12 April 2008
Chelsea Clinton made her way to Portland State University on Saturday 12 April 2008 as a part of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for presidential candidacy. This means that all the Clintons family had visited the state of Oregon. Bill Clinton visited Oregon on March 30-31 while Hillary made her first appearance in the state as a presidential candidate on 5 April. In the previous elections, the primary in Oregon was held so late that it had no impact at all. However, bBecause of the tight race with Barack Omaba, both democratic presidential hopefuls couldn’t ignore any primary in any state.
Even though I couldn’t vote in the States as I am only an international student, I wouldn’t miss a chance to listen to what Chelsea had to say on behalf of her mother. She appeared to be very friendly and was in earnest in delivering a speech and answering questions. In fact, she informed the audiences that PSU marked her 106th college visits all over the country, thus, it is no doubt that she could well deliver her mother policies including universal health care and other issues. All in all, it was a delightful event.
16 March 2008
Above are the pictures I took from the park block at Portland State University. It is the outdoor exhibition called “Iraq Body Count” which runs from Sunday 9th March 2008 to Thursday 20th March 2008. The idea of mixing red and white flags, which symbolize a number of people (American and Iraqi, respectively) killed as a result of the America’s invasion of Iraq since 2003, is eye-catching. At least, it is visually stunning that everyone who has never seen this exhibit before has to stop and take a look. It definitely raises the awareness of casualties of war in Iraq.
Here are the excerpt from the official web site of the exhibit:
The Iraq Body Count Exhibit started at the University of Colorado, in Boulder. Volunteers at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (rmpjc.org) came up with the idea to display thousands of flags, and first installed the display in October of 2006. This event garnered wide recognition and support, and eventually caught the eye of activists in Eugene at the University of Oregon. Once at the University of Oregon, the exhibit began to gain more steam, with the creation of the non-profit to support its tour across the country. With the arrival of the exhibit in Washington D.C. in October 2007, the organization’s goal of bringing the number of people killed in the Iraq War to the attention of the American people will take a major step forward. After this major exhibit occurs, displaying over 600,00 flags, it will continue to tour the country until American troops are withdrawn from Iraq.
For more information, please visit the official web site of the exhibit at <http://iraqbodycountexhibit.org>
29 November 2007
This was fun. It’s a chance for everyone to enjoy swimming or diving or just floating in the pool and watching the movie. There were also delicious pizzas and soft drinks for everyone. The activity is hosted by Campus Recreation at Portland State University to kick off the holidays season. This week is the end of Fall quarter and the final examination is coming next week. Now, everyone is busy studying for the exam. However, studying too hard is bad, thus, it is a good idea to enjoy some extracurricular activity like this extraordinary event.
The movie shown tonight is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s the 1989 movie and the third installment of National Lampoon’s series. The movie was all about an American family with the father trying to embrace the Christmas spirit in the holidays season. It could be considered as a classic American comedy with simple yet enjoyable plot, full of hilarious laughs from things-went-wrong situations. It’s a good choice for the holidays spirit.
31 October 2007
Trick or treat!
The picture above was taken at the 7th Annual ETM (Engineering and Technology Management department at Portland State University) Potluck (where everyone brings a dish to share for the dinner) on Saturday, October 27, 2007 – 4 days before Halloween. I was dressed up like a wizard. Being in the United States, I wish I had a chance to enjoy the Halloween night with all the candy giving and dress-up party. Unfortunately, today I had a late night class that finished around 10.00 PM and by the time I got home, I felt exhausted. So, I just updated my blog here for the record that my first Halloween in the United States was not an enjoyable experience, not because of the tradition itself, but because of the situation and the mood I was.
I am looking forward to more enjoyable Halloween next year.
18 October 2007
Last Saturday, Thai Student Association of Portland State University held a small party gathering all Thai students and alumni together. Never have I known that there are so many Thai students here at PSU. In fact, the association has been inactive for quite some times until our lovely newly elected president (by unanimous vote) came in. Thus, from next year, we will see some exciting and enjoyable events such as the famous “Thai Night” and some field trips. I am looking forward to all the events.
Check out more pictures and captions in Thai at Jao-Yung Ying’s blog. I took the above picture from there. Thanks for the picture.
27 September 2007
Today I had a chance to join one of the biggest events for the Fall term at Portland State University called “Party in the Park.” It was held at the South Park Blocks of the university with lots of student and university organizations joining the event. There were free foods (that’s great!) and enjoyable live music (that’s even greater.) The weather was nicely sunny thus it’s just fun to hangout and had a lunch literally in the park.
In the evening, I also had a chance to attend the International Student President’s Welcome Reception at Simon Benson House Alumni & Visitor’s Center. The unique building of the center used to be a house of Simon Benson, a successful Norwegian American businessman who contributed tremendous amount of his wealth to the city of Portland, building school and giving a land for public park, just to name a few. His house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and later was saved from the city condemnation and moved to the place it is today.
All in all, it’s another enjoyable and informative day for me in Portland, getting to know many new people and places. I am sure there are a lot more of Portland for me to explore and I am looking forward to checking them out.
18 September 2007
Now that I’ve been in Portland for a couple of days, my most favorite spot in town is a bookstore called Powell’s City of Books which is claimed to be one of the largest new and used bookstores in the world, occupying a whole city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W Burnside and NW Couch Streets with approximately 6,300 square meter of retail floor space. With tonnes of books, used and new, in all categories you could think of, it’s a heaven for book-lover like me. There is also a coffee house in the store where you could pick up some books to read while zipping freshly brewed coffee. I could spend a whole day in the store reading my favorite books and I did! Unfortunately, I’ve got a tight schedule coming up this week and next week as the Fall term of my study here at Portland State University will start. I might have to wait till everything is settle to enjoy reading books at Powell’s. Well, at least I find my best spot in town to hang out on my free time.
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