Hannah Sievert


Hannah Sievert was the editor in chief of The Beacon for the 2018-19 school year. Photo by Keaton Averman.

Letter from the editor: Thank you for a wonderful year

When I first came to college four years ago, I immediately applied to work for The Beacon. I didn’t know what I wanted to do after graduation, but I knew I wanted an on-campus job where I could improve my writing and make friends. I only realized that The Beacon was meant to be my home on campus when Brian Doyle, the former editor of UP’s Portland magazine and renowned author, came into the newsroom and spoke to us about the power of stories. Brian had a way of speaking about writing that made my heart sit up straight and listen. 

Canva graphic created by Brigid Lowney. Background photo courtesy of Unsplash. Logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

PODCAST: The Beacon predicts 'Game of Thrones' final season

While it might be spring on The Bluff, winter is coming. Actually, if you watched Season Seven of Game of Thrones, you should know that winter is HERE people. After a 20-month hiatus (a dark time for all), the final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday April 14 on HBO and We. Are. Ready. Listen to our podcast below.

Students at Cesar Chavez line up for recess.

625 new coats donated to Cesar Chavez School

The coats allow the kids, including many who used to wear only sweatshirts outside or dig through the lost-and-found for extra layers, to play at recess without worrying if it’s cold. For many of the students, this was the first time they received something that was brand-new and high-quality that they could call their own.

A photo of Villa Maria Hall from move-in day in 2016.

Three Villa RAs terminated after off-campus event

Half of the resident assistants (RAs) in Villa Maria Hall have been removed from their RA positions as of Friday, Nov. 30. Residence Life is currently working on a staffing plan for the spring semester which may include the hiring of new resident assistants, according to Andrew Weingarten, director of Residence Life. 

Malika Andrews, 2016-17 Beacon editor-in-chief, hosts NBA Today on ESPN, is an Emmy Award winner, and made history as the first woman to host the NBA draft.  Read how working at The Beacon sparked Malika's career.

ESPN signs former Beacon editor to cover NBA

Malika Andrews, 2016-17 editor-in-chief of The Beacon, has joined ESPN as an NBA regional reporter. Less than two years out of college, she will cover the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves out of ESPN’s Chicago office. The job includes writing and reporting, occasional TV appearances for special NBA segments and weekly radio appearances across the ESPN platform. “I’m honored to have them see some sort of talent in me,” Andrews said. “Following in the footsteps of those incredibly talented journalists and doing that sort of important work is absolutely a dream come true.”

Jennifer Freyd is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and will speak at this week's event: “Campus Sexual Violence: Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage.”  Photo Submission by Blaine Edens

UP hosts 'Building Institutional Courage' event this Tuesday, follow-up discussion Wednesday night

This week, two events will be held in The Bauccio Commons that may seem well-timed in light of last week’s protest against Fr. Paul Scalia. On Tuesday at 7:15 p.m., Jennifer Freyd, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, will speak at the event, “Campus Sexual Violence: Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage.”  On Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., students and UP staff can unpack Freyd’s talk and discuss how they relate to it at the event “Building Courage UP.” The event will include panelists and speakers from a number of groups on campus, including Title IX team, Active Minds, Students Against Sexual Assault and ASUP, among others. 

Fr. Paul Scalia | Photo courtesy of UP.edu. 

University of Portland students plan protest against Scalia

The Associated Students of University of Portland (ASUP) is organizing a silent demonstration outside the Chapel of Christ the Teacher tonight at 6:15 to protest this year’s Red Mass speaker, Fr. Paul Scalia, who has been involved in a group criticized for being anti-LGBTQ. He has also written that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”