Fiona O'Brien


English professor Fr. Patrick Hannon's favorite book after the Bible is "The Complete Stories" by Flannery O'Connor.

Professors' favorite reads: Ultra-running and civil rights

As part of a four-part series, The Beacon spoke to professors about the books that impacted them most. Last time, The Beacon spoke to professors Jen McDaneld and Matthew Warshawsky about feminism and satire.  Part three features professors Patrick Hannon and Cara Poor. 

English professor Jen McDaneld's favorite book is "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf. "A Room of One's Own" is a nonfiction text about the space for women within the sphere of male-dominated literature.

Professors' favorite reads: Feminism and satire

As part of a four-part series, The Beacon spoke to professors about the books that impacted them most. Last time, The Beacon spoke to professors Simon Aihiokhai and Wilfred Wu about philosophy and comics books.  Part two features professors Jen McDaneld and Matthew Warshawsky. 

University of Portland's Vietnamese Student Association leads a Diversity Dialogues event on cultural appropriation.

Vietnamese Student Association sheds light on appreciation vs appropriation

On Tuesday night, the smell of bánh mì sandwiches filled the Terrace room of The Commons along with students, faculty and staff members eager to discuss cultural appropriation. VSA partnered with Diversity and Inclusion Programs to present the discussion and workshop, as part of Diversity Dialogues. The presenters shared their definitions of cultural appropriation and different examples, and how this is present at UP in different areas like food served on campus. 

Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington D.C. in Aug. 1963 / Photo by Rowland Scherman. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

University cancels classes for day of service to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

For the first time at the University of Portland, classes will be canceled on Jan. 20 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Moreau Center and the Office of Student Activities have organized a “Day On,” instead of an extra day off. They have planned service opportunities in the morning and a keynote speaker in the afternoon to carry on Martin Luther King’s legacy and vision of a just world. UP students, staff members and professors now have the opportunity to fully celebrate the day.  

Instructor Anika Sproull holds a punching bag for students to practice a palm heel strike.

Students practice empowerment and self defense

Beauchamp Recreation Center is introducing a new self-defense course geared at empowerment and building a community around safety. Two classes have already been taught this semester with one remaining on Nov. 24. Starting in Feb. 2020, there will be weekly classes. Anika Sproull, who instructs the course, is enthusiastic about teaching these classes to bring awareness to self-defense methods to campus. 

Fiona O'Brien, Beacon reporter.

STAFF OPINION: Don’t worry, just pray (pay)

My vision of religion is that it should be something personal, with a tight-knit community of people who all have similar beliefs. This is very different from a pastor leading a sermon to over 16,000 people. It’s also distressing to me the amount of money the pastors make through these services, with donations and prayer requests. I don’t think faith should be something with a price tag, it should be a journey that someone goes through to make their lives better. When people pay celebrity-like figures, it seems to skew a more pure concept of faith. 

Two political science professors, Bill Curtis and Gary Malecha, join junior Zach Sessa and news reporter Fiona O’Brien to discuss what the impeachment inquiry into President Trump means.

PODCAST: Political science professors and students break down impeachment inquiry

Two political science professors, Bill Curtis and Gary Malecha, joined junior Zach Sessa and news reporter Fiona O’Brien to discuss what this announcement actually means. Curtis and Malecha brought insights into the legalities and constitutional process while Sessa, a political science major who is interning for congressman Earl Blumenauer, gave insight into how representatives from Oregon are involved in the impeachment process.

At this time of year, students are more vulnerable to Seasonal Affective Disorder as stress from school and homesickness increases. Photo Illustration by Jennifer Ng.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: What you need to know

To many students, the transition from summer to fall means busting out sweaters, drinking apple cider and going to pumpkin patches. But in Portland, it also means more rain and less sunlight. Portland, on average only has 144 days of sunshine a year, while the U.S. average is 205 days. And with recent temperatures dropping in Portland, it’s apparent that fall is officially here. At this time, some students may start to feel a lack of motivation and overbearing fatigue, symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).