Considering Vancouver is a bedroom community of Portland, you left out one very important listing—Washington State University Vancouver. Just 10 miles north of the Columbia River via either I-5 or I-205, WSU Vancouver offers a private-school feel for state-school tuition. And, the Border Bill lets Oregonians in bordering counties pay in-state tuition for up to eight credits per semester. Choose from 20 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. There’s more to the “Couve” than you may have imagined. Come see for yourself!
PNCA is currently unranked in the not in the nation and in the world as an art school but for some reason it costs well over $160,000 for a four year degree. My alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, has a number two -ranked design school in the world DAAP, that only costs students around $26,000 for a four-year degree if you're willing to live it home with your parents and commute. Job placement for DAAP graduates is very high and they are placed into high salary jobs. Unfortunately I know many graduates from PNCA who are waiting tables while waiting for their career as a professional artist to emerge.
It's actually a commuter lounge. Many students commute from vancouver. We also have a computer lounge.
Thanks so much for this insider's look at an institution I never knew was in the 'hood. The Monta-Villa area has undergone much gentrification and de-sleazification in the last five years. Was recently recalling some of the more inexplicably odd overheard conversational drift at the Bipartisan Café sofa & tables, bits of it in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew with laptop illuminated animated discussion about biblical arcana. The only guess was Warner-Pacific College on the same slope of Mt Tabor, and some especially hip students cuz the gab I caught was definitely more vision-questing than dogmatic. Wonder if these episodes were eavesdroppings from the Multnomah Bible College liberally sprinkled through the caffeine and fresh baked pies of the Bipartisan? Does Multnomah Bible College represent a particular Christian sect and what is relationship theologically and mission-wise from its neighbor Warner-Pacific College?
It might be harder to get into a real med school than magic doctor school, though. They actually have standards.
"You're trying to figure out why you have the headache in the first place. We have a better role in prevention."
Naturopathy is pseudoscientific, harmful crap. If these people want to do medicine, they should go to real med schools.
Good point, George Fox is in Newberg though right? I've lived in portland my whole life and can never find it unless accompanyied by peter pan.. oh wait they did that one didn't they? eh.
All true, i went there for almost two years before realizing i had simply fallen asleep waiting for the 51 bus on Terwilliger blvd.
What about Marylhurst and George Fox?
Commuter Lounge? Really? Not a computer lounge?
Fun article! Just one note... Luther translated the Bible from Greek, not Latin :)
@ Jimmy Carter I agree.
The poor,urban, black community doesn't share the same values/ behavior (education, work, children in committed relationships,etc) as the larger society. Victim mentality, perceptions of racism (valid or not), government programs all contribute to this. Absolutely. What the Moynihan report said is that the "ghetto culture" itself and absence of nuclear family also contribute. It's a vicious cycle with the bad values being passed on from generation to generation.
Glorification of gangster life seems to me to be anti-thetical to black progress. Where is the attention to positive black role models? What about Obama, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Eric Holder, even Clarence Thomas? I would venture to say that America is less racist today than it has ever been.
Sadly I think Duilio's theory is largely correct. Good work on this piece .
The role of vice is the same as the role of drugs - it is something associated to the gangster lifestyle because it is illegal and not widely socially acceptable. The gangster lifestyle has to do with not following the rules and doing what is seen as easy. Gangsters have a very short term philosophy. It is more important in their mind to have short term pleasure and "respect" than any type of long term plan. They are aware that they may very well end up dead or in prison, but they have been indoctrinated into the lifestyle that it is better than knuckling under to "the man". Making things legal would not change that. And are you suggesting that forcible compulsion of a 15 year old to prostitute herself should be legal?
Basic social lessons don't apply if the perception is that a racist society doesn't reward young black men (or women) for following those rules. Perhaps reality has changed (perhaps not as much as we might wish), but the perception remains among many in the black community because the victim mentality has been passed down generationally, and government programs allow it to continue.
Unlikely that the PPA "blocked" the requirement, more likely that they asked to negotiate for compensation in return for not being allowed to live wherever they wanted, like most members of our society. The city simply didn't think is was a good return on investment in that case.
In time, the Portland mayor befriended Tokyo Gov. Shunichi Suzuki, who told Clark that having police officers live in the communities they served was a prerequisite for community policing. But in Portland, the Portland Police Association blocked such a requirement.
Thanks a lot PPA for sucking so badly yet again!
Look at the Mercury doing a serious piece! Good for you guys.
Race issues in this country are still alive and well, even after the first Black president, as the Trayvon Martin case illustrates. But the elephant in the room is that it is black-on-black violence that is the problem. We may argue about where the line between individual responsibility and societal responsibility should be drawn, but there is definitely a problem. Poor, urban blacks have failed to assimilate in to the larger culture and are stuck in a cycle of poverty and violence. It is unfortunate that his has been going on for decades with no easy solution in sight. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a famous report in 1965, tracing some of the causes back to ghetto culture and the absence of the nuclear family. That's still true today and is the reason why the cops are now arresting the children of the people they used to arrest in earlier decades.
The basic social lessons that everyone should learn are: 1) finish high school 2) get a job 3) don't get pregnant until you are married 4) don't do anything illegal. These are lessons that are passed down from our parents and the larger society. Individuals need to follow those basic rules. And society, through its laws and institutions, should help facilitate the following of those rules. Education, employment opportunities, birth control, welfare reform, criminal justice reform, and drug legalization are some of the levers that can be used.
I'm curious what the role of vice is in fuelling gang activity. The article mentions that gangs have moved from drugs to prostitution; would legalizing these remove the gangs' motivation? Or are they just involved in vice because they have an "insider advantage" by already being criminals?
The policemen are doing nice work to stop against the gang.
This problem is never going to get better, unless there is a better alternative.
We could offer better foodstamps, and bigger HDTVs. Throw money like there is tomorrow. Make it rain!
Or we could have better employment opportunities. Jobs that don't make the worker look like a sucker for working for little more than foodstamps. Jobs that allow the workers to drive the nice cars, a decent crib, and money left over to buy bling. Jobs that make the parents look like heroes even though they can't make a jump shot.
The cheapest way is to teach the little delinquents not to victimize poor people, and instead to go for where the real money is. That would inspire action, I betcha.
Good investigative reporting of a troubling problem. Nice work here.
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