If you’re a University of Portland student who’s scoured for off-campus housing, chances are you’ve come across the name Bob Kessi, or maybe even reside in one of his properties. As of right now, there are 330 UP students who rent from Kessi. Kessi graduated from the University of Portland in 1997, but little did he know that he would go on to serve as a landlord for thousands of UP students throughout the years.
In the summer of 2019, I went on my senior trip to New York City, the melting pot of the United States. The first night that we were there, we walked along Times Square and came across a piano that was there for anyone to play. A stranger sat down and started to fiddle with the keys, and began to play “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Everyone crowded around and sang their hearts out, not caring if they could carry a tune or not.
On March 18, UP connections invited Gabby Rivera, an author, storyteller and advocate for the QTPOC community, to be the keynote speaker for their Women’s History Month event. Rivera gave an inspirational presentation about how she encourages people of all backgrounds to create and daydream through her work. “I am a writer, I am a queer Puerto Rican comic creator from the Bronx and I'm also a deep believer in the power of joy as action,” Rivera said.
When we last checked in with Dunlap, she had just reached her goal of saving 100,000 dollars within three years of graduating from UP. She was also featured on Business Insider, Forbes, Good Morning America, and many other media outlets to give insight on how she was able to tackle this milestone in her career.
Picture this: you’re anxiously awaiting for the psychiatrist you found on Psychology Today, with 5-star reviews, to pop up in the Zoom call for your virtual appointment. Sweat starts to form on your palms while your anxiety flares up. Your mind flying a million miles per hour is wondering what can help you feel like yourself again. You can feel your heartbeat steadily increase when suddenly it spikes as the doctor pops up on the screen. For many of us, taking this first step of reaching out to a professional calls for a brave soul.
Jazz music plays in the background as the scene is set. It’s the late 1920’s and early 30’s in upstate New York. Our host Roxane Gay expains how many Black Americans had fled the oppressing racial laws that were in the South, and highlights the life of the photographer, James Van Der Zee, who captured moments of Black Americans living their lives in Harlem and other Urban Black neighborhoods.
Beginning on Nov. 16, I-Club will be hosting a series of virtual events in celebration of IEW. An outline for the week from the I-Club officers declared that this year’s slogan is “Alone Together”, hoping to emphasize that even though the UP community cannot be together in person, we are still here for each other.