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For the first time at the University of Portland, classes will be canceled on Jan. 20 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Moreau Center and the Office of Student Activities have organized a “Day On,” instead of an extra day off. They have planned service opportunities in the morning and a keynote speaker in the afternoon to carry on Martin Luther King’s legacy and vision of a just world. UP students, staff members and professors now have the opportunity to fully celebrate the day.
Former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell appeared in court today for his arraignment on a charge stemming from the Dec. 13 baseball bat assault on Associate Vice President for Student Development Matt Rygg. Through his attorney Stephen Houze, Ell plead not guilty to the assault charge he faces and agreed to have no contact with current University of Portland students.
Police documents allege that former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell used a baseball bat “with great purpose and anger” to assault Associate Vice President for Student Development Matthew Rygg Friday night.
Portland Police arrested former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell Friday night for assaulting Associate Vice President for Student Development Matthew Rygg, according to Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen. In a campus-wide email, Lewellen said the assault occurred off campus, and that Ell was now banned from University property and events.
A power outage from Portland General Electric (PGE) left parts of the University of Portland campus in the dark Thursday morning. According to Vice President for University Operations Jim Ravelli, a blown fuse on a power pole caused the outage.
UPDATED Monday 12/2/2019 at 9:57 a.m.
A group of sophomores trying to start a men's fraternity off campus have canceled their plans after learning the university would sanction them through the student conduct process if they proceeded.
The 2020 ASUP Spring Budget is now complete. ASUP’s Financial Management Board (consisting of diverse perspectives on campus with expertise in finance, accounting, economics and past budget development experience) as well as I, the director of finance, were tasked with creating a fair and equitable budget, aimed at emphasizing student-run organizations, while supplementing individual student experiences here at UP.
In today’s world, it can seem like the negative far outweighs the positive. It seems like people are more divided than ever, especially in a time when two main political parties seem angrily divided, views can turn people against each other. It seems today people who have differing views about major issues turn to arguing instead of explaining. This heightened sense of awareness has lead people to draw certain lines in the sand deeming certain topics unacceptable, which in turn leads to arguments about what is and what is not okay to say or do.
A few weeks ago, The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper at Northwestern University, one of the premier journalism schools in the country, apologized for its coverage of the public protest of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech on its campus. Specifically, in response to complaints from some student activists, the paper's editors apologized for publishing photos of the student protesters, and for using Northwestern's student directory to text protesters later to ask if they would be willing to be interviewed. The editors also removed the photos and name of one protester quoted in the coverage.
Not everyone in the U.S. celebrates the holidays with the stereotypical turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. For example, one year, my Romanian family had to bring the mashed potatoes to an American Thanksgiving, but we didn’t know what gravy was and that it accompanied mashed potatoes in the U.S. Imagine our confusion and embarrassment when the guests started asking us where the gravy was.
Despite it being a rainy, cold and muddy Saturday in Terra Haute, Indiana, the men’s cross country team finished 10th nationally while redshirt sophomore Anna Pataki finished 57th as the lone individual qualifier for the women’s team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
There is a moment that many soccer players grow up dreaming about. It’s the moment when a player feels the ultimate pride for their culture: playing for their national team. At any age, it feels like an honor. For greats like Cristiano Ronaldo, this call came at age 15, and for Jozy Altidore, it came age 17. But for the University of Portland freshman Jacobo Reyes, it came at only 13 years old and then again at 15 years old.
Andrews has been a big part of the early success of the team, playing alongside a familiar face in freshman forward Alex Fowler who hails from the same hometown in Australia.
Christmastime is arguably the best season of the year. Not only does the holiday bring a full month off from school, but it also brings excuses to consume an absurd number of candy canes, jam out to Christmas music in the car and avoid all responsibilities in favor of Christmas movie marathons in your pajamas.
With just a few days and some final exams standing between us and Christmas Break, there’s no time like the present to get festive and officially ring in the holiday season. Just like our fellow Pilots, The Beacon staff is excited to get through finals week and head home for a well-deserved month away from Portland to take a break from school.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are likely dreaming of a four-day weekend surrounded by family and friends, and stuffing our faces with our favorite Thanksgiving foods. Whether you’re making the trek to your hometown to spend time with family or sticking around The Bluff for a classic Friendsgiving celebration, Thanksgiving ought to be a time to show appreciation for others … while also consuming excessive amounts of turkey and mashed potatoes that will keep you full for the entire weekend.
Why is mental health so important? We all have it. Just like our physical well-being, our mental health might face some really rough times, too. That is why our Active Minds club motto is: “We all struggle. Let’s struggle together.”
The University of Portland has made progress in moving towards a more sustainable way of living on The Bluff. However, the concerted efforts of students, staff and faculty are not enough to make sustainability visible on campus. As the student representative on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability, I'm writing this opinion piece to put sustainability on UP’s radar and commemorate the hard work of those committed to integrating sustainability into campus culture.
We all probably have had our moment of having our own little masterpiece on display in a gallery of sorts, whether that be the refrigerator door or framed on our living room wall.