Not everyone in the U.S. celebrates the holidays with the stereotypical turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. For example, one year, my Romanian family had to bring the mashed potatoes to an American Thanksgiving, but we didn’t know what gravy was and that it accompanied mashed potatoes in the U.S. Imagine our confusion and embarrassment when the guests started asking us where the gravy was. The Beacon sat down to talk to other students who don’t necessarily celebrate the holiday season and Christmas specifically with turkey and gravy (or who do, but also have other customs alongside it) to learn about more ways the holiday is celebrated.
Two new majors — gender and women’s studies, and ethnic studies — could join the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in the next few years. If the proposals are developed and approved, these additions would diversify the CAS curriculum options.
Last semester, during her Latin American Short Story class at the University of Portland, Angela Gonzalez was persuading one of her classmates to attend prom. “Prom? Why are you two talking about prom?” a third classmate asked. “Because we’re high school students,” Gonzalez replied.
On Friday, Nov. 8, UP’s FGEN program will coordinate events, such as “wisdom workshops” with FGEN professors and staff and a panel with local elected officials, to celebrate National FGEN Day.
The 2019-20 academic year will host the inaugural Public Research Fellows program at the University of Portland, centered on the centennial of U.S. women’s suffrage.
As the Opinions editor of The Beacon for the 2019-20 school year, I officially welcome and invite you to participate in YOUR Opinions section. Without your submissions, the Opinions section would be merely editorials and staff opinion submissions. Interesting pieces, but not representative of the entire UP community. Besides being your source of hyperlocal news you can’t get anywhere else, The Beacon is also a forum to share and debate ideas, and that forum is located in the Opinions section. It’s your space to share your thoughts on campus or community issues, as well as national and international matters, if you think the UP community has a connection to and should know about them.
Dundon-Berchtold Hall, the University of Portland’s newest building, will officially open on Thursday, Aug. 22, just in time for orientation.
Comments about the Diversity Center mirror sentiments expressed about diversity and inclusion efforts in general. Many people noted there have been improvements, but that they’re not enough. The topic can be sensitive at UP, and some people were hesitant to talk on the record. But those who did pointed to persistent problems regarding funding, hiring of diverse faculty and the overall campus culture surrounding diversity and inclusion.
The University of Portland holds two commencement ceremonies: one for the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering and School of Nursing and another for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education. The student with the highest GPA for each ceremony is chosen as the valedictorian, Provost Tom Greene said in an email to The Beacon. Edwards, with a 3.99 GPA, will speak at the first ceremony, and Holyoak, with a 4.0 GPA, will speak at the second.
Peter Rachor, director of Entrepreneurship and of the university’s nationally awarded Entrepreneur Scholars program, will leave the University of Portland after this academic year. Rachor has accepted the Hynds Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.