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Communication professor Vail Fletcher runs a farm with her partner Greg and their two children. Left to right: Fletcher, Poppy, Stamp and Huckleberry. Photo courtesy of Fletcher. 

Communication professor shares about life as a mom and farm owner

Fletcher balances being a mom and taking care of the farm with being a full-time professor. She has been a professor at UP for nine years and teaches several courses including Gender and International Development, Environmental Communication and Advanced Interpersonal Communication, to name a few. As a professor, she tries to get students to “question reality.”

Canva graphic created by Brigid Lowney. Background photo courtesy of Unsplash. Logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

PODCAST: The Beacon predicts 'Game of Thrones' final season

While it might be spring on The Bluff, winter is coming. Actually, if you watched Season Seven of Game of Thrones, you should know that winter is HERE people. After a 20-month hiatus (a dark time for all), the final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday April 14 on HBO and We. Are. Ready. Listen to our podcast below.

When your friends are going to Harvard Business School, doing a year of service, have a fancy job lined up and then there's you. Photo illustration by Annika Gordon.

When you don't have a post-grad plan

Graduation is four weeks away — yup, just let that sink in — and us seniors are trying to finish up our capstone projects and final assignments before we walk across that stage on May 5. It seems like everyone around me has their post-grad plans figured out — a year of service in a cool country, a fancy job at some big name company, grad school at a Top Ten University. And then there’s me.  Yeah, that’s right. I have no idea what I’m going to do after graduation. And that’s okay.

Quinn XCII and Whethan were this year's Rock the Bluff artists. Quinn XCII is known for songs like "Always Been You" and "Straightjacket," which has been streamed over 70 million times on Spotify. 

A Q&A with Quinn XCII and Whethan

The Chiles Center boomed with lively tunes and good vibes at Rock the Bluff on Saturday as students wore out their converse and lost their voices singing along with Whethan and Quinn XCII. For each set, the crowd glowed with vibrant colors of blue, green and red thanks to Campus Program Board’s light-up wristbands. After their sets, The Beacon caught up with Whethan and Quinn XCII for a Q&A about their music, life on tour and their favorite throwback jams.

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QUIZ: If UP had its own 'Oscars,' which award would you win?

From Outstanding Achievement in Procrastination to the Best Person to Get Late Night Taco Bell With, UP students are worthy of countless awards. So, if colleges had their own ‘Oscars,’ which award would you win? Take this quiz and find out.

Living editor Brigid Lowney breaks down some ways to be single on Valentine's Day and still have fun. 

How to be single on Valentine's Day

While being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t ideal, it doesn’t have to be a sad day. There’s plenty of ways to be single on the day of love and still have a GREAT time. They say write what you know, and I’m pretty much an expert at being very, very single. So, if you’re like me on Singles Awareness Day, here’s how can spend the day being a boss instead of sulking in your bed with a bottle of red wine. 

Canva graphic created by Brigid Lowney.

Beacon bites: A cookbook for college students

What’s cooking, Pilots? It’s the third week of the semester, and most of us are back to our college diets of the same meal three nights in a row and microwaveable mac and cheese. Are you looking to spice up your meals this semester? Well, you’re in luck. In honor of Diversity Dialogues, The Beacon has compiled recipes submitted by various cultural clubs on campus to help you add a little spark to your bites on The Bluff.

Four new RAs in Villa Maria have been hired by Residence Life. Three RAs were terminated last December.

Residence Life hires four new Villa RAs

Residence Life has hired four new resident assistants (RAs) in Villa Maria Hall, replacing three that were terminated at the end of last semester after an off-campus drinking event and one RA that announced his resignation on Monday. Juniors Teddy Russell, Chris Fishback and Jacob Apenes as well as sophomore with junior standing David Castillo have been hired as new RAs for this semester. They were all residents in Villa last semester.