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.
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.
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.
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.
Before Todd Phillips’ “Joker” even hit the big screen, it sparked nationwide debates concerning the danger that it could pose to the public. News outlets cautioned parents and audience members that the gore-soaked movie could lead to a rise in copy-cat shooters; movie theatre chains banned masks from the showings or even chose not to show it altogether. A movie this seeped in controversy, this highly anticipated, must have fought its way onto the big screen with something to say, right? Well, not necessarily.
Does a two-sentence email take you a ridiculous amount of time to compose? Does requesting an interview leave you with cold sweats? I reached out to two experts — Max Kalchthaler, Career and Program Advisor at UP’s own Career Center, and Grace Holmes, a current Audit Senior at Deloitte and 2016 UP graduate, to learn how to "communicate like an adult".
In early May, the previously-buzzing Bluff suddenly vacated. Students finished their finals and left campus in droves. Some headed home for much needed rest and relaxation; others went abroad with fellow UP students; and still, others played house in the University Park neighborhood. The Beacon spoke to seven students about their summers — from St. John’s treat trucks to uncovering tombs in Spain.
To the untrained eye, the Activities Fair is chaotic and full of fiercely decorated tables, free pens, enthusiastic club staffers and confused freshmen who just want to tell their parents that yes, they joined a club and yes, they’re making friends. While you embark on Friday’s wonderland of opportunity, take a moment to prepare by taking this painstakingly specific and incredibly accurate quiz. And yes, take the time to subscribe to all the newsletters — it might be worth it. Photos: Annika Gordon, Jennifer Ng, Unsplash
President Fr. Mark Poorman’s speech on Tuesday served more as a pause, a reflection on the University’s recent accomplishments, especially in light of challenges facing both higher education institutions and the Catholic church.
If you’ve ventured into Mack’s Market in the past few weeks to satisfy your snack cravings, you may have seen the black tote bags hanging to the left of the register. After more than a semester of work, a group of Sustainability and Innovation Ambassadors have coordinated with Bon Appetit to bring reusable bags to Mack’s Market. Selling for 2.5 points, the initial shipment of 250 bags sold out within the month.