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University of Portland has begun welcoming approximately 835 students to campus for Spring 2021. The move-in process is being staggered throughout the week and started with 145 students moving into Lund Family and Shipstad Halls on Monday, Jan. 18. This process began shortly after UP’s announcement that a staff member had contracted the U.K. variant of COVID-19.
The University of Portland has released their plan for filling the open position left by former Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator Sandy Chung. Bill Jenkins, who left the University last February, will return to provide operational leadership for the Human Resources team, according to University President Fr. Mark Poorman. Jenkins served as Director of Employee Relations before leaving UP.
An on campus staff member at the University of Portland has been infected with the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, according to an email from the Office of Public Affairs. This is the first known case of the new strand reported in Oregon, and one of 88 cases across the United States according to the CDC. The staff member has been in isolation since the initial diagnosis. According to the Oregon Health Authority, the individual had no known travel history.
Despite this year’s Winter Break overlapping with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University will be hosting a public virtual event commemorating the Civil Rights leader. The event will take place on Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and will feature founder of the Oregon Remembrance Project and recent alumnus Taylor Stewart (18’) as the keynote speaker.
Dear UP Community Members,
Dear Father Poorman, Provost Medina, and Assistant Provost Contreras,
My fellow Pilots, I write to you today from Schoenfeldt 212. I include this detail not so that you know where to address your Christmas cards, but because I want you to know that I’ve been here since August. I tell you this because I want to provide information and reassurance about campus life in the midst of a pandemic. The dreaded “Unless otherwise noted, all students will need to have moved off campus by noon this Sunday.” never came.
In a meeting hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP) on Dec. 2, UP administrators and health care staff met with students in a COVID-19 town hall to discuss plans for next semester. Students’ questions were directed to a student moderator, and were separated into five different sections. These categories were health and COVID-19, residence life, academics, campus operations and financial updates.
The Ethnic Studies Student Steering Committee (ESSSC) is holding a town hall on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. for all UP students and community members. The purpose of the webinar is for students to discuss their support for an ethnic studies program at UP, a program offered at many other universities but missing from UP’s catalogue.
As the end of the year approaches, I’m sure a lot of us have thought about how 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty and anxiety about the current state of things.
Dear members of the UP Community:
After many months of COVID-19 induced uncertainty surrounding the basketball season, the University of Portland women and men’s basketball teams recently started the 2020-21 season — the first time any Pilots team has suited up for play since March 10, when the women’s basketball team won the WCC tournament.
The University of Portland women’s basketball team lost to the #9 Oregon Ducks 85-52 in their first game in the Chiles Center since last February.
The Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP) are hosting a COVID-19 town hall on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. John Donato, Director of Residence Life Andrew Weingarten, Interim Vice President for Financial Affairs Eric Barger and others will be attending the meeting to address students’ questions concerning next semester’s partial reopening, according to ASUP President Sage Taylor.
Everyone is talking about mindfulness. It’s become a buzzword, written in magazines, posted on social media and used to sell products. Often it is suggested as a short-term, quick fix to a problem, like feeling anxiety or stress.
Maybe you’ve heard a roommate singing through your walls, or your neighbor playing tuba from an open window. Music halls and concert venues are closed currently due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped the UP Music department from creating their usual tunes, wherever that may be.
A hot mess of chaos.
Molly Lowney 0:00
After last week’s thrilling episode, Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, titled “The Siege”, was a fun side adventure for Mando and Baby Yoda on their quest to reunite Baby Yoda with his kind.