Kate Cuadrado


Michael Kranyak leaves UP after 21 years working in Campus Safety and 8 weeks as Interim Director

Interim Director of Campus Safety to leave UP after 8 weeks

Michael Kranyak is departing from the University following his recent appointment to interim director of campus safety eight weeks ago.  UP has not announced Kranyak’s successor, yet ensures that the officers will be working to maintain Campus Safety’s role on campus regardless.   “The high priority placed on providing a safe campus environment will not change,” Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen said in an email to The Beacon. “Our officers are equipped with the tools and training necessary to maintain a secure UP community.” 

Renovations are planned to take place from May 2023 until Aug. 2024.

Shipstad Hall pauses housing for renovations during 2023-2024 school year

Shipstad Hall is closing its doors for the 2023-2024 school year in order to make a variety of renovations. Built in 1967, Shipstad Hall has had its fair share of structural problems in recent years, with flooding occurring in 2021, 2022 and even as far back as 2017. Additionally, the Office of Residence Life is looking to update the building with a new elevator alongside structural and aesthetic updates to make the hall a better place for students to live. 

A nursing student prepares a syringe in the Simulation Lab located in Buckley Center.

‘It’s not just UP:’ How the healthcare crisis is affecting UP’s nursing school

When the senior class of nursing students began the program in 2019, they didn’t expect their time in nursing school to coincide with a world-wide pandemic. But, since then, the landscape of healthcare changed as we know it, and that still seems to be the case.  The COVID-19 pandemic saw an uptick in hospitalizations as well as burnout in healthcare workers — leaving many hospitals across the United States short-staffed. For nursing students, the crisis has its benefits, but that doesn't minimize the negatives. 

Graphic by Kate Cuadrado. Photos courtesy of ASUP.

Introducing ASUP 2023-2024 candidates

The Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP) 2023-2024 elections are here following a year of various senate changes including a new speaker of the senate, a new junior senator and only one senior senator, one College of Arts and Sciences senator and one School of Education senator. The ASUP 2023-2024 elections will cover the ASUP senate and executive board positions as well as a vote on whether or not to raise the student activities fee from $130 to $150. The Beacon asked the 26 candidates of the upcoming ASUP elections for an introduction to them and their campaign, as well as asking the following questions. What are specific plans for UP that you hope to achieve in your role, and what are the actions you will take to achieve them? What sets you apart from other candidates in regard to the position you are running for?  Below are the responses from the candidates who wrote in. 

Sara Westbrook was hired as director of campus safety in 2019 and departed from the University March 1, 2023.

Director of Campus Safety Sara Westbrook leaves UP

After four years as the Director of Campus Safety Sara Westbrook has departed from the University.  The announcement was made in an email from Vice President for Student Affairs John Donatao on March 1. Donato did not give a reason for Westbrook's sudden departure.  Following this he announced Campus Safety sergeant Michael Kranyak as the interim director of campus safety. Kranyak has worked for Campus Safety for 21 years, and his role as interim director is effective immediately.