Havi Stewart


In the days of Zoom conferences and endless FaceTime, social distancing can make you feel much further than six feet from the world.

The risks of social isolation (and what you can do about it)

Although social distancing is our best bet at protecting physical health, the effects of isolation on mental health can’t be ignored. Isolation can be psychologically damaging, causing low moods and cognitive problems including processing information, decision making, memory storage and recall.

UP’s graduation ceremonies are moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 pandemic moves University of Portland graduation online

UP is moving its graduation ceremony online due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came on Friday afternoon from University President Fr. Mark Poorman in an email to all students, faculty, staff and parents. The ceremony was originally to take place in the Chiles Center on May 3.

D’Lo is a queer, transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor, writer and comedian. He was the keynote speaker of this year's Diversity Dialogues.

D'Lo closes out Diversity Dialogues with talk about being transgender

To wrap up the two week long 2020 Diversity Dialogues, the University of Portland brought in actor, writer and comedian D’Lo —  a queer, transgender, Shri lankan-American speaker who has been seen on HBO, Netflix and CW — to give a keynote presentation. Friday night, the Mago Hunt Auditorium filled with students and community members who came to hear D’Lo’s talk.

During the Lunar New Year, tangerines are traditional good lucks signs.

Ringing in the Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year — as known as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year —  began throughout many Asian cultures last Saturday, Jan. 25, marking the beginning of 15 days worth of celebrations, and ending on Feb. 8. With celebrations in Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Laos and many others, the Lunar New Year is the largest public holiday in Asia. It’s also celebrated by many Asian American families all across the world, including in Portland. 

Walidah Imarisha was the keynote speaker for UP's first ever MLK Day On. In her address she went through a timeline of racism in Portland and Oregon as a whole.

Walidah Imarisha delivers MLK Day keynote on racism in Oregon

On Monday, Jan. 20, University of Portland students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the greater Portland community, flooded into the Buckley Center Auditorium to hear the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker, Walidah Imarisha and to listen to the music of UP alum Julianne Johnson ‘83. 

Havi Stewart, reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Watch your step

I have a hard time accepting that we carelessly kill worms this way. I am that dork who will deliberately tiptoe around each worm and occasionally even stop walking to move them off the path into less dangerous grounds. Embarrassing as it is to admit, it breaks my heart ever so slightly to see people seemingly disregard the lives of smaller beings. 

(Left to right) Co-presidents Arisbeth Gallardo and Ailyn Monarrez and treasurer Carina Pineda led Women of Color Club's first table at the 2019 Fall Activities fair. Photo courtesy of Ailyn Monarrez.

Women of Color Club makes waves on campus

When seniors Arisbeth Gallardo and Ailyn Monarrez stepped onto the University of Portland campus as freshmen, they felt underrepresented as women of color and secluded from the greater UP community. Four years later, they have officially started the Women of Color Club (WOC) — a place where they finally feel represented and understood.

Isley Cachero stands in his dorm in Villa Maria. He has lived in Villa for four years now.

Isley Cachero: Fighting to be the 1%

For senior Isley Cachero, it started with headaches that progressively got worse. Then, he started to stutter his speech. He thought it was just stress, but the symptoms continued into winter break in 2018. He was in for a routine check-up, mentioning to the doctor briefly what he was feeling.  “She heard me stutter a word three times,” Cachero said. “That’s when she prompted the emergency MRI.”

Firefighters gather at a disaster support camp in Santa Rosa, California. Photo courtesy of Rob Stewart.

California wildfires are close to home for many UP students

Several University of Portland students have been affected by multiple fires burning in California. More than 26 million people are under red flag warnings of fire risk due to high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. Along with evacuations, half a million people throughout California have been also experiencing by day-long power outages by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).