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Members of Villa Maria Hall's 2019 Move-In Crew carry luggage and boxes to the dorms in August 2019. In an email brief sent to incoming freshmen and their parents on Friday, the University announced the possibility that the 2020 fall semester will have a late start due to COVID-19.

University of Portland considering late start to fall semester

In an email sent to prospective incoming freshmen and their parents on Friday, the University outlined possible scenarios for how COVID-19 might affect the upcoming fall semester, which under normal circumstances would begin Aug. 24. This is the first official message from the University regarding the fall semester since it was announced that UP would not be returning to in-person instruction before summer. 

In years past, commencement has been held in Chile's Center. Now in the weeks before graduation, campuses nationwide are closed down, leaving the class of 2020 to walk a virtual stage in their living rooms.

First-generation seniors: 'I wish they fought harder for us'

Around one-fifth of the UP student body are first-generation students (FGEN). It means that they are the first in their family to obtain a four-year degree — the first in the family to walk a stage at college graduation. To many, graduation meant more than a paper degree or a cap and gown. It was an emblem of accomplishment to span generations before them. It was not only for the students but for their families. 

The novel coronavirus pandemic fell during Lenten season, making celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter far different from tradition. Photo by Grant Whitty on Unsplash.

Lenten season perseveres in face of coronavirus

More than a month ago on Ash Wednesday, members of the University of Portland trailing out from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher were asked why they celebrated Lent. Some students were renewing their Catholic faith; others were just beginning their journey. The Beacon reached out to seven community members to see how their celebration of Lent has been affected by the coronavirus.

Aly & AJ and The Aces are set to perform at this year's Rock the Bluff. The photo above is from Rock the Bluff 2019.

Aly & AJ to headline all-female Rock the Bluff

This year’s Rock the Bluff artists are Aly & AJ and The Aces. Campus Program Board announced the artists on Instagram Monday night, after teasing their announcement with a display in the main quad including the international female-symbol. In the announcement, UPCBP noted that they would “make history” with this all-female lineup. 

While you reluctantly purchase chocolates and flowers this Valentine's Day, take a moment to consider the origins of the holiday. Photo illustration by Brennan Crowder.

Valentine's Day is meaningless (so celebrate)

When I was little, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. Not so weird, in my opinion — like most developing humans I loved sugar, stuffed animals and compliments, the foundation upon which my Valentine’s Day was built. It was only later, when I ventured into the social world, that I realized how divisive the holiday truly is, and how dysfunctional its origins are. 

Feeling lonely as you see your friends off for Thanksgiving break? Take some tips from The Beacon on how to spend the holiday away from home. Photo illustration by Annika Gordon.

Making the most of Thanksgiving away from home

For some, Thanksgiving break signals the onset of their favorite holiday. For others, it might signal expensive plane tickets, heated political debates around the turkey, and interactions that you just don’t want to have. As Thanksgiving break approaches next week, a population of UP students will opt out of returning home. Maybe it’s the soaring costs of plane tickets to return home for a meager four days, or maybe you just want to try your own Thanksgiving this year.

This Junior & Senior Family Weekend, prepare to view the Bluff through new eyes at the side of your new visitors. Photo illustration by Lisa Erenstein.

Surviving Junior & Senior Family Weekend: A guide

For many students in the years following, seeing their parents has gone from a routine to a privilege. Most out-of-state students are only able to visit family during breaks. This Junior and Senior Family Weekend, however, parent(s) are coming to you.

The most haunting costume of them all: Student Loans. Photo illustration by Molly Lowney.

QUIZ: Which UP costume should you rock this Halloween?

Does a normal police officer or nurse costume just not spark your interest like Public Safety or a stressed out upper-division nursing student? Do you look despondently around a Spirit Halloween store at angel wings, devil horns and Fortnite suits and think, "How can I make this relevant to the University of Portland?" Maybe not. But just in case, The Beacon has made a list of UP-centric Halloween costumes to rock this weekend, tailored just for you. Take the quiz, take it a few more times, and have a safe weekend.