Havi Stewart


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.

Lillia Smith works the NASA booth at a Tech Showcase in Mountain View. She was part of the outreach committee for the Aeromechanics branch. Photo courtesy of Lillia Smith.

Shooting for the moon: Lillia Smith interns for NASA

It was either the best April Fool’s prank in years or a dream come true.  But this was no joke. On April 1, 2019, junior mechanical engineering major Lillia Smith received an email from NASA telling her that she had earned her dream internship at the NASA Ames Research Center.