'Is Tim working?': The man behind the bar
But now, as many seniors have returned home and bars are closed in Oregon, some may be missing their beloved neighborhood bartender. The coronavirus pandemic has left Ward and others applying for unemployment benefits. While it has had a personal impact on Ward, it has also impacted the community he has built around Portway, especially with UP seniors After working at Portway for about five years, Ward has become an icon amongst UP students. He’s the bartender with the backwards hat that makes everyone feel comfortable as soon as they walk in. He’s the bartender that students bring their new 21-year-old friends to, so they can get to know the man behind their best night-out stories. Ward has made Portway an extension of campus for students of age — a safe haven for one to sit, have a drink, and talk about everything and anything.
Former men's basketball center Hugh Hogland transferring to UC Davis
Leaving a team when it has given you tuition, community and routine is hard, especially if it’s a sport you love and want to keep playing. But Hogland took a step toward prioritizing his own wellbeing and happiness before the benefits of being a student-athlete. In taking that step, he disproved the concerns expressed by his dad. And with newfound interests in anything from Economics Club to intramural volleyball, and a continued pursuit of his sport, Hogland is proving that life after quitting a team can be full of opportunity. Now, Hogland is set to play for UC Davis as a grad transfer with two years of eligibility, while getting his MBA, after committing to the program on March 2.
Pilot in the Spotlight: Jelena Lukic and Neli Sunjic shine before season cancellation
Although their season ended early and abruptly, The Beacon has chosen two athletes for Pilot in the Spotlight: women’s doubles team Jelena Lukic, senior, and Neli Sunjic, freshman.
OSAA cancels remainder of 6A state tournament at Chiles Center
The OSAA 6A tournament has been canceled after previously being set to continue without spectators. This comes after Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on gatherings of 250 people or more on Wednesday morning.
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.
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.
Megan Burton promoted to head volleyball coach for University of Portland
University of Portland Athletics announced on Wednesday that former assistant volleyball coach Megan Burton has been promoted to the head coaching position for the Pilots. This comes a year after Burton was brought on by former head coach Jeff Baxter as part of his staff.
'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.
Women's basketball stays undefeated with 75-64 win over Fresno State
The University of Portland women’s basketball team topped the Fresno State Bulldogs 75-64 on Sunday afternoon. Their win against the Mountain West team gave UP its first 4-0 start since the 2010-11 season.
Men’s basketball rails Willamette 86-36 in regular season opener
Following a losing season with a disappointing overall record of 7-25, the University of Portland men’s basketball team kicked off their 2019-20 campaign on Tuesday night with a promising start, beating the Willamette Bearcats 86-36.