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Madison Pfeifer is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She is a communication studies major and Spanish minor. Originally from Happy Valley, Oregon, Maddie will graduate in the Spring of 2020.


Patrick Ell appears in court for his arraignment. Ell plead not guilty to the Second Degree Assault charge he faces.

Ell pleads not guilty to assault of Associate VP

Former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell appeared in court today for his arraignment on a charge stemming from the Dec. 13 baseball bat assault on Associate Vice President for Student Development Matt Rygg. Through his attorney Stephen Houze, Ell plead not guilty to the assault charge he faces and agreed to have no contact with any University of Portland students.

Former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell is accused of assaulting Associate Vice President for Student Development Matthew Rygg. Ell will be arraigned this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Former University of Portland employee arrested in alleged assault of Associate Vice President

Portland Police arrested former University of Portland employee Patrick Ell Friday night for assaulting Associate Vice President for Student Development Matthew Rygg, according to Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen. In a campus-wide email, Lewellen said the assault occurred off campus, and that Ell was now banned from University property and events.

A power outage caused by a blown fuse lasted 3 hours. Students also had to evacuate Buckley Center after a report of the smell of gas.

Campus power outage leaves students in the dark

A power outage from Portland General Electric (PGE) left parts of the University of Portland campus in the dark Thursday morning. According to Vice President for University Operations Jim Ravelli, a blown fuse on a power pole caused the outage.

(Left to right) Sophomore Daniel Lagunas, Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion Programming Yuri Hernández Osorio, and political science professors Anne Santiago and Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi provided different perspectives on the topic of immigration at the DACA Panel.

University of Portland DACA students await Supreme Court decision

The future of about 700,000 undocumented immigrants — including students at the University of Portland like Lagunas  — will be affected when the Supreme Court decides whether or not it was legal for President Barack Obama to create DACA without congressional approval in 2012. Oral arguments begin on Nov. 12, and a decision is expected in 2020. On Monday night, Diversity and Inclusion programming and Latinx Student Union sponsored a panel to discuss the U.S. immigration system and how the upcoming Supreme Court hearing will affect DACA.

Owen Klinger went missing on Oct. 6. His body was recovered in the Willamette River on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of the Klinger family.

Funeral Mass for Owen Klinger to be held at Chiles Center

The Funeral Mass for University of Portland student Owen Klinger will be Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Chiles Center. According to a campus-wide email from university President Fr. Mark Poorman, the Klinger family and the university invite the campus community to attend.