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The Project Brief by Salvador Orara, Innovation Professor of Practice and Director of Innovation
Between Feb. 1-7, the University of Portland reported 0 positive test results out of 800 administered COVID-19 tests. The health precautions on campus appear to be working — a promising indicator for UP’s plan to hold primarily in-person instruction in the 2020 Fall semester.
More than 800 students are now into their third week of living on campus during a pandemic. It’s anything but a normal semester. In fact, because of COVID-19, it can be downright confusing what’s open and what’s not. Here is what is available — and what isn’t.
On a Friday night roughly 15 years ago, Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe scored two goals in the Women’s NCAA Soccer Tournament quarterfinal and predicted her future. In her own words, “When we won 3-1 that night at Merlo Field, we were so over the moon you would think we had won the World Cup.”
On February 2, Fr. Mark Poorman released an email to all University of Portland community members titled “Important Information Regarding Fall 2021, Summer Session, Tuition and Academic Fees, and the University’s Commencement Exercises,” in which he announced that tuition and academic fees will remain unchanged for the 2021-22 academic year. This decision provides some long-awaited financial relief to many UP students and families, however, it has so far been unaddressed that this decision neglects 25% of the current student population: graduating seniors.
Keawe and William break down UP and Terry Porter parting ways and preview the super bowl.
Think of your best friend. Most loyal, lovable, and trustworthy friend. The one who never fails to put a smile on your face. Am I the only one that thought of a four-legged friend? Throughout my life, my family has always had adopted rescue dogs that we have held close to our hearts. Two of those dogs we got from nonprofits who take dogs from shelters that would have killed them. One came from a puppy mill that was shut down by the State of Washington. Another was a stray who was malnourished, scared, and probably would have been killed had we not had the opportunity to adopt her.
The University of Portland and Head Men’s Basketball coach Terry Porter have parted ways, Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam confirmed in a text to The Beacon. Assistant coach Ben Johnson will take over as interim head coach.
Welcome back to the Bluff! With students fully moved back into the dorms, classes resuming and the start of the 2021 spring season, here is what you missed over the break from Pilots athletics.
Diversity Dialogues 2021 drew to a close with its final event last Friday night, which featured keynote speaker Dr. Adrienne Keene of the Cherokee Nation. Keene is currently a Native scholar, writer and activist working to increase representation of the Native community. Keene also runs a blog called Native Appropriations and works with a non-profit group called College Horizons, which assists native students in the process of applying for colleges and securing financial aid.
On Feb. 2, University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced via email that UP is planning to hold the majority of classes in-person for Fall Semester 2021 and that residence halls will be near normal occupancy.
Three vehicles were vandalized on campus last week, two on Jan. 25 and one on Jan. 26. Two of the three cars were parked on the main drive through campus, and one was in the Shipstad parking lot, according to Campus Safety Director Sara Westbrook.
Social distancing guidelines have become a familiar part of life during this pandemic, and though they can be inconvenient sometimes, they are necessary to keep people safe. But with 800 students living on campus this semester, the Commons has proven to be a challenging place to implement those regulations.
Many University of Portland Nursing students who are eligible to be vaccinated in Oregon are struggling to receive their inoculations, despite many starting in-person clinical placements this week. Oregon is set to administer 15,000 doses of the vaccine this week, with the majority earmarked for educators, leaving only a few thousand for healthcare workers, including nursing students. Now, the outlook seems bleak on if and when students will receive their shot.
When Miguel Navarro woke up on the morning of his last day of in-person high school, something felt off.
As we continue to navigate this historic time, the stories we hear and tell play a huge role in documenting our journey. To recognize that, UP will be hosting two virtual events for Ethics Week 2021 focused on listening and storytelling. The first webinar is being held on Monday, Feb. 1, and will be focused on ethics and listening. The second event on Feb. 3 will highlight ethical storytelling.
It’s the start of another year, another semester. And in the wake of all that was 2020, I’m sure you have lots of thoughts and things to say and we would like to hear from you. Not just that, but we need to hear from you.
If you had a chance to read last year’s article on Diversity Dialogues then you have a glimpse into the roles that Diversity Collaborators play in shaping Diversity Dialogues when it happens in-person. Last year’s article touched on the importance of investment of resources to help pay for the speakers, authentic food, giveaways, and so much more. As UP has shifted to an online environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student clubs have made the most of online technology to continue to build community. Diversity and Inclusion Programs (DIP) was no different in this approach.
It was December of 1955 when UP junior Arlene Goetze was alarmed to find her doppelganger hanging irreverently on UP’s hallowed grounds. The effigy, a puppet constructed by the ROTC to look distinctively similar to Goetze, was hung in protest of a cartoon she had published in The Beacon just a short while before. The first female Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon, Goetze was used to notoriety — but never like this.