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Brilliant and out of the ordinary British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen William Hawking died this year on Pi Day in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was a worldwide-known genius for his scientific work on black holes and space-time theories .
For just about everyone, coming to college freshman year is a new and daunting experience. Anyone at the University of Portland can probably relate to feeling out of their comfort zone at least once settling in on The Bluff. Now imagine coming into college not knowing the language or the culture.
On Wednesday night, Nath and Gallagher were elected ASUP President and Vice President after less than a week of campaigning. Nath and Gallagher took home 61.2 percent of the vote, defeating candidates Alex Peterson and Carrie Fitzgerald, who received 37.8 percent of the vote.
The ASUP (Associated Students of the University of Portland) elections close tonight, and whoever ends up elected will have to deal with continuing issues of communication between the student body and the administration. By creating its own newsletter, we recognize ASUP has made a step toward transparency, but more work needs to be done.
With finals coming up, Easter break is a sight for sore eyes. But some students might be wondering, why do we get a four-day weekend when Easter is only on Sunday? The days leading up to Easter are some of the most important in the Catholic tradition. This upcoming Thursday, Friday and Saturday are holy days that the Catholic church calls “the Triduum."
Move over, senioritis. With graduation drawing closer by the day, what many of us now deal with is a case of the senior scaries. While senioritis is a (potentially contagious) infection with symptoms consisting of not giving a darn, extreme procrastination and general soullessness in the classroom, the senior scaries is the state of being terrified/excited/terrifyingly excited about graduation. But never fear, Dr. Erin is here.
While in the past having a suspension or expulsion on their record might have hurt a student’s chances for getting into college, the University of Portland is among many colleges and universities who are standing with student activists, stating that if they get suspended for protesting, the suspension will not impact their admission.
University of Portland will be testing its emergency alert system sometime in the next few weeks, according to Director of Public Safety Gerald Gregg. The system sends voice, email and text messages to the UP community in the event of crises like natural disasters and active shooters.
As mass shootings like those in Harford County, Maryland and Parkland, Florida are becoming more deadly, systems and drills like these play an important role.
Gregg said he is hoping for full community engagement in the drill. Public Safety is asking students and faculty to take the same precautions as if the drill were real, including moving to secure locations and locking doors. While this is taking place, Public Safety officers will be patrolling campus to observe how people react. Gregg also explained that professors holding classes at the time of the drill will be urged to pause their classes and participate.
The Portland area is home to breathtaking sites, fascinating cultures and unique foods, but many students believe their travel is limited to Lombard St. and the St. John’s neighborhood.
Now, I don’t for a second think North Portland is lame or boring in any way, but a walk in Cathedral Park or green curry at Drunken Noodle can get boring after a while, which is why University of Portland students should go out and explore more!
The one thing I get really, really passionate about is podcasts. I’m the person who will get all up in your face and scream, “You’re not listening to podcasts?!?!?” I’m the person who, on a road trip, will hold the fellow road-trippers hostage and force them to listen to podcasts for the hours on the road (“you’ll love it, just listen”) and not let them interrupt for the entire podcast hour.
Sylvia, 87, has been at UP for 19 years and began working here at the same time as Mustain. She remembers when the Commons food was $5 all-you-can-eat style and when Bon App even sold ice cream at mealtimes. When the Commons was remodeled and the menu switched in 2008, Mustain told Sylvia that her new job was to wipe down tables and talk to students at lunch. Sylvia considers it the perfect job.
Tuesday and Wednesday, students can vote for who will represent them in student government.
Among the senators and other executive board positions, students can decide whether they want Alex Peterson and Carrie Fitzgerald as their President and Vice President, or Sitara Nath (P) and Michael Gallagher (VP).
Social networking sites are both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, these sites have brought the world closer together; creating interactions that go beyond location, time zones and language barriers. Globally, people are sharing news, ideas and information with just the click of a button. Indeed, social media has become an integral component of our communication with over 1.96 billion people considered to be social media users.
Last Saturday, UP’s Hawaii Club hosted their 42nd annual Lu’au. The completely sold-out event was held in Chiles Center and hosted UP Staff, students, neighboring families in the North Portland community and the families of Lu’au performers (many all the way from Hawaii).
Food was donated from the Parent’s Hawaii Club in Hawaii. Dishes included pork, pasta salad and mud pie. The evening consisted of close to 10 different performances, with live music paired with traditional Hawaiian dances.
Pilots Paint is a monthly event where participants are guided through painting a piece by an artist of a marginalized community while being educated on social justice. It is being held on Thursday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s student center. Student Diversity Coordinators Sabrina Legaspi and Diana Salgado-Huicochea will host the event in cooperation with Feminist Discussion group, Society of Women Engineers, and Her Campus. Diversity and Inclusion program coordinator Yuri Hernández Osorio will be overseeing the event. To honor women’s history month, participants will be painting their own versions of a piece by California based artist Brooke Fischer, whose pieces were featured in the Women’s March.
At the University of Portland, many people value conversations about diverse religions and fostering interfaith talks. An event on Wednesday night sought to do just that, and guests packed Franz 120, making organizers add another row of chairs and have people stand on the margins of the room, to hear a talk on Islam and Catholicism in the modern world from Gabriel Said Reynolds.
Reynolds, a professor of Islamic studies and theology at Notre Dame University, spoke to a crowd of about 90 people on Wednesday for an event co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the Notre Dame Club of Portland. The talk focused on the relationship between Islam and the Catholic Church and how they can work together to combat religious extremism.
This semester, Beauchamp is offering a new fitness class called Pilot Fit, which incorporates CrossFit-based workouts led by Carlos and Benson. Though they are freshmen, they both have had years of experience of doing CrossFit. Both Benson and Carlos are CrossFit Level 1 trainers and received their coaching certification from CrossFit Advantage in Lynwood, WA.
This past Sunday, the Portland Pilots fell to the University of San Francisco Dons 4-0, giving the Dons the sweep for the series.
Where do I take my senior pictures? When do I order my cap and gown? How am I going to get enough tickets to the graduation ceremony for all of my relatives? These are the questions seniors on The Bluff are asking themselves.
In the midst of preparing for final exams, applying for jobs and finishing up capstone projects, many seniors may feel overwhelmed by the extra deadlines and responsibilities of commencement. But worry no more: The Beacon has put together a checklist of things seniors need to do before they graduate.
In the first game of this weekends’ series in Portland, the Pilots were defeated by the University of San Francisco 6-4.