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On Wednesday, University of Portland community members could be spotted around campus with black ashes smudged into the shape of a cross (more or less) on their foreheads. Members received these ashes at an Ash Wednesday Mass, a day to kick off the Lenten season where the application of the ashes represents the Catholic belief that people are made from dust and will return to dust.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, the University of Portland’s Entrepreneur Scholars program will be changing its international business trip for this spring. Originally, students in the program were going to go to South Korea and Japan, but due to the growing risk COVID-19 poses in those countries, UP has decided to send the E-Scholars to Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand instead.
For Black History Month this year, The Beacon set out to cover and celebrate it in a way mindful of recent conversations about how to completely and truthfully teach, write about and celebrate the month. Teaching Tolerance, a site that provides resources for educators to talk about identity, diversity and social justice, proposes teaching the history of liberation movements, honoring black civic engagement, recognizing black intersectional identities, and celebrating black literature as some ways to honor this month. With the last point in mind, The Beacon talked to students about their favorite literature, movies, music, art and more to celebrate the month.
From the rise of online media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and the plethora of others, the technologically-driven 21st century has become inundated with keeping everyone connected. For what seems like my entire lifetime, social media has engulfed everyone, including myself. The rise of inventions such as the smartphone displays social media in the everyday lives of almost everyone who has access to it. Some might view this through a positive lens, saying the world is more connected now than ever, but at what cost? I say to stop using social media or at least take a break/limit time on these platforms and see what happens.
Let's take a trip across the pond to blustery, gray Britain. Quaint streets, red telephone booths and the occasional Union Jack flying in the wind — a perfect backdrop for, dare I say, one of the most revolutionary rebellions in history — "Megxit."
I sat at my desk with my number two pencils and listened to my teacher give the class instructions. “Write down your name and birthday,” she said. This was the routine for standardized testing. By middle school, I was pretty used to the format of the test.
University President Fr. Mark Poorman has appointed Gabi DiPaulo as the editor-in-chief of The Beacon for the 2020-21 school year.
Dean of the Pamplin School of Business Robin Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year, according to a campus-wide email from University President Fr. Mark Poorman.
When the Australian Bushfires come to mind, it conjures the gut-wrenching images of good samaritans helping koalas or of firefighters surrounded by trees engulfed in flames. According to the BBC, more than 2,500 homes and 11 million hectares (27.2 million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been burned in Australia since September 2019, affecting states New South Wales and Victoria dramatically. Millions of animals have died in the fires or from fire-related injuries. Even after the bushfires ravaged through Australia, the effects of the fires are still apparent.
On Sunday afternoon, smiles, laughter and momentary sunshine surrounded those who gathered to honor and celebrate the life of University of Portland student Owen Klinger, who died in late October of 2019.
The University of Portland track teams concluded the Portland Indoor series on Sunday, hosting a small collection of teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest while they prepared for championships next weekend.
Studies Abroad has canceled its program to Ireland this summer because it did not meet the minimum enrollment. This is the second program slated to run for this summer that has been canceled after the Morocco program was canceled last month.
University of Portland’s office of admissions has been receiving a high amount of inquiries from Concordia University students, who recently found out their school is shutting down at the end of the semester. There may be opportunities at UP for them, unless they want to transfer to the nursing school.
In their final home game of the season, the Pilots lost in a nail biter to the LMU Lions 66-58, extending their losing streak to 12 games and sliding to 9-20 on the season and 1-13 against the WCC.
In the last installment of a four-part series, The Beacon spoke to professors about the books that impacted them most. Last time, The Beacon spoke to professors Patrick Hannon and Cara Poor about ultra running and civil rights.
Living within the University Park bubble, it can be hard to leave campus and explore the city. While the University of Portland campus has become a second home for many, a vibrant music scene erupts in the night beyond The Bluff. Portland is one of the greatest cities to experience arts and culture, if you know the right places to explore.
You’re the worst type of customer. You just don’t know it yet.
I was 9 years old when the Great Recession hit. It swept away homes, jobs and livelihoods in such a short time. My dad was laid off, and our family was trapped in one of the “subprime” mortgages that helped to fuel the recession. We were forced to move out of our home, away from our family and friends and away from the memories.
The Jewish Student Union partnered with Diversity Dialogues earlier this semester to bring the event “Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education Trip” to provide an educational experience and time for reflection for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This event promoted the Jewish Student Union’s goals to spread education and knowledge of Jewish faith and culture. Thus, the Jewish Student Union chose to go to the Jewish Oregon Museum because it provided an opportunity for people to learn about and remember the Holocaust.
The first week of a new semester welcomes a new season, new classmates, and new rounds of icebreakers. A class of environmental studies students took their seats this spring hoping to see friendly faces, as the dreaded getting-to-know-you games began.