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EPISODE TWELVE: A $360 million dollar “Collaborative Life Sciences” classroom building at South Waterfront will solve space needs for PSU, OSU, and OSHU.

The huge new building will add classrooms and laboratories for use by students in dentistry, medical school, nursing students, and PSU undergrads. PSU communications director Steve Gallagher fills us in on the facilities available in the science center and what they will mean to students.

Diving The Shallows-Episode 12 by J. Newman

FEATURED PAINTING:

RURAL ROUTE RENDEZVOUS

Love is what you make it. And where you make it. Your deserted biway could be someone else’s pathway to passion….

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CONFRONTATION

Look closely.  There’s a threat in the shadows in this picture.  But the lady in green is going to be more than a match.  You can bank on it.

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COMMUNITY STREET

I like this painting.  I imagine it’s a warm night.  There is romance in the air.  And everybody knows each other.

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A KIND OF SPRING

The naked guy is me if I were better built, younger, and an extrovert.  Also, if I had antifreeze in my veins.  I think the point here is anybody can warm things up by putting out a little energy.

 

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PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE

There is always something going on in downtown Portland.  And the center of it all is Courthouse Square.  The pigeons don’t play as big a role as I give them here but the preachers and street folks are definitely in the picture.

 

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POWER POINT ARMAGEDDON

You may have been here.  It’s the wonder of computers.  No consolation for this guy in knowing this guy is going to be an anecdote for weeks, months, years to come.

 

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PTERODACTYL

This happens frequently at my place.  I think it’s a problem with the plumbing.

 

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FEATURED PAINTING: DEAL

Whatever else is true in this painting, the fisherman is not defeated.  He could have problems but he’s ready to give it a shot.  My accountant said, “That’s me everyday!” So he bought the painting.

 

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THE SOLACE OF SOLITUDE

I’ve never been a downhill skier.  The reason is suggested in this picture.  A scenic wonderland seen from this altitude is something I want to enjoy from a stable platform. If you fall on skis, you fall this way, apparently. A skier I know says I got the angle right.

 

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THIRD ACT MISHAP

Accidents happen.  What else can you say?

 

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SURPRISE PARTY

Visit Kinnear Park on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle and you’ll see the park bench that inspired this painting.  It’s kind of lonely and isolated.  But not for long.

 

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LYNNE OF ARC

My sister loved this painting and that’s enough for me.

 

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SATURDAY NIGHT

Look out the window.  Those are flying saucers landing.  Think the teddy bear can help?

 

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HOUSEGUESTS

Has this happened to you?  A problematic infestation.  And there’s that teddy bear again.

 

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ROOM INDOORS

If it’s a room it’s obviously indoors isn’t it?  That sign is dumb.

 

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Tower Play

Here’s a fantasy memory of a long ago adventure. I think it’s a fantasy, maybe a hypothetical drama. Any resemblance to actual events can by no means be confirmed.

BANJO ON OFFENSE

 

Continued in the Comics Section

ARTBEAT PROFILE

I had a chance to study this story more-or-less objectively a short while back. I now know that my friend Greg Bond did a great job producing it.


CHUPACABRA AMBUSH

The chupacabra is my favorite monster. I’ve squeezed many an angle out of the creatures’ malignant legend. Here’s one attempt.


COOPER SPUR ASCENT

You get high enough on a mountain and vertigo sets in. Not just on the cliffs, either. The high slopes can make you feel like you can tumble down thousands of feet, out of control, with no chance of stopping. But taking the risk is worth it.


ZED SHOW

There’s a little radio station that doesn’t exist in a little town, Crannaville, that doesn’t exist. The chupacabra may not exist either. But I seem to be obsessed with all three!

 

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ART APPRECIATION

I particularly like the duck.I think you could build one and see it clicking and chiming as it waddles down the street. Wonder where the kid got it….

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A CENTIPEDE IN CRANNAVILLE?

A talk show host at one of our local stations likes to dictate the topic. He got a little hot under the collar when folks wanted to talk about something other than chupacabras.

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EPISODE ELEVEN: The eerie labyrinth under PSU (you don’t know about it).

The tunnelscape under the streets, below the Park Blocks, stretching from the Stott Center at the SW end of campus, to the the Recreation Center to the east, is so mysterious, so ominous and imposing, the TV show Grimm wants to use it as a setting for one of its macabre episodes. What is this unknown crisscross of caverns under our feet? Actually, it’s an geothermal heating system. But it’s so much more! Pay attention and learn! Then be so good as to stick around for the music! Escape the Fate, Butcher Babies, Arsis, Ra, Blackstone Cherry are on the playlist!

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EPISODE 1: The PSU Recreation Center is consciously, dedicatedly, skillfully inclusive.

There’s room for EVERYBODY here! Jen Armbruster,the Coordinator of Inclusive Recreation at the Rec Center, will talk about her program in which disabled people and those without disability play on the same teams! PSU is one of the most inclusive campuses in the country, something you’ll appreciate more after hearing this interview. Music by Otherwise, Papa Roach, Soundgarden and Metallica and more!

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EPISODE TWO: The Campus Recreation Center is a building that does more than foster the physical well-being of it’s visitors.

It is an environmental health machine in its own right! The building transforms the energy from exercise machines into electricity, it captures rainwater to be used in plumbing, it’s a paragon of innovative environmental design and listening to this podcast might improve your outlook on the fate of the world! Music by Flo Rida, Devil Driver, The Dandy Warhols and more.

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EPISODE THREE: Portland State University can lead you into the wilderness – and back out!

If you lack hiking boots, rain gear, backpack, familiarity with the outdoors, transportation, friends, fear not! You can still hit the trails in the Cascades, the Coast Range, and lots of other wild country locations you’ve only read about. That’s right! PSU’s outdoor program offers you everything you need to make the acquaintance of the outback. The facts are intermingled with music from the likes of Stone Sour, Skillet, Like a Storm, Rammstein and Sublime!

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EPISODE FOUR: The mystery of the Second Floor Pool….(aka why didn’t put it’s Rec Center pool in the basement as you’d expect?)

The answer has to do with practical considerations such as MONEY! We’ll walk you through the reasoning step by step on this podcast. Plus we’ll analyze how the aquatics program makes use of cutting edge technology to keep the water temperate and the hygiene high. And we’ll be playing some fine music. You may be unfamiliar with women in metal music and if so In This Moment will be a revelation with their release “Whore!” We’ll be playing Gemini Syndrome, Rob Zombie, Blacklite District and lots more!

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EPISODE FIVE: Who hangs at the PSU Recreation Center and why. The word “inclusion” comes up a lot at Portland State and especially at the Rec Center.

They even have special tie-off locations for people who want to bring their support animals with them to the gym. You’ll be impressed at the shear creativity behind the ways Rec Center management rolls out the welcome mat! Add to the narrative a healthy dollop of new music including performances by Pantera, and Thousand Foort Krutch, and Starset, and Living Things.

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EPISODE SIX: Park Block activity on the weekend (it’s not all about the campus).

Nossir, the big activity outside Smith Center much of the year is the Park Blocks Farmer’s Market, and fixture of SW Portland social life for twenty years. We talk with Kenyon Fink, a veteran farmer who has manned his booth and sold his flowers and boughs at the market for a couple decades. We’ll get your blood pumping with the likes of Godsmack, Chevelle, Papercut Massacre, Skillet and Avenged Sevenfold to mention fewer than half the performers on the show!

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EPISODE SEVEN: Join the club! Which club?

At Portland State’s Rec Center there are rowing clubs, yoga clubs, soccer clubs, basketball clubs, archery clubs, bicycling clubs, swimming clubs and on, and on, and on. Just about anything you want to do, you can join others at the Rec Center who want to do it too. We meet the guy who makes sure the multitude of pursuits gets the support to serve all the enthusiastic practitioners out there who want to joint the fun! And listen for the music! Ensiferum from Finland, Drowning pool, Scandinavian metal sensation Wintersun, Killswith Engage, lots of groups you love or will learn to!

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EPISODE EIGHT: There are many ways to engage the city. We expand the scope and open some options!

For instance, what’s the best inner-city graveyard to visit if you’re not ready to take up residence? We give you lost cost/no cost tips fresh from Zinester’s guide to Portland, Fifth Edition. You won’t want to miss it, or the music by Halestorm, Kalmah, Before the Dawn, and Fleshgod Apocolypse. How do they think of those names?????

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EPISODE NINE: Plans for a new 5500 seat arena on campus – and home for rock stars and champions!

The new facility will be a welcome addition to Portland’s sports and music scene. It’s going to be built at Portland State University’s Stott Center, or, more accurately, ON the Stott Center. That’s right! This huge performance space will be built on the second floor of the Stott Center! It has to be at the vanguard of land use planning! The Stott Center’s footprint on the landscape remains the same! Listen for Arsis, Crossfaith, Periphery, Barren Earth, Ghost B.C. on the show!

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EPISODE TEN: A library of comic books (university level). Dark Horse Comics of Milwaukie, Oregon, has donated a copy of every comic and graphic novel and compilation it has ever published to Portland State University.

In addition, it has donated an example of every toy it has ever commissioned to the school. The comics and the toys are administered by Michael Bowman who is well-versed in comic lore. He tells us who visits the library to view the items and what kinds of academic programs have been built around them. We play music by Seether, The Faceless, Ensiferum, Bobaflex, and Redlight King.

VIETNAM STORY

Maybe without exception anyone who spends time as a soldier in a war zone has indelible memories. Sometimes music, sound and messages can help bring those memories roaring back.
 
 

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SMALL TALK

People are fascinating. That is, if they don’t freak you out!
 
 

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BASIC TRAINING

I was lucky. I loved the Army. Wasn’t ready for it. But that’s what it’s there for. To make you ready.
 
 

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GATHERING STORIES

I worked for twenty years on a Oregon Public Broadcasting TV show called Oregon Field Guide. I’ll try to tell you a little about it.
 
 

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MAC WISEMAN MEMORY

The more pining the voice, the twangier the strings, the deeper the place in my heart. I’m a serious country music fan!
 
 

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