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Ruthie Olson after shaving her head.

Childhood cancer survivor shaves head for St. Baldrick's

For some, a shaved head is simply a style choice, but for Ruthie Olson, the action of shaving her head means much more. On Friday, April 13, students from multiple University of Portland athletic teams as well as many other students participated in shaving off their hair in support of children with cancer, raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which researches childhood cancers.

Michael Batista ringing up a student's meal from the grill at the Global Food station in the commons.

Plastic straws banned on The Bluff, replaced with paper straws

“Used for minutes, but here for centuries.”  This phrase can be read on the signs around campus and in Bon Appetit eateries at University of Portland, as plastic straws have been replaced with paper straws in all campus restaurants at UP as of Wednesday. Bon Appetit General Manager Kirk Mustain said that he worked with the Environmental Studies Department, including Department Chair Dr. Steve Kolmes, on this decision.


Staff Opinion: What’s wrong with the World Cup

The World Cup begins in less than 80 days and I could not be more conflicted about it. The World Cup is my favorite sporting event, and after almost four years of waiting since the last World Cup in 2014, it is finally almost here. 


CPB goes all out for Speech Night

The campaign trail to the 2018 ASUP Election is well under way, and students had the chance to hear from executive board candidates at a swanky Speech Night event Thursday. 

Residence halls (with the exception of Hag/Ty) on the University of Portland campus has a compost bin for their students to use. Students called Compost Runners come and take the compost to the composting bin behind the commons.

Physical Plant won't fund student composting program

Last spring, ASUP introduced a new student-run composting program in the residence halls, which has produced over 1,800 pounds of composted food waste which otherwise would have been thrown away. ASUP hopes to expand the program in the near future to include academic buildings, Chiles Center, and the library, but has been met with resistance from Physical Plant in their proposal for the department to help supervise the program, according to ASUP President Brandon Rivera. 

Last semester, Bon Appetit launched reusable to-go boxes called Ecotainer. Now, students have organized a town hall event to discuss sustainability on March 1 in the Mehling Ballroom.

Sustainability Town Hall set for Thursday

On Thursday, March 1, there will be a Town Hall meeting in the Mehling Ballroom from 8-9 p.m. A panel of experts will be able to help answer student questions about what is currently being done to further sustainability on campus, and students will have the opportunity to voice their own concerns about sustainability at UP.

Sports broadcaster Hannah Storm and entrepreneur Jessica Jackley will speak at the 2018 commencement ceremonies.

ESPN Anchor Hannah Storm to speak at 2018 graduation ceremony

The University of Portland has announced the guest speakers for the 2018 Commencement ceremonies — entrepreneur and investor Jessica Jackley and sports journalist Hannah Storm will deliver words of inspiration to the students of the class of 2018 as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Students within the Community Service Work Study program consider it to be one of the more rewarding work study options on campus. Information can be found more extensively on the Moreau Center website.

Student jobs available off-campus through Community Service Work Study program

Students in the Community Service Work Study (CSWS) program are working to pay their tuition while also making a positive impact on their community and themselves through service. The opportunity for UP students to get involved with off-campus jobs in fields they are passionate about is open to anyone who qualifies for the Federal Work Study Program as part of their financial aid package, and there are several unfilled positions now posted on UP’s job board.