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As many people find themselves stuck inside their homes due to COVID-19, there’s plenty of time to read the news, whether good, bad or terrifying. Headlines scream to wash your hands and practice social distancing, but a global pandemic brings many more questions and concerns to mind. What is this disease? What is causing all of this? Are these safety measures necessary? How did this even happen?
On a typical Thursday or Saturday in the winter, Cheer Club gets ready to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Portland. The team arrives at the Chiles Center an hour before game-time and claims their seats in the bleachers. Everyone gets in formation and waits for the tip-off.
Amy Dundon-Berchtold, a key supporter and benefactor of the University of Portland died on March 16. At this time the cause of death has not been released.
In the midst of uncertainty and adjustment for students, The Beacon has compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for University of Portland students who are learning to navigate remote learning and adjusting to life away from campus.
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the many strong women who helped build the world as we know it today. Formerly known as Women’s History Week, it was upgraded in 1987 thanks to the lobbying efforts of feminists seeking equity in the school systems.
Last week had started with so many glorious, big moments. The University of Portland women’s basketball team beat the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs on a floater from sophomore guard Haylee Andrews on Monday. They won the West Coast Conference Championship on Tuesday in overtime against the San Diego Toreros to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997. They returned to campus by Wednesday a team that typified what ‘March Madness’ is all about.
In the midst of the novel coronavirus spreading across the country, many students might not be able to physically attend Mass or practice their faith in traditional manners for several reasons, such as mandated cancelations or health concerns in public spaces. Luckily for students, Campus Ministry at the University of Portland is determined to continue serving and supporting students, many of whom have left the city, state or even the country.
UP is moving its graduation ceremony online due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came on Friday afternoon from University President Fr. Mark Poorman in an email to all students, faculty, staff and parents. The ceremony was originally to take place in the Chiles Center on May 3.
We have all seen it before. You walk along your merry way and see countless people with their water bottles layered in copious numbers of stickers, making the actual color of the water bottle hardly visible. Behind the sound of the tip-tapping of fingers flying, typing notes and papers on keyboards, is the image of a completely sticker-covered laptop. With all the opportunities for self-expression stickers make available to us, even refrigerators can gain opinions and personalities.
The University of Portland Provost’s Office has granted tenure to seven professors. Receiving tenure means that a professor now has the freedom to pursue any academic research without fear of repercussions or of losing their jobs. These professors have earned a permanent position at UP through six years of hard work and dedication.
A “loved one” of a University of Portland employee who works in Waldschmidt may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to University President Fr. Mark Poorman. He made the announcement via an email sent to all faculty and staff shortly before 10 a.m. when he also called for the University to move to “essential personnel status” across all of campus which means most UP employees will work remotely.
To many Americans, Saint Patrick’s day is the only day of the year they can wear the one green shirt they own from the back of their closet. This year, it can also be an excuse to drink beer on a Tuesday. Though Saint Patrick’s day can seem like it just honors Ireland, it is actually also a way to recognize Irish immigration and, more specifically, Irish Americans.
As students rush to move out of their dorms and adjust to online learning, The Beacon has compiled a list of resources including storage space, grocery shopping and more for students adjusting to remote learning.
When Tori Dunlap was busy building her community while living in Shipstad, studying with her fellow E-Scholar peers, or in a theater production at the University of Portland, she had no idea what successes were to come. However, professors knew that Dunlap was not quite like your typical college student who sat in the back and took notes, she sat front and center.
Students living on campus have to leave their residence halls by Tuesday, March 17 unless they have a specific reason that receives approval, according to an email sent to all resident students from Director of Residence Life Andrew Weingarten. The email comes after University President Fr. Mark Poorman’s announcement that the school was suspending in-person classes.
The University of Portland Athletics announced Thursday evening that all athletics activities for the spring semester are canceled. The decision — which was made in consultation with local health authorities, the West Coast Conference and the NCAA — comes amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The OSAA 6A tournament has been canceled after previously being set to continue without spectators. This comes after Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on gatherings of 250 people or more on Wednesday morning.
The NCAA canceled the upcoming 2020 men’s and women’s basketball tournament as well as all remaining winter and spring championships Thursday afternoon over concerns of the spreading of the novel coronavirus. It will be the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1939 that it has been canceled.
The University of Portland has announced that all in-person classes will move online starting March 18. The Beacon will be posting updates surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak here.
After Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people Wednesday night due to growing concern about the new coronavirus, the OSAA announced that their basketball state championships — including the 6A tournament being held at the University of Portland — will continue without spectators.