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I’ve known for almost eight months that I would be graduating from the University of Portland in December instead of May, but it never really sank in that I wouldn’t have my college bubble of protection until just after fall break this semester. I was walking through the front door of Franz Hall, and suddenly nostalgia hit me.
Earlier this month, the Quiet Side of the Baccio Commons transformed into a gamer’s haven. Lights slightly dimmed, tables topped with dozens of monitors, each surrounded by a small group of people, with the sound of controller clacks filling the air.
This year’s NCAA Cross Country West Regional in Colfax, Washington, ended with a somewhat familiar feeling for both University of Portland teams. The men’s team took home the team title on Friday while the women’s team took home sixth, just missing out on qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a team.
My new favorite show is called “The Righteous Gemstones.” The main family, the Gemstones, are televangelists and own a multi-million dollar church corporation. The dad, Eli Gemstone, and his son, Jesse Gemstone, are the main pastors for the church. The show portrays the behind-the-scenes and inner-workings of the family. They all live in mansions and drive the most expensive cars. In the first episode, Jesse Gemstone is caught on video with prostitutes while doing cocaine with some of his friends. There is another scene that shows the massive amount of money coming in from donations after a Sunday service; the whole basement of their church is dedicated to the money.
The student activities fee should be raised. The students of the University of Portland currently have the chance to do this right now by voting on Engage to raise the student activities fee from the current $95 to a more robust $130. If approved, the proposal would be put before the Board of Regents, who have the final say on what fees the university is allowed to collect.
Two new majors — gender and women’s studies, and ethnic studies — could join the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in the next few years. If the proposals are developed and approved, these additions would diversify the CAS curriculum options.
Two days after over 30 demonstrators were arrested, freshman Leila Kepaa-Cannella boarded a plane on July 19 from Oahu to the Big Island to protest the thirty-meter-telescope (TMT) being built on the dormant volcano called Mauna Kea.
The University of Portland women’s volleyball head coach Jeff Baxter will not return to the program, according to UP Vice President of Athletics Scott Leykam. Baxter will be replaced by interim coaches Megan Burton and Dylan Hamilton for the remainder of the 2019 season.
“Riding isn’t a sport, the horse does all the work!” This is a commonly loathed statement among all equestrians. Typically, those who challenge horseback riding as a sport are those whose only exposure of “riding” is from touristy trail rides. They’re on a well-broke horse taking a one hour guided ride in a single file line where they walk around in a western saddle. Most people have no clue how much effort goes into riding competitively.
Our chaotic and tumultuous political climate can be exhausting. Every day, there is a new bombshell news story that would have shaken a pre-2010 world to its core. Between school shootings, historical elections and political leaders acting like children, we have seen our fair share of crazy. Despite the insanity dominating our zeitgeist, we must stay passionate and involved in our country’s political decisions. For this reason, we need College Democrats and Republicans on campus.
This Tuesday and Wednesday all UP students will have a chance to vote on whether to raise the Student Activities Fee from $95 per semester to $130 per semester — about a 37% increase.
Sitting on the southern edge of campus, the KD University of Portland (KDUP) Shack is a busy place, hosting 62 radio shows this fall semester. Every week, over 101 DJs enter the small and cozy building to play music ranging from country to reggae to EDM. There is a show for anyone at UP looking for new music, and any student can apply to be a DJ.
The University of Portland women’s basketball team topped the Fresno State Bulldogs 75-64 on Sunday afternoon. Their win against the Mountain West team gave UP its first 4-0 start since the 2010-11 season.
Portland welcomed cross-country opponent University of Maine Black Bears to Chiles Center for the Pilots’ second home contest of the regular season. Portland held control most of the game and pulled away in the end for a 71-62 victory.
This Saturday, the Chiles Center honored two University of San Francisco seniors with bouquets and donned with green leis before celebrating their own three graduating players. Defensive specialist Emma Scanlan and middle blockers Shayla Hoeft and Katie Barker each established themselves on the court in a four-set loss for their last home match, falling to the Dons 3-1.
In high school, I played for my school’s volleyball team. One tournament, we played our rivals in the finals, and the excitement of a preseason win against this team was tangible. We were rowdy and loud, cheering for every point, and when opponents would serve, we would scream “ball’s up” and yell at them to make mistakes. Sometimes they would miss their serve, sometimes they would make it.
The 2018 Annual Crime and Fire Report, released Oct. 16, shows an increase in reported sexual assault and a steady increase in drug law violations over the past few years. This report is released every year in accordance with the Clery Act, a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to compile crime information about their campuses and release it to the public. The act also requires a Daily Crime and Fire Log.
As finals week approaches, students may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Piles of homework, essays and projects have started to build and exams loom over students’ heads. For some students, they might not know where or how to start studying.
Last semester, during her Latin American Short Story class at the University of Portland, Angela Gonzalez was persuading one of her classmates to attend prom.
In the weeks leading up to opening night, the costume shop in Mago Hunt is alive with humming sewing machines and chattering costume technicians. The space overflows with half-assembled costumes, endless yards of fabric and mood boards for inspiration. Most recently, those mood boards have been driven by the University of Portland theater department’s production of Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad,” a spin on the often-neglected story of Odysseus’ wife Penelope from “The Odyssey.”