I cannot believe,
I am missing Thanksgiving in Washington
For the first time
Yet, so thankful for this new,
I will be here for a while,
Might as well settle in.
Stuffing, black-eyed peas,
Mom’s deviled eggs:
There is no comparison.
Food everywhere, watching the game
I hope the Cowboys lose.
Let’s not forget why we came.
Bow thy head and pray;
Thank whatever god you believe.
For me, I say
For the future,
My little cousins, and sisters,
The older ones too.
Thanks for my daughters and nephew,
My grandparents for installing this old soul,
Aunties, uncles, friends, and especially my foes,
My brotherhood, thanks for the black and old gold
My lovely lady, keeping me warm through this November cold,
Mom and Dad, for raising me into a productive man.
Of course thanks for my job,
And this wondrous green land
Most of all…thank you, thank you, thank you
My PSU Chronicles fam!
- Way 2 Cold
I got a chance to catch up with two of my very good friends on the Portland State football team after one of their practices before they defeated University of North Dakota. These two gentlemen, junior Vincent Johnson (left) and senior Bryant Long (right), took time out to answer some questions from me. In this interview we go over everything from their respective recruiting trips to their brotherhood in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. See these guys on the field for our last home game of the season against Sacramento State University at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Jeld-Wen Field. Are there any other athletes or student leaders you would like to see in a future interview? GO VIKS!
From the very first game of the 2013 season, it was evident that Denver Broncos tight end and former Portland State football/basketball star Julius Thomas is a likely Super Bowl contestant. Thomas was a 4th round draft pick in 2011. Mostly known for his basketball skills, this 6–5-inch athletic beast threw down a slam dunk on the goal posts after scoring his first touchdown of the season, showing he can handle the ball equally well on the court and the field. Thomas also had nine catches, 122 yards, and two touchdowns in a 51-48 win against the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday.
How could I forget to mention the man throwing him the ball is Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback to play the game? When you hear football experts say Thomas is a key weapon on the undefeated Broncos’ offense, you know this former Vik is getting his shot at having a great NFL career. Next time you happen to see a Denver Broncos game or highlights look for number 80 to make an exciting play!
Watching Thomas play truly is an inspiration to me as a Portland State Student. He shows that talent and hard work can bring us success in our careers after college. Good luck to the Denver Broncos and the Portland State Vikings football teams as they finish off the second half of their seasons. GO VIKS!!!!
One thing that has always bothered me is the length of summer break. Starting school on September 30 seems like the school year has been prolonged on purpose. Maybe I do not have enough things to do, but summer days get very old after a while. There are only so many barbecues, festivals, parties, and late nights to keep me entertained.
In addition, very few college students need an entire three months to vacate to their favorite destinations. Even after taking summer classes, students still get well over a month to kick back and take in some rays.
I enjoy summer as much as the next guy, but getting a three-month summer and one skimpy week for spring break is really salt in an open wound. Who’s bright idea was it to give us about a month for winter, three months for summer and only five weekdays for spring break? Something does not add up here. Someone out there must feel my pain. We should definitely fight for our right to party for at least a two-week spring break, and get back to school a tad bit sooner in the fall. I do not know about you my fellow Vikings, but this guy right here is ready to get back to business.
Lastly, do not get me wrong, we all work hard and deserve some time away from the classroom, but as with all things in life, too much of something is never good for you. Oh well, enjoy the rest of your summer, my friends. Are you ready to go back to school?
- DeLon R. Lewis
I attended Portland State 2010-2011. I became a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, president of the Black Cultural Affairs Board, student leader in the LSAMP program and was very involved with Multicultural Affairs. All these activities on top of studying computer science and paying out-of-state tuition overwhelmed me. I said “yes” to far too many commitments. I was on a $30,000 search for what I wanted to do with my life.
Sequentially, before I let the weight of my challenges become a burden, I felt that a return to my home town of Kent, WA would allow me time to soul search and gain confidence to find my way in this world and save some money as well. One thing I did not give up on was remaining a student. Over the 2011 winter break, I enrolled at Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA. Little did I know my life would change forever.
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