Carlos Fuentes


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. 

In honor of Filipino American History Month, The Beacon asked students what their Filipino heritage means to them.

Filipino-American students share what their heritage means to them

With students at the University of Portland coming from all over the country and even internationally, diversity is something to recognize and be proud of. October is Filipino American History Month (FAHM), and to celebrate, The Beacon met with five Filipino American students and talked about their heritage, favorite Filipino dishes and much more. 

Salvador Orara is the innovation professor of practice and director of the innovation minor.

Salvador Orara brings graphic design experience to innovation minor

Salvador Orara is the innovation professor of practice and the director of the innovation minor, a new program of study at UP. He was hired during the first week of classes, and has several goals for the future of the program, bringing a long history of experience to the new program at UP. 

Eduardo Chavez, grandson of Cesar Chavez, screened his film, "Hailing Cesar," at UP in the Brian Doyle Auditorium on Thursday.

Eduardo Chavez honors grandfather through "Hailing Cesar"

Students and faculty filled the Brian Doyle Auditorium on Thursday evening for a film screening of “Hailing Cesar” and a Q&A with director Eduardo Chavez, grandson of the famous activist Cesar Chavez. The documentary follows Eduardo on a journey to connect with his grandfather, who died before his second birthday. 

Tacos at Tienda Santa Cruz are affordable, filling, and close to campus.

Five Latinx restaurants to try

To honor Latinx Heritage month, The Beacon has compiled a list of some nearby authentic Mexican, Venezuelan, Peruvian and El Salvadoran restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Luckily, Pilots don’t have to venture far from campus to enjoy most of them. Although many students are already familiar with tried-and-true options such as Cha Cha Cha or King Burrito, Portland has many more Latinx options to be discovered. 

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) celebrates "floral Thursday." The OSA welcomed two new staff members for the 2019-20 school year.

Office of Student Activities starts year with major staff changes

This year, there have been some major staff changes in the office. Associate Director for Student Engagement Tyler Zimmerman left his position after seven years of working at UP. Bryan Dennis was hired in May as the program coordinator for clubs and organizations, and Samantha Trunkett was hired at the beginning of this school year as the weekend and late-night programming coordinator.

Immersion participants spot a giraffe while on safari in Tanzania.

Moreau Center adds immersions to Peru and Columbia River Gorge

As students return to campus after a summer away from school, coordinators at the Moreau Center are staying busy, planning eight immersions for the 2019-20 school year, including two new programs. Applications for the fall break immersions are due Sept. 22, and applications for all other immersions after fall break are due Oct. 6. 

From a fish to a Jack-o'-lanter the 3D printers in the Pilot Space allow students to print a variety of things.

Makerspace in Shiley open to all majors

Tucked in the back of the Shiley School of Engineering building, the Pilot Space provides every student at UP the opportunity to make stickers, 3D-Print, engrave, sew, use high-tech equipment for free and much more.