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While in college, University of Portland alum Jami Resch had every intention of taking the MCAT and going to medical school after graduation. By the time graduation came, the situation changed. Resch was married and had a child, and realized that medical school was not a commitment she wanted to make at that point in her life.
When many people think of the word “inclusive,” they think of it in terms of race, gender, wealth and sexuality. Some people do not think of physical disabilities — Susan Sygall is trying to change that.
To wrap up the two week long 2020 Diversity Dialogues, the University of Portland brought in actor, writer and comedian D’Lo — a queer, transgender, Sri Lankan-American speaker who has been seen on HBO, Netflix and CW — to give a keynote presentation. Friday night, the Mago Hunt Auditorium filled with students and community members who came to hear D’Lo’s talk.
This Saturday in the battle for 3rd place standing in the West Coast Conference, the San Diego Toreros came out on top over the Porltand Pilots, winning 62-58.
Lunar New Year — as known as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year — began throughout many Asian cultures last Saturday, Jan. 25, marking the beginning of 15 days worth of celebrations, and ending on Feb. 8. With celebrations in Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Laos and many others, the Lunar New Year is the largest public holiday in Asia. It’s also celebrated by many Asian American families all across the world, including in Portland.
Physical copies of The New York Times are now being offered in a rack outside of the library after the service was on hold for most of last semester.
With her two goals on Wednesday at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match for Team Canada against Saint Kitts and Nevis, Portland Pilot alum Christine Sinclair became the all-time international goals leader in the history of soccer both men and women at 185 goals.
The Portland Pilots women’s basketball squad hosted the Brigham Young University Cougars Thursday night in a key WCC matchup. BYU, sitting at second in the conference, outlasted the Pilots 66-54 to even the season series between the two teams at 1-1 and put some distance between themselves and the third place Pilots.
Terry Porter was on a plane when it happened. The Portland Pilots’ head men’s basketball coach was heading back to Portland after the team had lost to Pepperdine 80-69 just the night before. He opened his phone to a bevy of texts asking what had happened and if it was true. He didn’t know what they were talking about.
Get ready to get groovy and boogie on the dance floor at this year’s Dance of the Decades on Friday, Feb. 7. This year’s theme is all about disco, so dust off that pair of go-go boots or those bell-bottom pants you might have seen in the thrift store. While disco attire is encouraged, students are welcome to dress up in any decade they prefer. After all, everyone loves a good poodle skirt.
As University of Portland students dive into the new semester, it’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of pages of academic readings per week. In your rare free time, however, you might do some reading for fun or curiosity. Reading has the power to influence people’s lives in many different ways, from a calm pastime to helping decide a major or changing one’s entire view of human nature.
Chances are, you learned the golden rule in kindergarten, which says that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. But you might not have heard about the platinum rule, which says that you should treat others the way they want to be treated. This is the basic idea behind the practice of sharing pronouns and allowing others to share how they would like to be identified, according to Alexandra Hill, co-director of the gender and women’s studies program.
As part of Diversity Dialogues, the University of Portland Hawaiʻi club hosted an event on Saturday, titled “E Mālama Kākou i ka Honua a Mālama ka Honua iā Kākou (Care for the Earth and the Earth Will Care for You),” that aimed to teach students about indigenous water sustainability practices. The event was largely interactive and had six different stations that students could visit as the club members explained various concerns about sustainability.
On Sunday afternoon, the University of Portland hosted its first full indoor track meet since the mid-1990s, according to men’s track and field head coach Rob Conner. The Portland Pilots posted personal bests and came away victorious in several races.
If you have been in Mack’s Market in the past week, you have probably seen the sign on the checkout table informing shoppers that recycled paper bags will now cost $0.05.
Bánh Mì, Vietnamese for bread, has changed from its original form into a sandwich with veggies, sauce and meat. Some American restaurants have gotten rid of the bread, marketing “bánh mì bowls.” This, according to the president of UP’s Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), NganTranh Nguyen, is an example of cultural appropriation.
Portland is up by one, the shot clock is off with two seconds left in the game and Pepperdine is at the free throw line shooting two. As Pepperdine’s Hannah Friend approaches the line, the Chiles Center fills with the cheers, boos, feet stomping and yells of the crowd. As Pepperdine misses the first shot, the dome erupts ten times louder than before. Head coach Michael Meek jumping up and down with his arms wide, commanding the crowd louder. Pepperdine misses the second shot and fouls junior Lauren Walker. With less than two seconds left in the game now, Walker gets the winning shot and the buzzer goes off.
In an aggressive and physical game, the University of Portland women’s basketball team beat the Loyola Marymount University Lions 74-49, extending their winning streak to four. The Pilots are currently third in the West Coast Conference with an overall record of 12-7, their best start since the 2009-10 season.
Students were greeted after the winter break with rain, reunions with friends, and a campus-wide email from Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen outlining new building security policies. The new conditions made ID card access required after 5 p.m. in most buildings on campus.
On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, we began a new UP tradition of observing the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Although classes were canceled on that day, it was not a day off; instead, members of the campus community engaged fully in the theme, “MLK Day On: Engage, Reflect, Serve.” The day concluded with a keynote lecture by Walidah Imarisha and a musical performance by UP alumna Julianne Johnson-Weiss, current student Sharif Morton, the UP band and choir. For those seeking a structured model of reflection, our website includes guiding questions and an invitation to light a candle in the Grotto and offer a prayer of hope as we continue the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. to create a Beloved Community of justice, love and peace.