Ajay Davis


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.

Ajay Davis, Beacon reporter.

STAFF OPINION: The greatest odyssey

“Ulysses” has become the go-to for people who long to appear intelligent and filled with endless complexity. To bring it up in conversation is equivalent to bringing up your status as a Sommelier; the reference is obtuse enough that nobody can challenge you, but acute enough that people have to shield their eyes from the sun while looking up at you. 

Members of the Hawai'i club and attendees of the Diversity Dialogue event enjoy a laugh together.

Hawai'i Club focuses on sustainability for Diversity Dialogues event

As part of Diversity Dialogues, the University of Portland Hawaiʻi club hosted an event on Saturday, titled “E Mālama Kākou i ka Honua a Mālama ka Honua iā Kākou (Care for the Earth and the Earth Will Care for You),” that aimed to teach students about indigenous water sustainability practices. The event was largely interactive and had six different stations that students could visit as the club members explained various concerns about sustainability.