Author Archives: Mountain.Barber

Mountain’s Book Recommendations

By Mountain.Barber|May 26, 2017

The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud This is my single favorite graphic novel, bar none. Death appears to a struggling artist in New York and offers him a deal—he’ll gain the ability to magically sculpt any material with his bare hands,

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Summer Pell Returns

By Mountain.Barber|May 15, 2017

Usually the government doing something that affects students is news to dread, but for once there’s some good news on that front. On Monday, May 8, Congress passed a piece of bipartisan legislation to refund the summer Pell Grant Program

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Dual-Enrollment Advice for PCC Students

By Mountain.Barber|May 15, 2017

Most students attending PCC for a four-year degree prefer to transfer entirely away to their new school, but sometimes circumstances call for students to dual-enroll at PCC and another school, like myself. It’s definitely more difficult than attending a single

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations:

By Mountain.Barber|May 1, 2017

The Monkey Wrench Gang, By Edward Abbey Edward Abbey is often referred to as the “Henry David Thoreau of the Desert.” There’s a lot of truth in this comparison, though Edward Abbey was significantly more likely to get in a

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There Is No Planet B: Portland’s March for Science

By Mountain.Barber|May 1, 2017

“What do we want? Fact based science! When do we want it? After peer review!” This has been quite the year for political marches. This Earth Day’s March for Science was far from the largest, but certainly had a good

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Scientist Profiles

By Mountain.Barber|May 1, 2017

Here are three of the scientists that attended the Portland March for Science. These are just a few of the many scientists I spoke to there, who also included geologists, physicists, various social scientists, and more. Amelia Nestler, PhD. Doctor

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PCC’s Language Exchange Program

By Mountain.Barber|April 17, 2017

The Language Exchange Program is a program to help students improve their language skills through mutual assistance. Students are paired up with other students to help both learn new languages. When students sign up for the program, they enter their

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations

By Mountain.Barber|April 14, 2017

The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention, by Alexander Munro The first thing that occurs in a conversation about this book is an immediate argument about whether paper is actually the most important invention in the

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PCC’s Annual Job Fair Gets Even Bigger

By Mountain.Barber|April 14, 2017

PCC’s 20th annual Job Fair is being held on Cascade Campus on Tuesday, April 25th from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM at the Cascade PEB Gymnasium on North Killingsworth. Last year’s Job Fair had over ninety employers attending, and this year the

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Italian Film Festival This Weekend

By Mountain.Barber|April 8, 2017

The Portland Italian Film Festival is being held this weekend on Portland State University’s campus at the Fifth Avenue Cinema. Admission is free and open to the public. Nine subtitled Italian feature-length films are being shown, as well as a

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations:

By Mountain.Barber|April 5, 2017

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn. If you’ve ever been annoyed by someone talking about shifting their paradigm, you can thank the physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was the work that introduced the

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Mountain Reviews Books on Writing

By Mountain.Barber|March 2, 2017

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. If you have to write for school, you need a copy of this book. If you write for work, you need this book. Basically, if you write in the

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African Film Festival Wraps up 27th Year

By Mountain.Barber|February 28, 2017

by Mountain Barber The 27th annual Cascade Festival of African Films, which ran from early February through the beginning of March, is the longest running African film festival in the United States. It featured 23 films from across Africa, ranging

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Mountain’s Book Reviews: Books about Food

By Mountain.Barber|February 14, 2017

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, by Bee Wilson   Did you know that prior to around 200-250 years ago, we didn’t have overbites? Everyone’s top teeth met their bottom teeth in the front of

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