The Pacific Sentinel

The Pacific Sentinel The Pacific Sentinel is a monthly student-run magazine at PSU. We seek to uplift student voices and advocate on behalf of the marginalized. We analyze culture, politics, and daily life to continually take the dialogue further.

Executive Editor: Jake Johnson
Production Manager: Haley Riley
News Editor: Vivian Veidt
Arts and Culture Editor: Shane Johnson
Opinion Editor: McKinzie Smith

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2020 is not going to stop US from putting the word out.Check out our new issue, and welcome to Fall term!https://issuu.c...
10/01/2020
The Pacific Sentinel, Police Violence in PDX, October 2020, Volume 6 Issue 1

2020 is not going to stop US from putting the word out.
Check out our new issue, and welcome to Fall term!

https://issuu.com/thepacificsentinel/docs/october2020

Portland State University's monthly student run publication. Welcome back to school! October 2020 Contents: Waiting to Exhale, Untold Costs, Sea Robots Versus Cyborg Jellyfish, Indigenous Communities of Brazil, Police Violence, Abolish DHS, Joe Biden and Vote Blue No Matter Who, UPNow, Looking Throu...

“Out of the 368,308 small businesses in the state, this shows that only 11% of Oregon businesses are owned by minorities...
06/15/2020
Cultural Food Appropriation | The Pacific Sentinel

“Out of the 368,308 small businesses in the state, this shows that only 11% of Oregon businesses are owned by minorities, even though racial minorities make up about 25% of Oregon’s population....it’s clear that Oregon has a lot of catching up to do in terms of creating a more inclusive and diverse market.”

https://thepacificsentinel.com/cultural-food-appropriation/

It’s important to consider who is behind the businesses we patronize and to support minorities and authentic representation in an unequal market.

https://thepacificsentinel.com/oregon-reopens/"The State of Oregon has announced its new statewide guidelines for counti...
06/09/2020
Oregon Reopens | The Pacific Sentinel

https://thepacificsentinel.com/oregon-reopens/

"The State of Oregon has announced its new statewide guidelines for counties remaining in lockdown and those entering Phase 1 of reopening. Non-emergency medical, dental, and veterinary care providers are allowed to operate, provided they meet safety guidelines issued by the state"

Oregon Reopens
by Vivian Veidt

Many counties in Oregon have begun Phase 1 of reopening, however doing so doesn’t come without a “new normal.”

In our final issue of the school year we take a look at virtual commencement and continue to explore some of aspects of ...
06/08/2020
Pacific Sentinel, Virtual Graduation? June 2020, Volume 5 Issue 9

In our final issue of the school year we take a look at virtual commencement and continue to explore some of aspects of the coronavirus pandemic. Black Lives Matter protests are an enormous aspect of what the world is currently thinking about and it is interesting to work on this issue and think about it as a flashback to what life was like before the world took to the streets in response to police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. We are proud of this issue and hope you enjoy it too!

p.s. Good luck with finals! We're so close!

NEWS The Shift to Remote Learning, Added Punishment (Analysis), Oregon Reopens. OPINION: The Debate Upon A Hill (Satire), Remarks from the Author on “Josh Cohen,” Kill the Death Penalty, Grateful PowerPoint Grad, Virtual Commencement Blues, Postpone Don’t Cancel, Neoliberalism Is the Disease, ...

06/03/2020
Portland State Vanguard

Portland State Vanguard

Dear Portland State community,

On the night of May 31, thousands of protesters marched across the Burnside bridge into downtown Portland. The sun was setting behind the hills, and the sky was aflame with colors. Many chanted, “Black Lives Matter,” and “Say his name: George Floyd,” as they approached the west side of the bridge. The police appeared reluctant to allow the protesters into downtown, where another march of thousands was already taking place. Eventually, however, they realized they would have to let them through and coalesce with the other march—their numbers were too great to be stopped. (By some accounts, more than 10,000 took to the streets of Portland that night). Any aggressive police response would have led to disaster, as an escalation from the police so often does.

That moment felt indicative of the larger movement. Millions of Americans are fed up with violent police tactics that lead to senseless death, used disproportionately against Black and Brown citizens. Until the police structure in America is radically reformed to become an arbiter of peace instead of violence, the marches will continue. Until police are consistently held accountable for their actions, the marches will continue. Until Americans get justice for those fallen like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, the marches will continue.

The marches will continue until those in power recognize that peace and negotiation is the only way forward. There are simply too many Americans demanding that racial inequality be promptly and adequately addressed to be put down with tear gas and rubber bullets. On June 1, President Trump stated that “if a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then [he] will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

What about the staggering amount of Black lives lost at the hands of police? When will cities and states—and America as a whole—take the necessary actions to ensure that senseless police killings be put to an end? Why hasn’t the issue that sparked these protests in the first place—systemic racism—been given the kind of immediate government response given to the protests themselves?

Until these questions are answered, the marches will continue.

It’s important in these times to have difficult conversations about race, police reform, protests, and countless other subjects that define this moment. I encourage all PSU students and faculty members who want to speak their voice to submit a Letter to the Editor. Vanguard is dedicated to sharing your voices by being a platform for constructive debate and the healthy exchange of ideas. Regardless of your political viewpoint, we would love to hear from you.

If you’re interested, please send your thoughts, opinions, and ideas to [email protected].

It’s more important than ever to listen to Black voices and to do what we can to understand the legacy that led to this moment. Here are some resources you can check out to help you stay informed and to take action:


BlackLivesMatter.carrd.co/
Portland's Resistance
Don’t Shoot Portland


Vanguard will always remain dedicated to serving the PSU community with timely, accurate, comprehensive, and critical content while upholding the highest journalistic standards. You can find our final issue of spring term, along with all of our previous issues, on our website and at Issuu.com.

We will be working as hard as we can to cover the current moment and to bring our community the news that matters.

Good luck with finals, and I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. Black Lives Matter.

Dylan Jefferies
Editor-in-Chief
PSU Vanguard

Black Lives Matter. This is not a political stance, this is the only moral stance available. As an organization that cla...
06/02/2020
Ways To Help

Black Lives Matter. This is not a political stance, this is the only moral stance available. As an organization that claims to "advocate on behalf of the marginalized" it would be incredibly hypocritical of us to not speak up at this time. Our new issue will be coming out today or tomorrow but in the meantime I felt it was necessary to do what we claim to do. It is not enough to not be racist. It is crucial for us as humans to be anti-racist and work against racism in all its forms. And the most difficult part is acknowledging the legacy of systemic racism in our country that has led us to this moment.

BlackLivesMatters.carrd.co/ has resources and ways to educate yourself and put your frustration into action.
Portland's Resistance and Don't Shoot Portland are some critical voices to pay attention to in Portland when it comes to work being done to make Portland an equitable place for all its people; they also help inform people about what is happening on the ground in the city we love. In times like these it is important to pay attention to and truly listen and learn from Black organizers, like the ones I just listed, who have been in the streets and have the credibility and community investment to be able to provide critical and nuanced perspective in understanding this current moment.

Our fellow student media friends at Portland State Vanguard are always an excellent and respected source for news. Locally, Willamette Week and Portland Mercury are great local news organizations that have provided a lot of important and nuanced coverage about COVID-19 as well as the Justice for George Floyd protests, politics, and pressure surrounding them.

Wear masks, wash your hands, be safe, stay informed, and allow yourself the space to maintain good mental health. The world is a really intense place right now and so many people are feeling pain in a million different ways. And finals are next week. Be kind to each other.

Black Lives Matter.

Jake Johnson

Executive Editor

Ways To Help

The Pacific Sentinel
05/29/2020
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NEWS ANALYSIS: "Health officials across the U.S. and Europe are still very skeptical of a vaccine being developed in such a short time. Fauci stated that a vaccine would not be able to aid the pandemic without at least a year to a year and a half devoted to creating a safe vaccine that is applicable to the pandemic."

by Sophie Meyers
images by Josh Gates

https://thepacificsentinel.com/squashing-coronavirus-will-take-time/

This seems like a pertinent time to re-share this great article by Margo Craig from last September. The article explores...
05/28/2020
Life-Saving Advice For Police: Restrain With Restraint | The Pacific Sentinel

This seems like a pertinent time to re-share this great article by Margo Craig from last September. The article explores two cases of people who died in custody while being restrained in the prone position. Restraint in the prone position becomes more deadly when an individual is stressed out, and encountering the police can be stressful as hell—even when you haven't done anything wrong.

One study warns against hog-tying a person in prone, not because it impedes breathing, but simply because this restraint induces fear by triggering the sympathetic nervous system, i.e. the “flight or fight response.”

https://thepacificsentinel.com/life-saving-advice-for-police-restrain-with-restraint/

First responders need to reevaluate the ways they respond to persons having mental health crises. Richard Barry's case in Portland is unfortunately not unusual.

Virtual Commencement Blues | The Pacific Sentinel
05/26/2020
Virtual Commencement Blues | The Pacific Sentinel

Virtual Commencement Blues | The Pacific Sentinel

PSU faculty is facing backlash from its graduating senior class after learning that their 2020 commencement will be completely virtual—for now.

The deadline to apply for the CARES Act relief funds for PSU students is today, if you are a student at PSU and you coul...
05/22/2020
Emergency Fund (CARES Act) for Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis | Portland State University

The deadline to apply for the CARES Act relief funds for PSU students is today, if you are a student at PSU and you could use some financial relief during this time please get your application in today.

https://www.pdx.edu/student-finance/emergency-fund

For students that are ineligible for CARES Act relief there are other emergency funds you may be eligible for (many of these do not have the deadline of today either)
https://www.pdx.edu/studentaffairs/emergency-funds

If you are a PSU student in need of financial assistance, please do not hesitate to check out those resources, they are here to help.

Emergency Fund (CARES Act) for Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis Portland State remains committed to helping as many students as possible with the financial difficulties they are facing. To that end, we want to ensure that all students know of the following options. By far, the largest resour...

"OPINION: Thoughts shape people and thought occurs in language, therefore language is not only a means for people to com...
05/21/2020
Language, Thought, Freedom, and the Soul | The Pacific Sentinel

"OPINION: Thoughts shape people and thought occurs in language, therefore language is not only a means for people to communicate with one another, but the tool that constructs the self and conducts mental life; people are made, in part, by language. Degradation of language damages those who speak and write in the debased form by constricting the range of possible thought, thus entrenching the status quo and obstructing creativity. "

https://thepacificsentinel.com/language-thought-freedom-and-the-soul/

The English language is changing, and not for the better. Current trends favor a slack usage that is a less effective means of communicating...

OPINION: "We are all currently experiencing institutional stress and, I would argue, many of us are starting to feel bur...
05/20/2020
Stop Going On Twitter | The Pacific Sentinel

OPINION: "We are all currently experiencing institutional stress and, I would argue, many of us are starting to feel burnout. Social media exposes us to extreme suffering every time we log on. The longer you scroll, the more the news blends into one massive, impenetrable blob of viral tragedy."

by McKinzie Smith

illustrations by Bailey Granquist

https://thepacificsentinel.com/stop-going-on-twitter/

While it is important to stay informed, the abundance of news consumption, especially on social media, can negatively affect one's mental health.

OPINION: "This is potentially the most educational moment in your life and the defining moment of the coming age—are you...
05/18/2020
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Pandemic | The Pacific Sentinel

OPINION: "This is potentially the most educational moment in your life and the defining moment of the coming age—are you going to spend it intoxicated by the soporific stream of images or are you going to wake up?"

https://thepacificsentinel.com/do-not-go-gentle-into-that-pandemic/

Wake up and press pause! We are currently experiencing a significant chapter in the history book of the World—your shows will still be there (maybe).

OPINION: "All the coronavirus has done is show in more dramatic form what has always been true: Our vast impoverished ci...
05/14/2020
An Unequal Pandemic | The Pacific Sentinel

OPINION: "All the coronavirus has done is show in more dramatic form what has always been true: Our vast impoverished citizenry, without access to reliable healthcare, was always at risk. Our economic system, which places profit over human lives, was always exploitative. Our ever increasing debt economy was always an impossible burden."

by Wallace Milner

images by Ciaran Dillon

https://thepacificsentinel.com/an-unequal-pandemic/

The coronavirus pandemic has further proven that, time and again, the United States favors privatization and greed over simple human rights.

Sell Weird Bugs To A Raccoon To Pay Off Your House Debt!Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the fastest selling #Ni...
05/13/2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review | The Pacific Sentinel

Sell Weird Bugs To A Raccoon To Pay Off Your House Debt!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the fastest selling #NintendoSwitch #game ever!

Jacob Cline gives us his review of the popular game.

main illustration by Greer Siegel
https://thepacificsentinel.com/animal-crossing-new-horizons-review/

The ever so popular cute and weird game that is bringing millions of people together during a terribly lonely and odd time. Our review of Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

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FYI, a little before noon, I was using the restroom in the basement of SMSU. I was reaching for a seat cover and was pricked by a used needle! Someone had delivery place the needle there with the needle up so that a person would be pricked! That person was me! Please be itae is doing this on purpose on our campus! I contacted security and that took a report and there is no procedure for an student being pricked by a used needle. If you are a employee you are covered. But not a student!! I was sent to SHAC and was told to go the hospital. I am heading to OHSU ER right now! This was a delivered act of violence! Be careful out there!
Blood Drive today in front of SMSU. Every drop is precious GIVE BLOOD TODAY!!!
Consider this! Brief Thoughts on Familiar Phrases Are we too flippant with our words? By Van Vanderwall Illustration by Josh Gates There are two sides to every issue. The phrase would be more accurate if stated thus: “There are at least two sides to every issue and at least one other way to frame the question.” Each issue that is commonly understood in dualistic terms (pro-life/pro-choice, gun rights/gun control, supply-side/demand-side economics, capitalism/socialism) has been narrowed and defined in order to organize the discussion—if what our culture does even qualifies as such—into a simple binary that’s more amenable to planning television programs, directing advertising campaigns, and controlling thought.
The Latest Issue of the Pacific Sentinel is available https://thepacificsentinel.com Goodbye Maps Collection, Hello Graduate Collaboratory By Margo Craig For twenty eight years, the southeast wing of Millar Library’s 4th floor has been home to Portland State’s collection of maps. The understated 3,700 square foot space has a dusty library air of yesteryear—scuffed linoleum floors, natural light from big windows, sturdy wood tables pushed together, surrounded by filing cabinets for maps of all kinds and all regions.