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Today, Oct. 31, 2018, is Halloween, and I constructed the following numerical curiosities to celebrate it:
1. Halloween coincides with the 304th day of each non-leap year (e.g., 2018), and I refer to 304 as a spooky number. The reason is because 304 equals the product of numbers 16 and 19. It also equals to twice the sum of the reverses of numbers 16 and 19, namely 61 and 91.
I slowly walked over to the green and purple colored drink that looked like a mix between Barney and Frankenstein. Looking down as this colorful beverage, I took my first sip and what I discovered was truly terrifying. Starbucks’ Witch’s Brew Frappuccino gets zero out of ten broomsticks from me, and here’s why.
Every other week for 12 weeks, my mom drove 155 miles from our home to Seattle where doctors injected chemicals to kill the disease growing inside of her: cancer. Then, for another eights weeks, she went for her second round of treatments. This time, it was weekly. She shaved her head before her hair could fall out and came home tired, but still battling.
Next came radiation, intended to blast away the multiplying cancer cells. This was every day for six weeks.
Last week the UP chapel hosted a tribute to the cells that were lost to abortions this year. Posters, books, pamphlets and flyers were posted outside the doors so that any passerby could see.
We just had fall break, and it would be an understatement to say that it was much needed. After spending countless hours studying, writing papers, balancing relationships and just being busy in general, it was nice to be able to simply sit on my couch, watch the opening week of the NBA and do nothing.
The University of Portland men’s and women’s cross country teams both came in second place at the West Coast Conference Championships in Provo, Utah on Saturday morning.
If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately, you know it is midterm season. No, not those pesky midterm exams - midterm elections. Midterm elections are on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and the voting process is already underway, with voter turnout predicted to make history.
The right to vote is the foundation democracy. This right has been the source of struggle throughout the history of the United States. Women were granted the right less than 100 years ago, and African-Americans continue to face voter discrimination today despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The typhoon that rolled across the Northern Mariana Islands last week has caused the collapse of the homes of at least two UP students.
After honoring their two seniors, forward Hanna Armendariz and keeper Rachel Lusby, the University of Portland women’s soccer team fell to the No. 25 Pepperdine Waves in their senior day game. The Pilots lost 2-0, bringing their conference record to 4-4.
In the Portland Pilots’ men’s basketball opening game of the season, the team beat the Division II University of Antelope Valley Pioneers, 94-64.
Now that sports teams are using the two athletic fields down at Franz Campus, work on the other facilities has begun. Jim Ravelli, vice president of university operations, said UP plans to build more facilities on the 35-acre riverfront property within the next two to three years.
There are currently five different projects planned for the Franz Campus: a new Physical Plant building, a new tennis center, a rowing center, an environmental science lab and a new track for the track and field team.
Women’s volleyball came out to battle WCC rival BYU, the top team in the country, Thursday night. Despite high energy and diving defensive plays, the Pilots came up short, 3-0.
For many UP Students, Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) are an iconic part of their childhood. Whenever October, or as Disney dubs it “Monstober,” rolls around, old and new Halloween DCOMs are played all month. Have you ever wondered which spooky film defines you? Take this quiz to find out which Halloween DCOM is your “spoopy” soulmate.
Bikes, skateboards and hurried students aren’t the only traffic on campus sidewalks this semester. There’s a newcomer this fall: electric scooters.
Since their debut in Portland at the end of July, electric scooters have taken the city by storm. They have now made their way to campus, offering a new, inexpensive and fun way to get around. While some students find the scooters exciting and convenient, Gerry Gregg, director of public safety, is concerned about their potential safety risks.
Jack Avina, former head coach for the University of Portland men’s basketball team, passed away on Oct. 4 in Lafayette, California. He was 89.
The Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s uncovering of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including one confirmed case involving a former University of Portland president, was only the beginning of investigations into clerical sex abuse.
Investigations continue in eight other states. At the end of September, a former UP chaplain was named in Indiana’s sex abuse report. Coupled with the letter by Archbishop Viganò released on Aug. 22, calling for Pope Francis’ resignation, some people believe controversy threatens to tear the Church apart.
Tacos are a staple in the diets of many UP students. King Burrito, El Azteca Burrito, Santa Cruz Taqueria and even Taco Bell are just a few of the well-known taquerias in the North Portland area. The Beacon asked students to taste four different tacos while blindfolded and guess where each taco came from. Watch the video to find out who won the title of Nopo taco expert.
When Herbert Medina was eight years old, his family, with hopes for a better economic life and more opportunities for their children, immigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles.
No one in his family spoke English. Medina quickly picked up the language at school, but his parents had a harder time learning it. Medina’s parents were elementary school teachers back home, but they did not have sufficient degrees to teach in the U.S., which forced his parents to find manual work.
I grew up in a multicultural household. My mom is from Venezuela and my grandma from Puerto Rico, while my dad is from Oregon. My first language was Spanish. I grew up listening to Serenata Guayanesa, eating sorullitos and hearing my mom yell ‘En Español!’ from the other room when I spoke English. I identify as Latina. But whenever I say this, I always get the same reaction: ‘What? You don’t look Latina.’
Being a blond white girl with blue eyes, this makes sense. I don’t have the typical “look” that many people in the U.S. think Latinos are supposed to have. Oftentimes there is a lack of diversity in the portrayal of Latinos in media and film, which leads to stereotypes.
There is something very strange about feeling like you have a lot of “homes.” For many that means their college home and their family home. For me it’s Portland, Michigan and Salzburg, Austria.
It hurts to miss a place so much, but I’m here to tell you it is 100% worth it.
Last year, I spent eight months living in the most beautiful country, traveling nearly every weekend and creating memories of a lifetime with the most incredible people who became my best friends and by the end, family.