By Amanda Katz
• Beanies are called toques.
• Beanie babies are called beanies.
• Poutine is actually really good.
• Canadians don’t use pennies.
• One dollar coins are called loonies.
• Two dollar coins are called toonies.
• The drinking age is 19.
• Sales tax is horrible.
• 100 kmph is 60 mph.
• Buses flash “Sorry” when they aren’t in service but still on the road.
• When you bump into a Canadian they say sorry, too.
• You can’t bring Kinder Eggs back into the U.S.
All silliness aside, I had a great time in New Westminster, Canada at a conference for student leaders in higher education. I networked with other students from the Pacific North West Region and brought back a lot of new skills and information that I plan on utilizing in this upcoming year.
Have you ever been to Canada or another country? What fun things did you learn?
By: Theo Burke
“Hey, I didn’t know it could TALK!”
Not long ago, while working on a PSU Vanguard story, I received a return phone call, within 24 hours, from Scott Gallagher of the University Communications office. I nearly fell down from shock.
I had not received a live phone call in months from anyone other than my mother. And it seemed as though an ever-increasing amount of important people in my life had barricaded themselves behind “email walls.”
When I recently asked to meet with an editor at one of the three student media outlets I worked for, she simply refused to do it. Her supervisor had established a policy, she said, that editors could limit communications with writers to email. No meetings, live conversations, or body language required.
A professor supervising me on a huge term paper could only be reached by email and was only on campus two days per week. She had not even set up the voice mail on her office phone. But this makes her no different from most PSU profs —not a single professor in my three years here has used the office phone.
Mr. Gallagher reminded me what humans are capable of. Follow up. Consideration. Professionalism. Simple human respect and kindness. And he understands that the old standards of professionalism still matter to do your job.
I submit to you all that we will not be able to live without live voice communication and nonverbal body language over the long run. We will not be able to abandon those and hold onto the jobs that we like, as well.
No amount of quiet, feverish tapping on our devices will replace our voices and ourselves.
By: Sierra Pruitt
It’s so easy to be insecure and jealous when you live in a visual culture — being jealous of where people are, what they are doing, why they are so beautiful, and why they are popular. I am surrounded by a community of people who express themselves creatively through visual means such as photography. The culture we live in today thrives on visual stimulation.
I have fallen into the trap of comparing myself to other artists and to my friends. Because we are in a visual society, we start looking at ourselves in terms of: Am I worth being in the picture? Am I worth talking to if I don’t take good photos? Am I worth someone’s time? These are the negative thoughts that sometimes run through my mind. They’re destructive, but they’re also worth pondering.
Why should I be worried when all that matters is being who I was made to be? This has really been on my heart because it reminds me of what I should really be refocusing on and that my friend, is God. He doesn’t want me to be jealous or insecure. He wants my heart.
What are your concerns about the visual world we live in today and the effects it has on us?
By: Jake Stein
This term, upon logging into banweb and searching for the link to my “booklist and materials,” I discovered the number 22.
22 books this term.
Powell’s might be an obvious choice. Might as well take a dip into the city of books. I found a few at Powell’s, but surprisingly much of my booklist—mostly novels, not standard textbooks, mind you—could not be found. Though the books I did find were cheap and included the kind of hand-writing that tells a story.
Next, I went to Barnes & Noble. The only reason I went there, to tell the truth, was that I had a gift card. I got lot’s of help, but paid too much for just a few books.
In the end, I bought more than half of them at the PSU Book Store. I probably could have finagled something cheaper via this thing called the internet, but buying most of these obscure titles in one place was pretty convenient.
Where do you get your books?
Christmas is around the corner and with finals almost done, get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. Downtown is all decked out for the festival, and there are a host of events to choose from. Why not start with a tour to see the beautiful Christmas tree in downtown! On the busiest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders gathered at Pioneer Court House Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the city’s spectacular 75-ft Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. This year’s event featured a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band, the Pacific Youth Choir and many more. Strobe lights were used during this event. And if you missed it, there is no need to feel sad because there are a host of other events lined up.
Meet Santa Claus at the “Santa House on the Bricks” at Pioneer Square from 12-Dec through 24-Dec. The talented singers of the Robert Gray Concert Choir will perform holiday songs at the Square on the 13th of December. On the 14th, downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 250 tubas play in unison for the 23rd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This seasonal performance is FREE for the public to enjoy during that busiest of shopping days. And for those interested in more music, there are a host of free concerts lined up. Check out the complete calendar of events at http://thesquarepdx.org/calendar.shtm. Now there are reasons not to leave Portland even during the cold days of December! Don’t you agree?
By: DeLon Lewis
Since you all won’t hear from me until 2014 I thought it would only be right to share my New Year’s resolution here on PSU Chronicles. For 2014, I want to improve my time management skills. More specifically, I want to be places and turn in assignments early rather than late or on time.
I did pretty well with my resolution for 2013, which was to follow through and do the things I say I will do. The only thing that stopped me from being more effective on that goal was poor time management. Waiting until the last minute to do something is probably my one Achilles heel. That is going to change in 2014.
In order to be successful with my resolution, I must become a better planner. As soon as I receive a task, I plan to begin working on it sooner than later. If you know anything about me, I suck at being punctual. I find it hard to get out of bed and I also take a long time getting ready to leave. If I can ease off the snooze button and leave the house sooner, I should be in good shape.
Now I am curious to know, PSU Chronicles followers, what is your New Year’s resolution going to be? As always GO VIKS!!!!
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
Let’s be honest: sometimes you just can’t beat grilled chicken.
Lucky for us, PSU’s got two great BBQ food carts on campus. So when you finally get out of that two-hour lecture, brain-fried and starving, you’ve got options. Mississippi Delta BBQ, right next to the library, or The Local Grind across from the Vue and outside Montgomery. The question is, which do you choose?
Here’s the good news—they’re both pretty darn BBQ-tastic.
The Local Grind is a classic. It’s got a huge cult following, and not without good reason: the Teriyaki shred tastes amazing. The savory morsels of chicken hit your mouth like an oral luau, complete with cute ukulele players serenading your taste buds. And if you’re not much of a white rice guy, have no fear—they serve brown rice here!
Mississippi Delta, on the other hand, is the new kid on the block. But don’t expect anything less from this chicken doused in smoky-spicy southern goodness. Mississippi’s got chops, especially when you take into account their variety of slaws and sauces.
All else aside, I think you can tell a lot about a food cart by the frankness of its slogan. The Local Grind’s “Get It In Your Body!” is certainly direct enough, but Mississippi Delta’s “Put Some South In Your Mouth” gets extra points for the rhyme.
Price-wise, they’re about the same. (Expect to spend $5-$7.) And for the record, both of these guys have mac salad that will invade your dreams with wonderful macaroni cravings.
In the end, no matter where you grab your saucy chicken, you really can’t go wrong. Which is your favorite cart on campus?
By: Emily Skeen
For a little over two years now, I’ve been working as a student leader on campus. I also ran a SALP group for two years. In that time I learned many things including leadership techniques, networking skills, communication and so on. But the one that sticks out the most is this basic principle about students: They don’t check their emails. Which leads to conversations like this:
Student: “Hey Emily, I didn’t hear about that awesome event Campus Rec just did, why didn’t you tell anyone? That’s your job and you’re not doing it”.
Me: “Well, student, as a matter of fact, I sent three e-mails about that event in the last month, do you check your e-mail?”
Me: “Do you read your e-mails?
Me: “That’s what I thought”
Student shuffles off without accepting fault.
If I had a quarter, or even a nickel, for every conversation of this type that I have had over the last two years, I wouldn’t be $40,000 in debt. Moral of the story: Read your $#%@&** e-mails. You might just find that all your questions have already been answered.
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!