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TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY • VOLUME 64, ISSUE 76

Event of the day Portland gynecologist Dr. Lydia Collins is hosting a free discussion called “I Know I’m Clean—I’ve Been Tested” regarding sexually transmitted diseases. When: 6 p.m. Where: Ondine Hall, room 220

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TriMet has budget shortfall Why Portland’s public transit still trumps PAGE 3

NEWS Cashews for Africa Portland State students involved with sustainability project in West Africa PAGE 4 Engineering: the next generation PSU Engineering Discovery Showcase hosted high school students PAGE 5

ARTS

Paying a large price for very little Investigative journalist experiences life as an immigrant worker in the U.S. PAGE 6

Local Film Highlights Awesome films playing at local theaters this week PAGE 7

SPORTS

Tennis roundup Men’s tennis splits wins, but women lose twice over the weekend PAGE 10

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Veteran resources: President of the Student Veterans Association, Kevin Hershey.

Student veteran benefits disbursing, slowly but surely Joe Hannan Vanguard staff

Three thousand troops from the Oregon National Guard’s 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will arrive from Afghanistan this spring. This surge of homebound troops will likely put an increase in the number of veterans attending Oregon University System schools. Veterans can expect eight to 10 weeks of wait time before receiving benefits. If the influx of veterans returning from the Middle East puts a strain on the alreadybacked-up system, Portland State student-veterans will struggle to obtain their benefits. However, the Student Veterans Association sees the wait time as a glitch in the system that will eventually work itself out. On Feb. 4, the Federal Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told the House Veterans Affairs Committee “that a more automated system to process new G.I. Bill claims will be implemented by December.” As of Feb. 5, of the nearly 167,000 veterans who requested to receive

benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, 90 percent got payouts, according to the Associated Press. Emergency checks for up to $3,000 were issued in the fall term of 2009 for those in dire need. However, in winter and spring terms no checks are available, which means that PSU veterans will simply have to wait out the system’s glitches. When asked about the status of veteran benefit disbursment, Robert Hindahl of the Office of Veteran Certifications said “it is definitely getting better.” “Veterans were in a bad position,” said SVA member Josh Fisher, referring to the original Montgomery GI Bill. The bill gave student veterans $1,321 a month to split between the costs of housing, tuition and books. “The Montgomery GI Bill gave student-veterans enough to live in 1944,” said Dan Mckinlay, former president of the SVA, in October of last year. “But it did not keep up with the costs.” Compared to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which will payout $438 per credit, the updated Montgomery GI Bill gives student-veterans a monthly stipend of $1,200, as well as paying for tuition, $1,333 for housing and $1,000 for books.

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PSU-TV on the TV Student television group filmed its first public access show Sharon E. Rhodes Vanguard staff

The campus television station, PSU-TV, will soon be broadcast off campus. Last Monday, Feb. 22, PSU-TV filmed its first public access show, to be broadcast on channels 11, 22 and 23 through MetroEast Community Media in Gresham. John Miller, the president of PSU-TV and a senior majoring in communication, said he plans to complete his training there during spring break, after which PSUTV will commence broadcasting on a biweekly basis. According to its Web site, MetroEast Community Media “helps everyday people make television programs” through workshops, training and studio and editing space and it broadcasts shows on eight different channels. Suzanne Watson, a junior majoring in communication and PSU-TV’s assignment editor, said, “We were looking for a way to get our stories broadcast beyond YouTube,” when they found MetroEast Community Media. “[PSU-TV is] television so we wanted to find a venue that is actually television,” Watson said. According to its Web site, PSUTV is a student group “dedicated to sustainable community media and keeping independent thought alive in media outlets.” PSU-TV strives to maintain integrity in the gathering and reporting of information.

“[I]t is essentially grassroots media since we are a student group,” Watson said. According to Miller, some PSUTV segments “let the campus know new ways to be sustainable,” like “Sustainable Students” which focuses on how students can stretch their money. Miller said PSU-TV also did a story on the first building with no carbon footprint built in Portland. Those interested can view these and other PSU-TV segments at psutv.groups.pdx.edu or on YouTube at youtube.com/user/psutelevision. Although PSU-TV has existed under various names since 2003, Student Publications—a group that includes the Vanguard, the Rearguard and the Portland Spectator—does not currently recognize PSU-TV as a publication. According to Watson, before allowing PSU-TV to join Student Publications, “[they] wanted us to increase visibility” so that students outside of Neuberger Hall can access the group’s broadcasts. Miller said Student Activities and Leadership Programs has worked really hard to help PSU-TV because it “should be under [Student Publications].” In addition to the issue of visibility, Miller said the Student Publications Board “proposed making [PSU-TV’s] Web site a little more interactive,” such as by allowing viewers to comment on the available video segments. According to Miller, the group’s faculty advisor, Dr. Susan Poulsen, will meet with Judson Randall, student publications adviser, to discuss the decision in more detail soon. Watson said that PSU-TV has a training program to teach interested

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TV about town: PSU-TV Programming Manager John Miller takes the group to cable access.

students how to run the cameras and edit film, which benefits students by allowing them to apply “the theories one gathers in film class and communications.” According to Miller, “We definitely take a hands on approach in teaching people to operate this equipment…from day one we definitely get people involved.” Dr. J. David Kennamer, an instructor in the department of communication also gave a talk on media ethics last fall, which PSU-TV recorded and now shows to all new reporters, Miller said.

According to Watson, Student Publications also wants to know how PSU-TV can generate revenue as the other student publications do. Miller said that PSU-TV plans to generate revenue by filming documentaries and promotional videos for a fee, while still doing twoto three-minute stories for free. Miller said, “Once they see that we’re a viable group…building ourselves up as the Vanguard [and other publications have]” PSUTV will hopefully join Student Publications.


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OSBHE did exceed their authority The Vanguard staff has their understanding of Oregon concealed handgun law exactly on point (“Editorial: Sights on gun laws,” Feb. 19). As alluded to on last Friday’s front page, ORS 166.170 makes Oregon a preemption state. That is, any county, city or municipal ordinance which conflicts with the ORS are null and void. Minus the very few and minor allowances to subordinate political units, the state has universally reserved handgun regulation for itself. What is clear from ORS 166.171 through 166.176 is that only counties and cities are granted any of those exceptions. It takes no great deal of common sense to know that the Oregon Board of Higher Education is neither kind of those two entities, meaning OBHE cannot prohibit concealed carry on campuses. While ORS 166.174 does address municipal corporations (of which OBHE is such an entity), its text clearly forbids cities, counties, or municipal corporations from illegally attaching strings to leases or rentals of public property. That is, it adheres to the Unconstitutional Conditions Doctrine: No government entity can require citizens to sign away their rights in order to enjoy government benefits. Finally, the bulk of OBHE’s statutory authority comes from ORS Chapter 351. No power to regulate handguns can be found within that chapter. Furthermore, the only additional power I could find given to Oregon’s universities to make any law was authority in Chapter 352 to regulate university traffic and parking, which clearly has no relation to our topic. Thus, the Vanguard is 100 percent correct in its conclusion that OBHE has exceeded its statutory authority. —Dave Montgomery, senior

Perceptions, projection and stereotypes of Jews The guest opinion (“Guest opinion,” Feb. 19) about black people and how they are perceived and stereotyped could also be applied for the most part to Jews. Many Christians have never met a Jew and don’t know anything about our religion, but they have preconceived notions that all Jews are rich, greedy, sneaky, smart, have big noses and kinky hair. They categorize us with the notorious crooks Abramov and Madoff. (Every time a crook turns out to be a Jew we all cringe.) Similarly, not all Italians are in

the Mafia and not all Muslims are terrorists. It is an unfortunate human characteristic to deal with information overload by categorizing and simplifying, to associate with people who look like ourselves and be a bit suspicious and wary of people who are different. This flaw in the human character results in racial profiling. Only by vigorous and thoughtful consideration can we overcome this characteristic of human behavior. —Harley Sachs, senior citizen, PSU student

I witnessed a hate crime today Along the hallway through the center of Smith on the second floor is a long row of chairs lined up in pairs. A female student, a muslim, was studying alone when a middleaged mother and teenage daughter came along and complained about her attire. Specifically her burqua or veil. “This is America, I can’t believe you’d wear something like that!” “I’m a mother, I can’t believe you’re exposing my child to this!” She told them to calm down and they kept on raising their voices. Another student challenged their politics, as this was the moral high point they cited. The unfortunate woman called campus security, the mother/daughter pair left. It seems to me that so-called “free space” is dominated by those of privilege. Everyone else can go and create their own safer space if they choose. This laissez-faire mentality does us all a disservice, as that leaves almost all of us marginalized and feeling unsafe! With the rights we’re given we must accept responsibilities too. Free space can be safe space for us all if we take care to respect one another and stand up for each other’s rights! We should not be blind to our differences, but respectful. Make friends and help others stay safe and strong. This is my duty as a woman, as a person with alternate beliefs, as a tall person, as a person of size, as a cyclist, as someone with a learning disability, as a person who goes out in funny clothes. Allowing such travesty to happen on campus to happen without a murmur is a danger to us all! I say stand up. Break down the barriers between yourself and the people around you. Say hello. Honor your differences and make friends. This is the world we’ve created together; it’s too big not to share, too small for hatred. —Lauren Pedersen

Rearguard rape culture I am writing you to request that you publically admonish the staff of the Rearguard for their recent edition [February, 2010]. It was so full of MISOGYNY and HOMOPHOBIA that it is difficult to believe and comprehend, especially in light of their Page 3 Mission Statement. Additionally, they managed to make fun of RAPE (“Hagar the Horrible,” Page 16) and the tragedy in HAITI (“Modern Romance,” Page 8). All for their own personal gain (hello student fees that go to pay their stipends). Apparently, it did not even occur to them that by making a joke out of alcohol-fueled sexual abuse that they are raising the fear factor that women, and apparently smaller men, have to live with on a daily basis because of our RAPE CULTURE.  Who in the world is monitoring their trauma-inducing content? They should all be ashamed of themselves, and Adam Barber should resign.  I for one do not want my student fee money going to subsidize the emotional abuse of our community. —Kevin Thomas

available, if you need it. Stick to your guns, nevertheless. When photos or cartoons start appearing in your column, I’ll know you’ve gone soft. Every job opening in our ad agency produces a mountain of resumes from applicants. To get through the stack in a reasonable time period, I shitcan all resumes upon bumping into the first misspelling or grammatical error, easily eliminating over 80 percent of the stack. If a person cannot properly prepare a resume or cover letter (an ad for themselves, so to speak), they don’t belong in the communications business, not to mention a number of other businesses. —John Kosydar, ad agency owner

A Grammar Grouch fan Great concept! Your column is a public service, though you’ll rarely be thanked for it.  What’s more likely is that you should prepare yourself to be ostracized for life. Ted Kascinski’s cabin may still be

Photo courtesy of Anacostia Yogi/blogspot

Vanguard 2 | Opinion March 2, 2010

The Vanguard’s stripper poll Anyone who lives in Portland is aware that our city has more than its fare share of stripper poles adorning bars and clubs throughout town. But the debate still continues. Are strip clubs an immoral business? Should they be allowed to do business in any community they please? Don’t waste any time, head on over to the Vanguard’s Facebook page and take our newest poll…our stripper poll, and let us know what you think. And while you’re at it, write a letter to the editor on the subject, which is now easier than ever with the Vanguard’s new letter to the editor feature on our Web site. It will take care of all our requirements and send it directly to our opinion editor’s desk.

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TriMet has budget shortfall Why Portland’s public transit still trumps Robin Tinker Vanguard staff

If you are a TriMet commuter, your day could become a bit less convenient. TriMet is facing a $27 million budget shortfall for 2011 and is going to cut services while raising fares beginning in September. Officials for the transportation company say the lack of money is due to the recession’s impact. According to a 2009 TriMet report published online, they received 52.7 percent of their budget from payroll taxes, which are down because less people are working. According to www.katu.com, in order to cut the millions of dollars, TriMet will also implement a 5 percent administrative cut and a hiring and salary freeze. They are going to hold several public hearings to get input from riders to help decide where the services will be cut. Obviously, this is a negative developement for people who rely on public transportation. The initial reaction for many is to get angry at TriMet and blame their business practices. Car-loving people tend to get angry and say “raise the fares!” These kind of knee-jerk reactions are a waste of time. It is not that simple. TriMet has a lot of responsibility. They operate one of the most

Education only way to change culture of drinking Whitney Hopple Daily Barometer staff

Why won’t lower drinking ages work in the U.S.? The easiest answer to this question is that we have created our own social customs surrounding drinking. While individuals from other countries have passed on their more casual attitude toward alcohol consumption, the “taboo” nature in America has caused us to see underage drinking as being “daring” in its own way. Because we are doing something that we know we should not be doing, we binge, we get drunk, we show off. It is the same response a child would have when knowingly breaking the rules—he secretly disobeys the person who would punish him, then brags to his friends. One thing America does best is ignore the successes of other countries in areas where we have problems, such as alcohol-related auto accidents. I had the pleasure of meeting three men from Germany, where the drinking age is 16. Despite the younger age at which you can consume alcohol, accident rates related to alcohol consumption are lower than in the U.S. In the 1990s, the percentage of accidents involving alcohol was only around 10 percent in Germany, whereas it remained between 40 and 50 percent in the U.S. Imagine a 50-person wing in one of the campus dorms you probably stayed in your freshman year. In Germany, five people would have had an accident in your wing. Here, it would have been you or your roommate. Their solution: Make driver’s licenses harder to get, not raise the

successful public transit companies in the country. They carry more passengers than any other transit system in America of comparable size. Of course they don’t want to cut service, raise fares or freeze salaries. It is a recession and everyone has been tightening their belts. Everyone hasn’t agreed with specific projects that TriMet has spent their money on, but they are operating to provide what they perceive as the best overall service for the entire metro area and have a lot to consider. They are not afraid to try new things—which is something to be admired, even if all the projects don’t turn out perfectly. The Westside Express Service commuter line from Wilsonville to Beaverton, which began rushhour weekday service last year, has not had the high ridership numbers TriMet expected. But it is not so simple as to just cut the service on such a new project. Their goal would be to try and increase ridership, and cutting service makes it less convenient to ride. Suburbanites are generally more likely to think of driving a car as faster and easier than rail commuting. If service is cut, it may reinforce their opinion causing ridership to go down even more. This causes environmental and congestion concerns, as well as limits options for people who can’t or don’t own a car. According to TriMet’s 2009 report, 22.6 percent of their revenue

Guest Opinion drinking age. Of the three that I met, only one obtained a license. Extensive testing and several classes were required before consideration. Since many do not get their driver’s license in the first place, alcoholrelated auto accidents are reduced. The second component to implementing a change is to change our current ideas about drinking. Countries with lower or no minimum drinking ages provide a different connotation to drinking. For instance, they choose to have a glass of wine with dinner or a couple of beers at happy hour, not going out on a Saturday night to “get trashed” or black out. A culture surrounds alcohol consumption. The consumed beverages are not the focus of a social event and because of this, substances that are considered taboo in the U.S. can be used freely because these beliefs are held. Sadly, the U.S. is too far gone to change to these beliefs. Alcohol being a “dangerous” substance has become so socially ingrained in the public that a new set of laws lowering the legal age would result in chaos—people who would finally be able to drink would indulge themselves in this new freedom. The best solution is to educate the youth. Explain to them the more social nature behind alcohol. Tell them that it is not about being “so wasted” but enjoying the company that comes with sitting around and having a beer. * This article originally appeared in The Daily Barometer. It has been edited for brevity.

comes from passengers. Raising fares is not the most lucrative way to help their budget, though they have eliminated Fareless Square for buses, in order to tighten things up. There does, however, seem to be a problem with riders creating their own fareless zones. Frequent TriMet riders will attest to the fact that many people just don’t pay. People steal rides on the MAX, and on buses, but especially on the Portland Streetcar. It’s almost a joke that everyone is in on—only tourists pay for the Streetcar. It would undoubtedly help TriMet’s bottom line if all passengers were riding legally and paying. The revenue increases might surprise us if passengers began being held accountable. Public transit in Portland is among the best in the country. We are ahead of our time in this area. This is something to be proud of and something that we will not have to adapt to in the future since we are already there. TriMet is not perfect, but compared to other cities, our transit here is phenomenal. The service cuts they are talking about are only minutes. Light rail trains would come every 17 minutes instead of 15. Buses during peak hours would also be pushed back less than five minutes according to The Oregonian. TriMet is also very gracious in having these public meetings to hear suggestions from citizens.

They don’t have to do that. Perhaps we have become a little spoiled with our public transit. We feel we just deserve the best no matter what and TriMet takes a lot of heat from the public. In reality, they operate a truly fine system.

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Legal drinking age In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed. Though it didn’t force states into legislating a 21-plus drinking age, it did influence them into enforcing a minimum drinking age of 21 years, or else the state’s annual federal highway allotment would be cut by 10 percent.

Illustration by Kira Meyrick/Portland State Vanguard

Redesign with no solutions in mind Portland Public Schools’ redesign is too vague Amy Fylan Vanguard staff

Change can be difficult, but change is generally inevitable. And in certain areas, like education, change has to follow the times. In Portland Public Schools, it’s time to reform. Low enrollment rates, lack of funding and a high achievement gap are just some reasons for the need to reform Portland’s public schools, however, solutions right now for solving the problems have been vague. A 10-page redesign proposal, available for viewing on the PPS Web site, lists the reasons for redesign with proposed resolutions. Though a resolution is all it is. There is no list of actions or steps on how PPS intends to bring these resolutions to life. It seems that the biggest controversy surrounding the reform is the need to possibly close a couple of schools. The district recognizes that there are too many campuses open for its 11,000 students. Knowing that the community would be strongly against the idea, the solution seems to be to turn two or three schools into “focus” schools like Benson Polytechnic High School. Contributing to the vagueness, however, there is no mention on what these focus schools intend to focus on. But do focus schools really solve the problem to begin with? A liberal transfer policy allows students to choose another neighboring school

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if their current school falls below adequate yearly progress ratings (aka the No Child Left Behind Act), which measure a school’s ability to have students meet certain academic standards. If a school doesn’t meet these standards, a student has the right to transfer to a neighboring school that does and that student’s funding follows. Focus schools take nothing but transfer students. If transferring students is a contributing factor in the lack of funding and lower enrollment in some of Portland’s schools, adding more focus schools doesn’t seem like the best remedy. Wanting to appeal to the community is ideal in any reformation decision, but you can’t make everyone happy all the time. In facing such issues as low enrollment and lack of funding, the best solution, albeit not a popular one, is the closure of one or two schools. Trying to appease everyone defeats the purpose of change. The PPS community might understand the need to close one or two schools if the school district laid the facts out in black and white. This has been a never-ending problem throughout the years—the lack of communication between the school board and the community. In any case, the redesign is and continues to be controversial and contradictory. The only thing both sides can agree on is that change needs to happen, but no side can agree on what the best solution is. If the redesign proposal wasn’t so vague to begin with, maybe that wouldn’t be the case.

Some states still allow alcoholic consumption under the age of 21 in certain circumstances (such as in a private residence or with a parent/guardian), while only prohibiting the sale of alcohol to persons under 21. And still, other states banned alcoholic consumption under the age of 21 altogether. Remember, every state can be different regarding their alcohol laws, and not all states are represented here. No alcoholic consumption under the age of 21 Alabama Idaho Indiana Kansas North Carolina Pennsylvania Washington, D.C. West Virginia States with some provisions for alcoholic consumption under the age of 21 California Colorado Montana New York Oregon Texas Virginia Washington Wisconsin Wyoming

Letters to the editor are gladly accepted and should be no longer than 300 words in length. Submissions may be edited for brevity and vulgarity. E-mail letters to opinion@ dailyvanguard.com.


Vanguard 4 | News March 2, 2010

News Editor: Virginia Vickery 503-725-5690 news@dailyvanguard.com

Interested ASPSU election candidates For those interested in running for an office in student government, applications for candidacy must be turned in at the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office by 2 p.m. on March 19. SALP’s office is located in Smith Memorial Student Union, room 119. Submission of an application does not guarantee recognition as a formal candidate, according to the materials posted by the Elections Board. Requirements specified by the Elections Board bylaws and ASPSU Constitution must be met before formal recognition. According to the materials posted by the Election Board, application materials and requirements include: - Completion of a statement of candidacy that includes information regarding position student is running for, student’s qualifications, year in school, affiliations with campus organizations, reasons for seeking office and an explanation of why he or she would be effective in the desired position - Students must turn in both a hard copy and a digital copy. Digital copies must be in Microsoft Word format, and are to be sent as an attachment via e-mail to the Elections Board at eboard@lists.pdx.edu - Candidates must attend one candidate orientation session (held on March 16, March 17 and April 1)

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Cashews for Africa Portland State students involved with sustainability project in West Africa Stacy Austin Vanguard staff

LEAD International has chosen Portland State as the first university to take part in a LEAD project under their guidance. Five PSU students are currently helping to raise money to support a woman in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, in launching a cashew processing plant. LEAD is a nonprofit organization, which strives to end poverty through entrepreneurial business principles, according to its Web site. One of the students involved with the project is Inna Makheddinova, an international development and Russian student in her third year at PSU. Makheddinova found out about LEAD when its founder, Mike Blondino, spoke to her international development class. Makheddinova was drawn to volunteering because of Blondino’s “charisma and passion about [his] work.” Makheddinova learned that the LEAD office, based out of Vancouver, Wash., was seeking students to get involved in a special project they were developing for PSU. The project’s goal is to raise $30,000 with the help of the students and community members of PSU. The proceeds will be used to launch a cashew processing plant in Guinea-Bissau. They will begin by employing eight people from West Africa, whom they will provide with wages five times above the per capita rate.

“Cashews are ideal because they are native to [the] region and require very little further development,” Makheddinova said. LEAD Development Officer Cherise Bjornsgard said their nonprofit organization has received a lot of interest from other colleges about their economic and international development plans abroad. Bjornsgard is working with the five PSU students to provide them with “hands on experience in the development world that will benefit them.” “I’m thrilled with the diversity of talent that happened to volunteer,” Bjornsgard said. The students will have a chance to gain experience in marketing, branding, communication and fundraising. Makheddinova feels that LEAD could help “break the cycle of poverty in West Africa.” “[Volunteering with LEAD] is in a way, a calling for me,” Makheddinova said. She is originally from Moscow, Russia, and came to the U.S. with her family in 1996. “I know how it is, being with a lack of many resources, like milk, bread, clothes,” Makheddinova said. “[My background] helps me appreciate what I have here and helps me give back to others.” Makheddinova is intrigued with development work and wants to help LEAD provide West Africans with further resources for a more stable life. “[Guniea-Bissau] is a region torn with conflict and government issues,” Makheddinova said. She believes that what LEAD is doing is valuable for the region, because they work with the local people and train them to be

sustainable. LEAD does not merely “donate money and resources like other groups,” she said. “LEAD International empowers African people to be resourceful and develop on their own,” Makheddinova said. According to LEAD’s 2009–11 Strategic Marketing and Distribution guide, they are anticipating that the cashew program will be sustainable in 2012, and should not require any additional fundraising to maintain production and increase profitability. “The proverb about teaching a man to fish to feed him for a lifetime is cliché, but there is a lot of truth in that,” Makheddinova said. LEAD is hoping that a positive economic chain reaction will occur and have a long lasting effect on the region. “[The] trickiest part about development work is getting people to understand the connection to people 10,000 miles away,” Bjornsgard said. She said that the PSU students she has worked with are excited about the project and look forward to gaining experience that will help them in the future. “We’re being flexible…allowing the students to call the shots,” Bjornsgard said. “Studying comes first. They can do what they can do, and work around their school schedule,” she said. Makheddinova said signs will be posted around PSU once the events are planned. They would like to sell the cashews locally as well. In the future, LEAD International may explore expanding into selling the juice and dry fruit from the cashew tree. Find out more on their Web site at www.leadinternational.com.

Applications in hard copy are available in the ASPSU office in SMSU.

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Multiple benefits available “Oregon is really friendly to veterans,” said Nate Bryant, SVA Vice President. Aside from the wait time for becoming certified as a studentveteran and the distribution of benefits, Oregon is one of the top states for student-veterans. Another perk to the Post9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. It allows schools to pay for half of the tuition costs of the student-veteran, and the VA will match whatever the school pays. However, this only applies to veterans who served an aggregate of 36 months, or were discharged for a service connected to disability, according to the VA Web site. The student-veteran benefits can be used for up to 15 years for the Post- 9/11 GI Bill, and up to 10 years for the Montgomery GI Bill, from whenever the veteran is discharged from the military. Hindahl also said that studentveterans who are eligible for or are already using the Montgomery GI Bill, can also apply for the Post9/11 GI Bill benefits, once the benefits for the Montgomery GI Bill stop being disbursed. Kevin Hershey, SVA president, said that the group has about 150 members, 30 of whom are active. There are about 800 student veterans attending PSU, although only about 560 are certified to receive benefits. “We have only been around for three years,” Hershey said of the SVA. “This year our membership has doubled and is expected to keep increasing.” The group is satisfied with the way things are going for them in regards to student-veteran benefits. Although the wait time is long, the end result will be a fully paid tuition and a stipend.

The group holds bimonthly meetings, programs for the community and veteran outreach sessions. For more information about the SVA, visit their office in Smith Memorial Student Union, room M114, or call them at 503725-9807. The SVA Web site is www.vikingvets.org. Upcoming SVA events On March 3 at the Abu Rasheed restaurant on Southwest Sixth Avenue, the SVA will host a dinner with the Muslim Student Association. The Queer Resource Center and the Student Veteran Association will host an open forum on April 9 in SMSU at 7 p.m. to discuss the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and the impact it has on the military.

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Leading internationally: LEAD International members Monique Murray (right), Cherise Bjornsgard (center right), Aaron Bikis (center left) and

Inna Makheddinova (left).


Engineering: The next generation

Vanguard News | 5 March 2, 2010

Earthquake hits Chile on Saturday On Saturday, Feb. 27, Chile suffered an 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Maule. The National Emergency Office has confirmed over 700 deaths, according to an article published in The Washington Post on March 1.

Early endeavors: High school students got an inside look at PSU’s student engineering projects.

PSU Engineering Discovery Showcase hosted high school students Gogul Krishnan Vanguard staff

The engineering building buzzed with high school students excited about engineering on Feb. 19. The Engineering Discovery Showcase is a technical festival organized by the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, aimed at educating high school students and motivating them to enter the field of engineering by displaying hands-on projects designed by MCECS students. “This is the third time we are organizing the showcase. Every year we have an increasing number of students taking part in the program,” said Kristen Nieman,

program co-coordinator. “When the program was first started, only 100 students took part. When we conducted it the next time we had 420 participants and this year the number has increased to 525. This is the sign of success of the program.” The event displayed some of the Capstone projects done by undergraduate students from different fields of engineering like electrical, computer science, civil, mechanical and biomedical engineering. Some of the projects that got the attention of students involved robotics and audio effects. There were guided tours to the labs in the engineering building and the students also got a chance to interact with various student groups like the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

All photos by Liana Shewey/Portland State Vanguard

Nieman and her team constantly work to improve the annual event by analyzing feed back from participating students. This year they added a new component called the Undergraduate Research Corner to help high school students come in contact with some of the research opportunities offered by the university. The program is usually sponsored by MCECS but this time, due to the increasing success of the program and the growth in the number of students attending, industrial partners like Intel Corporation, Vestas and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry came forward to help sponsor the event. Among the group of 525 students were 21 students from Parkrose High School, led by their math teacher Tammy Stamp, who was happy to bring her students to the event. “This event would help my students to understand the diversity

of the engineering field,” she said. “The tour to the labs under Computer Action Team helped us know about some of the hands-on IT works. I also liked the wonderful projects of Biomedical Engineering.” Stamp also wanted to thank the Parkrose education fund for creating an opportunity for her group to take part in the event. The students were happy for having attended the event as it helped them get insight into the engineering field. “The event was educating. I liked the openness of the event, I was able to get what I wanted,” said Corey Roby, a student at Parkrose High School. Evan Huynh, a student at Parkrose High School, said, “We learned many new things from the event. It was eye opening to what people actually do as engineers. The CAT labs demonstrated some models with immediate application.”

The quake was 700 to 800 times stronger than the one that struck Haiti in January. However, Chile suffered far less damage due to the quake’s depth and its distance from populated areas. The quake’s epicenter was 200 miles from the capital at Santiago Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has officially asked the United Nations for assistance. With the rainy season approaching, Chilean officials are also working on arranging temporary housing for an estimated 1 to 2 million homeless civilians. —washingtonpost.com

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Vanguard 6 | Arts & Culture March 2, 2010

Arts Editor: Theodora Karatzas 503-725-5694 arts@dailyvanguard.com

Weekend box office: Top 10 highestgrossing films for the weekend of Feb. 26–28 1. Shutter Island Weekend gross: $22,665,205 Gross to date: $75,541,571 2. Cop Out Weekend gross: $18,211,126 Gross to date: $18,211,126 3. The Crazies Weekend gross: $16,067,552 Gross to date: $16,067,552 4. Avatar Weekend gross: $13,655,274 Gross to date: $706,560,068 5. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Weekend gross: $9,583,421 Gross to date: $70,998,280 6. Valentine’s Day Weekend gross: $9,063,036 Gross to date: $99,916,240 7. Dear John Weekend gross: $4,808,498 Gross to date: $72,432,096 8. The Wolfman Weekend gross: $4,259,865 Gross to date: $57,380,125 9. Tooth Fairy Weekend gross: $3,425,333 Gross to date: $53,841,454

ARTS & CULTURE Paying a large price for very little Investigative journalist experiences life as an immigrant worker in the U.S. Wendy Shortman Vanguard staff

“There’s so much interest in food around this country, whether or not it’s organic, or if it’s local,” Gabriel Thompson said. “It would be a good move for all those people working around food justice not to just think about where their food is coming from, but who it’s coming from.” In Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs Americans Won’t Do, Thompson, an investigative journalist, shares his experience working beside Latino immigrants in poor conditions for below minimum wage. “If only people were willing to go to the next step and pay a little more for making sure the workers that are feeding us are paid for their work” Thompson said. In the fall of 2007, Thompson read a New York Times article about the raid of a hog processing plant in North Carolina. After the raid, close to 1,000 undocumented immigrants left the company, leaving a serious labor shortage. So the company began hiring American workers.

The new workers that were hired quickly began complaining about the work being too hard and somewhat nauseating. The company began having higher and higher turnover rates, as the American workers were unable to bear the conditions for too long. “I just had a sense a lot of people have no idea what it’s like to do these jobs at the bottom of the economy that are done by undocumented immigrants,” Thompson said. “I wanted to put a human face on some of the immigrants that do that kind of work.” Thompson began his own yearlong experiment, posing as a regular worker, in various occupations usually filled by immigrant workers. First, he worked for two months in the fields of Yuma, Ariz., cutting lettuce for Dole. “I wanted to do some agriculture work,” Thompson said. “I had grown up in California, and drove past fields and saw people stooped over. You know that must be hard work.” He quickly learned that harvesting and cutting lettuce was not only very challenging, but required a great amount of skill. He found that it usually took four or five years before someone could really understand how to harvest lettuce. From there, Thompson got hired in Russellville, Ala., at a poultry plant,

An Oregon art legend

working in grueling and nauseating conditions for little pay. He worked alongside a lot of Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants that had settled near the plant. Thompson then went back to New York City and worked in a flower shop in the flower district of New York, alongside almost exclusively undocumented Latino immigrants. After that, the author delivered food in the upscale Manhattan restaurant industry. “Manhattan has a whole industry of having a whole army of workers that, even when it’s snowing, run door to door making somewhere around $2 an hour,” Thompson said. Reflecting from his experience, Thompson has a lot to say about the ideas some Americans hold about immigrants in this country. “Even the anti-immigrant, when he [or she] goes in the grocery store to grab that lettuce, the last person to touch it was an immigrant worker. We all benefit from their presence,” Thompson said. Thompson, who was hired almost immediately at each job he applied for, says the idea that immigrants are stealing jobs is also completely false. “These jobs are jobs where it’s very hard to survive,” Thompson said. “The real challenge is making sure these industries are cleaned up; farming, poultry, or back of

Vanguard staff

10. Crazy Heart Weekend gross: $2,462,384 Gross to date: $25,009,496 —boxofficemojo.com

Photo courtesy of Paul Missal/Blackfish Gallery

Paul Missal: Showing a selection of his works at Blackfish Gallery through March 27.

Reading with Gabriel Thompson Powell’s City of Books 1005 W Burnside St. Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Free

Paul Missal graces the city with a collection of his cherished and diverse work Roger Wightman

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the restaurant jobs. It effects both regular U.S. workers and immigrant workers if we assume people have basic labor protections.”

For some people, art comes naturally. They have the ability to pick up a brush or pen and just start to create something amazing. The image of a landscape remains as vivid in their memories as if they were still there watching the tides roll in and out. Even with false memories or entirely made-up ideas, these people can still create a mood, a feeling or an image forcing you to think that it’s real. Old-school artist Paul Missal is one of those people. This guy has been around the Portland art community for around 40 years— teaching at the Pacific Northwest College of Art since 1972 and selling his work for a pretty penny at Blackfish Gallery, which he and some friends opened in 1978. Educated back east at both the Cleveland Institute of Art and then Yale University, Missal built a solid foundation for his future as an artistic genius. “My artwork is always based in observation, with the subjects ranging from figure to landscape and still life,” Missal said. Missal’s eclectic mix of subjects make the paintings seem to be from completely different artists. Not until you begin to see his trademark muted colors and the crisp perfection of the brush strokes do you realize that this incredibly diverse body of work is actually seeking to obtain the same spiritual fulfillment. We’ll start here: A naked fellow stands with his wrists bound, a falling napkin covers his groin, with a red rose falling just milliseconds before. Surrounding his still dark image are flying knives, positioned almost everywhere near his torso. For the moment, he is untouched.

Then, in what could feasibly appear just to the left, is a beautiful pink and orange landscape of giant craggy rocks sprouting up out of the ocean and reflecting off the shallow pools near the shore. Missal also paints portraits— mostly of famous or well-known Oregonians that have been displayed in museums across the state. One portrait of the late Gov. Robert Straub stands out as a piece that tells you more than just who this man was or what he looked like but what he did while serving the state. All through the use of landscape, color and detail we eventually see the soul. Missal is technically retired from teaching, but as a professor emeritus at PNCA he still drives in from Wilsonville to teach one day a week. What’s great about Missal is that he doesn’t fit the profile. Normally we think of teaching artists as the artists who couldn’t make a living selling art alone. Missal could, and has for a while. He teaches because he loves what he does and he attributes his success to the invaluable lessons bestowed upon him by his teachers. Missal’s work doesn’t challenge societal norms, get political or invoke controversy. It’s simply beautiful and near technical perfection from a living man who has become one of this state’s most beloved and successful artists.

Paul Missal Blackfish Gallery 420 NW Ninth Ave. Tue through Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through March 27


Local Film Highlights

Vanguard Arts & Culture | 7 March 2, 2010

Awesome films playing at local theaters this week Vanguard staff

There are a lot of sweet films playing at local theaters this week and unless you’re counting down the days until finals are over so you can get your drink on in Cancun, you probably don’t have the time to pick out the best ones. But don’t worry about it—we’ve searched through them for you.

Four Seasons Lodge

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Billboard Top 10

Four Seasons Lodge

2010 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Broken Embraces

Week of March 6

There isn’t much cuter than old people dancing, flirting, fighting and celebrating life together. Combine that with an emotional bond spanning across numerous family lines because of a horrific shared experience and you’ve got yourself a winner. Enter Four Seasons Lodge, a documentary following Holocaust survivors as they spend the summer at the Catskills, reminiscing about old times and creating new ones. Directed by The New York Times staff writer Andrew Jacobs, be sure to wear some waterproof mascara and don’t forget to bring some tissues.

Living Room Theaters 12:10 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m. $6 w/PSU ID 21+ after 4:30 p.m.

If you aren’t excited just by the idea of a set of potentially awardwinning animated shorts, then there’s certainly something wrong with you. Lucky for you, Hollywood Theatre is screening the Oscarnominated set this week and you ought not miss out. Logorama, touted as the most emotional and disturbing of the bunch—it includes a metropolitan landscape composed entirely of logos and a murderous Ronald McDonald chased down by Michelin tire men police—alone is worth the venture to the Northeast Portland theater.

Hollywood Theatre 10 p.m. $6.50 All ages

An award-winning film from director Pedro Almodóvar, Broken Embraces tells the story of a blind writer who shares his history of love and loss with his agent. With a series of flashbacks and vivid cinematography, the film resembles that of a 1950s film noir, with the exception that it’s shot with bright colors rather than black and white. Penélope Cruz stars in her fourth film with Almodóvar.

British director Andrea Arnold (Red Road) has given us another awesome film—this time a story about 15-year-old Mia, played by newcomer Kate Jarvis, as she struggles to find a balance between family, friendship and love. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Fish Tank is—quite possibly—the coming-of-age film of the year.

Fish Tank

Photo courtesy of BBC Films

Cinema 21 Time TBA $7 w/PSU ID 21+

1. “TiK ToK” Ke$ha 2.“Bad Romance” Lady Gaga 3. “Sexy Chick” David Guetta ft. Akon 4. “According To You” Orianthi 5. “Telephone” Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce

Living Room Theaters 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. $6 w/PSU ID 21+ after 4:30 p.m.

Friday Fish Tank

Pop

Sunday Will Vinton: Claymation Classics Just the title of this screening should be persuasion enough for you to get your local film on this Sunday. The set of classic short claymations includes the 1980 Dinosaur starring Herb and Rex, Oscar-winning 1974 Closed Mondays and the 1975 follow-up Mountain Music, among other notables.

Whitsell Auditorium 2 p.m. $7 w/PSU ID All ages

6. “Imma Be” The Black Eyed Peas 7. “Two Is Better Than One” Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift

Photo courtesy of Will Vinton

Sarah Esterman

Tuesday

8. “Do You Remember” Jay Sean ft. Sean Paul and Lil Jon 9. “BedRock” Young Money ft. Lloyd 10. “In My Head” Jason Derulo —Billboard


Vanguard 8 | Arts & Culture March 2, 2010

This week at the 5th Avenue Cinema

Byte-Sized Reviews

Quick reviews for today’s busy gamer Steve Haske Vanguard staff

Touch of Evil dir. Orson Welles, 108 min. “This baroque nightmare of a southof-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. After witnessing a murder in a border town, Mexican narcotics officer Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) commences an investigation revealing that an American cop, Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), is planting evidence in the investigation. Vargas and his wife become the new targets of Quinlan and the border town’s gang. Touch of Evil, Welles’ last Hollywood picture, contains drugs, racism, murder, rape, and corrupt law officials. Nothing is left untouched in this 1950s classic film noir.” March 5–6 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., March 7 at 3 p.m. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Free for PSU students. $2 all other students and seniors. $3 general admission. Admission includes free popcorn for all. —5thavenuecinema.org

Darwinia+

Photos courtesy of Microsoft

Darwinia+, XBLA When you think about the array of XBLA games available for download, hardcore, detailed, realtime strategy probably doesn’t necessarily come to mind. If that’s the case (which it probably is), Darwinia+ isn’t going to change your mind. Yeah, it might technically be an RTS, but it’s a very, very simplistic take on the genre. Set in Darwinia, the world’s first digital ecosystem, you’re tasked with the eradication of a computer virus that’s overtaken the simulated land and is threatening the Darwinians, native AI who the world was created for. In order to stop the virus, which is manifesting itself as insidious spiders, centipedes, egg-laying octopi-type creatures, you have a few different unit types. Primarily you’ll be using your squad of digital soldiers, armed with lasers and grenades (with an ability to call in an air strike later). On the mechanical side, you have engineers, who can repair Darwinian bases that have been corrupted by the virus (used to create more units), as well as adjust radar dishes ( for transport of troops) and open ports to get the machinery of Darwinia working again. Finally you have the Darwinians themselves, who, much like the eponymous lemmings in Lemmings, have very little intelligence of their own. By appointing a Darwinian as a commanding officer, they can

by Sarah Engels

Crime Scene

Photos courtesy of Nintendo

Crime Scene, Nintendo DS direct the other hapless Darwinians, which are created at unit bases after engineers convert enemy souls into the little guys, to various points on the map. However, Darwinians are so stupid that they can’t do much more than walk in a straight line, meaning you’re going to have to appoint a lot of COs to a group of Darwinians in order to get them to safe ground. Also unique to RTS is the fact that you manually control your squad like a dual-stick arcade shooter. This might seem interesting at first, but once you realize how little there is in unit and weapon variation, combat quickly devolves into a tedious slogfest where the most “strategy” is aiming your reticle at hordes of (respawning, even) virus “bugs.” To make matters worse, your squad moves slowly—almost unbearably so. Traversing the large maps of the game is not only a chore, but thanks to a limited number of sparsely-placed unit bases, if they die in combat, the march to get back to the frontlines can take a maddeningly long time. You might think that Darwinia+ is neat because of its concept, or its interesting 3-D take on retro aesthetic and architecture. But unless you’re really hard up for an RTS, the snail’s pace of this one makes it hard to recommend.

The DS is good for many, many different styles and genres of games of all types, but forensics aren’t necessarily a big selling point for the handheld. However, Crime Scene eschews this thought, offering what’s basically a full-fledged criminal forensics simulator. The game casts you as a detective just promoted to a forensic investigation team (involving homicide) in a crime-ridden city, and unlike, say, CSI (the TV show, not any game-related tie-ins) it makes you get your hands dirty. Gameplay, more or less set up like a point-and-click adventure, is more or less broken down into three categories: survey, collect and analyze. When first arriving on a crime scene, your first order of business is to look around, get the information from any police officers on the scene and interview witnesses. Next comes the process of examining the scene. This is a detailed set of steps involving (this isn’t a full list) photographing evidence (bodies), taking blood or biological samples (like hair), cataloging evidence like murder weapons, bullets and the like, collecting fingerprints and other related activities. These are all handled by a series of stylus-based actions (whose controls can be a little finicky at times), which are then analyzed in the police lab. After recording everything from a murder scene, it’s time to

analyze it in a lab. You’ll need to run ballistics to identify bullet calibers and match their marks with murder weapons, examine fluid samples under a microscope and comb the police database for vital info like filed fingerprints and photographs (again, not an exhaustive list). As a case evolves, you’ll often learn new information while doing lab work, meaning you’ll have to go back to a crime scene, re-interview witnesses, question suspects and the like (much like real police work, I would imagine). With the game’s stringent attention to detail, Crime Scene seems to be a pretty accurate simulation of the subject matter (albeit a pretty goddamn graphic one—the crime scenes can be gruesome). With the added educational component of learning how procedural police work is actually carried out, it’s also very interesting, particularly if you’re a fan of oldschool point-and-click adventure game design. If you like games with a more deliberate pace and an interesting conceit, Crime Scene comes recommended.


SPORTS

Split costs women Big Sky title

Vanguard Sports | 9 March 2, 2010

Sports Editor: Robert Britt 503-725-4538 sports@dailyvanguard.com

2010 Winter Olympics medals count Gold, silver, bronze = total United States 9, 15, 13 = 37 Germany 10, 13, 7 = 30 Canada 14, 7, 5 = 26 Norway 9, 8, 6 = 23 Austria 4, 6, 6 = 16 Russian Federation 3, 5, 7 = 15 Korea 6, 6, 2 = 14 China 5, 2, 4 = 11 Sweden 5, 2, 4 = 11

Our powers combined: The Vikings close out the regular season with a chance to earn a No. 2 seed in the Big Sky Tournament.

Loss kills hopes for a regular season championship, but postseason play is still on Rosemary Hanson Vanguard staff 


The Portland State women’s basketball team needed a sweep to earn a Big Sky championship. Instead, the Vikings came up with a split. Friday night ended in a 51–63 loss to Idaho State, but Saturday night was a different story, as Portland State pulled off a 65–62 win over Weber State. The split sends the Viks into third place, but they are still in contention for a second-place finish to the Big Sky regular season. On Friday, Idaho State (14–14, 9–6 Big Sky) opened the game with the first six points, and from there the score favored the Bengals for the entire game. The Viks (15–13, 9–6 Big Sky) had a difficult time finding the net, and went just 20 of 65 from the floor—the worst shooting the team has seen in 14 games.   

Idaho State forward Ashleigh Vella opened the game with a basket, followed by two more from forward Oano Iacovita. It wasn’t until an assist by Vikings guard Lexi Bishop to center Erin Yankus at 4:34 into play PSU was able to put points on the board. A layup by Iacovita with 5:44 remaining in the first half would put the Bengals up by nine points, their largest lead in the half. But the Vikings went on a run before the break, and got back into the game with a three-pointer by senior guard Claire Faucher to send them into the locker room down by only four, at 31–27.  The Vikings again tried to hold off the Bengals in the second half, keeping their opponents at bay until eight minutes of play remained, when the Bengals pulled ahead by seven. Portland State pulled back Idaho State’s lead to just two points with 4:57 left, but to no avail. The Bengals would stretch the lead out to 14 points with nine seconds remaining, and a shot by freshman guard Nichole Jackson gave PSU their last two points to end the game 51–63. 

Baller: Marchant scored 17 points, claimed three boards and grabbed two steals over the weekend.

All photos by Adam Wickham/Portland State Vanguard

Kelly Marchant: The junior forward is averaging 12 points a game.

Switzerland 6, 0, 3 = 9

Scores by period Friday

Portland State Idaho State

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Portland State Weber State

France 2, 3, 6 = 11

1st 27 31

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33 33

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Netherlands 4, 1, 3 = 8 Czech Republic 2, 0, 4 = 6 Poland 1, 3, 2 = 6 Italy 1, 1, 3 = 5

Idaho State’s Iacovita led the Bengals with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and behind her two other Bengals posted double–digits. Guard Andrea Videbeck chalked 17 and Vella put up 10 of her own.    The Vikings got most of their points from sophomore forward Eryn Jones who made 19 and went 7 for 19 from the floor. Faucher chipped in 10 with eight rebounds, falling just shy of a double-double. After Friday’s loss, the Vikings headed into Saturday night needing a win over Weber State (9–19, 3–12 Big Sky). The Wildcats opened the game with a layup from their leading scorer, guard Tonya Schnibbe, and would grab a quick lead until a shot from above the arc by PSU’s sophomore gaurd Eryn Jones tied the score at 9–9 about four minutes in. Junior forward Kate DePaepe then broke the tie with a long three of her own to give the Viks their first lead of the game. Jones hit two more three-pointers and chalked 15 first-half points, and at the break the Vikings led 32–29.  The second half opened much like the first. Schnibbe hit a layup in the first minute, to put the Wildcats down by only one, and she would then hit another to return the lead to Weber State’s favor, 38–37, at four minutes into the half.  What started as a back-andforth half saw the Vikings pull

ahead, 40–38, from a three-pointer by junior guard-forward Kelly Marchant. Portland State increased the lead with another three from Marchant, followed by a layup by Yankus, and at just under eight minutes into the half, Jones would hit back-to-back threes leaving the Viks ahead, 48–38. PSU continued to take control and a shot from above the arc by Faucher put them ahead, 51–38, but Weber State fought back and, after a three-point shot by Megan Patterson, came within just one point of the Vikings with 13 seconds left. The Viks held off Weber State’s late-game charge and after Marchant went 2 for 2 on free throws, they put the final score, 65–62.  Jones set a career high 21 points in the game, and Marchant also tracked double digits with 15 points—13 of which came in the second half. Behind Marchant, DePaepe chalked 11. Friday’s loss, combined with topranked Eastern Washington’s loss to Idaho State, places the Vikings in their third place position—currently behind Sacramento State and tied with Idaho State. The Vikings will go into postseason action, but need a win against Eastern Washington next weekend for a second-place finish in conference play.  The next game, and last of the regular season, is slated for 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Washington.

Japan 0, 3, 2 = 5 Finland 0, 1, 4 = 5 Australia 2, 1, 0 = 3 Belarus 1, 1, 1 = 3 Slovakia 1, 1, 1 = 3 Croatia 0, 2, 1 = 3 Slovenia 0, 2, 1 = 3 Latvia 0, 2, 0 = 2 Great Britain 1, 0, 0 = 1 Estonia 0, 1, 0 = 1 Kazakhstan 0, 1, 0 = 1


Championship results

Vanguard 10 | Sports March 2, 2010

Top 100 best sports movie quotes As counted down by ESPN 100. “I must break you.” —Rocky IV 99. “According to Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well, that football field out there tonight, that’s our universe. Let’s rule it like Titans!” —Remember the Titans 98. “The drivers can’t stand to be reminded of what can happen to ‘em in a race car. They don’t go to hospitals. They don’t go to funerals. You get a driver to a funeral before he’s actually dead, you’ve made history, darlin’.” —Days of Thunder 97. “All right, men, now here’s the play we’re gonna use. I don’t think the guards know this formation. It’s called ‘incidental punishment after the ball is blown dead.’ Remember, any man you tackle gets an elbow, knee or kick in the mouth.” —The Longest Yard 96. “You wanna know how stupid you are? Rube Walker, man. I conned you out. Rube Walker!” —Mask

Photo courtesy of PSU Athletics

Champion: Senior Nick Trubachik became PSU’s first back-to-back heptathlon champion.

Indoor track and field teams earn five medals at the Big Sky Championships Nadya Ighani Vanguard staff

Four student-athletes from the Portland State indoor track and field teams brought home five medals from the Big Sky Indoor Championships in Bozeman, Mont., this weekend, improving on last year’s four-medal performance by one. Senior Nick Trubachik, junior Karene King and sophomores Joenisha Vinson and Geronne Black all finished in the top three positions in their events to earn two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Trubachik and Black each won gold for their performances in the heptathlon and the 55-meter, respectively. Vinson earned silver in the 55m hurdles and bronze in the heptathlon, while King took bronze in the 55m. Coming into the weekend as the reigning champion in the heptathlon, Trubachik took gold for the second consecutive time with a score of 5,432—breaking his own school record in the event and

becoming the only back-to-back heptathlon champion in school history. “I’m really excited,” Trubachik said in a statement released by the school. “I had to work really hard because Asa [Staven, of Montana State] was right on my tail the whole time.” Trubachik’s score breaks his own school record for the second time this season, ranks 18th in the nation and earns him provisional qualification for NCAA competition. Trubachik hustled hard, and never lost sight of the gold. Although he finished third in three out of five of his events, he managed to race his way to the finish line and steal the first-place spot. Black’s gold medal time of 7.01 seconds in the 55m is just .01 seconds short of PSU’s record, and is also Portland State’s second win in a short-sprint event. Last year, Jernise Saunders took the gold in the 60m dash. “If it wasn’t for Karene, I wouldn’t have run as fast as I did,” Black said, explaining her motivation. “She is constantly pushing me to do my best.” In the same event, King started out leading the pack but fell behind to Black and Montana State’s Camille Marchand to finish third with a 7.11 second time.

On the first day of the Championships, Vinson placed third in the pentathlon with a score of 3,579, and clocked personal records in all five of the events. She had an outstanding performance in the 55m hurdles, finishing with a time of 7.99—the only student-athlete in PSU history to clock in below eight seconds, and recording the fastest time by .22 seconds. By the end of the fourth event, Vinson was in fourth place but managed to finish her last event, the 800-meter, with a time of 2:35.67—her personal best before this was 2:53.26. “I didn’t expect this—I entered the event ranked ninth” Vinson said. “It feels great.” During the second day, Vinson took silver in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.95, and was only .01 seconds behind the winner. Other outstanding performances came from Junior Adrienne Davis in the shot put and newcomer Jordan Brown in the long jump. Davis placed seventh with a new personal best of 45 feet, 11.5 inches. “Adrienne stepped up to who we thought she could be,” head coach Ronnye Harrison said. “She could step up and be 50-foot shot put thrower for us in the future.” Brown tied for seventh in his event with a new personal best of 22 feet, 10 inches, improving on his previous best by two feet.

Portland State medalists Gold Nick Trubachik Senior, hepathlon Score: 5,432 Geronne Black Sophomore, women’s 55m Time: 7.01 seconds Silver Joenisha Vinson Sophomore, women’s 55m hurdles Time: 7.95 seconds Bronze Joenisha Vinson Sophomore, pentathlon Score: 3,579 Karene King Junior, women’s 55m Time: 7.11 seconds

Tennis roundup

Service returned: The PSU tennis teams earned mixed results.

Men’s tennis splits wins, but women lose twice over the weekend Nilesh Tendolkar Vanguard staff

The Portland State men’s tennis team won an all-important conference encounter against Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colo., on Saturday but lost to Air Force at Colorado Springs on Sunday. The Vikings now stand third in the Big Sky and have a 5–6 record overall. The women’s team, on the other hand, was handed a repeat of last week’s treatment. On Saturday, the Viks once again lost to Seattle, this time in Richmond, Wash., before losing to Idaho with a similar score. The women are 1–8 this season, with their only victory of 2010 coming last weekend over Southern Oregon at the Stott Center. Going into the match against Northern Colorado, interim head coach Jay Sterling played down the importance of the game. “Every day at the beginning of practice, we talk about our next match, and what we’re doing that day and that week to improve and prepare for that match, and that match alone,” he said. “Our season

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goal setting was focused on attainable, measurable goals that involve improving our play.” On Saturday, the Vikings implemented that very philosophy and surpassed the expectations of their coach, winning all three doubles and five of the six singles matches to take the encounter, 6–1. The Vandals are left still looking for their first victory of the season. In Sunday’s game, playing at an altitude was a difficult proposition for the Viks facing a highflying Air Force team. The Falcons avenged last year’s loss to the Vikings with a 5–2 win, to extend their winning streak to four games. The Vikings next take on Seattle and Weber State this coming weekend in Portland. The women’s team improved their performance against Seattle since playing them last weekend at the Stott Center, but they could not improve the final scoreline, where they lost, 7–0. In Saturday’s match, juniors Caitlin Stocking and Anya Dalkin and freshman Tara Vadali managed to stretch their games to the third set, but failed to overcome their opponents. Later that same day, the Vikings went down to Idaho in straight sets in all of their doubles and singles matches. The Vandals won that match 7–0. The women’s team next plays Lewis & Clark in Portland this coming weekend.


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Big Sky bound

Digits Points scored by Dominic Waters over the weekend, marking the second consecutive week he scored this many points.

Points scored by the three PSU seniors in their last game at the Stott Center. Collectively, they scored 118 on the weekend.

52 PSU points scored off turnovers over the weekend.

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6 Consecutive Big Sky Tournaments Portland State has now appeared in.

11 Number of times the lead changed in the game versus Weber State.

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8 Shots blocked by PSU in each game, tying a season high.

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Men’s basketball team secures place in the playoffs with two big wins at home Robert Britt Vanguard staff

Before tip-off of the men’s basketball game on Friday, the sixthplaced Portland State team was unsure if it would have a spot in the postseason tournament. Forty minutes of play later, the Vikings secured their spot in the Big Sky Tournament with a win over Idaho State, and two days later the Viks rode the momentum to defeat first-placed Weber State. The Vikings (12–17, 7–9 Big Sky) closed out league play at the Stott Center over the weekend facing a do-or-die scenario: The top five teams in the conference had already claimed their berths in the postseason tournament, and PSU needed a win to claim the sixth and final spot. They claimed their ticket to the playoffs with a 98–63 win over Idaho State on Friday. The 35-point margin of victory is Portland State’s largest of the season, and was aided greatly by senior guard Dominic Waters and junior guard Melvin Jones. In a closely contested first half that featured four early lead changes, with the score tied at 18-all Waters led the Viking charge by scoring 13 straight Portland State points to bring the Vikings out in front. From there they would never look back. Waters chalked 20 points and two steals in the first twenty minutes to give his team a 46–34 lead going into the break. After halftime, the Bengals fought and chipped away at the lead, but Jones took the reigns and scored nine points in a 31–6 Portland State

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Men’s basketball 1. Weber State* 19–9 (13–3) L1 2. Northern Colorado* 24–6 (12–4) W4 3. Montana State* 15–13 (10–6) W1 4. Montana* 19–9 (10–6) L1 5. Northern Arizona* 14–13 (8–8) W3 6. Portland State* 12–17 (7–9) W2 7. Eastern Washington 9–21 (5–11) W1 8. Idaho State 7–22 (4–12) L4 9. Sacramento State 9–21 (3–13) L5 Women’s basketball

run that covered seven minutes. Jones scored 15 of his 22 total points in the second half, most of which came from his four late-game three pointers. Head coach Tyler Geving said after the game that, despite the fivegame losing streak his team brought into the game, his players have never taken their eyes off the prize. “It can be easy to quit when you lose that many close games. It wears on you a bit, but they fought and competed the whole time,” he said. When all was said and done, Water would lead all scorers with 29 points, two steals and three assists. He also recorded one of the team’s season-high eight blocks. “He played like a senior leader tonight that wants to take us to the tournament,” Geving said. Portland State also benefitted from intense defensive pressure that caused the Bengals to turn the ball over 22 times. The Vikings scored a total of 31 points off turnovers and ran up 21 fast break points. “We came out and just tried being the aggressor early on, and it paid off,” Geving said. Having already secured a berth in the postseason tournament with Friday’s win, the Vikings could have ended the weekend effort there, but Waters and company had a score to settle with the Weber State squad, and they used Sunday afternoon’s meeting to do just that. In the season’s previous matchup, the Wildcats (19–9, 13–3 Big Sky) secured a three-point victory over the Vikings in Ogden, Utah. Portland State rallied back late in the game, but failed to sink the tying basket in the closing seconds. On Sunday, just the opposite happened. Though both teams had little to gain from a win, both fought tooth-

and-nail during a first half that saw the lead change 11 times, and the largest was just by four points. Playing in his last game in front of a Stott Center crowd, Waters again led the Vikings’ offense. He shot 3 of 6 from downtown and led both teams with 15 points when Portland State entered the break leading 36–35. The PSU defense again provided the pressure, and effectively shut down Weber State’s Franklin Session, who led all scorers in the Wildcats’ earlier win over the Viks. Session entered the locker room on Sunday without putting a single point on the board in the half. The second half began as backand-forth as the first, but turned with the score tied at 47-all. With 12 minutes left to play, Portland State scored 15 unanswered points, five of which came from senior forward Julius Thomas. Capping the run was a three from Waters, his last of four on the night, to set the score at 62–47. Weber State clawed their way back to come within three points in the closing minute, but failed to get any closer and PSU walked away

with a 84–79 win over the regular season champions. In their final games before a home crowd, the PSU seniors played in true form. Waters led in scoring with 28 points and snatched two steals, and Thomas chalked 17 with seven rebounds and five steals. Forward Jamie Jones scored 21 with eight rebounds and, for the second game in a row, recorded a game-high five blocks. Portland State heads into postseason play for the sixth consecutive year, and Waters doesn’t feel this year’s record will put his team at the disadvantage. “I’m confident. I know we can beat anybody,” he said. “I think we can compete with anybody as long as we play defense.” Portland State is finished with conference play, but plays one final game at Seattle University tonight at 7 p.m. before taking on Montana State in Bozeman for Saturday’s Big Sky Tournament quarterfinal. Tipoff for that game is set for 6:05 p.m.

2010 Big Sky Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals Sat, March 6 No. 5 Northern Arizona No. 6 Portland State

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Semifinals Tue, March 9 No. 2 Northern Colorado No. 1 Weber State

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Championship Wed, March 10 Semifinal winners

1. Eastern Washington* 18–10 (11–4) L1 2. Sacramento State* 14–13 (9–5) W3 t3. Idaho State* 14–14 (9–6) W5 t3. Portland State* 15–13 (9–6) W1 t5. Montana* 13–13 (8–6) L2 t5. Montana State* 15–12 (8–6) W3 7. Northern Colorado 13–15 (5–9) L1 8. Northern Arizona 5–22 (3–11) L7 9. Weber State 9–19 (3–12) L4 * Clinched spot in postseason tournament

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