Who remembers the last time our Portland State football team was nationally ranked?
I was still in high school and had never known there was a university in Oregon besides
those that had teams in what used to be called the Pac-10 division. For the first time
since 2007, the Vikings were finally on the NCAA Division 1-AA national rankings. With
some rating them as high as 22, the Vikings looked to finish the season as a playoff
That is the beauty of going to a Division 1-AA school. Unlike the corporate -smothered
bowl games (shout out to Occupy Portland), we have the ability to enter a playoff system
to battle through five rounds to become the NCAA Division 1-AA champions.
All season, Portland State fought hard to win 7 games and earn national recognition.
With our eighth win and the playoffs on the horizon, things looked to be on the upside. The team was looking fresh in their 1991 powder blue throwbacks and it was time for some football!
The stadium was packed, and Vikings fans were ready to witness history on a Saturday
afternoon. Starting off with a glorious honor to our seniors before their final home
game, Jeld-Wen Field was electrified at the beginning of the Nov. 19th game against
the Weber State Wildcats. We were favored to win the game and the first half was
electrifyingly full of scoring. With a score of 27-20, the Vikings were only down by a
touchdown at halftime.
We ended up losing the game 48-33, and our playoff hopes were crushed in an upset to
Weber State. This was a very disappointing loss, but I still want to take my hat off to the
guys on the football team and say it was a great season. GO VIKS!!!!!
“Sometimes we wanna go, where everybody knows your naaaaame!” That song has been stuck in my head all week as I prepared to write this blog post. However I am not talking about Cheers, not even the Cheerful Tortoise. I am speaking of a place that I call home here on campus, the PSU Diversity
and Multicultural Student Services also known as the DMSS.
With people like Melanie Dixon, Sherie Guess, Perla Pinedo, and all the other wonderful advisors and workers in their offices, anybody would feel at home. It is always nice to hear someone say, “good morning DeLon,” when I walk into the office. That always makes my day. I am sure many other students have similar experiences as well.
The DMSS is not only a place where multicultural students can feel welcome; it also offers a massive amount of resources such as scholarships, advising, job/internship opportunities, mentor programs, computer lab, and many other support services for multicultural students.
I can honestly say that the DMSS is a place where everybody knows my name. I am thankful for all the services they provide for my fellow students and me in order to be successful here at Portland State. If it were not for the opportunity to work with the DMSS and its advisors, I would be a student lost in the sauce here on campus.
Reach into your pocket. I am willing to bet all the money in mine that you have a cell phone in there. I am willing to put even more money on the line to bet that you have an unread text message waiting for a reply. It seems like here on campus and everywhere else in the world, people are constantly texting. People text more than they live!
On the PSU campus, I can recall times where someone was so into their “text”-versation that they bumped into me. Just the other night I found myself texting in between bites at the dinner table. Class getting kind of boring? How many times have you seen a classroom full of students texting during a lecture? I have to say this is the most outrageous one that even I am guilty of: having a conversation on the phone and texting at the same time, or as I like to call it, texting while talking……LOL.
It amazes me how popular text messaging has become. Even my beautiful grandmother is on the text messaging scene. But hey, as long as you are not texting while driving feel free to give your thumbs a workout ladies and gentlemen. People text more than they live, but texting that results in taking a life is not cool at all. Come on PSU, I know I left something out, what are some other bizarre text message scenarios you have seen around campus?
1-1-1-1-1-9. . . OHHHHHH 6! This is the chant many of you may, or may not, have heard roaring through the Portland State campus. Expect to hear my brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. making our presence strongly felt as the 2011-12 school year goes by.
Started in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was the first ever Greek letter organization for African American males in college. Before becoming an Alpha, Greek life at Portland State seemed lackadaisical and non-existent to me.
When I found out about the Alphas here at PSU, and how they have formed a family unit of brotherhood, it is what made me want to add to the tradition that started over one hundred years ago.
When most people think of a fraternity, they think of crazy parties and hazing. Alphas are men of distinction, living by our motto “first of all, servants to all, we shall transcend all.” We pride ourselves through our commitment to community service and lead by serving the people. We are also a non-hazing fraternity and make a conscious effort to be the frontrunners and trendsetters at any establishment we happen to step foot in.
The Alpha Xi chapter of the Fraternity was chartered at Portland State in 2008 and has been growing ever since. This year our goals are to gain notoriety on campus and to expand our membership. We plan on doing this by being extremely active and showing our black and ole’ gold letters all over PSU. We are also having our first informational event of the year on Wednesday, October 19th, where students interested in becoming brothers can learn what it takes to wear our letters.
Support Alpha Phi Alpha and all other fraternities and sororities at Portland State as we lead the charge to invigorate Greek life here at our beloved university! A-PHI!!!!
Notable members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. have been:
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Gene Upshaw
- Thurgood Marshall
- Lionel Richie
- Duke Ellington