Ana Clyde


Ana Clyde, senior sports reporter and copy editor for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Politics, culture, and pride: the Super Bowl Halftime Show

If you haven’t seen the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show, then go watch it. Now. What you’ll see is a Colombian and a Puerto Rican taking the stage to not only give one of the most energetic and colorful performances the sporting event has ever seen, but to also make social and political statements while showcasing their talents and their cultures. 

Sophomore guard Haylee Andrews led the team against LMU, scoring 18 points.

Women's basketball extends winning streak to four with 74-49 victory over LMU

In an aggressive and physical game, the University of Portland women’s basketball team beat the Loyola Marymount University Lions 74-49, extending their winning streak to four. The Pilots are currently third in the West Coast Conference with an overall record of 12-7, their best start since the 2009-10 season. 

Taryn Ries puts on her game face before moving into position to try for a goal.

'She will make it happen': Taryn Ries finds inspiration on and off the pitch

Ries’ contribution to the UP women’s soccer program is undeniable. In the past two seasons, Ries has become a key player on Portland’s roster, leading the team in goals, winning conference awards, gaining national recognition and meeting records that the program hasn’t seen since the previous decade. The junior has quickly become a driving force in the Pilot’s road back to former glory.  

Natalie Avila and Hannah Garcia are working to redefine MEChA by changing the club's name to Latinx Student Union. Their goal as co-presidents is to make the club more open to students of all Latinx identities.

Latinx Student Union redefines club

The two are working to redefine MEChA, starting with changing its name to Latinx Student Union. While Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, the club has set a goal of continuing the celebration beyond just four weeks. With the name change, the co-presidents are seeking to break with what the club used to be and bring it into what they believe it should be: a club open to students of all Latinx identities and cultural backgrounds. 

Freshman forward Alex Fowler from Townsville, Australia, played for the Australian National U-19 women’s basketball team over the summer. Photo courtesy of University of Portland Athletics.

Pilots thrive playing internationally this summer

Regardless of how an athlete gets there, international play is a level of competition that some student-athletes only dream of, and few get to do. Three students from the University of Portland had the opportunity to play on an international team — a rare but valuable opportunity. These athletes were pushed out of their comfort zone, playing with the best of their age group and traveling to different countries with new teammates. The students return to The Bluff with elevated skill sets and a revived passion for their sport. 

Freshman Jenny Wahlen has shined between the goalposts for the women's soccer team.

PITS: Jenny Wahlen shining between the goalposts

With a total of 33 saves in the season so far, freshman goalkeeper Jenny Wahlen has quickly become a key player on the University of Portland women’s soccer team. The first-year from Borlange, Sweden has started in every game since the beginning of the 2019 season, proving her skills against teams like the University of Washington and University of New Mexico — garnering three saves each game and helping her team tie 0-0 and win 1-0, respectively.