Ajay Davis


Amanda Ryan (left) coats a crown with gold leaf as costume director Sue Bonde (right) observes her work.

The lights, the script and the wardrobe: Behind the scenes of 'The Penelopiad'

In the weeks leading up to opening night, the costume shop in Mago Hunt is alive with humming sewing machines, chattering costume technicians and mood boards for inspiration. Recently, those mood boards have been driven by the UP theater department production of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, a spin on the often-neglected story of Odysseus’ wife Penelope of Odyssey. Typically, the theatre department relies on costumes that are brought from home or dug out from storage. However, for The Penelopiad, a team of technicians has worked to create each costume from scratch. 

Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia speaks to the crowd during her lecture on cultural humility in healthcare.

School of Nursing kicks off 85th Anniversary Speaker Series

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.

Rene Bouchard, played by sophomore Aidan Brown (left), offers Hallie Miller, played by senior Riley Olson, a cigarette.

'Inventing Van Gogh' to take center stage

This week, the theatre department’s first mainstage show of the season, “Inventing Van Gogh” by Steven Dietz, will journey into the tormented mind of an artistic genius. The production is a haunting drama centered around the relationships between art, love and obsession. With a five-person cast, the play will be thematically and dialogue-driven, providing an intimate experience for the audience. 

The new constitutional studies minor seeks to introduce students to U.S. law and history. Photo illustration by Paula Ortiz Cazaubon

UP adds constitutional studies minor

Starting this year, UP students can take a closer look at the Constitution through a minor in constitutional studies, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand the roots of the Constitution. During the year, guest speakers who specialize in constitutional studies will lecture on campus.

Ajay Davis, reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Corporations don’t care about you or the planet

Scrolling through Instagram or walking around campus, you will likely encounter numerous appeals to reduce meat consumption, switch to metal straws, reuse water bottles, etc. And undoubtedly, these are all helpful suggestions that we should consider adopting. Yet despite this, it is only possible to hold individual consumers accountable for environmental efforts to a certain point before we must begin to recognize the much larger impact corporate greed has. 

The team rushes to congratulate MJ Roe on her first goal. Roe credits her teammates for playing a large role in her success.

Women's soccer recovers from early own goal to win 2-1

The Portland Pilots’ women’s soccer team got off to a rocky start on Sunday with an own goal in the fourth minute, but they bounced back to score two goals and earn the victory against the University of Denver Pioneers 2-1 at the Nike Portland Invitational Sunday afternoon.