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Sophomore marketing major Isabel Cornejo woke up on March 12 to dozens of text messages from her study abroad program and multiple missed calls from her mother at her host family’s house in Granada, Spain.
University of Portland President Fr. Mark Poorman announced that the school is in the final stages of hiring a new provost. The provost search committee is inviting UP community members to participate in virtual forums with the three finalists for the position. The finalists are:
The University of Portland will receive $2,672,004 in federal aid via the CARES Act, with at least half of that required to go to emergency student cash grants for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
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If you’ve ever attended Día de los Muertos, Pilots Paint or a Diversity Dialogues event, then you’ve been to an event hosted by Diversity and Inclusion Programs (DIP). To clarify, DIP is not a club; DIP is a department under Student Activities that strives to educate and engage the UP community on issues, topics, and events related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can learn more about DIP here.
When Hugh Hogland first told his dad that he was going to quit the University of Portland men’s basketball team, he faced a lot of push back. His dad said to him, ‘Do you really want to do this? You’ll be on your own.’ Leaving the team in his third season as a senior was a difficult decision to make. But on Jan 4. after the first two 2019-20 conference games, Hogland had had enough and officially left.
Seven photojournalists are suddenly trapped in the confines of four walls, a floor and a roof. They take walks where they can, but for the most part, they have been challenged by an unchanging environment. Before they were able to visually document sporting events with hundreds of fans, vigils and celebrations filled with emotion, special ceremonies, and the beautiful individual lives and stories of the people that made up their community. Now, they’re faced with the challenge of how to do visual-story-telling remotely as we navigate a new normal.
Over family dinner, there’s really only one topic of conversation anymore. We debrief each other on the news we’ve heard throughout the day — new policies, the latest statistics, what is happening in the city. My social media apps are filled with stories and reminders to stay safe. I never thought I’d live during a time when one thing had so wholly pervaded not only my life, but also everyone’s lives, for an interminable amount of time. Scrolling through The New York Times Live Updates page was enough to make me want to crawl into bed and never come out again.
We all love to shop — I know I do. To name a few of my favorite stores to shop — Forever21, Zara, Nordstrom Rack and Old Navy! I shop at these fast-fashion retailers not only for their cute styles and affordable prices but because of my curvy body shape and short frame. I have relied on shopping in-store at these companies because I like trying on the garments, touching the different fabrics while browsing through the racks, and interacting with sales associates at check-out. I also like that I can think of an outfit idea and automatically know where to purchase the garment from and how much it would cost me. However, buying cheap does come at a high cost.
Class of 2020 —
To all students of the University of Portland,
Over the last few weeks, it’s amazing how quickly COVID-19 has absolutely overwhelmed every aspect of our social lives (or lack thereof, now). For the last week of school, every class started (at the very least) with a discussion about the most current updates, and it was the only subject my friends and I could talk about. Three weeks later — not that I am able to keep track of time anymore — the novelty (no pun intended) of the situation has worn off slightly. My friends and I are back to discussing other topics and I am again able to focus on totally unrelated classes like Criminal Constitutional Procedures.
After offering the job to three candidates, the University of Portland has failed to hire an ethnic studies faculty member, according to an email from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Herbert Medina.
The economic shockwave caused by the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the nation, and in the last four weeks, unemployment claims shot up to more than 17 million. Students who have lost their jobs to coronavirus complications are dealing with an uncertain future, and some have decided to join the millions of other Americans filing for unemployment.
In the past month, we’ve had to readjust our idea of “normal,” and we will almost certainly have a “new normal” when the COVID-19 pandemic ends. We cross to the other side of the street when we see another pedestrian on the sidewalk. Grocery shopping is now an art of trying to avoid people, touch as few things as possible and complete our trip as quickly as we can. And we struggle to believe that a mere month ago, we were getting ready for Rock the Bluff, printing our graduation announcements and posing under the cherry blossoms.
When classes moved online in March, many UP students did not expect that these changes would last months. Some projections show that COVID-19 related quarantines and lockdowns could last through the summer. These circumstances have already affected internships for students and left many feeling anxious and unsure of what their next step is.
On Monday, April 6, The Beacon published some of the results of an anonymous Google form asking students to share their thoughts on online classes. In that article, we also invited professors and administrators to share their thoughts on online classes in a similar Google form.
A month ago when we heard the word “zoom” we thought of camera lenses and fast cars. Now those associations with the word have become irrelevant as COVID-19 forces us all online. This has resulted in many people turning to tech giants such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to give us the social interaction we desire.
Let’s not lie to ourselves, quarantine sucks. Having to stay at home and not seeing those same friends we saw every day at school is lonely. At first, I spent a lot of my time feeling bad for myself. But at some point, I started seeing some positives in the situation. Here are some of the positives I’ve found in this difficult transition, and hopefully you’ll start noticing these unexpected but beautiful moments as well.