THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 74
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INSIDE NEWS Sustainability director finalists Two candidates spoke at PSU PAGE 2 New wind blowing Research at PSU utilizing a new wind tunnel PAGE 3
PSU has chosen a new program to replace Blackboard Sharon E. Rhodes Vanguard staff
After public demonstrations of two online learning management systems—Desire2Learn and Remote-Learner—in January, the Office of Information Technologies has elected to replace Blackboard with Desire2Learn. The switch to Desire2Learn is not yet official. OIT is working on a contract to establish the amount of support they can expect from Desire2Learn, when to begin implementation of the product on campus and the price—OIT Chief Information Officer Sharon Blanton estimated $200,000. “We spent nearly a year working on this, so it was very thorough…and I think people are going to enjoy the new product,” Blanton said.
Back to the drawing board for Blackboard She said Desire2Learn is a Canadian company and their software is “a really stellar product…a really polished, very professional looking product.” According to Blanton, “faculty and students overwhelmingly preferred [Desire2Learn]” at the company’s demonstration last month. Desire2Learn “seemed really intuitive.” Blanton said that before coming to a decision on which learning management system to use at PSU, OIT conducted a survey to
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determine which features matter most to students and faculty. According to Blanton, OIT used the data collected from the surveys to develop a list of over 500 specifications to look for in a new product and “Desire2Learn met the majority.” Blanton could not provide the Vanguard with a copy of the survey used or a list of the specifications developed from them. When asked what prompted the search for a new system, Blanton said, “We’re switching for a couple of reasons.” According to Blanton, WebCT will no longer support the version of Blackboard PSU uses and the new version “just didn’t meet nearly as many specifications as others.”
While some faculty members and students use and appreciate learning management systems in general, others have mixed feelings about the value and ideal use of such programs. Jared Sund, a junior majoring in computer science who transferred from Portland Community College, likes Blackboard, but has found the inconsistent use of it at PSU frustrating. “It’s a great single location where I can find all the information pertaining to my classes. I don’t have to remember or bookmark several different sites to find information about my classes,” Sund said about Blackboard.
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ASPSU delays impeachment proceedings Reminding ourselves of a not so distant life Portland State professor showcases some of her acclaimed photos PAGE 5
Still in the running Basketball hits the road to take on Idaho State and Weber State PAGE 6
All photos by Marni Cohen/Portland State Vanguard
Insufficient representation of both parties cited Corie Charnley Vanguard staff
At Tuesday’s Student Senate meeting, the impeachment process of Student Fee Committee member Ron Lee was delayed until next week due to a lack of representation for both parties involved in the case. Lee faces impeachment charges after he accused the Pre-Law Society’s President Ashley McClain of financial mismanagement. These claims were made after Lee failed to receive $5 owed to him by the society, as reported by the Vanguard. McClain was unable to attend the meeting, raising concerns that
Impeachment delay: Senator P.V. Jantz, who filed the impeachment charges.
both sides were not accurately represented. Anandi Hall, a justice on the ASPSU Judicial Board said, “This is an issue between two parties, and before we make the decision to go along with the hearing or not, perhaps we could postpone [the hearing] until next week. [McClain] is the second party, and she’s not here to speak for herself, and I don’t think that’s fair.” In addition, Lee left before deliberation could begin. Due to the circumstances, the Senate passed a motion to postpone the hearing until the following week. Lee and McClain will receive certified mail requesting their presence. However, if they are unable to attend, both are to provide written documentation so that the impeachment process will come to an end at next week’s
only tool at the moment for misconduct is impeachment. The Student Senate discussed amending ASPSU’s constitution in order to incorporate a graduated system of penalties and a rubric for addressing ethical misconduct. “If the Senate wants to proceed with this [trial], it has to do so in tandem of creating a system that deals with ethical concerns on a graduated system,” said Brad Vehafric, chair of the Judicial Board.
meeting, according to ASPSU Vice President Ed Hallman. Student Senator P.V. Jantz, who submitted the impeachment request, claimed that Lee’s actions were unethical and that his accusations made against the PLS damaged the group’s reputations. Lee said, “The actual issue that became an SFC issue was financial mismanagement. Whether it's $5 or 50 cents, students at PSU deserve to make sure that all of those funds are accounted for.” “It’s so frustrating to me that there would be a suggestion of character or unethical behavior when I’m putting myself out there to make sure that these [issues] are taken care of,” he said. Domanic Thomas, assistant director for Student Activities and Leadership Programs, raised an additional concern that ASPSU’s
The next Student Senate meeting will take place in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296, at 5 p.m. on March 2. The meeting is open to the public.
Vanguard 2 | News February 25, 2010
Sarah J. Christensen Editor-in-Chief Virginia Vickery News Editor Theodora Karatzas Arts & Culture Editor Richard D. Oxley Opinion Editor Robert Britt Sports Editor Shannon Vincent Production Manager Marni Cohen Photo Editor Zach Chastaine Online Editor Robert Seitzinger Copy Chief Robert Seitzinger Calendar Editor Jae Specht Advertising Manager William Prior Marketing Manager Judson Randall Adviser Ann Roman Advertising Adviser Illustrator Kira Meyrick Associate News Editor Corie Charnley Production Assistants Bryan Morgan, Charles Cooper Williams Post-production Assistant Adiana Lazarraga Writers Stacy Austin, Will Blackford, Bianca Blankenship, Meaghan Daniels, Sarah Engels, Sarah Esterman, Amy Fylan, Courtney Graham, Natalia Grozina, Patrick Guild, Joe Hannan, Rosemary Hanson, Steve Haske, Nadya Ighani, Carrie Johnston, Sara M. Kemple, Tamara K. Kennedy, Gogul Krishnan, Ebonee Lee, J. Logue, James MacKenzie, Daniel Ostlund, Sharon Rhodes, Tanya Shiffer, Wendy Shortman, Catrice Stanley, Nilesh Tendolkar, Robin Tinker, Vinh Tran, Katherine Vetrano, Allison Whited, Roger Whightman Photographers Aaron Leopold, Michael Pascual, Liana Shewey, Adam Wickham Copy Editors Noah Emmet, Amanda Gordon Advertising Sales Ana SanRoman, Wesley Van Der Veen
Sustainability director finalists Two candidates spoke at PSU Joe Hannan Vanguard staff
Portland State hosted two candidates for the PSU Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices director position last Friday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 22. Both candidates, Susan Shaheen and Robert Costanza, held two sessions. In the first session, candidates spoke to the campus and community, while the second session was dedicated to students. Both candidates gave slide shows and took questions. [Editor’s note: Some of the following information comes directly from the Web site dedicated to the candidates.]
Costanza The first candidate was Robert Costanza, Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Costanza specializes in research on the interface between ecological and economic systems. Ecological economics is defined by its focus on nature, justice and time. Aside from specializing in ecological economics, Costanza, has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers and has had his work cited in over 3,000 scientific articles. Costanza received the Kellogg National Fellow award, is a Pew Scholar and received an honorary doctorate in natural sciences from
Stockholm University. In his sessions with the campus, community and students, Costanza said that “leadership is key to moving the sustainability front forward.” Costanza assessed that student leadership will play a crucial role in getting the sustainability effort moving. He said that a faculty for this movement is in place, and that the students are willing to push the effort forward. However, the leadership that will guide the process must be in place before it can move. When asked how he plans to deal with sustainability at PSU, Costanza said “we will focus on a problem, and come up with a solution.” Costanza said that his idea of dealing with the problems that will arise is a “Big Bird” approach. Students and faculty will assess the problem together, and blur the boundaries between teacher and student. He hopes to create an integrated system of approaching problems as a united entity. “You can get info wherever you want now, but synthesizing this information and putting it to use to solve problems is what we want,” Costanza said. He said that by “utilizing all that intellectual capital,” incentives would inspire creativity in problem solving. “A lot of universities prepare students for problems. What we want to do is have the students in the problems figuring out solutions,” Costanza said. Using communities as models, he plans to incorporate anyone
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Students hope new LMS is easy to use and fully utilized With a few exceptions, Sund said his classes at PSU rely on the Web sites of individual professors and, occasionally, those of their teaching assistants. “Since all the pages are different and accessible at different locations, it takes a far greater amount of knowledge and time to understand the basic course requirements,” he said. Asked about the new system, Sund said, “My experience is only with Blackboard, but I’m sure that the common use of any LMS would make for a better student experience at PSU.” According to Candace Cobb, a junior in biology, most of her classes require students to use Blackboard.
“It’s cool, it’s convenient,” Cobb said. Neither Cobb nor Sund participated in the product demonstrations in January or OIT’s survey. Dr. Albert Spencer, professor of philosophy, uses Blackboard in all of his courses. “[Blackboard] helps you to make group announcements if there are any modifications to the schedule or class [and helps] to increase student participation in and outside of the classroom,” Spencer said. He began using Blackboard as a graduate student in 2002. According to Spencer, most of his students like Blackboard, which “gives them a lot of tools to succeed in the class.”
who wishes to learn and help solve problems into the blurred field of teaching and research. “We will find the people who want to debate for this [sustainability], and not force those who do not want to be involved,” Costanza said.
Shaheen The second candidate was Susan Shaheen, who holds a joint research appointment at the University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, as well as at the University of California, Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies-Davis. She is also a co-director of the transportation track at the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. Shaheen also served as a special assistant to the Directors Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. Shaheen holds a doctorate in ecology, focusing on technology management and the environmental aspects of transportation. She has co-edited one book, authored 27 journal articles, was honored as the first Honda Distinguished Scholar, and is the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board. According to Shaheen, PSU is a university without institutional barriers, and that money and faculty will not be problems. She said that this will make the whole process of achieving sustainable ways of living easier to attain. Spencer said he is “optimistic that [Desire2Learn] will have some better features than Blackboard” and that the new program will aid hybrid courses, classes with both traditional class meetings and an online component. According to OIT, PSU may offer 1,500 distance-learning courses, such as hybrid courses, by 2015. Dr. Thomas Fisher, an assistant professor in the English department, also commented on the use of an LMS in hybrid courses, the need for which he understands. However, Fisher said, “I worry about what is lost in that sort of transaction.” Fisher does not use Blackboard and, while he plans to look at Desire2Learn, he is only “minimally curious.” “I would be interested in it as a very marginal or supplemental [tool],” he said, particularly as a “site for discussion.” Dr. Cynthia Brown, professor of computer science, uses Blackboard in her course, which
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When asked how she will deal with integrating PSU students and faculty, Shaheen said that PSU would have to form itself into a “living lab.” This idea would take a systems approach at the way PSU sustainability operates, mixing the roles of teaching and research with learning. Shaheen compared sustainability to an iPhone and its applications, and said it’s a process that has many different niches that must be explored in order to fully realize the goal and idea. Shaheen called for synchronization between the community and PSU campus. She said that the only way to make sustainability fully effective would be to make the “difference in a physical way.” She believes that faculty and student research, in line with community collaboration, will be the way to progress sustainability. Shaheen also commented on scholarships for students, as well as eligibility for becoming part of the sustainability team at PSU. She said that it is not strictly academic, but also about passion and commitment. According to Shaheen, as long as students show a willingnessto learn and help out, anyone can be part of this program.
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consists of approximately 300 students every term. Brown said, “I do find that some students take advantage of the amount of material I post online to reduce their attendance at class. Personally, I think they would be much better off coming but I understand the pressures that students are under.” Brown, a member of the committee that ultimately chose Desire2Learn, said, “I hope Desire2Learn will be more user friendly [than Blackboard] for both students and faculty…I really enjoy having an online component to my class and would not want to teach without it.” Spencer, Brown and Fisher all appreciate the potential for an LMS to cut down on waste by allowing them to print fewer materials for their classes. Once PSU and Desire2Learn sign a contract, full use should begin in fall term 2010, if not by summer term. “It all depends on how fast we can write the contract,” Blanton said.
Research at PSU utilizing a new wind tunnel Gogul Krishnan Vanguard staff
The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will begin research using a new wind tunnel to be located in the Engineering Building and housed by the Daimler Lab starting next month. The custom-designed wind tunnel is currently under construction in Wisconsin by Midwest Mechanics. NASA and the National Science Foundation have already funded research to be carried out in the wind tunnel. Assistant professor Raúl Bayoán Cal will head the research work.
About the wind tunnel “The cost of the wind tunnel is $500,000. The wind tunnel includes state-of-the-art automation functions.” Cal said. The wind tunnel is a one-of-akind, world-class facility to study fluid mechanics problems. It is unique in the sense that it possesses the capabilities of reproducing many fundamental flows as well as complex flows, he said. “In this wind tunnel, we are planning to study turbulent flows including complex boundary layers for example, effects of temperature gradients, pressure gradients, surface roughness and incoming turbulence levels], wind energy related problems as well as urban canopy flows,“ Cal said. Given the importance of the wind energy topic, Cal and his students will carry out experiments to study wind farms in a scaled and wellcontrolled environment such as in the tunnel. It will help researchers gather information about the interactions between the massive rotating structures and the passing flow. “The idea is to understand these flows from a fundamental point of view while being able to draw useful practical conclusions,” Cal said. “These are obtained using
New wind blowing a rather sophisticated laserbased instrumentation technique [tomographic particle image velocimetry] capable of mapping out velocity fields of these flows in the form of a volume in conjunction with other techniques, thus providing intrinsic information about the physics of the studied flows,” Cal said.
How it will help students
master’s degree in experimental and computational turbulence from Chalmers University of Technology, attained in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins. Cal joined PSU’s faculty in 2009. Cal’s area of research is focused on understanding hydrodynamic turbulence and complexity in fluid mechanics in
general. He uses theoretical and experimental tools to assess the behavior of the flow. Cal has experience in experimental techniques such as tomographic particle image velocimetry, laser doppler velocimetry and hot-wire anemometry, used to quantify such flows in scaled environments like wind tunnels.
This wind tunnel will allow training for students at the highest possible level while obtaining their master’s degrees and doctorates, thus pushing the research boundaries in these areas. The wind tunnel will also encourage undergraduate students to take part in research, Cal said. “The tunnel will also allow for undergraduate research opportunities in the aforementioned research areas. At the K–12 level, it will provide a mechanism to motivate young students into the areas of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics],” Cal said. “It is also an educational tool where students [ from high school to the doctorate level] will be able to visualize concepts traditionally taught in a classroom environment, thus providing a more hands-on approach,” Cal said.
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Correction In the story titled "Bookstore still recovering (Feb. 23)," the damage to the Portland State Bookstore was reported incorrectly. The bookstore lost over 19,000 units of merchandise, including 4,000 units of clothing and 1,000 units of textbooks. The Vanguard regrets the error.
Presidential health care summit President Barack Obama's nationally televised health care summit will take place today. In an effort to spur progress on health care reform, Obama has invited Republicans to participate in a bipartisan discussion regarding health care, according to an article published in The Washington Post on Feb. 8.
About Dr. Cal Cal, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering, is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Portland State. He also holds an appointment as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., in 2001, 2003, and 2006, respectively. He holds another
Vanguard News | 3 February 25, 2010
The summit takes place after a final health care bill failed to pass in January, due to the loss of the Democratic Party's 60-seat majority in the Senate. Aaron Leopold/Portland State Vanguard
Raúl Bayóan Cal: Assistant professor to head up research work.
Vanguard 4 | Arts & Culture February 25, 2010
Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing tonight at the International Film Festival Ward No. 6 Aleksandr Gornovsky, Russia, 2009 “A major box office and critical hit in Russia, and this year’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ward No. 6 is a bold, modern update of Chekhov’s tale of a psych-ward doctor turned patient in his own asylum. Filming in an actual mental hospital, the directors interview real patients with actors only incidentally wandering in and out of the frame. Used by Chekhov as a metaphor for a man’s disappointment with the promises of science, the story now reconsiders that disappointment as a loss of faith in the nation’s future.” 8:15 p.m, Regal Broadway Cinemas, 1000 SW Broadway St.
Strongman Zachary Levy, U.S., 2009 “South Brunswick, New Jersey, is home to Stanley “Stainless Steel” Pleskun, the self-proclaimed ‘Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal.’ He can leg-press two-ton trucks, bend pennies with his fingers, and perform many other homemade acts of extreme strength, concentration, and focus. But Stan, now middle-aged, needs a plan, for as Levy’s affectionate portrait reveals, success—in both his professional and personal life— takes another kind of strength and savvy. Filmed over the course of several years as Stan struggles to be taken more seriously than a kids’ birthday party attraction, maintain his rocky relationship with his girlfriend, and stay on the bright side, the one thing that can’t weaken is attitude. The winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, Strongman is a moving story of determination and heart in the face of the hard facts of life.”
ARTS & CULTURE Do we want to be left behind? The fundamentalists’ Rapture and what it means for the treatment of Earth Wendy Shortman Vanguard staff
Born in a national forest in the High Sierra between California and Oregon next to Mt. Shasta, Brenda Peterson lived her early years within millions of acres of wilderness. “I was in a natural, beautiful setting, and I was given my natural birthright,” Peterson said. “Having a family that loved the earth and other animals gave me a strong grounding in the idea of earth as God’s creation.” Her father, a forest service ranger, always encouraged the author’s appreciation of the natural beauty of the region. “He obviously loved trees and rivers, and was very much a teacher to me of the beauty of the world. On the other hand, my family’s religion depended on the church,” Peterson said. During her childhood, Peterson was often faced with two opposing ideas of the world. The author’s family was Southern Baptist by religion, and in her memoir she talks about how the belief of the world as just a place to reside until the Rapture comes strongly contradicted with her father’s ideas about the environment and the natural world. “I’ve resolved that the forest got to me before the faith did,” Peterson said. “[The belief that] this world is not my home, I’m just passing through, and the readiness in favor to go to heaven conflicted with my
love of Earth. As a child that put me in a paradox.” Peterson said it’s something that she’s still looking at today, and she says she has come to the realization that she doesn’t belong as a Southern Baptist because of these issues. Peterson thinks of earth as more than just a temporary home for people until the Rapture. “If we looked at the earth as more divine, we would take care of it, and if we really thought our souls were at home here as many native peoples do, we wouldn’t be avoiding global warming,” Peterson said. I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth is quite different from her previous work, which was mostly about animals and nature, but also her spiritual journey. In the new memoir, Peterson adds her sense of humor in a playful criticism of the beliefs she was taught as a child. “It’s got a definite comic edge. I meant it to be a dark comedy,” the author said. “I think it comes with age, the understanding that we aren’t the center of the universe, an idea that we have when we’re young.” Peterson’s memoir also touches on how she felt as a child living in a paradox between two conflicting beliefs, and how that affected the way she felt when interacting with her family. “However old we are, we all have had that feeling,” Peterson said. “[The feeling that we’re] misfits, and this is my story of not quite fitting in with a family that pretty much believes the same thing.” Peterson, a resident of Seattle, Wash., says she feels like she fits in now, right here in the Northwest.
Photo courtesy of Brenda Peterson
“The combination between spirituality and environmentalism in the northwest is really a blessing, and I’m looking forward to coming to Portland” Peterson said. For additional information about her upbringing, the memoir, her environmental work or her previous and upcoming books visit www.iwantobeleftbehind.com. Peterson will be visiting from Seattle to Powell’s City of Books here in Portland. “Instead of finding rapture away from this earth and having our
spiritual practice separate,” Peterson said. “We need to find rapture, [and that] spiritual and religious fulfillment in this divine creation, Earth.”
Reading with Brenda Peterson Powell’s City of Books 1005 W Burnside St. Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Free
Taking the R&B by storm Marv Ellis is making a name for himself all across Oregon Scott Ostlund Vanguard staff
8:45 p.m, Whitsell Auditorium, 1218 SW Park Ave. —www.nwfilm.org
Photo courtesy of Marv Ellis
Marv Ellis: Despite his odd moniker, this
local hip-hopper is rocking the music scene.
When Portland rapper and hiphop artist Marv Ellis is asked where he’s from, his response is Eugene. According to Ellis, when on an outof-state tour, many fans will ask where that is. If he responds with Portland, people automatically connect him with the top-notch talent Portland is known for producing. “Even though I live in Portland, now some of the best musicians have come from Eugene,” Ellis said. When I’m on tour and they say ‘where are you from?’ And I say Eugene they’re like, ‘where?’ If I’m on tour and they say ‘where are you from?’ And I say I live in Portland they say ‘oh, nice.’” Some of the best musicians he has ever met came from his hometown of Eugene, but Portland has been a great opportunity for him to perform his music, which he
can only describe as, “funk and soul, fusion, R&B, hip-hop...it’s really a heavy mix of just banging stuff.” Ellis, who has been performing in Portland for the last two-and-a-half years, currently plays weekly shows at the White Eagle every Tuesday night. Ellis’ live concert experience is part of what makes him such a unique artist. He focuses not only on music, but creating what he calls “360 degrees of entertainment.” He crafts a show that focuses on showing off his talent as well as incorporating his audience and band of violins, guitars and inventive percussion. Ellis has produced three fulllength albums, with his last one titled Mental Picture Machine. For his latest album, Ellis was in complete control throughout the writing and creating process. From the beats to the lyrics and the producing, he put all of his effort into creating solid tracks often in one day. “Wake up, roll out of bed, make a song-type thing or go get up, it’s sunny, go get some coffee, get a breakfast pastry, write a song, come home record it, mix it, finish it that day,” Ellis said about his musicmaking routine.
As simple as it sounds, Ellis has put in plenty of time in order to establish his talents around the music community and it has paid off. He has played with the likes of Michael Franti, as well as other wellknown acts. Tonight’s show is at the Report Lounge where Ellis will be joined by Mad Fresh DJ’s. “My plan the whole time was to come up to the live music scene, not the hip-hop scene in Portland... because I want to meet musicians.” Ellis did just that and will be joined by them tonight as well as on March 20, when he will be the featured artist at the Crystal Ballroom.
Marv Ellis Report Lounge 1101 E Burnside St. Feb 25, 8 p.m. $5 21+
Reminding ourselves of a not so distant life
Holly Andres: Her skill as a nuanced photographer only enhances the dreamy feeling in her subject matter and vivid coloring in her work.
Portland State professor showcases some of her acclaimed photos Roger Wightman Vanguard staff
Rarely do students have the opportunity to learn from a professor currently working in their field of study. Sure, the faculty member may perform research here and there, submit to a scientific journal or exhibit their work at a coffee shop their neighbor owns, but only on the very rare occasion does the instructor have a buzz about their work and a future that is gaining prominence. For all the budding photographers out there, I’m talking about adjunct assistant professor Holly Andres. Andres teaches part time at Portland State and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art as a video and photography instructor. Brewed just west of the continental divide in Missoula, Mont., Andres took up creative hobbies early on while
living amongst her 10 older siblings. Photography was not her first love as an artist, focusing first on architecture and illustration at the Art Institute in Seattle, Wash., then heading back home to study painting at the University of Montana. Andres credits her time at Portland State obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree as the catalyst to her current love and career as a professional photographer. Andres' work is gaining momentum nationally, with her work being acknowledged in EXIT magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Artforum, Elle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, art ltd. and local publications such as the Portland Mercury and PDX Magazine. Her work has also been on view in galleries all around the country. Her current exhibition is a selection of photos from two different shows that have previously been on display in galleries from New York, N.Y., to Paris, France. Titled Short Street and Sparrow Lane, the collection is made up of photos that tell her “unique experience of growing up as the youngest of 10 children,” and also depicts the
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curiosity of a child as metaphors, which Andres claims tell the “precarious transition from girl to woman.” The photos are mostly all heavily staged and set to a 1970s backdrop. Andres brings a level of authenticity to the scene that looks and feels so genuine that you can almost feel the shag carpet underneath your heels and the sound of ABBA blaring on the car radio. Sparrow Lane is a collection of photos that were in part inspired by the covers of original Nancy Drew books. You know, the kind with Nancy searching, pondering and lurking around either an object or a slightly creepy local. Even the titles are similarly named: “The Missing Bird,” “The Lost Mitten” or “The Discarded Photograph.” The images, according to Andres, are meant to “ponder the brevity of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory and female introspection,” whether it be those few short years that you spent exploring the woods behind your grandparents’ house, convinced that you were an explorer on pursuit of new and uncharted territory, or watching your dad pack
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the minivan before a family vacation. Whatever those moments were, Andres’ collection of images will remind you of the life that you once lived, and the child that you used to be.
Selections of work from Sparrow Lane and Short Street North View Gallery PCC Sylvania Campus 12000 SW 49th Ave. Mon through Fri, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Runs through March 19
Artist talk with Holly Andres 12:30 p.m. to 2:30pm North View Gallery Free
Vanguard Arts & Culture | 5 February 25, 2010
Playing tonight at the International Film Festival Bad Day To Go Fishing Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay, 2009 “A combination of quirky dark drama and deadpan satire plays out in this stylish tale of a washed-up wrestler and a smooth conman in a sleepy village in South America. ‘Prince’ Orsini, an impresario, arrives in a small town with his protégé, a one-time German wrestling champion named Jacob Van Oppen. Orsini’s scheme is to use Jacob’s status to lure locals into duels with him, promising a large cash sum to anybody who can pin him in three minutes. In reality, the matches are fixed to protect Jacob’s reputation— and Orsini’s income. The pair’s plan is threatened when an opponent is too drunk to wrestle, and femme fatale Adriana, eyeing the non-existent $1,000 prize, offers up her muscular husband as the replacement opponent. Jacob, nursing sore muscles, a nasty cough, and an even nastier alcohol habit, is in trouble. Brechner’s ambitious debut is something like a retro The Wrestler by way of the Coen brothers.” 6:45 p.m, Regal Broadway Cinemas, 1000 SW Broadway St.
Down Terrace Ben Wheatley, Great Britain, 2009 “Ken Loach meets The Sopranos might characterize this darkly comic and sometimes disturbing slice of social surrealism in which a family of dysfunctional crooks tries to keep their criminal enterprise from falling apart. As soon as Bill (Bob Hill) and his son Karl (Rob Hill) are released from jail, they try to figure out who ratted them out to the police. Bill’s partner (Julia Deakin) seems like your average housewife, but there’s something about her that suggests she may have had a hand in it. It soon becomes evident that this ordinary terraced house is packed to the rafters with gangsters. Among others, we meet a despised family ‘friend’ (Tony Way), a hit man (Michael Smiley) who takes his toddler along on jobs, Karl’s pregnant girlfriend (Kali Peacock), and a nasty piece of work named Eric (David Schaal). Paranoia reigns supreme in this house, where everyone is suspicious of everyone else.” 6:15 p.m, Whitsell Auditorium, 1218 SW Park Ave. —www.nwfilm.org
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Olympic ties Portland State students have more than national connections to the athletes competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia—they also have an alum connection. Portland State alumna and former Vikings volleyball player Bree Schaaf represented the U.S. in the women’s bobsled and, after four runs over two days of competition, finished fifth last night along with her brakeman Emily Azevedo. The pair missed a medal position by less than one half-second. A native of Bremerton, Wash., Schaaf graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s in anthropology and was a four-time AllAcademic selection. After graduation, she competed as a skeleton racer until 2007, when she made the switch to bobsled. According to Katie Kaysinger, Schaaf’s former teammate and now assistant volleyball coach at PSU, Schaaf’s move from skeleton was due to the fact that, at 5-foot-10, bobsled was a better fit for her. “She’s wiry, but she was a little too tall and didn’t quite fit on the sled,” Kaysinger said. “The move was tough, because she’s still a little small for bobsled too.” In 2009, Schaaf became the U.S. National Bobsled Champion and was named as USA Bobsled’s Rookie of the Year. “This is her dream,” Kaysinger said. Two teams from Canada won the gold and silver medals in the women’s bobsled, and Schaaf’s national teammates Erin Pac and Elana Meyers took the bronze medal for the U.S. As of press time, the U.S. led the medal count with 28 overall, followed by Germany with 24 and Norway with 18.
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Basketball hits the road to take on Idaho State and Weber State Rosemary Hanson Vanguard staff
With only three games left in the regular season, the Portland State women’s basketball team is still in contention for the Big Sky Conference Championship. After another unexpected split last weekend, PSU is tied for second place in the conference and needs to win their last three games and have top-ranked Eastern Washington lose one to bring home a title. The Vikings begin their race for the finish line on Friday at Idaho State and then play again on Saturday at Weber State. Head coach Sherri Murrell is confident that her Vikings (14–12, 8–5 Big Sky) can win this weekend, but with the tough doubleheader format, she feels her players might be more than just physically fatigued in the second game. “We have to play big mentally to win that second night,” she said. Last weekend, the Vikings took on Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado for the final home games of the season. Friday night ended in Portland State’s favor with
an impressive 74–56 score and featured three PSU players scoring double digits. Saturday was a less-than-perfect game though, as the Vikings fell to Northern Colorado, 54–52, by a lastsecond buzzer beater. Senior guard Claire Faucher recorded five steals last weekend, which places her on the books for another school record. Her 257 career steals surpasses former teammate Kelsey Kahle to secure the second spot in Portland State’s all-time steals record. The Bengals (12–14, 7–6 Big Sky) are currently tied with Montana State for fourth place in the Big Sky and are coming off of a three-game winning streak at home. The most recent—against Weber State—was won, 79–74, in overtime. Hoping to get a shot at postseason action, the Bengals need a win or a Northern Colorado loss to get them there. To defeat the Vikings, they will need to bring the energy brought against Weber State. After climbing from a 15-point deficit to tie the game, junior Chelsea Pickering shot 4 of 4 in overtime to secure a Bengal victory. Senior Andrea Videbeck also came out strong and scored a career-high 20 points. Positioned dead last in conference standings, Weber State (9–17, 3–10 Big Sky) enters this
Last stand Men's basketball postseason hopes rest on final conference matchups Robert Britt Vanguard staff
The Portland State men’s basketball team hosts its last two conference games of the season this weekend, and their playoff hopes rest in the balance. On Friday night, sixth-place Portland State (10–17, 5–9 Big Sky) will host Idaho State, and on Sunday afternoon Weber State will come to play at the Stott for the Altitude/Big Sky Game of the Week. With a one-game lead over Idaho State and one spot in the conference tournament still up for grabs, Portland State will secure a seed in the postseason brackets with a win on Friday. A loss to the Bengals will cause a sixth-place tie in the standings, and make Sunday’s matchup a must-win situation for the Vikings if they hope to make the six-team Big Sky Tournament next month. The Vikings look to break their current five-game losing streak on
Friday against Idaho State (7–20, 4–10 Big Sky) and at the same time, stop the stretch of four consecutive losses at the Stott. The Bengals come into Portland on a two-game losing streak of their own, and have won just once on the road this year in 15 tries. Portland State maintains the edge in the overall series with ISU, winning eight of the last ten meetings between the teams and the last four in Portland. The Bengals are led in scoring by senior guard Amorrow Morgan, who is averaging 16.7 points per game. Before arriving in Portland for Sunday’s matchup, Weber State (18– 8, 12–2 Big Sky) already secured the Big Sky regular-season title and will host the conference’s postseason tournament in Ogden, Utah. The Wildcats are on a winning stretch of four games and have walked off the court with a win in eight of their last nine games. In Portland State’s meeting with Weber State earlier this year, the Vikings came back from being 11 points behind with three minutes left, but missed two chances to tie the game and ended up losing, 86–83. Senior guard Dominic Waters put up 21 points
weekend on a two-game losing streak, and are surely looking to spoil the postseason hopes of other teams. Against the Bengals, Weber State’s junior forward Caitlin Anderson posted a double-double with a career high 27 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Sarah Conner also played well with 15 points, and guard Tonya Schnibbe racked up a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. The Wildcats are nearly out of the run for a postseason appearance. To make the playoffs they need to win their remaining games and have Sacramento State lose the rest of their games. On top of that, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado would have to post losses to give Weber the fourth-place spot. PSU has taken the last five games against Idaho State, and has won seven of the past nine games. Four of those five wins featured double-digit margins of victory, and a 20-point victory in the 2007–08 season is the largest in Big Sky Conference action. The Viks have won the last three games against Weber State and four of the past five. The two teams each hold two of the best point guards in the Big Sky: Weber State’s Schnibbe, and Portland State’s Faucher. In this week’s Big Sky leader charts, Schnibbe’s average of 6.8 assists per game overtook Faucher’s 6.7 average. Tip-offs are scheduled for 6 p.m. local time, and both games can be followed via Live Stats at www.goviks.com.
Portland State (14–12, 8–5 Big Sky) at Idaho State (12–14, 7–6 Big Sky) 6 p.m., Fri Portland State (14–12, 8–5 Big Sky) at Weber State (9–17, 3–10 Big Sky) 6 p.m., Sat
and six assists for the Vikings, but Wildcat Franklin Session would lead the scorers that night with 24 points and six assists of his own. Waters has been on fire as of late, scoring 57 points in the last two games while dishing 12 assists. Senior forward Jamie Jones is also performing well for PSU, with a league leading eight doubledoubles—seven of which have come in the last 14 games. But Portland State will need skilled play this weekend from Waters, Jones and the rest of the roster to break the worst losing streak the Viks have seen since the 2005–06 season. Friday’s tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game is slated to begin at 1:05 p.m. Both games are at the Stott Center and will be broadcast on 800 AM, KPDQ. Sunday afternoon’s game will be televised on Altitude and Comcast SportsNet, channel 37.
On the road again Tennis teams split up and take on a handful of opponents Nilesh Tendolkar Vanguard staff
The Portland State men’s tennis team flies to Colorado to play Big Sky rival Northern Colorado and then Air Force this weekend, while the women’s team heads north to Richmond, Wash., to take on Idaho and Seattle on Saturday. The men’s team enters Saturday’s contest against Northern Colorado on the back of two successive victories over Lewis & Clark and conference opponent Eastern Washington. In their last home game against Lewis & Clark, the Vikings won all three doubles and all six singles matches to defeat the Pioneers, 7–0. “I’m expecting tough matches at both venues,” interim head coach Jay Sterling said. “Northern Colorado will be hungry and looking for their first win of the season, and we’ll be playing them at altitude, which always takes some getting used to, both physically and technically. “Plus, they will be looking for some revenge. We beat them 5–2 last year, but the score doesn’t tell the story—the matches were really close.” The Portland State men (4–5, 2–1 Big Sky) are currently placed third in the Big Sky standings. Northern Colorado has yet to register a win in 2010, and Air Force is 4–2 on the season. “We had some pretty emotional matches against [Air Force] last year at the Mac Club, so it wouldn’t surprise me if some of their guys have been eyeing this match on their schedule, Sterling said. “I know that our guys will be excited about the match on Sunday morning, but right now their focus is on our Saturday morning conference match against Northern Colorado.” The Portland State women’s team, who take on both Idaho and Seattle on Saturday, got its first taste of victory this season against Southern Oregon last Friday. The Vikings defeated the Raiders with a 6–1 margin, but just two days later the Viks fell to Seattle 7–0 at the Stott Center. “We learned that they [Seattle] are a stronger team than last year, but we also learned that we can compete with them if we play to our full potential,” Sterling said. “If we play and fight as well as they did in their match against Montana last weekend, their matches against Idaho and Seattle University will be competitive.”
Portland State (10–17, 5–9 Big Sky) vs. Idaho State (7–20, 4–10 Big Sky) 7:05 p.m., Fri Portland State (14–12, 8–5 Big Sky) vs. Weber State (18–8, 12–2 Big Sky) 1:05 p.m., Sun
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Tennis: Junior Sean Eberle and the men will play in Colorado, while the women play in Washington.
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Good morning sunshine Three breakfasts that’ll start your morning in a healthy, filling way
Katherine Vetrano Vanguard staff
We’ve all heard about how it’s the most important meal of the day. Most of us only have time to shower, wipe the sleep from our eyes and grab some coffee. Who has the time to cook up a gourmet meal that happens to be healthy as well? You do. Here are three recipes that may have you hitting the snooze button one less time.
10 Minutes: Herbes de Provence Tofu Scramble With Peas Five Minutes: Bowl O’ Energy This recipe is inspired by an article on www.fitsugar.com, which is a Web site devoted to healthy lifestyles. The article urges readers to upgrade their plain old cereal bowl to a powerhouse of fiber, fruit, protein and nuts for energy. Here’s one option that follows these rules and only takes minutes to pull together. Ingredients 1 big handful of blueberries, rinsed 1/4 cup of diced pineapple, canned or fresh 1/4 cup of any fiber-rich cereal, such as Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Raisin Bran (or any kind with eight grams or higher) 3 heaping spoonfuls of nonfat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup of soymilk 1 handful of almonds Sprinkle of flaxseed Method Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and let sit for a moment or so, letting the flavors mix together and allowing the cereal to soften a bit. Stir once more, and enjoy.
Seven Minutes: Oh-SoCreamy Smoothie This recipe may not take seven minutes if you just throw the ingredients in the blender and press high. The Alton Brown method, which he recently described in his Good Eats episode “Live and Let Diet,” may take a little more time, but it’ll be well worth the wait. Ingredients 1 frozen banana 1/2 cup of soymilk 1/4 cup of frozen peaches 1/4 cup of any mixed berries (strawberries are especially delicious) 1 heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt 1 spoonful of ice Method Put all frozen ingredients in a blender and let sit while you make a hot cup of green tea or coffee. This will allow the fruit to thaw a bit, causing them to blend better when the time comes. Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and place the lid over the top.
Put the power to low and blend for about 45 seconds, then kick it up to medium until the mixture begins to look creamy. Lastly, blend the mixture on high for one minute until smoothie is at your desired consistency. Pour in a glass with a straw, or a to-go cup. Enjoy your liquid breakfast!
This breakfast takes the most time, but the savory and elegant flavors will transport you to a different place than your living room. This easy meal could also double as a quick dinner or lunch when paired with a side salad.
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Ingredients 1 shallot 1 large chunk of extra-firm tofu 1/2 cup of frozen peas 1 tablespoon of Herbes de Provence 1 pinch of sea salt Olive oil
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Method Remove papery layer from shallot and mince like you would a garlic clove.
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Slice off desired amount of tofu from its block, and squeeze both sides to ensure there isn’t any extra moisture. Crumble between your fingers into small pieces. Coat a skillet with a thin layer of oil, about one tablespoon. Turn the heat to medium-high. Add shallot, and move around with a spatula until it has softened a bit, around a minute. Turn the heat to high, add peas and salt, stirring until warmed through and peas are no longer frozen. Add tofu crumbles and Herbes de Provence and mix the ingredients together, allowing the flavors to mingle. Taste for seasoning, add more salt or Herbes de Provence if desired. Enjoy with a piece of whole wheat toast or an English muffin.
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