Havi Stewart


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). 

A Night Strike volunteer engages in conversation with a man taking advantage of the services under the bridge. Photo courtesy of Because People Matter.

Night Strike takes students out of The Bluff bubble

On Sept. 12, a group of students from Lund and Tyson and Hagerty set aside their evening to go to Night Strike. Every Thursday night the organization, Because People Matter,  coordinates a gathering under the Burnside Bridge for homeless people. Students help other volunteers give a free haircut or shave, a foot wash, a hot meal and replacement of old shoes, clothing and sleeping bags. 

A student practices rock climbing with no harness.

Inside Outdoor Pursuits: Something for everyone

Located in Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center, the UP Outdoor Pursuits Program (OPP) has a variety of year-round experiences available to all students, faculty and staff. Excursions and resources range from guided outdoor trips and rock climbing to bike and equipment rental. Whether you are an experienced hiker or have never hiked before, OPP has options for all skill levels.