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Born again veganism

Loving Hut in Portland /via Yelp user Connie K.

Loving Hut in Portland /via Yelp user Connie K.

One would think that being vegan in Portland would be more than easy, that Portland would be the perfect place to take veganism on a test drive.

Yes I, Teddi Faller, have fallen off the vegan wagon. Hard. In fact, I’m eating cheese and pineapple pizza as I type, Obviously, I have no excuse considering I’m an adult who is more than capable of buying food, or at least practicing the willpower to not succumb to superfluous foods with dairy in them, e.g. snacks. But as I was walking to the Veggie Grill at 508 SW Taylor during my class break, I realized how many places there must be in Portland that would encourage me to return to veganism.

So naturally I bookmarked dozens of vegan restaurants in the Portland metropolitan area:

  1. Veggie Grill: Obviously. I’d gone to one in San Diego and the one out in Tanasbourne, and they never fail to impress. Plus, who doesn’t like to feel holy while eating buffalo sauce?
  2. Loving Hut: I’ve already been here thrice, and like Veggie Grill, I’d gone to one of its franchises in San Diego. Although the menu changes with each franchise, it’s a quick and inexpensive way to grab some vegan grub.
  3. Los Gorditos: I can’t argue with a Mexican restaurant that has an entire page of its menu dedicated to vegan items like the Garbage Burrito ($8) with soy cheese, soyrizo, tofu, beans, rice, red and green salsa, onion, and cilantro.
  4. Sonny Bowl: If you’re in Portland, then you have to have a go-to food cart such as Sonny Bowl which serves hearty bowls in large or small sizes like the “Black Bean Bowl.” For $4 (small) or $7 (large), you get “black beans, cilantro-lemon sauce, kale, tahini dressings, jicama-carrot-radish slaw in cumin-lime dressing, and walnut faux-rizo atop basmati rice. Sounds pretty fancy for a food cart, right?
  5. Petunia’s Bakery: Every vegan – really every person, but when you’re vegan it’s extra hard – needs a good bakery that she can depend on without getting anxiety over going out with her friends. It serves all the usuals like snickerdoodles ($2.75 each) and Black and White cake ($7.99 per slice). Sure the prices seem a little bougie, but what’s indulgence without indulgent-level prices?

Although there’s a million places for a burgeoning vegan, or born-again, to go to in Portland, I’m having a hard time falling in line. But now that I’ve made this list, I’ve a new drive to return to veganism. Perhaps I’ve found my New Years resolution?

How Rocks Taught Me about Happiness

Painted Hills By: Chelsea Ware

A little while ago I found out that I needed two more science credits to fulfill the requirements for that portion of my degree. My academic advisor told me about one-credit lab classes that consist of trips around Oregon where students learn about the natural environment. One of the one-credit classes I signed up for was a geology camping trip in central Oregon. As a business student, I didn’t expect this class to have a huge impact on my learning. I was very wrong.

During the day, a tour bus took us to different locations throughout rural Grant County, near John Day where we dug for fossils and hiked on scenic trails. At night, we cooked dinner by campfire and made s’mores. My favorite part of the trip was taking a two-mile hike through the Painted Hills. Listed as one of Oregon’s seven wonders, they get their name from the delicately colored yellow, gold, black and red stratifications in the soil.

As someone who grew up in the city, this trip had a vast influence on how I see the world. The residents of Grant County sometimes lived miles apart and many of the towns had populations under 200. There were no malls and no cell reception, yet the people were so content and happy. I think a lot of people base their happiness on material possessions, such as owning the latest IPhone. But maybe the reason we feel like we always need more is that once we’ve bought that thing, we quickly realize that it didn’t make us as happy after all. This leads people to get lost in an endless cycle of materialism that is difficult to escape. Through my trip, I learned that true happiness comes from the simple things, like a panoramic view of the mountains at dusk or cooking sausages over a fire with friends. True happiness comes from things that can’t be bought from a store.

The Seven Wonders of Oregon can be found at: http://traveloregon.com/7wonders/

Affordable camping gear for PSU students is available through the PSU Outdoor Program: http://www.pdx.edu/recreation/outdoor-program

Discover PSU’s Resource Centers

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PSU Queer Resource Center

By: Andreea N.

Are you familiar with Portland State University’s resource centers? They provide students with the tools, resources and support networks to better integrate into the community. They also help students excel in their studies and increase social, cultural and global awareness.

Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS)
DMSS works with students from ethnically-diverse backgrounds to guide their academic success through a student-centered inclusive environment. It offers many programs and resources, including Latino Student Services, Native American Student Services, the Diversity Scholarship Program and much more.

Disability Resource Center
PSU recognizes and respects students’ abilities, skills and talents. If you have a disability or you’re teaching a course in which a student has a disability, the resource center is here to help. Adopting a confidential and sensitive approach, the center empowers all university students through accessibility and assistance. If you’re interested in helping out, sign up to be a note taker!

Women’s Resource Center
The WRC has an interesting “her-story.” The center started out as a Women’s Faculty Club open to female faculty members and wives of professors. Now, WRC sponsors quite a few programs focused on students’ wellbeing and community development. The four programs offered include the Interpersonal Violence Program, Leadership in Action, Empowerment Project and Community Events. Click here for details on becoming a volunteer.

Queer Resource Center
QRC provides students along the sexuality and gender spectrum with a community that supports and empowers intersecting identities of LGBTQQIAAP to succeed and integrate within PSU. Through the collaboration of students, faculty and staff, the center offers Trans Resources, Gender Neutral Bathrooms, Queer Students of Color Resources and many more services. Check out the QRC community calendar for awesome PSU and local events.

Would you be willing to protest at the PSU campus?

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By: Zaira Carranza

What kind of rights would you fight for? Would you be willing to protest at the PSU campus? Today as I was walking to class, and I stumbled upon a protest. My immediate reaction was confusion. I then realized it was for a good cause. The protesters were trying to send a message about the political problems going on in their home country. It impressed me because they have so many places to go in Portland and they came here. Everyone came together for one common cause. The diversity on campus made the protest fun and interesting.

Under(grad) Pressure

Portland State University Graduation Ceremony 2012

By: Shezad K.

The last year of your undergraduate career can be kind of scary and overwhelming. If you’re planning on going to grad school and you haven’t even started to prepare, it’s time to step on it.

I, like many others, am a severe procrastinator when it comes to things that stress me out. A lot of times I need that sense of pressure as a push for me to get things going. I finally got up the nerve to email some professors about getting letters of recommendation at the beginning of this month. Although this isn’t a severely late start to the process, it is a lot later than it should be. I still have to take my GRE and put together my writing samples. This is one of those things that you won’t want to save until the last minute. Honestly, it’s just going to get worse the longer you put it aside.

Start planning early. Look for schools that have grad programs you’re interested in. Research the programs instead of just checking for your field of study. Start the application – make sure you know exactly what they’re looking for in the application. Send your requests for letters of recommendation ASAP. You want to give your professors enough time – they’re probably a lot busier than you are – and if they write you a letter, you owe them a lot of gratitude.

Trust me, folks. You’re going to be glad if you start sooner rather than later. It’ll make ending your last undergraduate year a lot smoother.

A purr-fect match: Tips for student pet-owners

Brooke's cat Ulysses

Brooke’s cat Ulysses

By: Brooke Horn

When I moved here, I couldn’t bring Bandit with me.

I knew that a 400sqft studio in the city is no place for an energetic Black Lab, and that I would be able to adopt after the move. Bandit was more than happy to stay home with family and escape the traumatic experience of flying. After settling into Portland, I did a lot of research into pet adoption. For my fellow students who own pets, or are interested in owning pets, here are some of the best tips I’ve come across:

 

  1. Know the pet rules for where you live. According to PSU’s Housing & Residence Life FAQs, “The only animals allowed in on-campus housing are fish in a small tank (up to 10 gallons), cats, and service animals that are pre-approved by the Disability Resource Center (DRC).” For those of you who live off-campus, it’s important to know that most management companies will require you to have renter’s insurance (I decided to go with State Farm for $10/month), and most have a policies regarding weight and breed restrictions.
  1. The Oregon Humane Society is wonderful. Not only do they have great pets that desperately need good homes, they have a phenomenal list of resources for pet-owners. This list covers everything from which apartments are pet-friendly to sample pet references/resumes.
  2. Buy all of your pet supplies in advance, and make sure you really have the room in your home AND your schedule to devote to a pet. Pinterest has some great student-friendly ideas for DIY pet furniture that saves space!
  3. Spend some time researching your local veterinarians. Although they’re a little far from campus, the folks at Powell Veterinary Center have been kind to me, my pet, AND my wallet.

I finally met my purr-fect match through The Delicious Mickey Grrrl Fund – a small group of dedicated, friendly locals who match neglected pets with forever homes. They went above and beyond to make my adoption experience wonderful, and now I’m the proud pet-mama of Ulysses (pictured above).

Have an inspiring adoption story, a cute pet photo, or know of a good pet resource? Share it with us!

Join •Participate•Be Fearless

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Photo Credit: Jasmin Landa

By: Jasmin Landa

PSU’s annual Party in the Park commenced on Oct. 7, bringing together all campus organizations that can offer students avenues to particiapte in something they love, whether its something, whether its something pertaining to their educational major or an extracurricular activity.

Student organizations are a great way to get involved, an to find other students on campus with similar attributes, interests and excitement for activities.

During the Party in the Park, I was able to learn about, sign up for and connect with various student organizations, one being the Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club). This club and thos who are part of I inspire my dreams and entrepreneurial desires to start my own company one day. I am learning a lot while also discvering more about myself.

So as we approach winter term, have you joined any student organizations? Check out this list for some ideas. I encourage you to get involved: Join, participate and be fearless.

 

 

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