Brennan Crowder


Brennan Crowder is the Multimedia editor for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Blueprints for the washroom of fame

Due to the pandemic, I have been washing my hands a lot more than normal in the last year. This is usually a pleasant experience in that it is completely forgetful, with no lingering reminder of the act, save the light scent of hand soap. Sometimes, though, there are hand-washes that linger for all the wrong reasons, washing experiences that irk me and leave me wishing that I had not washed them in the first place. 

Brennan Crowder is the multimedia editor for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Hop in, loser. We're warping our sense of reality

As I sit between the four walls of my existence, I can’t help but seek a change of pace, a change of perspective. Sure, I crave an escape to some extent, but I know that there is not an escape to be had. Instead, more than anything, I crave a fresh perspective on life that will help me comprehend and make peace with the insurmountable circumstances before us. For this, I turn to my steadfast companion: video games.

Stuck inside, but looking out.

Quarantine from the lens of a photojournalist

Like everyone else, life has shifted abruptly and dramatically for these seven photojournalists. Although The Beacon continues to work remotely amidst the coronavirus pandemic, photojournalists face new challenges as they attempt to capture images that represent the stories we continue to write. They are faced with the grief that comes from what they have lost in the transition, the frustration that comes with helplessness, and the anxiety of not knowing what will happen next. 

UP students share their love for stickers.

Students self-express through stickers

We have all seen it before. You walk along your merry way and see countless people with their water bottles layered in copious numbers of stickers, making the actual color of the water bottle hardly visible. Behind the sound of the tip-tapping of fingers flying, typing notes and papers on keyboards, is the image of a completely sticker-covered laptop. With all the opportunities for self-expression stickers make available to us, even refrigerators can gain opinions and personalities.  The Beacon decided to talk to students about their stickers, setting out to discover the reasons why students love putting them on just about any surface and the meanings behind the ones they chose. 

Members of the UP community kicked off the Lenten season by having their foreheads marked with ashes during the Ash Wednesday masses.

Faces of Lent: Community members share why they celebrate

 On Wednesday, University of Portland community members could be spotted around campus with black ashes smudged into the shape of a cross (more or less) on their foreheads. Members received these ashes at an Ash Wednesday Mass, a day to kick off the Lenten season where the application of the ashes represents the Catholic belief that people are made from dust and will return to dust. In commemoration of this day and the season of fasting, praying, and almsgiving before Easter Sunday that is Lent, The Beacon got to talk to these members about why they are celebrating the season this year. 

Brennan Crowder, photographer for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Make it electric, then make it fast

I am biased in saying this, no doubt, but I want to see UP EV racing teams regularly take one to two finishes at every event and be the dominant team in the league while picking up a couple of patents along the way. These are ambitious goals, but goals that I whole-heartedly believe are attainable.

Beacon photographer Brennan Crowder spent the weekend of Aug. 30 through Sep. 1 at the Grand Prix of Portland, getting an inside look of life in the IndyCar racing world.

A Pilot’s inside look at IndyCar

Only four miles from The Bluff lies Portland International Raceway, home to cars, screaming engines and high-octane fuel. PIR hosted the Grand Prix of Portland on Sept. 1, which is the penultimate race in the NTT IndyCar series. 

Beacon photographer, Brennan Crowder, shares his tips for people who want to get into photography.

Staff Opinion: How to get into photography

All too often I see someone walk up to something interesting, rattle off twenty or so pictures on their phone or worse, their DSLR, quickly look through the pictures they got, think to themselves, “Eh, one of these is bound to turn out” and walk away. Admit it, we’ve all been there, myself included.