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We asked 17 seniors what their most memorable moments have been over the past four years.  

VIDEO: Seniors share their favorite college memories

It’s officially nine days until graduation, and many seniors are spending their last days on The Bluff reminiscing and reflecting on the past four years. In honor of graduation approaching, The Beacon spoke to 17 seniors to ask them what their favorite college memory has been. 

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VIDEO: 2019 Beacon Football Combine

With the NFL Scouting Combine happening just weeks ago and rookie prospects hosting their pro days, The Beacon decided to to try some of the drills rookies all across the country are doing in preparation of the NFL Draft in late April. Will a Beacon staffer get drafted as a result of this video? Probably not. But it was a fun and injury-free time!  

Are YOU throwing a Super Bowl party? 
Well if you are, Jamison White, Sports Reporter for the Beacon, gives us his top 5 tips for throwing a successful Super Bowl party!

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VIDEO: Preparing to throw the perfect Super Bowl party

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and The Beacon is here to make sure you throw the perfect watch party. Sports reporter Jamison White has five tips that’ll help ensure that you have the perfect Super Bowl viewing experience. 

Erin Jones, an inventive educator and recipient of the 2013 White House Champions of Change Award, gave the University of Portland community a compelling speech in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of MLK, speaker Erin Jones dares students to change the world

Students, faculty and staff gathered last night in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher to hear a powerful speech from Erin Jones, an innovative educator and recipient of the 2013 White House Champions of Change Award. The event was held to remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his accomplishments. 

UP students and staff express their gratitude for all of the blessings in their lives.

VIDEO: What are you thankful for?

It's officially Thanksgiving break on The Bluff! Before everyone left campus, The Beacon went around and asked students what they're thankful for this holiday season. 

The residents of Villa Maria Hall have prepared quite the show for the annual Villa Auction on Saturday night. The Beacon got a sneak peak of some of the groups practicing before the big show on Saturday Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. 

VIDEO: Sneak preview of Villa Auction 2018

The annual Villa Maria Auction returns this year with a new name (in past years, it was called the “Man Auction”) and a new charitable cause. On Saturday night in the Chiles Center, students from Villa Maria Hall will take the stage with special performances ranging from skits to dance numbers. Each group will auction off a date after their performance.  All funds will go towards Tanzania Sacred Heart of Jesus, a parish clinic in Arusha, Tanzania. Admission to the auction is free, and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chiles Center on Saturday, Nov. 17.

"The Shack" is home to University of Portland's online radio station, KDUP. 

VIDEO: Behind the scenes with KDUP

University of Portland’s college radio station, KDUP, broadcasts music and radio shows on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can tune into KDUP through their website, where over 100 student DJ’s play all kinds of music, from indie rock to hip-hop, or host talk shows covering a variety of topics.  KDUP hosts all of their radio shows in “The Shack,” a small cabin behind St. Mary’s. Some may have heard of The Shack’s spooky basement. The Beacon took a tour of The Shack, and KDUP program director Dagan Kay showed us what goes on behind the scenes. 

Students go head-to-head in a blindfolded challenge as they guess which taco belongs to which well-known North Portland restaurant. 

VIDEO: Blindfolded students test their North Portland taco knowledge

Tacos are a staple in the diets of many UP students. King Burrito, El Azteca Burrito, Santa Cruz Taqueria and even Taco Bell are just a few of the well-known taquerias in the North Portland area. The Beacon asked students to taste four different tacos while blindfolded and guess where each taco came from. Watch the video to find out who won the title of Nopo taco expert. 

Senior Kyle Dela Cruz teaches a hip hop class in Beauchamp on Tuesday nights and shows students how to bust a move.  
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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.