Carlos Fuentes


Carlos Fuentes, Beacon reporter.

STAFF OPINION: Find your silver lining

I recognize that there are a lot of downsides to this situation that we’ve all been forced into, but I believe that we can all make the best out of it by finding the positives in our lives and focusing on them. 

Freshman nursing student Harris Harris has been volunteering at a COVID-19 testing center in California. Photo courtesy of Harris Harris.

Freshman nursing student volunteers at COVID-19 testing center

Harris works alongside other volunteers, nurses and other workers to keep the makeshift facility running in a safe manner, which includes informing patients of the process and constantly communicating with other workers to ensure those providing the tests have time to change protective equipment between patients. Harris described the drive-through facility as a tense environment with no room for error. 

Campus Ministry will begin to stream UP mass services online for community members.

Campus Ministry offers spiritual support amid COVID-19 pandemic

In the midst of the novel coronavirus spreading across the country, many students might not be able to physically attend Mass or practice their faith in traditional manners for several reasons, such as mandated cancelations or health concerns in public spaces. Luckily for students, Campus Ministry at the University of Portland is determined to continue serving and supporting students, many of whom have left the city, state or even the country. 

These compost bins are available in all student dorms for residents to dispose of food waste.

Dorm composting program returns to campus

Boyd is one of three collectors for the dorm composting program, along with sophomores Lauren Tate and Whitney Royall. The program was reinstated this semester after hiring issues last fall. He started working this semester and believes the program is making an impact. Together, the three collectors pick up roughly 100 pounds of food waste every week. 

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 edition of Writers Magazine is Feb. 16. Photo illustration by Paula Ortiz Cazaubon.

Writers Magazine accepting submissions till Feb. 16

Students interested in writing or visual arts have a unique opportunity to have their work published in Writers Magazine, a student-run publication from the University of Portland’s English department. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 16 and can be sent to  

From Jan. 20 to Jan. 30, Diversity Dialogues 2020 will bring events that cover a variety of racial, cultural, religious and gender topics. Photo illustration by Jennifer Ng.

Diversity Dialogues to host 20 events over next two weeks

Starting Monday, the University of Portland will be hosting Diversity Dialogues, a series of events happening on campus from Jan. 20 to Jan. 31 intended to spark discussion of diversity on campus. A variety of talks, discussions and demonstrations will be hosted from clubs and organizations across campus, including First Generation Club, Vietnamese Student Union, Filipino American Student Association, along with others. 

The front door of The Shack, KDUP's recording and broadcasting studio, is littered with stickers from throughout the years.

Inside the booth with KDUP DJs

Sitting on the southern edge of campus, the KD University of Portland (KDUP) Shack is a busy place, hosting 62 radio shows this fall semester. Every week, over 101 DJs enter the small and cozy building to play music ranging from country to reggae to EDM. The Beacon met with five DJs to talk about preparing for shows, sources of inspiration, and artists they can’t stop listening to. 

José Velazco conducts an interview for his documentary, "En Vida," in 2016. Image courtesy of José Velazco.

'En Vida' screening tells a story of loss and culture

Five years ago, José Velazco found himself struggling to film his father’s funeral for his documentary. The documentary — “En Vida” —  shows Velazco through his loss, ultimately bringing his family closer together and seeing the value in his Ecuadorian heritage as he navigates both his life in the U.S. and roots in Ecuador. The screening will take place on Nov. 20th, in Franz 120 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.