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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.
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.
University of Portland President Fr. Mark Poorman wrote a good second apology. I sat on the opposite side of the room as he read it aloud at the April 17 Academic Senate meeting in Franz Hall.
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. And really, I’m not just responding to her. I’m responding to a widespread cultural myth. And since recent events have provoked some important discussions about campus culture, I’d like to add to that discussion.
What happened at the Wallys was a complete shock for most of our campus community. Many people are angry, and rightfully so! I have great hope for the dialogues happening on campus in the wake of this incident. It is an important part of the healing process and a fundamental step in moving forward to better things. In these discussions, we find us asking ourselves: “Did this really happen? Why would anyone say something like this? How do we prevent this from happening again?” While these questions are important, I believe that the most important question that we can ask ourselves is this: “What is the root of this whole problem?”
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! Why didn’t the administrators stop him, didn’t he have his speech read in advance ? Taking him off the tennis team isn’t enough! He shouldn’t walk with his class or graduate! He hasn’t learned respect and common decency! If he thinks this is “funny” he hasn’t benefited from the hours of teaching invested in him, this is a serious character flaw!
My daughter is currently an accepted student for the fall semester, but I have encouraged her to take this incident into serious consideration.
"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.
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.
8. Pioneer Courthouse Square (Portland’s Living Room)
During his sophomore year, junior civil engineering major Mustaf Mohamed was unsure if he could be successful at the University of Portland. He didn’t know if it would be a place that had the resources for him thrive as a first-generation student. But in his freshman year, he began to connect with other first-generation students and become more aware of resources available to him that could make his UP experience a successful one.
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.
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.
Something about the lyrics “When I left I thought I would be stronger but in fact, it took away my energy” and “Don’t wanna find myself back in that place” might remind you of how you feel when you leave the library.
On April 15th, the fifth annual Wally Awards made waves not just on campus, but throughout the nation.
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.
For some, a shaved head is simply a style choice, but for Ruthie Olson, the action of shaving her head means much more.
Title IX Coordinator and Associate Provost Lauretta Frederking will leave the University of Portland in May, as she has accepted a vice president and academic dean position at Brescia University in London, Ontario, Canada, according to a community wide email sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. John Donato.