdog on a Stick and an Orange Julius. I wish I were joking. Tonya Harding, a Portland native, used to practice her triple lutz at the Clackamas Town Center in front of onlookers who had to choose between watching an Olympic athlete or getting fresh, hot rolls from Cinnabon. Mayor Adams should know that Portland is already a world-class city. The Portland Olympics would only serve to express that to the world. In a battle between Seattle, Wash., Vancouver and Portland, there’s no doubt that we would grab the gold.
This day in history 1861 Texas secedes from the union. It is the seventh state to do so. Whoops! 1892 Students at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania are the first to form a student government. 1903 Guantanamo, a Cuban state, is leased to the United States. 1919 Benito Mussolini forms Italy’s fascist party. 1940 Disney’s Pinocchio is released into theaters across America— traumatizes children into telling the truth. 1967 The 25th amendment is ratified. Bet you don’t even know which one that is do you? 1979 George Harrison releases his solo album, George Harrison. 1993 Gary Coleman wins a $1.28 million lawsuit against his parents for the high fees they charged him as a child actor. He should be set for life!
Guest Opinion Time to wise up and end juvenile extremism
responsibility between regional and federal governments and corporate sponsorships. The only thing left to do would be to find a local corporation or two that would benefit from sponsoring the games. I’m sure Nike and Columbia Sportswear would have a tiny bit of interest in funding a winter sporting event. The Olympics also serve as a platform for cities to send a message to communities around the world. Portland’s will most likely be the importance of sustainability. Instead of a huge Olympic cauldron behind a chain link fence, Portland would have immense solar panels in the shape of a bicycle. All of the stadiums would be LEED certified, of course. Medals would be awarded in LEED gold, silver and bronze. Mt. Hood is an obvious draw for Portland. It’s just 70 miles out of the city and boasts six unique ski areas, including the world’s only year-round
Vanguard Opinion | 3 February 23, 2010
the best comparison of Democratic and Republican presidencies I can think of are the most recent—former President George W. Bush and Obama. Despite Bush’s initial high approval ratings, they dropped 65 percent by the time he left office, leaving him at a 25 percent approval rating. Of the last dozen American administrations, only former Presidents Richard Nixon and Harry Truman received lower approval ratings. At 71 percent, Bush had the highest disapproval of any of the last 12 presidents. Obama has at least maintained a steady 50-something percent approval through the last year in office. Disapproval rose slightly, but I am willing to possibly attribute this to setting too high of an expectation for him. With over 80 percent of people supporting his election, we set a very high standard for him to meet. On a more personal level, all of us have felt the contrast between
Illustration by Kira Meyrick/Portland State Vanguard
the Bush presidency and Obama’s presidency. In the time between 2000 and 2008, our country went from being debt-free to having trillions of dollars worth of loans to other countries who are now becoming the forerunners in producing and exporting goods. In eight years, we watched our friends and families lose jobs. In eight years, we became involved in a “War on Terror” which cost us the lives of our brothers, sisters and fathers for a purpose that we do not currently support. After this last year, the debt still exists, we still search desperately for jobs and troops still occupy Iraq, but it is getting better. The housing market, which supposedly correlates to the condition of our economy, has improved, jobs are gradually becoming more readily available, and there is a plan to pull out the troops as Iraq becomes more stable. I believe few of us can truly understand what Obama goes through on a daily basis with the political mess he inherited. We expected a health care plan, a promotion and a new house all at once with his promises of “change.” Understandably, many do—and should—question why Obama has made the choices that he has as president. But if you have to resort to making a falsified image that stoops so low as to compare Obama
to Adolf Hitler, I would be more eager to question your beliefs than to “impeach Obama.” An image like that is a low blow. Just as a review, Adolf Hitler killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Jews, gypsies and people considered “unworthy” for racist and personal issues. I think we have become so desensitized to what Hitler really stands for that we do not realize what we are saying by creating an image such as this. Clearly the American people were no longer in support of the last Republican in office. When Obama was elected, people across the U.S. and around the world were cheering. To have to stoop so low as to compare someone who is trying so hard to fix the disaster that Republicans have left us with to one of the worst people in history is nothing more than disgraceful and disrespectful. Get real evidence next time. Try to actually make a statement supported by facts and reasoning, not some silly pictures used to rile people up. No, I am not ready to impeach Obama. Stop this juvenile extremism and deal with it just like the other parties do when you are in office. * This article originally appeared in the Daily Barometer. It appears here in its original form.
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Vanguard 4 | News February 23, 2010
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NEWS Cleanup continues after water filled basement level Stacy Austin
Bookstore still recovering
Registration appeals petition information The Deadline Appeals Board reviews petitions and makes decisions on requests for registration changes for the current term. Students can request to add, drop or withdraw from courses as well as request grade option changes and refunds of tuition. Petitions are reviewed weekly throughout the current term and results are mailed directly to the student. Requests must include: Student statement A student explanation, signature, and last date of attendance are required for the committee to review the petition. Complete explanation and documentation will help the committee to understand your situation. To add a class, provide a valid reason why registration was not possible before the deadline. If requesting a greater refund than you already received, please indicate what percentage you are asking for. To change a grade option, provide an explanation as to why it was not changed before the deadline. Better or worse than expected grades are not valid reasons to request a grade option change. Supporting documentation, if applicable, strengthens your request to the committee. Medical documentation including letters from a doctor, clinic or hospital verifying your situation. Police or traffic reports. Work schedule verified by employer. Documentation of birth or death. Instructor statement An instructor statement, signature, and date are required for the committee to consider the petition. You may attach an e-mail statement from the instructor. The instructor’s statement must be written after the student’s explanation. To drop a class never attended and to receive a refund, the instructor must verify the student’s non-attendance statement. The Deadline Appeals Board Petition Form can be downloaded from the Registration Forms Page: http://www.pdx.edu/ registration/admissionsregistration-and-recordsforms —www.pdx.edu/ registration
Though the Portland State Bookstore is fully operational, the cleaning and recovery effort is still underway after 120,000 gallons of water filled the basement on Sunday, Feb. 7. The store estimates thousands of dollars worth of damage but the price and availability of textbooks will not be affected. Disaster recovery teams arrived at approximately 2 a.m. the Monday morning following the flood, but the pump trucks and the bulk of the water were gone by approximately 9 a.m. The bookstore’s upper level was open by the end of the day on Feb. 8, while the lower level of the bookstore remained closed for over a week. The process that followed included removing the wet carpet, cutting out the sheet rock as high up as 14 inches in some places and installing trailermounted dehumidifiers to dry out the basement. The bookstore was concerned about moisture and mold causing possible health problems, so the staff acted quickly, said PSU Bookstore President and CEO Ken Brown. Brown explained that the losses can be split into three categories: product, assets and structural elements. Regarding product, Brown estimates that over 1,000 textbooks, $4,000 in clothes and $19,000 in merchandise were lost. Some clothing was received on Feb. 5 and had not even been available for sale yet. Assets packed in cardboard boxes that were exposed to water had to be thrown away. This included store supplies, such as the store’s entire stock of packing tape.
Structurally, a lot of damage was done and items need to be replaced or reconstructed. Walls, carpets, machines, computers and many other items were damaged beyond repair. The servers, updated only four months ago, were unaffected by the water, Brown said. Moisture has also caused damage. “The phone system is not acting normal,” Brown said. Brown said the water levels varied throughout the basement. Water was as high as six inches to three-and-ahalf feet in some areas. The door acted as a dam and the elevator shaft filled up with water, resembling a reservoir. “I could see there was significant water covering the basement, up the first step of the stairwell,” said Brown of what he saw at about 11 p.m. that Sunday evening. Brown also saw that water was coming through the fire exit adjacent to the administrative offices. The problem originated from a water storage tank used for the building as a fire suppressant. “The electronic monitoring evidently failed catastrophically,” Brown said. “It told itself it needed to fill the tank up [with water] but the tank was full, never shut off and overflowed with a lot of water.” Brown and the present managers could not walk into the water until killing the power to the building, because of the fear of being electrocuted. They opened the cleaning drains, but since they were not built for large amounts of water, the water moved slowly. The PSU Bookstore has flooded
before, most recently in March of 2002. Brown reports that it happened with a “slightly different monitoring system, but had the same type of problems.” The prior flood occurred during business hours, so the bookstore did not lose as much product since there was no standing water and the water noticeably crept in. Brown is unsure how much the cost to rebuild will be this time. Engineers, attorneys, insurance adjusters and the university are still sorting out what occurred. The water monitoring system was installed eight months ago, so the manufacturer could potentially be liable for some of the damage as well. Brown stresses that “everything is in deliberation” and a lot of things are
unknown at this time. The PSU Bookstore is going through the tremendous job of sorting through damaged merchandise and planning reconstruction. “[Our] staff has been wonderful and phenomenal,” Brown said. “They have really stepped up.” The PSU Bookstore wants to assure students that this chain of events will not affect them, and if professors submit their course requests on time, all necessary textbooks will be available. Also, it is important to know that the PSU Bookstore flood will not affect textbook prices, Brown said. “They are absolutely separate things. Textbook prices are driven by publishers, and a single event in a single college bookstore has no affect on the national level,” he said.
Photo courtesy of Brian Kroll/PSU
Water world: Flood water as deep as three-and-a-half feet in some parts of the
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Credit card companies no longer welcome on campuses The act will also prevent consumers under 21 years of age from applying for credit cards without a co-signer. According to the FDIC Web site, “Companies will be prohibited from issuing a credit card to [those] under 21 unless he or she submits a written application that includes the signature of a cosigner over 21 or information indicating the young consumer has independent means to repay the debt.” Also, companies are restricted from making prescreened offers of credit to someone under 21 unless the consumer consents to receive them. Craig Wells, a bank teller at Wells Fargo Bank on Southwest Fifth Avenue and College Street said, “I don’t like the new limits because you need to establish credit to get loans for cars and for cell phone and apartment contracts.” “Credit is there to build a financial reputation. It’s good, and necessary,” Wells said. The new law protects college students from many of the marketing techniques credit card companies employ on campuses. Aimee Shattuck, director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, said, “In 2002, Mary Moller of ASPSU (now of Government Relations) ran a campaign to keep credit card companies from setting up tables and passing out brochures on Portland State campus.” Moller said, “We knew that credit card companies were coming on campus and hassling students with
high APR (over 20 percent) credit offers. They offered cheap free gifts and failed to provide any credit counseling to prepare students.” “We believed they were predatory going after a population that was not in the business of making money, but rather getting an education to prepare them for the future,” she said. A Higher One representative in Neuberger Hall, who was not aware of the new law, said, “Higher One is not a credit card so the new policies do not affect us, but I think it will be helpful for students trying to pay off debt.” According to the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, credit card companies use a variety of unfair practices to trap consumers in a cycle of “overpriced debt.” Previously, regulators allowed companies to raise rates for any reason. On April 24, the Government Accounting Office released a report finding that 57 percent of consumers who carry credit card debt want a clear disclosure on their monthly bill explaining how many years it will take to pay off the card if only the requested minimum payment is made, according to OSPIRG representatives. The new law will ensure that lenders include on monthly statements the length of time it would take customers to pay off their balance if they make the minimum payment every month. Additionally, they will have to offer calculations for how much must be paid in order for a customer to rid themselves of debt in three years.
Other important changes that took effect yesterday affect the way card companies handle consumer payments. For cards with multiple interest rates—for example, a low rate on a balance transferred from another card and a higher rate on new purchases—card companies will be required to apply the portion of payments that is over the minimum payment to the highestrate balances first, according to the FDIC Web site. This will eliminate the practice of some card issuers applying payments toward balances with the lowest rate first, while leaving the highest-rate balances to continue accruing interest costs. Under the new law, credit card issuers must supply clearer and timelier disclosures of account terms and costs—before and after an account is opened. Also, credit card payments must be due on the same day each month. This change is intended to prevent consumers from acquiring late charges by missing a due date as a result of it changing from month to month. If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend, the deadline is moved to the next business day. Also, card companies must accept and post payments received by 5 p.m. on the due date. They can no longer, for example, have early-morning deadlines for payments to be credited on the due date, according to the FDIC Web site.
Under the new CARD law, credit card companies - Cannot market on college campuses - Must mail bills three weeks before the due date - Are required to schedule due dates to fall on the same day every month - Have to issue warnings 45 days before changing rates or fees (variable-rate cards excluded) - Can only increase interest rates after 12 months - Will issue statements that include how long it will take to pay off the balance - May not issue cards to applicants under 21 years of age without a cosigner - Cannot charge to pay balances by phone, online or by mail unless it is an expedited payment - Will not penalize customers for exceeding credit limits - Must apply the extra amount of payments made above the minimum to balances with the highest interest
Last year, the OFB reported serving an estimated 240,000 people per month, 14 percent of whom were children.
Food drive donations accepted this month
Length of Service Awards ceremony today
Monday was “I’m Brown Bagging for Hunger” Day at PSU. As part of the annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, students were urged to bring brown bag lunches to campus, and to donate the money that would have been put towards on-campus lunches. The event took place in the Browsing Lounge of Smith Memorial Student Union. Amy Ross, executive assistant to the President’s Office, and Bonnie Davidson, from the Office of Diversity and Equity, collected monetary donations. The event was part of a monthlong food drive, which began Feb. 1, and will continue until Feb. 26. All proceeds and donations go towards the Oregon Food Bank. PSU’s President’s Office, the Faculty Association, the American Association of University Professors chapter and Local 089 of the Oregon Public Employees Union partnered to support the event. In addition, food barrels have been placed throughout campus, and will remain until the end of February. Needed donations include nonperishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, rice and powdered milk. According to Ross, one of the collection bins is located inside the President’s Office in Cramer Hall, room 341. The OFB is a nonprofit, statewide network comprised of 935 hungerrelief agencies. Those in most need of emergency food supplies are children, working families, the elderly, the disabled and the retired, according to the OFB’s Web site.
Portland State will honor longstanding faculty and staff today at the Length of Service Awards ceremony. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 355. The ceremony will commemorate those who have been employed at the university for 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. According to Karin Wriggle, executive assistant for Human Resources, 64 employees will receive the award, although not all will attend due to schedule interferences. David Holloway, associate professor of English, is the featured faculty member who will be awarded for his 40 years of service to PSU. “This event is unique because it shows appreciation for faculty and staff across the university who have given more than twenty years of their lives serving students at PSU,” Wriggle said. Provost Roy Koch and Vice Presidents Lindsay Desrochers and Dick Knight will present the awards. President Wim Wiewel will also speak at the event. “Honoring faculty and staff for their many years of service…is how we try to show our appreciation for their dedication to our institution,” Wriggle said. “Educators provide a tremendous service to our society, and we do not take their talents, energy or dedication for granted.” The award recipients are encouraged to invite family, friends and colleagues.
PSU monthly campus sustainability tours
On the last Monday of every month, Portland State offers tours, which inform participants about the university’s efforts in sustainability. Heather Spalding, sustainability leadership and outreach coordinator, and Noelle Studer-Spevak, sustainability coordinator, lead the tours. The new tours are geared towards prospective students, and they are intended “to make PSU appealing for students who are interested in sustainability,” Spalding said. Student groups, recycling programs and sustainable infrastructure are among the highlights of the tours, according to the Campus Visits Program Web site. Participants are taken to the basement of Smith Memorial
Student Union, where they learn about Food for Thought Café and Green Space, a shared space for sustainability-related student groups. The tour also includes visits to the PSU Recycles! ReUse room, the native plants garden on Montgomery Street, University Plaza, the Academic and Student Recreation Center, the Bike Hub and the Broadway Housing Building. “[The sustainability tours] display what PSU is doing, so that other universities can know where we’re at and see what they can do,” Spalding said. The tours are an hour long and begin at noon in room 131 of Neuberger Hall. The next tour will take place on March 29. For more information, contact PSU’s Campus Visits Program at 503-725-5555.
Vanguard News | 5 February 23, 2010
Spring 2010 class registration The online registration period runs from Feb. 15, through April 4. Graduates and postbac graduates: Mon, Feb. 15 Seniors: Wed, Feb. 17 Postbac undergraduates: Mon, Feb. 22 Juniors: Wed, Feb. 24 Sophomores: Mon, March 1 Freshmen: Wed, March 3 Quick entry students: Mon, March 8
Class standing Pre-term registration dates are prioritized according to student class standings, which are determined by the number of credits earned. Credits earned are completed courses and don’t include current term registration which have not been completed. Class standings by credits earned are as follows: Freshman: 1–44 Sophomore: 45–89 Junior: 90–134 Senior: 135 and over Adam Wickham/Portland State Vanguard
Canned generosity: Amy Ross, executive assistant to the president, helps coordinate the
PSU food drive.
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Vanguard 6 | Arts & Culture February 23, 2010
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ARTS & CULTURE An exposé on the darker past of our fine city
The secrets of Portland
Roger Wightman Vanguard staff
Billboard Top 10 Week of Feb. 27
Pop “TiK ToK” Ke$ha “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga “Sexy Chick,” David Guetta ft. Akon “According To You” Orianthi “Replay” Iyaz “Do You Remember” Jay Sean ft. Sean Paul and Lil Jon “Two Is Better Than One” Boys Like Girls feat. Taylor Swift “Telephone” Lady Gag feat. Beyonce “Imma Be” The Black Eyed Peas “BedRock” Young Money feat. Lloyd
Rock “Break” Three Days Grace “Your Decision” Alice in Chains “Uprising” Muse “If You Only Knew” Shinedown “Just Breathe” Pearl Jam “I Will Not Bow” Breaking Benjamin
Portland hasn’t always been so innocent. A slew of high-profile criminal activity has taken place throughout the history of the city, including the infamous Shanghai kidnappings of old town drunks who’d find themselves shackled and sailing just past the 130th meridian by the time their stupor had dissolved. For a while, Portland was even home to some notorious gang activity caused from migrating fractions of the Los Angeles-based Crips into what’s become known today as the Hoover Criminals and the Columbia Villa Crips. The 1950s were no different from any other time in Northwest criminal history as the emergence of an illegal gambling industry sprung up from the organization of pinball and coin machine operators and distributors based in Portland, properly labeled the Coin Machine Men. The group was officially unionized in 1955 when they joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and were then led by vice racketeers James Elkins, Joseph McLaughlin and Thomas Maloney. The unionization meant that the Teamsters were in official control over machine-run illegal gambling in the state. Word spread to local media, prompting The Oregonian to write a piece that outed the ties between the newly formed union and the business of illegal gambling. Surprisingly, the information obtained by The Oregonian with regards to the illegal activity was garnered by none other than the leader of the group, Elkins. Once the hoopla over the union began, Elkins was rightly scared for both his job and his life.
James B. Elkins: Former vice czar of Multnomah County. We had a vice czar?
Unions all over the country had been involved in racketeering, but it wasn’t until the Coin Machine Men scandal that policymakers began to take notice. Even high-ranking politicians such as Robert Kennedy, who was chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Investigations at the time, looked into the matter. Eventually, because of the mounds of problems associated with the current union system, the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act was passed, giving union members what was essentially a bill of rights. This month marks the beginning of what will hopefully become a regular event put on by the Oregon Encyclopedia Project. The project’s
Photo courtesy of Oregon Historical Society Library
aim is to electronically catalog a comprehensive documentation of the past 10,000 years of Oregon history, so that educators, students and history buffs will be able to access all aspects of Oregon history at anytime via the Web site. The project has partnerships with Portland State, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English and the Oregon Historical Society—and has thus far been largely funded by the Oregon University System and the Portland State President’s Office. McMenamins proudly hosted the first event on Feb. 16, and will be hosting the second event at Edgefield tonight at 6:30 p.m. The pub talk will be led by retired Portland State professor Joe Uris
who hosts the “Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show” on KBOO, and is the evenings designated “expert” on the Coin Machine Men scandal. The event, Weird Portland: Scandal and Vice in the Rose City, is the first of what will hopefully become a series of Weird Portland pub talks to come in the near future.
Housefire opened up this past Saturday at Backspace for Ocean Age at their album release show. With a sound that occupies the realm between chilled-out ambiance and grungy guitar-driven rock, Housefire creates an atmospheric soundscape that can fill even the coldest of rooms with warmth. Their music has an
eeriness that is both hauntingly beautiful and deftly enrapturing. This was Housefire’s last show in Portland until March, but stay tuned for more from this group. They’re rumored to be working on new material and a possible album to be released later this year. —Theodora Karatzas
Weird Portland: Scandal and Vice in the Rose City McMenamins Edgefield 2126 SW Halsey St. Tonight, 6:30 p.m. Free
“Kings and Queens” 30 Seconds to Mars “Savior” Rise Against “1901” Phoenix “(If You’re Wondering If I Want To) I Want To” Weezer —Billboard
All photos by Theodora Karatzas/Portland State Vanguard
Empowerment in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro The Afroreggae movement and the power of positive social change Wendy Shortman Vanguard staff
In Culture is Our Weapon, Damian Platt and Patrick Neate provide an inside look into violent communities within Brazil, and the growing social movements that are helping the residents reclaim their culture. The favelas, or shantytowns within Brazil’s major city Rio de Janeiro, are swarming with warlords who instigate an ongoing drug war that has severe consequences for all the favelas’ inhabitants. In addition, corrupt local police do little to enforce laws, and cater to the ongoing practice of corruption and the community’s poverty. Rather than seeing these residents as passive bystanders in Culture is Our Weapon, we see how
the communities are fighting back and protecting their youth from being tangled up into the dangerous lives of drug traffickers. Grupo Cultural Afroreggae is a musical group and a grassroots organization that inspires and empowers young people in the favela through music, and works to prevent them from getting involved into the destructive system that was once their only option. Afroreggae was formed after a police massacre of 21 people within the community that were thought to be drug traffickers. Now, the group, a majority ex-traffickers themselves, work to rehabilitate a corrupt system by using music as a creative outlet. Platt was first introduced to Afroreggae from hearing their first album through a friend while on a research trip for Amnesty International. After meeting Junior, the coordinator of Afroreggae, the author began working with him in 2005. Neate is the winner of the National Books Critics Circle award for criticism in 2005, and the author of four novels, including Where
You’re At: Notes from the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet. Afroreggae isn’t just changing life within the favelas, but also the perception from the outside. Organizations like the Ford Foundation, UNESCO, Amnesty International, and the Barbican Centre, are taking notice and supporting the group’s efforts in Brazil. Their expansion has also lead to tours, films and television programs that are improving the negative representation of people in the favelas. Platt is currently working with a French artist, JR, and Mauricio Hora, a photographer from the community, to construct a cultural center in the first favela in Brazil. The center will be an example of just one of the ways that favelas are being redefined for and by the people of the community. Culture is Our Weapon is an important piece that provides insight on the ways that troubled communities are taking a stand against negative practices engrained into their neighborhoods.
As the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games of 2016 take place in Rio de Janiero, Platt and Neate ask people internationally to think about the images and stories we hear about Brazil, not just the poverty and oppression, but the stories that are often hidden beneath the surface. Those stories are of the social revolutions that the people of these communities are creating, and the ways they are finding success. Culture is Our Weapon will be released today, and Damian Platt will be visiting for an open discussion at Powell’s on Hawthorne at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22.
Culture is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio De Janeiro Damian Platt and Patrick Neate Foreward by Caetano Veloso Penguin Books
Vanguard Arts & Culture | 7 February 23, 2010
New albums out today Balmorhea Constellations [Western Vinyl] David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love [Todomundo/ Nonesuch] Efterklang Magic Chairs [4AD] Erykah Badu New Amerykah, Part II Return of the Ankh [Universal Motown] Groove Armada Black Light [Cooking Vinyl] Holly Miranda The Magician’s Private Library [XL] Past Lives Tapestry of Webs [Suicide Squeeze] Quasi American Gong [Kill Rock Stars] Rocky Votolato True Devotion [Barsuk] Shout Out Louds Work [Merge] White Hills White Hills [Thrill Jockey] Wolf People Tidings [Jagjaguwar] Xasthur 2005 Demo [Hydra Head] Xiu Xiu Dear God, I Hate Myself [Kill Rock Stars]
Afroreggae: Social music movement born out of violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Photo courtesy of Sean Hawkey/Flickr
Photo courtesy of Penguin Books
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This week at the 5th Avenue Cinema Slither dir. James Gunn, 95 min “The slimy little creatures that wiggle into the mouths of the seriously freakedout characters in the horror film Slither are meant to have originated in space. In truth, these delightfully repellent critters, which look like fast-moving leeches, squirmed out of the brainpan of the film’s writer and director, James Gunn, a horror savant who has obviously put in some time with the collected works of both George A. Romero and David Cronenberg. While Slither sometimes feels like a monster-mash, what makes it work is how nimbly it slaloms from yucks to yuks, slip-sliding from horror to comedy and back again on its goreslicked foundation.” Feb. 26 & 27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Free for PSU students. $2 all other students and seniors. $3 general admission. Admission includes free popcorn for all. —5thavenuecinema.org
All photos courtesy of 2K Games
BioShock 2: A sequel to the original in which we return to the watery, dystopian city from the first chapter.
The fall of Rapture BioShock 2 takes gamers back to an undersea dystopia Steve Haske Vanguard staff
The conceit of BioShock has more thought behind it than the typically shallow fare seen in firstperson shooters. Set in 1960, the story revolved around an objectivist tycoon that sought to create Rapture, a utopian city on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The ideals behind Rapture echoed the individualistic philosophy of Ayn Rand, and had a heavy focus on laissez-faire capitalism and intellectual enlightenment. The city was supposed to be a haven to escape the controlling influences of the state, the media and society. The problem was that with scientific advancements came rampant genetic alteration by the wealthiest denizens of Rapture, which resulted in widespread drug-like addiction and hideous mutations among the populous. As the “plasmid” industry grew into big business, the disparity between the rich and poor grew. Needless to say, the social experiment that was Rapture failed—the city fell to ruins and its populous developed into a maniacal army of genetically enhanced freaks roaming the dilapidated cityscape.
While the original game—where the objective was to escape the dystopian nightmare after a plane crash near the city’s entrance—was heavy on themes of free will (or lack thereof) and control, BioShock 2 puts a different narrative spin on the Rapture experience. This time around you play as a Big Daddy, the hulking, silent, diving-suit-clad creatures that initially served as guardians to Rapture’s Little Sisters, young girls detrimentally involved (through genetic harvesting) with the collection of the material used to make plasmids. Taking place in 1968, eight years after the events of the first game, you awake to find the city has been taken over by a psychologist whose zealous support for a collectivist, communal society borders on religious fanaticism. Your task is to find your Little Sister, whom your life is bound to (interestingly, the game’s design doesn’t delineate from take-ordersbased progression—and subsequent commentary on free will—of the first game). Despite the change in cult ideologies, however, your second trip to the city remains very much the same. The collectivist cult that’s overtaken the minds of the city may preach a different system, but corruption remains. From a gameplay perspective, plasmidenhanced splicers attack you, and you must defend and defeat.
The core design remains fundamentally the same: you must get from one end of Rapture’s waterlogged art-deco infused wasteland to the other, where your Little Sister, a key component to the collectivist cult leader’s destructive plan, is being held. The numerous firefights and meticulous examination of the game world have been improved on (although this sequel seems a bit tougher in places). In any case, the developers clearly took an approach of not fixing what isn’t broken here—not that that’s a bad thing. Over the past eight years the splicers have made improvements to themselves, and the original generation of Little Sisters are now all grown up, sporting diving suits of their own and, as brainwashed as the rest of the city, are out for your blood. Thus, BioShock 2 is a sequel that ensconces itself in the doctrine of improvements most video game sequels try to adhere to. By comparison, the day-to-day of BioShock 2 has you dual-wielding plasmid powers and weapons at the same time, collecting more powers and returning to the morality-design of the first game, either protecting or genetically harvesting Little Sisters you find. Also new to the sequel is the ability to use your Little Sister to collect plasmid-making materials from corpses, with the caveat that doing so will attract splicers in
the area. Basically it temporarily turns the game’s design into one of protect-the-NPC, although the benefits it can yield can be great. Similarly, you occasionally have the chance to meet characters you’ve been in contact with over radio—a staple of the first game— in the flesh. While not overly impactful, it’s a nice touch that adds to the greater sense of being in Rapture that BioShock 2 delivers. Finally, your arsenal is a big improvement over the original’s, with an interesting assortment of Jules-Verne-in-the-1960s-esque weaponry—in particular, the Big Daddy’s trademark drill is quite effective for melee, particularly when stacked up against other diving suit wearing monstrosities. If you were a fan of the original BioShock, there isn’t much question over the caliber of its sequel. While gameplay hasn’t been significantly altered, the narrative and thematic differences present here make for a thoroughly engrossing return to Rapture (that and it’s just fun to return to this dark, interesting world). Like its predecessor, BioShock 2 is undoubtedly a thinking man’s shooter, which in and of itself is more than enough reason to not pass it up.
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SPORTS Viks mauled PSU falls to Northern Colorado for fifth consecutive loss J. Logue Vanguard staff
With 13.3 seconds left on the clock, the Portland State men’s basketball team advanced the ball up the court for the final possession of Saturday’s game. Northern Colorado guard Will Figures had just made one of two
from the charity strip to give the Bears a 64–61 advantage, and the Vikings were quite literally handed the ball for an opportunity to tie the game at 64–all and force overtime. But it seems that in this season for Portland State (10–17, 5–9 Big Sky), some things are just not meant to be. As the remaining seconds ticked down, senior guard Dominic Waters was unable to get away a clean shot and the score ended in the Bears’ favor, even after Portland State nearly accomplished the
unthinkable by coming back after being down by as much as 19 early in the second half. Two days after losing to Northern Arizona, 86–85, in double overtime, the Vikings fell to Northern Colorado on Saturday for the first time in 12 meetings between the schools. The Bears (22–6, 11–4 Big Sky) took control early on Saturday night, and it appeared they were going to run away with it, as they were clearly in the driver’s seat with a 15-point lead heading into the break. Opening up the second half, Northern Colorado increased their lead to 19 points and had all but put the wrappings on their 22nd win of the season. Then, after a pair of three pointers by guards Waters and junior Paul Guede, the Vikings went on a tear that brought them within three points of tying the game in the waning minutes. Despite the loss, the Vikings shouldn’t hang their heads after nearly sweeping their series with one of the best teams in the mid majors.
With three more turnovers than the Bears, as well as giving up 19 offensive rebounds, Portland State was fighting an uphill battle the entire night. Despite outshooting their opponent .480 to .393, the Vikings hurt themselves when they let the Bears get second-chance shot after second-chance shot. Leading all scorers with 28 total points, Waters kept the Vikings in the game with five second-half three-pointers. Also having solid games, senior Jamie Jones just missed his conference-leading ninth double-double of the year and Guede was 2 of 4 from downtown. Additionally, the Vikings held Figures to just 2 of 12 shooting on the night. Standing at sixth place, the Vikings have two final home games before the end of conference play. With only two spots in the postseason up for grabs and a fivegame losing streak on their backs, Portland State finds itself in a mustwin situation.
Scores by period
Jumper: Junior guard Alonzo Brandon is averaging 11 minutes a game.
Thu Portland State Northern Arizona
1st 26 32
2nd 37 31
OT 11 11
2OT 11 12
Final 85 86
Sat Portland State Northern Colorado
Photo courtesy of PSU Athletics
Nilesh Tendolkar Vanguard staff
The Portland State women’s tennis team recorded its first win of the season against Southern Oregon on Friday, but could not keep up the momentum through the weekend as they went down fighting to Montana and Seattle. The men’s team, meanwhile, defeated city rival Lewis & Clark, 7–0, on Sunday. The women entered Friday’s duel against Southern Oregon at the Stott Center with a 0–4 record in the 2010 campaign, but the Viks won all three doubles and five out of six singles matches against the Raiders to win the contest, 6–1. “It was a really great win for us and the team really needed it,” said Jay Sterling, interim head coach. “We executed the things we worked on in practice. We took care of the little things during the game.” On Saturday, the Viks went head to head against conference rival Montana at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center in North Portland. Led by former Portland State head coach Steve Ascher, who is now in his second year as head of Montana’s program, the Grizzlies stifled the Vikings momentum and won the meeting 7–0.
“It was a tough match emotionally for the girls, as some of them were recruited by [Ascher],” Sterling said. “We had solid first-set performances, and lost most games by just a break. We need to work on staying competitive in the second sets.” In their final game of the weekend on Sunday, the Vikings lost 0–7 to Seattle University at the Stott Center. At line three in the singles competition, sophomore Marti Pellicano managed to take her game to the third set but eventually lost 1–6, 7–6 (8–6), 1–6. “I could have played better but I am happy that I stretched the game to three sets, and won the second set on a tie breaker,” Pellicano said. Also at the Stott on Sunday, the men’s team extended its winning streak to two matches with a win over Lewis & Clark in a 7–0 whitewash. The men are now 4–5 this season and are placed third in the Big Sky Conference. “We had a good game overall, and everyone kept up the pressure,” junior Sean Eberle said. “It’s good to stay focused against DivisionIII opponents, but now everyone is focused on the next big game against Northern Colorado.” Sterling said he witnessed solid performance from his team. “We can’t take anything for granted in these games. The team has been practicing like never before for the past three weeks, and the morale of the team has never been higher,” he said.
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The woe of the Blazers What the hell happened? The Portland Trail Blazers led division rivals the Utah Jazz on Sunday by as many as 25 points, only to wind up in an overtime period during which they were manhandled, meaning the Jazz swept the season series 4–0. The Jazz are surging lately and are in contention with the Denver Nuggets for the lead in the Northwest Division. The Blazers were just a game back from leading the division earlier this season, and now are struggling to hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference, the last qualifying position for postseason play. Given how slipshod the Blazers have been during the second half of their recent games, now is a good time for fans to accept that playoffs aren’t likely to happen in Portland this year. Even if they do, the Blazers will be pitted against a Los Angeles Lakers squad that has embarrassed Portland several times in postseasons past. Furthermore, a fivegame road trip looms in front of the Blazers this week, albeit most of the games are against weak squads. Look at it this way: If Portland returns home with at least a 3–2 record for the road trip, they have a shot at making the playoffs. However, if Brandon Roy and the boys can’t claim a winning record against five squads with a combined record of 106–172, don’t bet on them playing in May.
Women’s first kill, overkill for the men Women’s team defeats SOU, while the men demolish Lewis & Clark
Vanguard Sports | 9 February 23, 2010
Also, to follow up on a recent column regarding my thoughts on the Marcus Camby trade, it should be noted that he’s doing exactly what we hired him for— pulling down boards and protecting the paint. Sure, he’s only scored four points thus far, but he’s chalked 25 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals. Good work, old boy. —Robert Seitzinger
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Home service: The Portland State tennis teams earned two wins over the weekend. The men’s
team defeated Lewis & Clark, and the women’s team bested the hitters from Southern Oregon.
Vanguard 10 | Sports February 23, 2010
Today in sports history
Feast or famine Offense fades in and out as softball goes 2–4 at Stacy Winsberg Tournament
Feb. 23 1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 rounds for heavyweight boxing title 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers 1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in three rounds for heavyweight boxing title 1951 NFL linebacker Ed “Too Tall” Jones is born 1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open 1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 25,000 points 1971 Boston Bruins begin 13-game win streak 1975 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 1980 Eric Heiden wins all five speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics 1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game 1980 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, N.Y. 1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M) 1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic 1987 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals because of brain tumor 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights and play up to 18 night games 1992 16th Winter Olympic games close in Albertville, France 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL’s ninth franchise (1st U.S. team) 1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway —todayinsport.com
James MacKenzie Vanguard staff
This weekend was déjà vu for the Portland State softball team. For the second time in as many weekends, the Vikings headed south to participate in a six-game event and walked away with identical records. At the UCLA-hosted Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend, the Vikings matched their 2–4 record from last week’s Kajikawa Classic to bring the team to a 4–8 overall record. Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk, however, believes the identical records aren’t indicative of a lack of improvement from one tournament to another. “As far as comparing this week to last week, we definitely progressed and got better. Our offensive side of the ball started to come together,” Echo-Hawk said. “Overall, it was an okay weekend, [but] wasn’t great.” The offense that was absent last week showed up at the Stacy Winsberg, but it was feast or famine over the six-game tournament. In the three games where the PSU offense clicked, the Vikings had nine, 10 and 14 hits and batted .359 for two wins and a loss. Against ranked teams though, the Vikings struggled. Cal Poly and UCLA kept Portland State to a paltry .130 batting average, and with a sputtering lineup the Vikings skidded to a 0–3 record. A large chunk of the Portland State offense belonged to two players: senior second baseman Becca Diede and freshman center
fielder Danielle Lynn. Diede hit .450 for the weekend, clubbing five doubles and stringing together a five-game hitting streak that was eventually snapped in Portland State’s 11–0 loss to UCLA. Lynn, who made her Portland State debut over the weekend, announced her arrival by batting .333 with five RBIs, and hitting Portland State’s first home run of the season in the process. “Last week was our first time seeing live pitching, so it’s just getting timing down,” Echo-Hawk said. “This week we did a much better job of doing that. Now it’s just making sure we’re scoring runs when we get on base.” The Portland State pitching rotation continued to prove why it is touted as one of the best in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. Senior Tori Rogers and freshman Anna Bertrand tossed back-to-back one-hitters on Friday and split the games 1–1. Rogers, last week’s PCSC Mountain Division Pitcher of the Week, followed up on nomination by throwing seven innings of one-hit, one-run ball to earn the win over Cal State Northridge. Echo-Hawk is pleased with the early-season progress her pitching staff has shown. “They just keep getting better and stronger,” she said. “If they just keep going in the right direction and our bats come alive a little bit more, we’ll have a lot of success.” The Vikings lost twice to Cal Poly over the weekend—the same team that ended Portland State’s Cinderella run to the NCAA Tournament last year. In the first meeting of the two teams this year, Portland State lost 1–0 in an extra-inning battle that featured Bertand’s one-hitter. In the second matchup, Cal Poly cruised to
Photo courtesy of PSU Athletics
Slugger: Senior infielder Becca Diede leads the Vikings with a .333 batting average.
an easy 6–0 win over the Vikings. Echo-Hawk acknowledged that Cal Poly is a good team, but said the extra-inning loss was frustrating. “Up until this point that’s kind of been our M.O.—that we beat ourselves. It’s not that we are worse than the teams that we’re facing, it’s just the little things: errors, base running mistakes,” she said. In a familiar story line, defensive miscues proved costly as the Vikings wasted the best start of Bertrand’s young career. Bertrand threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only the one hit while walking four and striking out nine. The Vikings, who had knocked out nine base hits in a 7–1 victory over Cal State Northridge earlier that day, weren’t able to buy a run for Bertrand despite outhitting Cal Poly three-to-one. The game was lost in the bottom of the eighth, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect putting a runner at second to begin the inning. Bertrand conceded an unearned run after an error by senior first baseman De’Chauna Skinner allowed leadoff hitter Mackenzie Mendonca to reach base. Cal Poly would load the bases, bringing in the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
“The good thing is that we’re definitely a better team than we’re showing. Our schedule this year is much tougher than it was last year… the record doesn’t really justify how good we are,” Echo-Hawk said. “It just was nice to see our team progress. That’s our whole focus— making sure that we get better weekend by weekend, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament Scores Friday PSU 7, Cal State Northridge 1 Cal Poly 1, PSU 0 Saturday UC Davis 3, PSU 2 Cal Poly 6, PSU 0 Sunday PSU 12, Cal State Northridge 6 UCLA 11, PSU 0
Sticks up A crash course in the Portland State Lacrosse Club Tanya Shiffer Vanguard staff
What is lacrosse? A game where they use sticks, balls and goals? What sounded more like hockey with no ice, or soccer with weapons, is actually more like a combination of both. Lacrosse players wear protective gear similar to hockey, but have positions like soccer. The ball is smaller than a hockey puck, the sticks have nets on them and although there was no ice anywhere in sight, Saturday night felt cold enough to produce some. Once play started, the similarities continued. Hockey is known for body checking, fighting and a heightened sense of violent aggression. Lacrosse does not disappoint in this area. Throughout the game, sounds of sticks hitting anything in their path could be heard from one end of Stott Field to the other. Bodies would fly as a wellplaced shoulder knocked someone sideways trying to knock the ball loose from a player’s stick. It was disappointing to not see teeth spit out on the sidelines, but then again, this is not hockey. The Portland State Lacrosse Club finished their third game of the season against the University of
Nevada-Reno with a 17–1 victory. The Vikings, so far undefeated this season, took an obvious control over their opponents with a halftime score of 7–1, but even that did not slow these players down. In the huddle, the PSU squad highlighted ways to improve on their game and communicate on the field. They came back from halftime and more than doubled their score. Senior attacker Christopher Riedl scored impressive back-to-back goals late in the fourth quarter. Riedl, with 3.67 goals per game, is high on the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League’s Division I stats books. Though the sport is still considered new to Portland State, some players have been playing since they were in grade school. Freshman attacker Nikolaj Lund was introduced to the game when he was seven years old through a friend, and said he just never stopped playing. Junior midfielder Jake Ostrow has been playing for seven years and, along with Lund, sees his days filled with lacrosse. When they’re not in class or playing for the Portland State club, Ostrow coaches lacrosse at Tigard High School and Lund works at Bigfoot Lacrosse on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. With seven games remaining in the spring season, the Portland State Lacrosse Club has several tests ahead. This Sunday, the Vikings host
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Lacrosse: PSU’s Lacrosse Club ran away with a solid victory over the Reno club this weekend.
the club from the University of Idaho, and on March 6 the Boise State team will come to play on the Stott Field. On March 14, Portland State travels to Eugene to play the Ducks. “Idaho is going to be our biggest challenge in our league games,” Ostrow said. “But University of Oregon is the best team we play.” Currently, the majority of teams playing lacrosse at the NCAA level are in the eastern part of the country, but popularity is gaining here in the west. Despite not playing
at a varsity level, the Portland State squad plays clubs from other universities around the region. In addition to club participation and involvement, fan support is always welcome. “We love having fans,” Lund said. The game and the Portland State players are exciting, and their passion for their sport is obvious. More information on the club, as well as a complete schedule can be found at www.psulax.com.
Upcoming games Sun, Feb. 28 Idaho at Portland State, 1 p.m. Stott Field Sat, March 6 Boise State at Portland State, Noon, Stott Field
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2010 Olympic Medal count Gold, Silver, Bronze = Total* United States 7, 7, 10 = 24 Germany 7, 9, 5 = 21
Norway 6, 3, 5 = 14
Russian Fed. 2, 3, 5, = 10
Katy Wade’s ranking in Portland State’s all-time record book for blocks
Canada 4, 4, 1 = 9
Blocks Wade needs to break PSU’s singleseason record
Korea 4, 4, 1 = 9
Austria 3, 3, 3 = 9
Combined points for seniors Claire Faucher and Erin Yankus in their last game before a home crowd at the Stott Center
1.1 Time remaining, in seconds, when Northern Colorado’s Whitley Cox hit her game-winning jumper
257 Career steals Faucher has amassed
15 Combined fast-break points Portland State scored over the weekend
France 2, 2, 4 = 8 Switzerland 5, 0, 2 = 7 Sweden 3, 2, 2 = 7 China 3, 1, 1 = 5 Netherlands 3, 1, 1 = 5 Poland 0, 3, 1 = 4
Leading the charge: Senior guard Claire Faucher scored 28 combined points over the weekend.
Women’s basketball sees another unexpected split in season’s last home games Rosemary Hanson Vanguard staff
For the Portland State women’s basketball team, the late-season race for the Big Sky Championship is on, and the Vikings (14–12, 8–5 Big Sky) continued their charge over the weekend in their last home stand of the regular season. It was all Viks on Friday night as they dominated Northern Arizona in a game that started and ended in Portland State success. Unfortunately, the power on the court didn’t transfer to Saturday night, where PSU fell to Northern Colorado, 54–52, with a last-second buzzer beater. Friday’s meeting with Northern Arizona (5–21, 3–10 Big Sky) started with a clean three-pointer from senior guard Claire Faucher and led to a victory. PSU played an impressive first half, and a three-point
shot from junior guard Lexi Bishop put the Vikings ahead by 13 points going into the break. Continuing their lead, Bishop shot another three to open the second half 36–20. The Vikings continued to gain a lead until a basket by freshman guard Nichole Jackson with 5:46 left in the game put them up by 23 points for their largest lead of the game. From that point it was smooth sailing for the home team, as they put the final score 74–56. Despite it being late in the season, head coach Sherri Murrell felt the team needed a modification to the starting lineup. Murrell gave junior forward Kate DePaepe and freshman guard Eryn Jones the nod for the start—and the change worked. “We shook up our lineup. We did it because I think the people that started today worked really well together, and we just have had really bad starts,” Murrell said. “Putting Eryn Jones at point and Claire at off guard…really helped.” The starting lineup brought about a strong defensive game for the Vikings. Amy Patton put up
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18 points for the Lumberjacks to lead NAU in scoring. Murrell claimed it was Portland State defense that held her off from any more. “I thought she (Bishop) did a great job on Patton. Patton can have 32 on you and even though she scored 18, she could have easily scored 32,” Murrell said. The game ended with Portland State outshooting Northern Arizona, .492 to .389, and had three players scoring in double digits. Faucher landed 13 points, and junior guard-forward Kelly Marchant and sophomore forward Katy Wade came off the bench to combine for 24 points. Behind the double-digit scorers, junior forward Kelli Valentine also chipped in eight points. “It was redemption weekend,” Murrell said. “Those two teams beat us in the early season and really hurt us and we were just determined and confident.” Unfortunately on Saturday, the Vikings weren’t able to hold that confidence or get their redemption over Northern Colorado (13–14, 5–8 Big Sky). A game that was held close for almost the full 40 minutes was won with a shot by Bears guard Whitley Cox with 1.1 seconds left on the clock, to serve the Vikings a 56–54 defeat in their last home game of the season. In a back-and-forth first half, the lead changed hands five times, and the largest margin was only five points for either team. A jumper by Northern Colorado’s Jayne Strand followed by another from senior forward Erin Yankus put the score at 24–all going into halftime.
The second half held a similar pattern to the first, with the largest lead either team saw being just six points. The last two and a half minutes, though, decided the outcome of the game. At 2:28 remaining, Cox evened out the score at 51–all with two good free throws, and with 1:33 left Bears forward Lauren Oosdyke sank one of her two foul shots to put Northern Colorado ahead by one. Just a minute later, with 34 seconds left in the game, Bears Courtney Stoermer made two free throws to put the Bears up by three. The Vikings answered back, with Marchant sinking a long three-pointer to tie the game at 54–all, but with 1.1 seconds on the clock, Cox hit a jumper to win the game for the Bears. Despite the loss on Portland State’s Senior Night, Faucher and Yankus combined for 27 points and both scored double digits in their last regular-season game in front of a home crowd. Faucher put up 15 with three assists and three rebounds, while Yankus made 12 with six rebounds. Murrell said it wasn’t by physical play that the Bears edged her Vikings. “We weren’t strong mentally,” Murrell said. “We didn’t have our legs underneath us.” The loss hurt the Vikings in their chase for a first-ever conference championship. They now are behind conference-leading Eastern Washington by two games. The title is still within reach, but PSU will need to win each of their remaining games and have EWU lose at least once. The Vikings finish the season with the final three games on the road, beginning with Idaho State on Friday.
Scores by period
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Fri Northern Arizona Portland State
1st 20 33
2nd 36 41
Final 56 74
Sat Northern Colorado Portland State
Italy 0, 1, 3 = 4 Slovakia 1, 1, 1 = 3 Czech Republic 1, 0, 2 = 3 Japan 0, 1, 2 = 3 Australia 1, 1, 0 = 2 Latvia 0, 2, 0 = 2 Belarus 0, 1, 1 = 2 Croatia 0, 1, 1 = 2 Slovenia 0, 1, 1 = 2 Great Britain 1, 0, 0 = 1 Estonia 0, 1, 0 = 1 Finland 0, 1, 0 = 1 Kazakhstan 0, 1, 0 = 1 *As of 6 p.m. Monday night