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The Wallys were not an isolated incident. The Wallys were a tipping point in a kettle that was already about ready to boil over. In my time at UP I knew many courageous young women who were affected in some way by the inaction of UPs administration. Being able to look at what happened and simply say “we can all do better” is a privilege.
Reflecting has been an exercise I’ve found myself doing quite frequently these past few weeks, as I’ve followed the articles and opinion pieces in response to the Wally Awards event on campus. After everything that’s been said, I still support Fr. Poorman, the administration, the staff, the students and the University of Portland.
Watching my close friends celebrate with their parents and hearing how proud their parents were of them was conflicting. I was filled with jealousy and sadness when I was supposed to be celebrating my accomplishments. At any age, losing a parent is devastating. I lost my mom when I was 16, and my dad unexpectedly passed away during finals week of my junior year. It was the hardest, most heart wrenching thing to experience; but through it, I gained valuable insight.
"There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. So that when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could.” This quote is the basis for what in 2008, with the release of Iron Man, we first heard described as the Avengers Initiative.
What does it mean that all the major decisions for our university are made by white men? It means that the speech at the Wallys was not a blip or an outlier.
It means that when Poorman sat and did nothing as a student made women feel unsafe, it felt reminiscent of the lack of effort and the ignorance towards sexual violence that Poorman has perpetuated during his presidency. The inaction was not an isolated incident, it reflects what Poorman values as a president.
As a female immigrant I find Mr Sundaram's apology weak & lacking insight! He humiliates all immigrants and females by trying to rationalize his remarks and not acknowledging that he has missed the essence of his Catholic Education!
I’d like to respond to a particular statement made by Rebecca Howard in her recent opinion piece. First, though, I want to say that I very much respect her for voicing what she believes is an unpopular opinion and for sharing her own story and perspectives in an honest and thoughtful way. I may disagree with much of what she said, but meaningful conversations on a tough subject don’t happen when the only participants are people who agree with each other.
What happened at the Wallys was a complete shock for most of our campus community. Many people are angry, and rightfully so!
We’ve all ended relationships. Sometimes people sort of fade out of our lives, but other times the end of a relationship is sharp and clear and you know it’s O-V-E-R. You know you’re never ever getting back together, even though part of your heart wishes the other person would come crawling back and say they still care — maybe just so you can slam the door in their face. Or so you can take them back and dump them the next day on your own terms. Catharsis comes in many forms.
As a first-generation peer mentor, Mohamed uses his story of struggling to find his place as a way to connect with his mentees and support them as they navigate their college experiences. This spring, the Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC) launched its first-generation peer mentor program.
If you wanted to know the coolest spot in Portland, this is it. The Swim Dock is located on the east side of the Willamette next to the Hawthorne Bridge and can be accessed from the Eastbank Esplanade.
On April 15th, the fifth annual Wally Awards made waves not just on campus, but throughout the nation. The Wally's have not always been marred by controversy, however. In fact, the history behind the annual athletics banquet is one of fun and laughter for athletes and the Athletic Department.
On Founder’s Day, many seniors attended the Senior Awards breakfast to honor their achievements and celebrate their final weeks before graduation. Awards were given out to 80 seniors and graduate students for their contributions to different departments.
If you didn’t get the chance to go to the Senior Awards breakfast, here’s the list of winning seniors:
At the final Senate meeting of the year on April 23, ASUP passed the Fall semester 2018 budget that includes pay cuts for executive board and Speaker of the Senate positions’ stipends. They also allocated an additional $12,500 to clubs, money that surfaced when the Executive Board discovered the original budget inadvertently understated available funds.
The results are in, and this year five University of Portland students have been named finalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright program offers research, study and teaching opportunities to recent graduates and graduate students in over 140 countries. Finalists spend a year abroad where they will represent the United States by working, living with and learning from the people in their host countries.
For many University of Portland students, studying abroad is an important and influential part of their college experience. But sometimes getting away for a whole year or a semester can be difficult.
In recognizing the need for different types of programs, the Office of Study Abroad and Leadership Director David Houglum are offering a new study abroad program in South Africa.
This past Wednesday, men’s tennis player Michail Pervolarakis repeated as West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
In 2016, 44,965 people died by suicide according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. And Oregon has the 16th highest rate for suicide in the United States.
It could affect you, or someone you may know. Some people might not know the warning signs for someone thinking about suicide. But the best way possible to address this issue is to openly talk about this often uncomfortable topic.
On Tuesday April 17, students gathered in Mehling Hall to listen to Mandy Kubisch, a behavioral health prevention coordinator for Multnomah County, discuss suicide prevention in conjunction with the Health and Counseling Center and Residence Life. The presentation was called QPR — question, persuade and refer — which is a type of suicide prevention training. Kubisch talked about warning signs, how to ask the tough questions and what to do when someone is having suicidal thoughts.
The event is one of three presentations. Similar sessions were held in Christie Hall and Lund Family Hall.
For some, a shaved head is simply a style choice, but for Ruthie Olson, the action of shaving her head means much more.
On Friday, April 13, students from multiple University of Portland athletic teams as well as many other students participated in shaving off their hair in support of children with cancer, raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which researches childhood cancers.