Ajay Davis


Ajay Davis is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: The most worthwhile pursuits are the ones you chase alone

School can teach you many things, but it cannot teach you who you are. You yourself must do that. This is not to say that our professors and the university as a whole are unable to teach us worthwhile information, but rather that the education that we receive within the boundaries of our classes cannot be the primary force in our process of learning —  and hopefully becoming — who we are.

A colorful alter filled with photos of UP community member's loved ones who have passed. The ofrenda can be found in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher from October 29 through November 6.

Campus Ministry celebrates Día de los Muertos

From Oct. 29 until Nov. 6, UP’s Campus Ministry will have an altar in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher in celebration of All Souls’ Day and Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in commemoration of loved ones who have passed away in the UP community.

A Bible sits open ready to be read, analyzed and discussed. All UP students are invited to reflect, connect, and pray in small groups through the One Body Initiative. Photo Illustration by Marek Corsello.

One Body Initiative: Campus Ministry moves faith explorations online

Since the fall semester went entirely online, many campus programs and organizations have scrambled to make the shift to a virtual environment. UP’s Campus Ministry is among those who have completely redesigned their approach to the fall 2020 semester. This semester, Campus Ministry’s main program, the One Body Initiative, will include a variety of new ways for UP students to connect and grow in their faith, either from their homes in Portland or across the country.

Have you tried every variation of grilled cheese in the book and still crave more? Have you feasted on butter noodles for the past four nights in a row? Try out some new recipes with The Beacon.

Cook your way through quarantine

As the days in quarantine stretch on, it can be quite hard to find an activity that is both enjoyable and productive. It can also be difficult to find meal options that are both healthy and easy to make. The list below has a few easy cooking options that can be made with just a few ingredients.

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, local businesses are forced to either adapt or shut down. Photo courtesy of Gabi DiPaulo.

Local businesses being impacted by COVID-19

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.

From taking senior portraits to surviving family brunch, graduation weekend can be overwhelming. Luckily, The Beacon created a comprehensive to do list for the class of 2020. Photo illustration by Molly Lowney.

Everything you need to know for graduation

Even though graduation is a few months away, preparation for the event has already begun. For both students and their families, there is a lot of planning involved in making sure the event runs smoothly. From ordering a cap and gown to taking a senior picture, this list has many of the important dates. It is recommended that students share this list with their friends and family in order to make the necessary reservations and plans for graduation.

Fationa Aliaj has immersed herself in foreign language and culture since her early childhood.

Spanish professor brings culture to her curriculum

When Fationa Aliaj was only 14 years old, she moved to the United States from Albania. At the time, she didn’t speak any English. Her family had just received the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, so she would have to learn. But it wouldn’t be the first non-native language she’d have to learn. She already spoke Greek, Italian and Albanian. Now, she speaks five languages: English, Greek, Spanish, Albanian and Italian. She also understands Arabic conversationally. Aliaj’s love for languages and cultures led her to become a Spanish professor at the University of Portland.