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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 73
Lindsay Desrochers, vice president of Finance and Administration, is hosting an educational session called “Financial Futures Framework” regarding changes to Portland State’s funding. When: 2 p.m. Where: SMSU, room 296 and 298
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INSIDE NEWS Presidential Advisory Committee to form in spring Past ASPSU and current civic leaders to advise next ASPSU president PAGE 2 New wet labs to aid industrial growth Portland State’s Business Accelerator wet labs will assist companies PAGE 3
A flowery affair Beautiful gardens and D-I-Y workshops this weekend PAGE 4
Us and them Two exhibits examine the humananimal relationship PAGE 5
Ban the bottle Take bottled water out of PSU stores PAGE 6 The National Warming up to green jobs PAGE 6
Science Building 2: one year from completion Updates to the building include new hazardous waste facility Catrice Stanley Vanguard staff
Science Building 2, constructed in 1969, is getting a makeover and safety upgrades, nearly 41 years later. Although there was nothing inherently wrong with the structure, located at 1719 SW 10th Ave., at the time it was built, required safety measures have increased over the years. The remodel will upgrade the structure to meet 21st-century building requirements, and provide a couple of aesthetic updates. Construction for SB2 began September 2009, and is scheduled to continue into March 2011, according to Project Manager Mark Fujii of Facilities and Planning. “Much has been learned over the past four decades about a building’s behavior during a seismic event and Science Building 2 is being upgraded to withstand modern seismic codes,” said Fujii, who has been working on this project for about three years.
Hassouneh in march to the Israeli border over winter break Stacy Austin Vanguard staff
Sarah Hassouneh, a philosophy student in her third year at Portland State, went to the Middle East to attend the Gaza Freedom March over winter break. With the help of the women’s peace organization CODEPINK and the student group Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Hassouneh raised money to join people in Gaza for a mass march to the Israeli border. The Gaza Freedom March Web site (www.gazafreedommarch. org) states that on December 31, 2009, over 1,300 people from more than 43 countries joined the Palestinians in Gaza for the peaceful march. “[I] met internationals from all over, like France and Spain,” Hassouneh said. The march occurred on the anniversary of the Gaza War. “Since Israel’s offensive last year, homes and buildings are still flattened. People are still living in tents one year later. Because no building materials are allowed into Gaza, most of the destruction has yet to be fixed,” Hassouneh said. SUPER began aggressively fundraising during fall term 2009, with various efforts including a benefit dinner and T-shirts sales. They earned $3,100, and Hassouneh left Portland on Christmas Day. Hassouneh said she has “always been interested in Palestine issues.”
In addition to stabilizing the infrastructure, this remodel will replace old mechanical systems that have been in the building since 1969. Electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades will also be included. All of these will be updated with more energy-efficient systems in mind, according to Fujii. The remodel will include other improvements, such as expanding and updating the labs and teaching spaces, and a hazardous waste facility will be built to service the entire campus. “Currently, PSU does not have a centralized location to handle hazardous waste that is generated in laboratories, as required by modern codes,” Fujii said. “The new structure on the southwest corner of Science Building 2 will house the new hazardous waste facility for the PSU campus and also house the building’s chemical stores.” The new facility is being funded by Oregon stimulus money. The Portland State Web site estimates that $26.3 million was allowed by state deferredmaintenance funds to pay for the updates. An additional $19 million
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All photos by Michael Pascual/Portland State Vanguard
In the name of science: Some classes continue during construction.
PSU student goes to Gaza When she arrived, she quickly realized that “Gaza is completely under siege.” “Nothing is allowed in, nothing is allowed out,” Hassouneh said. The Gaza Freedom March planned to enter Gaza through the city of Rafah, Egypt, border and march to the Israeli Erez crossing. “The Egyptian government refused at first to let any of the marchers in,” Hassouneh said. COPEPINK negotiated a deal with Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak to allow 100 marchers into Gaza. CODEPINK had very little time to select these people, and only a night to accept or reject the proposal. “Many of the marchers thought it was a poor decision,” Hassouneh said. “Many felt that a march significantly reduced in size would have less of an impact and wouldn’t be as safe for anyone involved, and would also break solidarity within our own group and so some on the list decided against going to Gaza.” Hassouneh found out that “the Egyptian government, without CODEPINK’s knowledge, issued a
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Photo courtesy of Sarah Hassouneh
Gaza destruction: Hassouneh saw bombed-out schools and houses in the two days there.
statement declaring that the 100 on the list were deemed not to be a security threat to Egypt, and were therefore allowed in. What this meant implicitly for the rest of our group was that apparently
they were a security threat. Unfortunately, in this way, the Egyptian government did a pretty good job of dividing us.”
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Vanguard 2 | News February 24, 2010
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NEWS Past ASPSU and current civic leaders to advise next ASPSU president Sara M. Kemple Vanguard staff
Since June of last year, ASPSU President Jonathan Sanford has worked to put together the Presidential Advisory Committee to help future student body presidents transition into office more smoothly. When the new president takes office this spring, the committee will serve as an ongoing source of information regarding PSU’s future goals, local immediate issues and political engagements. Sanford hopes to have between five and 10 people working in the committee, and the group is already beginning to form. “We need people with life experience, who know how to be good leaders and stay committed,” Sanford said. It will ideally be a combination of PSU alumni, legislators, government officials and civic leaders. Leaders such as Rudy Soto, who was the 2007–08 ASPSU president and a current candidate for Portland City Council, will aid in the construction of the committee. Soto and Sanford have gotten to know each other through their involvement with the Student
Presidential Advisory Committee to form in spring Veterans Association, and Soto has been available to offer Sanford advice. “The Presidential Advisory Committee will benefit PSU’s entire student body by providing its most recognized elected spokesperson and representative with a structured sounding board from which they can draw wisdom and insight from past failures and successes,” Soto said. Bridget Burns, senior policy advisor for the Oregon University System, has also been helpful to Sanford’s transition, and the transition of past presidents as well. To gain the perspectives and ideas of a future committee, Sanford hopes to have a formalized kickoff, where all of the chosen advisors can come together and share their ideas. He hopes to have the group meet once a month to discuss past, present and future issues. “It is important to know what past ASPSU officials have done wrong, to prevent those things from happening in the future,” said Laura Morency, the new ASPSU communications director who is working with Sanford to construct the committee.
In order to structure and maintain the committee more efficiently it will need funding from the state, according to Sanford, who is currently figuring out how to attain funding. “We hope to receive funding and sponsorship from the government to help the committee get underway,” Sanford said. Sanford said that through consultation with current and past
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Presidential wisdom: Sanford (center) forming advisory committee to aid next president.
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PSU leaders, he has come up with a list of nine firm goals he wishes to accomplish by the end of his term. “We’ve discussed the idea of forming a Presidential Advisory Committee various times throughout the past and I’m impressed by how Jonathan Sanford is moving forward with the kind of determination that will bring it to fruition,” Soto said.
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Project currently on The group was watched schedule, fifth floor complete heavily by Egyptian security came from state general funds bonds, federal funds and economic stimulus funds. Fujii also mentioned private donations as a source of money for the remodel. According to the Finance and Administration Web site, SB2 houses many of the university’s Department of Science offices, including physics, chemistry, biology and civil, environmental and mechanical engineering. It also houses offices for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Translational Research and Drug Development Institute. While the building is under construction, it remains open for certain classes. Chemistry, physics, biology and environmental science laboratory classes are still held in SB2. All general classes have been moved to other locations on campus. In some cases, these labs have moved to other locations in the building that are not currently under construction, or they remain in place while the construction work goes on around them. “[Science Building 2 is] nothing out of the ordinary for a construction project of this size in an occupied building,” Fujii said.
The project is currently on schedule, and has had very minimal setbacks, Fujii said. “The new hazardous waste facility is about 50 percent complete. The seismic upgrade is 80 percent complete. The fourthfloor remodel is 100 percent complete and the east side laboratories and offices on floors one, two and three will be complete at the end of winter term,” Fujii said. According to the Portland State Web site, the updates were designed by IDC Architects, a division of CH2M HILL. According to the CH2M HILL Web site (www.ch2m.com), “IDC Architects works with clients in science, technology and traditional industries to design buildings and interiors. Our approach is structured to rigorously address functional, spatial, technical, and aesthetic issues with clients, consistent with the character of their environment and the nature of their work.” Hoffman Construction Company, which has been active in Portland since 1922, heads the construction management.
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Hassouneh joined 86 people on the trip into Gaza for two days, on a limited and structured schedule. “I was able to visit a family in Khan Yunis, visit a school, the site of a bombed school, an orphanage, and was also able to go along on a boat with some Palestinian fisherman,” Hassouneh said. When she was on the boat with the fishermen, she was told that they could not take their boat beyond two kilometers from the shore, because the Israelis could take their boat or shoot at them. This makes fishing difficult, as the number of fish is limited, Hassouneh said. Also while on the boat, Palestinians pointed out smokestacks in the distance. The smokestacks were located in Ashkelon, Israel, and are where Gaza’s electrical power source is located. “When I was visiting a family in Khan Yunis, the power shut off, and everyone told us that this was normal for them…because Israel has the ability to shut the power on and off whenever they decide to,” Hassouneh said. She was told that most items, unless grown locally, came to Gaza through the tunnels that run between Rafah and Gaza. “Food and medicine are among the products that come into Gaza by way of underground, not just weapons like Israel has been saying,” Hassouneh said. “Egypt is currently building a steel wall, funded and designed by the U.S., which will cut across the tunnels, meaning the small amount of goods seeping into Gaza now will become even scarcer,” Hassouneh said. Before leaving Gaza, the Gaza Freedom March planned to visit the tunnels. Hamas, the government of Gaza, asked the group to not visit
the tunnels. “They wouldn’t provide explanations for these instructions, but we reluctantly listened and didn’t stop at the tunnels,” Hassouneh said. The group was on the bus, out of Gaza and back in Egypt when Hassouneh heard many people on the bus getting phone calls from people home, in Cairo and still in Gaza. “[They told] us that right at that moment, when we were supposed to be touring the tunnels, Israel was bombing the tunnels as we were supposed to be there,” Hassouneh said. Hassouneh said that while they were in Cairo, Egyptian security forces watched them heavily, including regular uniformed police forces, riot police and plain clothed officers. “They prevented us from meeting, tapped the phones of our organizers, and explicitly told us our actions were not allowed,” Hassouneh said. “But most of these policemen were on our side, and told us that they were sorry for the Palestinians in Gaza and that they would rather be protesting with us,” Hassouneh said. “It really showed me how much discrepancy exists between the orders and policy of a government and the people it’s supposed to represent,” she said.
Hassouneh will speak about her experience during an event led by SUPER, from noon to 2 p.m., in SMSU, room 338.
New wet labs to aid industrial growth Portland State’s Business Accelerator wet labs will assist companies Gogul Krishnan Vanguard staff
Portland State’s Business Accelerator will soon be adding wet labs to its current list of facilities. These labs will help Oregon’s biotech community by providing space for early-stage companies to test and analyze chemicals and drugs. The mission of the PSBA is to incubate and accelerate startup technology and science companies while creating a living laboratory for the university community, according to its Web site. The Portland Development Commission decided to spend $800,000 to retrofit and add wet labs to PSBA. Construction work is expected to begin in March, according to an article published in the Portland Business Journal on Feb. 11. PSBA is a 40,000 square-foot business incubator and accelerator that provides space for up to 25 companies ranging from singleperson to 30-person operations. It helps small businesses accelerate on their path to success by keeping facility costs low, according to PSBA’s Web site. PSBA also provides costfree business assistance from community partners as well as university support such as MBA project teams. To date, nearly 84 percent of small companies have been successful under the PSBA, according to its Web site.
“We expect construction to end this fall,” said Dana E. Bostrom, director of Innovation and Industry. “There are few wet labs within the city limits, and even available in the region. Lack of this space hinders growth of bioscience companies in Oregon.” A 2008 report by the Oregon Bioscience Association determined that a shortage of wet lab space in the metro area has constrained growth of the sector. According to the Portland Business Journal, developing such labs is not quite possible for the startup companies, considering their financial resources. With $1.2 million in bioscience funding still not allocated, the PDC is expected to authorize the construction of two or more wet labs in PSBA, according to the Portland Business Journal. The PDC and Oregon Health and Sciences University have teamed up with PSU to offer coaching
Sharon E. Rhodes Vanguard staff
OIT has been investigating new products for Portland State’s campus televisions. Currently, it uses a product called Access Control, said Chief Information Officer Sharon Blanton. According to Blanton, when OIT broadcasts video segments with the program Access Control, “it would start to play…then things would just start failing, failing and then it would be totally dead.” She said, “If we stop having any video, it works, but that’s not a good solution.” With the present system, PSUTV, Portland State’s student television network, cannot broadcast on campus. John Miller, president of PSU-TV and a senior in communication, said, “We have no plans, in the near future to move back to [OIT’s campus televisions].” Instead, the student group, which began over five years ago under the name “Sustainable Community Media,” filmed its first program for public access television through Gresham’s
PSU do not participate directly in these labs. “Since these are independent companies, no one faculty member from PSU will supervise the activity. However, companies which employ or are led by PSU faculty may use the lab,” Bostrom said. “At least one company founded by a PSU faculty member is expected to use the wet lab facility. We currently house other PSUrelated companies, and expect more bioscience companies from PSU in the future,” she said. PSBA also provides flexibility in lease terms and the ability to expand the office space as the company grows. These six small private labs will range in size from 165 square feet to 400 square feet, and will lease for approximately $1,000 to $1,600 per month, according to PSBA’s Web site. For more information regarding available space at PSBA, visit www.psba.pdx.edu/spaceplace.
News Editor: Virginia Vickery 503-725-5690 firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic advising at Portland State Portland State’s Undergraduate Advising and Support Center offers academic advising resources for general education and degree requirements. In order to prepare for an advising session, it is recommended that students have familiarized themselves with their major requirements. Students who attend a meeting with their advisor should bring the following materials: - Transcripts from all colleges attended - A transfer evaluation report from PSU (for transfer students) - Copies of all petitions or forms submitted and responses received - All letters of correspondence received from PSU - A Degree Audit Report (can be printed from Banweb)
Photo courtesy of Chris Axtell/PSU Business Accelerator
Lucrative wet labs: The Portland State Business Accelerator to house wet labs that will aid in research and development.
OIT to provide better video access PSU-TV says it has moved onto new programming outlets for now
and space to small-scale companies through PSBA. The labs will also create job opportunities for PSU students, according to Bostrom. “The wet labs will be in the Portland State Business Accelerator, which houses about 20 companies,” Bostrom said. “Over the last year, companies residing in PSBA have worked with or hired 100 PSU students. There could be employment, internship, or other student learning opportunities. The PSBA is close to campus, and the companies work on cutting-edge technology products,” Bostrom said. According to the Portland Business Journal, the project is being funded through the North Macadam Urban Renewal District tax-increment financing program, which has dedicated $3.5 million to bioscience spending to be overseen by OHSU and the PDC. Bostrom said professors from
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Communications Media on Monday. “A door closed, but a window opened for [PSU-TV],” Miller said. According to Miller, even when OIT has the capability to broadcast moving images, Miller hopes to continue broadcasting through other means, like public access television and YouTube, because the OIT monitors do not allow for audio necessitating subtitles and the extra work they entail. However, when OIT can broadcast video, Miller said, “[PSU-TV] would explore that as a means to project our material.” OIT hopes to find a suitable replacement by late spring or early summer. “I would like to have the current system replaced this summer—sooner would be fantastic,” Blanton said. Until OIT replaces Access Control, those interested can watch PSU-TV on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ user/psutelevision. According to Miller, the group is finishing a piece regarding the relocation of American Sign Language to the Foreign Language Department, as well as ongoing segments about entertaining events on campus, like movies playing at the 5th Avenue Cinema and department events.
Vanguard 4 | Arts & Culture February 24, 2010
ARTS & CULTURE
Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 email@example.com
Playing tonight at the International Film Festival Chameleon Krisztina Goda, Hungary, 2009 “Gábor cleans offices. Working nights, he rarely has any contact with his employers, yet he learns everything about them by thoroughly analyzing their garbage. Nobody suspects that Gábor is in fact a con man who carefully chooses his victims by the trash they leave behind, and usually targets disillusioned, lonely women. In a few months he destroys all their romantic illusions by taking all of their savings. When he gets a job at a psychologist’s office, Gábor meets Hanna, an injured dancer from a wealthy family. Insecure and vulnerable, Hanna seems to be the perfect victim. Gábor pretends to be a doctor who can cure her body and her soul. Everything goes according to plan until Gábor falls in love, and must choose between his beloved and her money.” 7:15 p.m., Regal Broadway Cinemas 1000 SW Broadway St.
Like You Know It All Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2009 “Celebrated art film director Ku KyungNam, invited to a small Korean film festival, runs into old colleague Bu. Invited to dinner, Ku gets drunk, carries on with Bu’s wife, and enrages his friend. A couple of weeks later, Ku meets one of his ex-students, now a famous artist who is surprisingly married to a woman Ku once dated and rejectedóa small fact unrevealed to his former student. Ku’s two very different encounters with two very different married women provide a wry, wincing examination of sexual confusion as the oblivious Ku propels himself from one embarrassing situation to another. In true Woody Allen fashion, Sang-soo’s alter-ego offers a comedic take on the pretensions of the world of indy film and filmmakers while deconstructing the paradoxes, ironies, and existential angst of male vanity and insecurity.” 8:30 p.m. Whitsell Auditorium 1218 SW Park Ave. —nwfilm.org
Pouring it on thick
This past Sunday in Shattuck Hall, there was a bronze-pouring demonstration for the Sculpture Co-op, a new club on campus that gives students yet another creative outlet through which to express themselves.
All photos by Adam Wickham/Portland State Vanguard
A flowery affair Beautiful gardens and D-I-Y workshops this weekend Bianca Blankenship Vanguard staff
A trip to the Portland Expo Center to look at home and garden installations might sound a bit like a bore to a college student, but this year’s Portland Spring Home and Garden Show might be more relevant than expected. With exhibits featuring urban design, sustainable building materials and do-it-yourself building demonstrations, the show is well suited to anyone interested in growing plants in a city apartment or learning about progressive ideas on urban design. Now in its 63rd year, the Portland Spring Home and Garden Show is the largest of its kind in Oregon. For five days, it fills the Expo Center with plants, gardens, orchids, house exhibits and crafts. The show’s big hit this year is the Ideabox, a real-size home that employs new urban design concepts, which the creators of Ideabox have dubbed “Urb Appeal.” Made with sustainable materials and built to be energy efficient, the building exemplifies the most innovative applications in energy-efficient architecture and urban gardening. The cool roof, which deflects the sun’s radiation and thus keeps the house cool on hot days, is the most notable of the Ideabox’s fittings. Three Portland landscaping designer firms came together for the project: Terry Gibson ~
Landscape Architect, Schultz and Long Landscape Architecture, LLC, and Jack Hays Landscape Design. Each had a different take in creating a garden to complement the house. The gardens range from strategically placed rain collectors to art-filled plant beds, focusing on how a garden can be both functional (think chicken coop) and aesthetically pleasing. Aside from innovative ideas for urban homes, expect to see plants at the show—lots of them. Patrons are free to wander the 15 showcase gardens arranged by top landscape designers and artists from the northwest. The show’s huge plant sale is an awesome opportunity to stock up on all kinds of cheap but gorgeous plants. Representatives from the nurseries will be there to explain which plants require the least care, so you can find the little bulbs that will survive neglect through finals week. Eighteen nurseries from in and around Portland will participate in the plant sale and there will be dahlias, lilies and cacti abound. There will also be an orchid show and sale, which, for us poor students, might be best just for ogling. For those who want to make their home more, well, homey, but can’t fork out the cash for someone else to do it, there will be some D-I-Y demonstrations on crafts from pottery to metalwork. Two Portland studios, The Shop People and 100th Monkey, are hosting it. It’s a sort of introduction to their D-I-Y shops where anyone can pay a small membership fee to use their tools and workspace.
Homes and gardens: Get inspired this weekend at the Portland Expo Center.
All photos courtesy of Portland Spring Home and Garden Show
Home Depot will have a similar exhibit where people can learn more D-I-Y house projects. They will host workshops such as “Raised Bed Gardening” and “Biodynamic Gardening.” The show is a generally good place for questions regarding home projects and gardening. Anyone with an interest in either would do best to check it out this weekend.
63rd Annual Portland Spring Home and Garden Show Portland Expo Center 2060 N Marine Dr. Feb. 24–28, see Web site for times $10
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Hugs not drugs: Vintage products that would probably be illegal today Cocaine toothache drops (c. 1885) were popular for children. Not only would the medicine numb the pain, but could also put the user in a “better mood.”
All photos courtesy of Marylhurst University
Paula Rebsom: Photo documenting the front of a house in southwest North Dakota
Us and them Two exhibits examine the human-animal relationship Roger Wightman Vanguard staff
The Art Gym at Marylhurst University has been known for decades to exhibit some of the Northwest’s finest talent. Over 50 exhibitions have been temporarily housed in the venue, including works from emerging artists to those who are well established in the Northwest art community. The Art Gym’s newest show is a pair of similarly themed exhibits that ponder human-animal relations, exploration and travel, and the
complexities behind this place that we call home. The tagline for Portland artist Melody Owens’ half of the exhibit reads “quiet ruminations on whales and exploration.” The exhibit, “So Close to the Glass and Shivering,” is a multimedia effort that in and of itself has many different layers. Whales are one aspect of the show, but so are birds and so is Switzerland. What in the world could these things possibly have in common? Owens’ attempt at understanding how we interact, view and respond to the natural world is as complex as the biota itself. Owen sheds light on the complications that exist with exploration, in particular with regards to animals. In “The Weight of a Tiny Bird,” a telescope recording of a bird perched within a cluster of branches is intended to feel authentic, documenting the wild nature of the species. But the footage is not from a foggy day hike on a wilderness trail—it was actually taken in the ornithology lab at Cornell University. Owens’ exhibit is an exploration as well, and maybe even a criticism on the way we understand and interpret our world. Whereas exploration is in the business of artifacts, true knowledge is the understanding that artifacts tell very little of the
Melody Owens: A photo titled “Behind the Mountains Was Empty Space.”
intricacies of whale songs, the layers behind a landscape or the emotions that existed within a carcass. Paula Rebsom grew up in North Dakota, a cold and barren landscape that eventually pushed her family off the rural farm and into a more urbanized existence. She remembers going hunting as a child and growing accustomed to a more traditional lifestyle. When she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., her first encounters with urbanites were puzzling. “People thought it was weird that I had gone hunting,” she said. This led to the genesis of Rebsom’s interest in what she calls “the absurd relationships between people and animals.” Her exhibit, “If We Lived Here,” is a time-lapsed video image of a onesided house modeled after the one she once lived in as a child. After the removal of the original house, she felt bad that birds, which had once made their homes using the house’s awning, would no longer have a place to nest. “I realized that this was absurd because these birds were wild and really didn’t need the house in order to survive,” she said. Rebsom points out that the line between domestication and the wild is changing, with animals such as birds and deer falling somewhere in between.
The project will soon be monitored by video cameras with a live stream hosted on Rebsom’s Web site, where 24/7 nature voyeurism will be available to all at www.ifwelivedhere.com. In what was started as a way to connect and document the relationships between wildlife habitats and the human world, the project has turned into something much more personal for Rebsom and broader for her audience. In Rebsom’s words, “It is a quiet and haunting, ghostlike reminder of what was, what is no longer, and what may never be.” Both exhibits will run through April 9 with an artist talk on March 11 at noon.
So Close to the Glass and Shivering by Melody Owen and If We Lived Here by Paula Rebsom The Art Gym, Marylhurst University 17600 Pacific Hwy. Tue—Sun, noon to 4 p.m. Runs through April 9 Free
by Ebonee Lee
From 1898 to 1910, heroin was marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough medicine for children. Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a large number of cocainecontaining wines available on the market. All of them claimed medicinal effects, although they were undoubtedly consumed for their “recreational” value as well. Vin Mariani (c. 1865) was the leading coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII purportedly carried a hipflask of Vin Mariani with him, and awarded a Vatican gold medal to its creator, Angelo Mariani. Maltine Coca Wine was made by the Maltine Manufactuing Company. The dosage indicated on the back of the bottle reads: “A wine glass full with, or immediately after, meals (children in proportion).” Cocaine-containing throat lozenges (c. 1900) were “indispensable for singers, teachers and orators.” In addition to quieting a sore throat, these lozenges undoubtedly provided the “pickme-up” to keep these professionals performing at their peak. C.F. Boehringer & Soehne was the “largest makers in the world of quinine and cocaine.” This chemical manufacturer was proud of its leading position in the world’s cocaine market. Stickney and Poor’s paregoric (a mixture of opium and alcohol) was distributed much like the spices for which the company was better known. At 46 percent alcohol, this product was 92 proof, which is pretty potent in itself. Heroin was widely used not only as an analgesic, but also as a remedy for asthma, coughs and pneumonia. Mixing heroin with glycerin made the bittertasting opiate more palatable for oral consumption. —oddee.com
Photo courtesy of Myles/Ampersand
Vanguard 6 | Opinion February 24, 2010
Opinion Editor: Richard D. Oxley 503-725-5692 firstname.lastname@example.org
Plastic bottles Plastic bottles used to be all the rage, but with mounting concerns over their environmental impact and the actual healthy nature of the water itself, many are turning away from bottled water products and instead using metal containers. But why all the hoopla over water in plastic bottles? By merely recycling one plastic bottle, we can conserve the amount of energy needed to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours. Recycled plastic bottles also provide raw material for other products such as clothing, carpeting, detergent bottles and even lumber for outdoor decking. In the United States, more than 80 percent of households have access to a plastics recycling program. The Environmental Working Group, through a study at a University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, tested 10 major brands of bottled water and found that the water contained cancercausing contaminants higher than the voluntary standards established by the bottled water industry.
OPINION Ban the bottle Take bottled water out of PSU stores Meaghan Daniels Vanguard staff
“Green” is everywhere at Portland State. Signs on the Portland Streetcar read “Green is more than our school color, it is our school spirit.” That green school spirit PSU prides itself on needs to start taking notes from University of Portland, the first West Coast campus to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. UP deserves a big pat on the back for this move. And PSU, the supposed “green” school, needs to step up their game and follow in UP’s footsteps. Water is an important resource and something everyone needs. Just drinking water is not the only thing one needs to do to be healthy. It is important to know where the water comes from and how you are consuming it. To all the paranoid people who disagree with the ban because they’ll have to use tap water—get over yourselves! If you think you are being smarter by refusing tap water and going with the bottle then think again. Tap water is more regulated that bottled water. According to www.foodandwaterwatch.org, tap water is tested hundreds of times every month, as opposed to bottled water’s requirement to only be tested once a week.
Bottled water companies are not required to notify customers of contaminants like public utilities are. In most states, they do not have to disclose where the water comes from or if and how it is purified. In the end, EWC concluded that bottled water is no safer than tap water. —ewg.org, earth911.com
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ban selling plastic water bottles and limit the sale of plastic bottles with those beverages that do not come out of the sink. If campuses still want to sell water, they can—just sell it in those metal bottles. If they still want to sell soda and juices, go for it! The ideal situation would be that
juices and soda would be sold out of fountains with biodegradable cups (like the cups Freshëns uses for its smoothies and yogurts). Portland State, follow in the footsteps of those at UP. They have laid down the groundwork and provided a good example, now let’s support the cause: the planet.
The same EWC study found that bottled water contained 38 chemical contaminants altogether with and average of eight contaminants in each brand. EWC also found pollutants such as disinfection byproducts, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, arsenic, fertilizer residue and industrial solvents, among other contaminants.
The production and transportation of bottled water contributes to global climate change because nearly 86 percent of plastic water bottles ends up in landfills. It takes 2,000 times more energy to produce bottled water than it does tap water. If you still complain about the lack of cleanliness with tap water, then buy a filter! And before you say it is expensive, think about the following. Bottled water costs up to 1,000 times more than tap water and it costs consumers anywhere between $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon, whereas tap water costs $0.002 per gallon. Think about the environment. Is it really worth that one bottle of water to destroy the planet? Well it is not just one bottle: It is estimated that Americans purchase 29.8 billion plastic water bottles a year according to www.earth911.com. Less than one percent of all plastics are recycled. So what can you do? You can either use your own plastic bottle that you reuse or, preferably, use a metal one. Since UP stopped selling plastic water bottles, they are selling the metal ones for $4. How many plastic water bottles could you buy at PSU out of the vending machines for $4? A little more than two-and-a-half. It makes more sense to buy a metal water bottle for $4 once than to keep buying bottled water at $1.50 every single time. This is a good first step. UP is still selling juice and soda in plastic bottles. Ultimately the best solution to the plastic bottle problem is to
NA T I ONA L with Richard D. Oxley Warming up to green jobs Richard D. Oxley Vanguard staff
As snow attacked the East Coast earlier this month, rightwing spinsters hit TV screens and radios as fast as they could with icy ammunition. Fox “News,” along with Sean Hannity, implied that such horrible snow could only debunk Al Gore’s global warming theory, while Glen Beck utilized his famous chalkboard to illustrate his global warming thermometer, a circular version emphasizing a lack of sense. Somehow, something as neutral as a scientific theory has become extremely politicized. No matter how inaccurate the Hannitys and the Becks are on the issue, in the end their politicization of this theory has only proved to hurt us as a nation by preventing us from seeing the big picture—and moving forward in the direction we need. Global warming calls for many changes in society, perhaps changes that politicians hesitate to make and that the public may be reluctant to consider. In the end, the answers to global warming are more universally beneficial than taking petty political sides.
Perhaps it’s time to check our political pride and games at the door and get to work. What America faces on a global level is a turnover to the next generation of technology and industry—while at the same time, our economy presents a mounting concern. With an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and as an associate with the marketing firm From the Rooftops, Caleb Bushner is in the business of sustainability. “We’re talking about a disruptive technology that will take us where we need to go until the next disruption. If we don’t pioneer alternative energy systems…someone else will. Then where will we be?” Bushner said. “Why should we keep pushing a VHS economy when the DVD era is upon us?” Consider transportation, consumer and commercial upgrades to new technology and the new energy sectors themselves (such as wind, solar and biomass, among others). Bushner is correct when he says that all these areas will require designers, production, transportation, installation and maintenance. Add that together and what do you get? Jobs, business and growth.
“There is no reason for a capitalist economy that prizes innovation to cling to jobs in dying sectors… Germany is not a sunny place, yet they’ve got tons of installed solar capacity,” Bushner said. “We’ve got amazing solar and wind resources in the American Southwest and what do we have there? Rusty oil pumps that time has nearly left behind.” The times certainly are changing and as the old saying goes, “out with the old and in with the new,” a phrase that I don’t always adhere to, but on this issue, it holds true. On the ground of this industry is Kevin Charap, operations manager for NW Wind & Solar out of Seattle, Wash., a one-stop shopping center for both consumer and commercial users of renewable solar and wind energy. “When we’re talking about renewable energy we’re not just talking about solar and wind,” Charap said. “I’m talking about geothermal, bio-digesters…and small impact hydro, solar thermal for water heating. It’s one piece of an energy mix.” Energy is but one aspect of what global warming believers consider, and what deniers ignore. Though they both begin with differing stances on the issue, the actions in the end benefit both parties
considered—so much that the issue over global warming really becomes moot. In this case, the environment, business and economy are all in the same boat. After mentioning climate change only once during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was met with a wall of Republican boos, invoking the response, “Here’s the thing even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future…the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy.” Like it—or him—or not, the president offered a sobering logic. Whether or not global warming fits well with your political leanings, new energy production is here and more is to come. It is a major emerging industry. We can either take it or leave it, but know this: If we miss the boat for new energy, someone else will jump on it and they will be the leader in this field with its technology and jobs, not us. “I don’t know when it will be, but there will be a day when, for all intents and purposes, we run out of oil,” Bushner said. “Do we want to suddenly have to play catch up behind the Chinese and Germans?”
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Top 10 highestgrossing films for the weekend of Feb. 19–21
Porkland The best pig in Portland for under $10
1. Shutter Island Weekend gross: $41,062,440 Gross to date: $41,062,440 2. Valentine’s Day Weekend gross: $16,665,299 Gross to date: $86,927,385 3. Avatar Weekend gross: $16,240,857 Gross to date: $687,926,011
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Koi Fusion, spicy pork burrito ($6)
Meat Cheese Bread, BLT or BBT ($8.95)
Belly Timber, pork rillette ($4)
Koi Fusion, a food truck (inspired by a movement in Los Angeles, Calif.) has been parking its excellence on Southwest Sixth Avenue and College Street for several months now. Koi Fusion offers a combination of meats cooked in Korean marinades paired with the fresh flavors of Mexican cuisine. Yes, the tacos are a cheaper option, but as the long end of winter slugs forward, the burrito is a heartier option that’ll keep you warm in the rain. The spicy pork is tender and juicy, and for those who aren’t heat lovers, you can choose between a mild or spicy sauce. The pork is layered amongst kimchi (Korean sauerkraut) fried rice with cheese, which a makes soft layer on the inside of the fresh flour tortilla. Bean sprouts, cilantro and sliced cucumber add a crisp bite to finish it off. Grab one and head to your next class, or enjoy one late night at PGE Park.
Tucked away from the bustle of downtown, way down on Stark Street, is Meat Cheese Bread. Look too quickly and you’ll miss the tiny sandwich shop adorned with a simple gray-and-white sign. Also known as Bunk’s less popular cousin, Meat Cheese Bread delivers a life-changing BLT. Nueske’s smoked bacon is thick and has a slight sweetness to it, making it the star of the sandwich. Also on the sandwich are golden beets in the winter, and farmers-marketfresh heirloom tomatoes in the summer. Both versions take the BLT to new heights on crisp sourdough slathered with aioli. Meat Cheese Bread also offers classic sodas like Boylan and CocaCola in glass bottles, as well as an abundance of lovely desserts. With all of these options, you might find yourself pulling up a chair at Meat Cheese Bread instead of waiting in line outside of Bunk.
If your taste is too refined for sandwiches and burritos, or if you’re just looking for something a little more special, Belly Timber on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard is a place that emanates subtle elegance. The restaurant is located inside of a mood-lit house with wooden floors and is a nice place for a quiet cocktail. Although they recently said goodbye to talented chef David Siegel and took on chef Paul Hyman, pork is still in abundance at Belly Timber. On their charcuterie menu is the Pork Rillette, a heaping portion of a pate-like spread that has just the right amount of salt. It is served on grilled bread and although cheap, could easily serve as a hefty appetizer for two people. Pair it with a cold beer or the Everything Nice (a cocktail with Serrano Pepper-infused vodka and pineapple juice), and you’ll be feelin’ just fine.
Katherine Vetrano Vanguard staff
The wonderful thing about Portland’s culinary world is that, yes, there are dozens of vegetarian and vegan options in this city, but we are also blessed with an abundance of pig. As the culinary trends move from burgers to meatballs and beyond, pork products keep popping up everywhere. Because Vanguard readers are smart with their money, here are some options for the best pig in town for under $10. So go on, satisfy your pork ardor on the cheap, and be grateful that you get to live in the luscious city of Porkland.
by Sarah Engels
Vanguard Arts & Culture | 8 February 24, 2010
4. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Weekend gross: $15,254,421 Gross to date: $58,714,813 5. The Wolfman Weekend gross: $9,895,105 Gross to date: $50,363,730 6. Dear John Weekend gross: $7,130,552 Gross to date: $65,801,765 7. Tooth Fairy Weekend gross: $4,354,280 Gross to date: $49,721,400 8. Crazy Heart Weekend gross: $2,964,586 Gross to date: $21,524,784 9. From Paris with Love Weekend gross: $2,661,829 Gross to date: $21,361,504 10. Edge of Darkness Weekend gross: $2,243,311 Gross to date: $40,347,222 —boxofficemojo.com
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