Kimberly Cortez


Director Dr. David DeLysser conducts students during a choir rehearsal. UP Choir students rehearse for their upcoming concert performances this week.

UP Choir ends the year on a high note

To kick off the holiday season, the UP Singers and Bel Canto choir will be performing their Advent Vespers Concert at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Dec. 4, 2021. The concert continues the annual tradition of UP’s signature choral event.

Student fill the DB Auditorium eager to learn about the history of first-generation students, the intersectionality of first-generation students, and  institutional change to be more inclusive to first-generation students.

Lindsay Romasanta kicks off First-Gen celebration week

On Friday, Nov. 5, University of Portland students, faculty and admin welcomed Lindsay Romasanta as the keynote speaker to kick off National First Generation celebration week. This is the fifth year UP will celebrate and recognize first-generation students, faculty and staff.

While many students across the country switched to online classes, others decided to pursue different paths by taking a gap year. The Beacon talked with four students who recently took gap years.Canva by Marek Corsello.

COVID gap year: Learn about the experiences of 4 UP students

With the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of students across the globe were forced to abandon their dorm rooms, switch up their classrooms for Zoom screens and press pause on their traditional college experience. But while some students transitioned to online classes, others made a different decision.