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For all high-level athletes, preparation is key to being successful on game day. For some, it is a specific meal, a certain motivational song or not washing your lucky socks. For University of Portland men’s soccer player Luke Hendel, this preparation comes in the form of a one-hour nap every match day.
On Monday night, the UP Student Nurses Association welcomed Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia to campus to give a talk about cultural humility in health care. Murray-Garcia is part of the broader School of Nursing’s 85th Anniversary Speaker Series.
On Tuesday evening, students, faculty and other University of Portland community members gathered on the steps of Franz Hall for a vigil in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Five years ago, José Velazco found himself struggling to film his father’s funeral for his documentary. Having to separate the roles of a grieving son and director was the hardest challenge for Velazco. The film highlighting his Ecuadorian traditions and culture will screen at the University of Portland as part of International Education Week.
Many college students can attest to the fact that there is always so much homework to do. Even though some majors and minors require more attention than others, the pressure to succeed in college weighs on every student’s shoulders. At the University of Portland, academic success is not only expected but required. There are 40 undergraduate programs, 18 graduate programs and more than 1,300 courses at the University of Portland. UP has been named one of only 14 schools nationwide to be a top producer of both student and faculty Fulbright awards.
That’s it. I’ve had enough. I’ll say it: I’m tired of people being on their phones all the time. Not to sound like all of my older relatives, but there are few things more irritating to me than when I am trying to tell a friend something I find important, and they’re only half-listening to me while scrolling through their Instagram feed, with the occasional lookup, usually accompanied with an “uh-huh.”
Walking to and from class on a rainy day, I suspect most of you are oblivious to the hundreds of little lives beneath your feet. Maybe some of you take note of the hordes of these slippery creatures, while others may only notice them once they see the disturbing sight of a gutted worm lying helplessly on the sidewalk. Despite your level of worm awareness, I guarantee all of us have inadvertently been the agents of hundreds of worm deaths.
Studying abroad is often advertised as a life-changing experience that you will regret not doing during college. However, for many University of Portland students, the study abroad experience is usually a mix of highs and lows.
It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday when almost 50 women walk through the doors of the Hall of Fame Room at the Chiles Center. Some are smiling but others are trying to warm up on what is surely another rainy fall day in Portland, Oregon. Every one of them comes from a different place around the world, from Australia to Brazil to South Africa. But despite the differences, there’s one face universally recognized around the room sprawled out on a poster: Megan Rapinoe.
It was an emotional night at Merlo Field as 11 University of Portland women’s soccer seniors suited up to play their final game.
In 1989 during her freshman year at the University of Portland, Casey Shillam was doing well in school, but she was struggling in one computer science course. Soon after Christmas, she received a letter telling her that she had earned a “D” in the class, losing her full-ride ROTC scholarship.
Coming into college, I had no idea what to expect to be honest. For a Hawaii kid that came out to the mainland with no background knowledge coming in, it was rough to begin with. I would progress through school like I always did, calm, cool and collected. I made lots of friends, got good grades and even picked up a side hobby of gym basketball with the people on my floor. In my opinion, college was what you made of it, and I decided to do what I pleased without hearing out anyone's opinion on how I should be living my college life — or so I thought.
When Mary Cain arrived at the University of Portland as an honors freshman in August 2014, she wanted to be a typical college student. Except she wasn’t.
The Beacon set out to travel back in time and take a look at the ghosts of jerseys past. In the history of the University of Portland, four sports have stood out against time: basketball, soccer, volleyball and, UP’s first sport, baseball. By categorizing the jerseys by decade and by sport (men’s and women’s teams as available), there are discernible phases of Pilot athletic fashion. One thing remains true of history and Portland Pilot jerseys: The 1990s were wild.
The NBA has finally returned. That adds a lot to my entertainment options and most likely subtracts from my other responsibilities. For the next 10 months, I’ll get to watch my favorite sports league continue to bring high-value entertainment — from unbelievable athletic feats to unnecessarily dramatic stories. (A player threw soup at an assistant coach one year! A GM quit via an impromptu press conference because he wanted to tweet more! A team botched a trade by almost accidentally getting the wrong player with the same name as the guy they actually wanted!) It’s going to consume my time for the foreseeable future and I love it.
Reading has always been difficult for me. I was always slower than my peers and could never quite comprehend the same information they did. When I entered high school, I took a couple of tests and was diagnosed with dyslexia.
The beginning of my first year at UP was a cultural shock. The environment was completely different from home, and I was unsure of how to fit in, so I solely focused on my academics instead. Being a first-generation (FGEN) student, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. My entire life up to this point was to make it to college, something that no one in my family ever had the opportunity to achieve, so I was unsure about seeking new opportunities and I did not know who to ask for advice. I could not go to my parents and I did not know who was available on campus. Little did I know, this is one of the first difficulties that most FGEN students encounter.
When I first joined the FGEN community at UP, I asked myself a lot of time, "Why did I join this community? What did it mean to me?"
I am the daughter of immigrants who came to the United States in search of the American Dream. My parents highly value education, and going to college was not a choice but more of an expectation, since they did not have the same opportunity. It was a lot of pressure being the first in my family to go to college, but emotionally, I knew my parents would be very supportive and understanding. Since I was little, my mom urged me to seek help and to always ask questions, and I knew that college would be no different.
For as long as I could remember, college was always the end goal for me. Neither of my parents attended college, so it was their main goal to facilitate both my sister and me in making education a priority.