Elizabeth Lyons-Best


Elizabeth Lyons-Best, video producer for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: '16 and Pregnant' saved my life, literally

That was my mom and here we are today. I am 19 and she is 35. Typically, when I tell people our ages, their eyes get wide and they don’t know what to say. I usually get responses that range from “Oh wow” to “That’s incredible!” One constant that almost everyone asks me is, “So what happened after that? Did she just drop out of high school?” I kind of giggle and brag about how rockin’ my mom is because she graduated not only from high school, but also college, with me alongside her. She would work nights to provide for me, and she graduated with a four-year degree. If I were in her shoes, I would have a three-year-old at this point in my life. College is stressful enough with studying, working, student teaching, clubs and attempting to have a social life. Add a child into that? Absolutely not. 

Belmont Goats at University Park

VIDEO: The Belmont Goats come to North Portland

Early this semester, a group of 14 goats — and one hen named Juniper — moved to North Portland. For the last couple of years, the Belmont Goats have called Southeast Portland their home. But now, the fourteen goats and one hen will share a neighborhood with many University of Portland students.  The goats live on a plot of land near North Syracuse street, about a mile from campus. Visiting hours for the animals are usually 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays but can vary depending on the weather and availability of volunteers.  For more information, look at The Belmont Goats’ facebook page. 

Need an outfit for Rock the Bluff? Check out these easy outfit ideas from some fashion forward students.

VIDEO: What to wear to Rock the Bluff

Rock the Bluff is coming up soon and you be might wondering, ‘what the heck am I gonna wear?’ Without a set theme like Dance of the Decades, it can be difficult to pull an outfit out of thin air. So, if you’re trying to decide what to outfit to sport at UP’s most rockin’ night of the year, check out some easy outfit ideas from these fashion-forward students.

As a self-proclaimed "army brat," Elizabeth Lyons-Best shares why her experiences have made her realize the value of moving away from home.

Staff Opinion: Oh the Places You’ll Go

As a first-year freshman, I’ve answered the question, “So, where are you from?” more times than I can count. Everyone is trying to get to know each other and this ice-breaker is usually the first to be asked. This question is also my biggest nightmare.  When asked, I usually hesitate and say “Well… Originally I am from Oregon... I just moved from Hawaii...but my parents currently live in Kansas.”

Student-athletes at the University of Portland quiz each other on what their fellow athletes really love.

VIDEO: Athlete best friends test how well they know each other

Do you know your best friend’s favorite Disney movie? Their go-to restaurant? What about their favorite song? The Beacon quizzed some student-athlete best friends on how well they know each other, and we asked all these questions and more. Do they have the same chemistry off the court that they do while playing? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. 

Beacon photographer Elizabeth Lyons-Best shares how a traumatizing experience taught her that life is unpredictable and you can't take it for granted.

Staff Opinion: Never leave without saying goodbye

On Jan. 13, 2018 at 6:30 a.m., my alarm went off. Waking up this early on a weekend is very rare, considering I love “beauty rest;” however, I had to make it to my basketball game. I put on my uniform, threw my hair in a ponytail then grabbed my water and bag. I usually hug my family before going anywhere, except today everyone was sleeping and I figured I would see them in an hour. I let them sleep. 

Senior Kyle Dela Cruz teaches a hip hop class in Beauchamp on Tuesday nights and shows students how to bust a move.  
Thumbnail picture by Elizabeth Lyons-Best.

VIDEO: Bust a move with 'Hip-Hop Kyle'

Every so often, a Beauchamp instructor develops a nickname and a devoted following. Some seniors on campus may remember “Zumba Joe” from several years ago. This year, say hello to UP’s hip-hop instructor “Hip Hop Kyle.” Senior Kyle Dela Cruz teaches hip hop in Beauchamp on Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Beacon went to one of his classes to learn more about his background in hip hop and watch him in action. 

Students talked to The Beacon about why they love being in Chapel Choir and how they express their faith through music. 

VIDEO: Get to know UP's Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir performs on Sundays in the chapel at the 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mass times. In this video, students talked to The Beacon about how being involved in Chapel Choir is a way for them to practice their faith while expressing their love of music.