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A month ago when we heard the word “zoom” we thought of camera lenses and fast cars. Now those associations with the word have become irrelevant as COVID-19 forces us all online. This has resulted in many people turning to tech giants such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to give us the social interaction we desire.
Let’s not lie to ourselves, quarantine sucks. Having to stay at home and not seeing those same friends we saw every day at school is lonely. At first, I spent a lot of my time feeling bad for myself. But at some point, I started seeing some positives in the situation. Here are some of the positives I’ve found in this difficult transition, and hopefully you’ll start noticing these unexpected but beautiful moments as well.
During the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing and staying at home are important. In Oregon and Washington, COVID-19 numbers indicate that our actions are helping to lessen the COVID-19 curve and save lives.
In the midst of this global pandemic, with history taking place all around us, it can feel very overwhelming. I get it. I’m with you. This has been hard to navigate. In one way or another, we are all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freshman nursing major Harris Harris woke up last Friday at their house in Folsom, California, ready to take on another day of online classes. They were looking at their phone when they saw the notification that would cancel any other plans for the day. They grabbed their packed bag and left the house, and before long they arrived at their destination for the day: a drive-through coronavirus testing facility.
Back in March, when Fr. Poorman announced that the university would be following suit alongside many other colleges and transition to online learning, I waited. I waited for the administration to extend an olive branch to students, staff and the broader UP community, and I waited for the administration to promise us that they’d taken time to look at what other universities were doing, making decisions that would be in the best interest of everyone.
After each commencement ceremony, University of Portland graduates are invited to pick up their diplomas at the Office of the Registrar. If you graduated last year, I probably gave you your diploma. As I sat there in that office, I heard proud parents and grandparents chatter about the ceremonies, bragging about their graduates to whoever would listen. I watched graduates unveil their diplomas for the first time as their little brothers and sisters tugged on their graduation gowns. And as I watched, I thought to myself, “In one year that is going to be me.”
More than a month ago on Ash Wednesday, members of the University of Portland trailing out from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher were asked why they celebrated Lent. Some students were renewing their Catholic faith; others were just beginning their journey.
On Wednesday, April 1, The Beacon shared a Google form inviting University of Portland students to share their thoughts anonymously on the transition to online classes, with the knowledge that some of their responses may also be published anonymously so that the UP community could have a better understanding of how online classes are progressing.
The University of Portland is implementing “belt-tightening strategies” to limit discretionary spending in response to potential financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
University of Portland Provost Tom Greene announced in an email to students Friday afternoon that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the university would expand the pass/no pass option to classes that are not major requirements or pre-requisites for other classes. The change means that electives, all university core classes, and certain classes required by different schools may be taken pass/no pass. Typically, only electives may be taken pass/no pass.
This reflection is an account of photographer Molly Lowney’s experience at the Environmental Justice Immersion during spring break (March 1 to March 6) of 2020.
“Don’t let this last year pass you by.” “Live in the moment.” “Be with your friends while you still live right next to each other.” This is the advice given to most students going into their final year of college. However, the class of 2020 had no chance to do those things once we returned to school from spring break. Before we knew it, classes and campus events were canceled, the whole city shut down, we were all told to stay at home indefinitely, and the last quarter of our senior year was suddenly finished.
As the coronavirus situation grows more severe, my sister and I send multiple text messages to our 75-year-old father. The text messages implore him to stay at home and let us shop for him. Texting is easier than phone calls. Our father is hard of hearing.
Juanita Adams, grandmother of Portland Pilots freshman guard Chase Adams, died Friday morning in Chicago due to complications from the coronavirus. She was 82.
On Friday night, junior Sage Taylor and sophomore Kila Ung were elected Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP) president and vice president, respectively, for the 2020-21 school year.
Last week, an RV appeared on my street. Why? Because my neighbor is a surgeon and wants to avoid spreading COVID-19 to his family.
The impact of the coronavirus in the Portland community is becoming increasingly damaging to local businesses. On March 23, Governor Kate Brown ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and gatherings, mandating that places such as barbershops, movie theatres, tattoo parlors, and gyms and fitness studios must close their doors.
In the last ten years, the number of craft breweries has grown exponentially. Through innovative beers, crazy can designs, and eccentric brand personalities, breweries have helped create communities that their consumers can relate to. But along the way, those brewers needed guidance. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, those same brewers might be struggling to stay open or find distribution channels.