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Dear University of Portland community,
Having read the article by Olivia Sanchez about the outrageous behavior of emcee Goutham Sundaram at the recent Wally Awards, I felt compelled to respond. As the parent of a UP women's tennis player who graduated from UP in 2016 and as a consultant in the area of sport psychology, I found the account nauseating and infuriating.
This past Sunday, the University of Portland Athletic Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held the fifth annual Wallys. The event honored and recognized the accomplishments of the teams, student-athletes and Athletics staff throughout the 2017-18 season, with the majority of nominees and award winners being presented by the student-athletes themselves.
Tennis player Goutham Sundaram, the controversial emcee of Sunday night's athlete banquet known as the Wally Awards, has been removed from the tennis roster.
My name is Olivia Sanchez, and I am a senior at the University of Portland. I have been a student-athlete on The Bluff for three years, and in less than three weeks, I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Last night, Sunday, April 15, I had the most disturbing experience of my time here during the Athletic Department’s fifth annual Wally Awards.
I love movies. Ever since I was in the fourth grade, my dream has been to make movies. It started with simply wanting to put videos on YouTube. My 10-year-old self made a channel titled BlazersAreAwesome — a name I regret to this day since I can’t put my page’s URL in my Instagram bio without being just a little bit embarrassed.
I have a lot of respect for the art of the romantic comedy, or the rom-com. Name a rom-com, and I’ve probably seen it. I’m a sucker for a good meet-cute, and I could watch Heath Ledger sing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” anytime, anywhere.
The opinion submission, “From an Unapologetic Hawaiian,” created an opportunity for critical conversation: the intercultural discussion of how cultural appropriation can occur in the absence of sociopolitical and historical context. While the University of Portland has hosted events originating from various cultures, as the article states, not all have effectively incorporated marginalized voices.
In the opinion submission, “From an Unapologetic Hawaiian,” our fellow student, Kilohana, expresses their desire for intercultural dialogue, and the inclusion of marginalized voices in cultural events.
The Pilots returned to Joe Etzel Field on Thursday night to take on WCC rival Brigham Young University. This game came on the heels of the Pilots' big win in Eugene against the Ducks earlier this week. Momentum carried into tonight’s game as the Pilots rallied in a close game to take the win by a margin of 4-3.
It’s probably safe to say that Franz Hall is the last place students want to be on a Saturday afternoon. But an event taking place this Saturday is worth attending if you’re into photography, videography, social media marketing or any other creative pursuit in the digital multimedia world.
On Wednesday, as students in the library worked their way through the final weeks of spring semester, Public Safety launched a test of University of Portland’s emergency alert system. During the test, students hid under desks and turned the lights off to practice what they would do in the event of an active shooter. But some students, in classrooms and in the Pilot House, went about as normal.
Since Donald Trump became the Republican candidate for president and later won the 2016 presidential election, the news has taken quite a bashing. Suddenly, terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” have become part of our everyday discourse. On Twitter, Trump called the media “the enemy of the American people,” which directly contradicts the First Amendment. The sources we rely on to keep us informed and in the loop are continuously vilified by the man holding our country’s highest office but not because they’re inaccurate. Trump seeks to diminish any publication he does not agree with, claiming inaccuracies where there are none.
It happened to me, and it can happen to you. (Does anyone else listen to Diana Ross and the Supremes’ “The Happening?" No?).
Seniors Amen Mengistu and Kale Kanaeholo searched Franz Hall for an open classroom one February weekend while studying for midterms, but they were surprised to find none open.
Senior mechanical engineering major Ben Kallen and his brother used to drive around with planks of plywood in the back of their truck. The lumber wasn’t to make a bonfire, rather a makeshift skate ramp. Now, Kallen is developing a portable skate ramp, but this time it’s not made out of old plywood. And soon he may have the opportunity to create and distribute his invention thanks to the University of Portland’s Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) program. This program allows students to design a venture, which could be a business, invention or non-profit idea.
When I was studying abroad in Spain last semester, my hometowns caught on fire. At the time, you probably read a headline or two regarding those fires in Northern California, but you haven’t heard much since. You might have already forgotten about them. But I have not.
There is an explicit privilege in the story I am about to share. There is a privilege in saying that you have graduated from the University of Portland, of being a Pilot. I had the privilege of graduating from UP, living on campus for all four years, being an RA for my last two and watching many friends, a handful of mentors, and few significant individuals walk into my life. I also had the privilege of knowing exactly what I wanted to do after I received my diploma.
Students spend a lot of time on campus, and eventually, they all have to use the bathroom. Many of us probably have a short list of favorite places to use the loo as well as bathroom locations we swear we’ll never visit again. The Beacon ranked all of the public campus bathrooms from worst to best. Take a look at our interactive map to see which facilities we love and which ones we try to avoid.