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COVID-19 vaccination eligibility will extend to all Oregonians 16 and up on April 19, which includes UP students. Beacon reporter Mia Werner shares her firsthand experiences getting vaccinated at the Oregon Convention Center, along with a guide to make your own appointment. Photo illustration by Molly Lowney.

From sign up to shot: A guide to get your COVID-19 vaccine at OCC

With Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanding vaccine eligibility to all Oregonians 16 and up starting April 19, it won’t be much longer before every UP student has the opportunity to get vaccinated and to take part in a seminal moment in human history. In Portland, the largest and most common place to get vaccinated is the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). The process can feel daunting, as you have to know how to navigate the online sign up process, as well as the convention center when it’s time for your appointment. 

Mia Werner is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: What the pandemic has taught me about loneliness

I live with five roommates, all of them close friends. We live in a small duplex, sharing bathrooms and kitchen space and everything in between. We pass each other in the hall and say hi, run into each other in the kitchen between classes and briefly catch up, and sometimes eat dinner together when our schedules line up. You would think it would be impossible to feel alone in a house like that. However, it wasn’t until almost 10 months of living together that I started to realize how lonely we all were. 

For the first time in forever, this year's Oscar nominations are looking more diverse than they ever have before.Graphic by Ryan Reynolds

Oscars 2021: Beacon Breakdown of Hollywood's biggest movies

In a year marked by movie theater closures and halted film production, many people’s movie going experiences have been less than ordinary. Now, on theme with the rest of this past year, the 2021 Oscars season is shaping up to be anything but conventional. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many couples have been forced to switch their relationship from in-person to virtual. This included UP students CJ Charfauros and Malia Hui, and Julia Weinand, Jacob Nguyen.Canva by Molly Lowney

Loving Long-Distance

Spending the equivalent of two months, or 1,460 hours, on the phone with your significant other over a period of just six months seems like an eternity. For CJ Charfauros and Malia Hui, both UP sophomores, this was a necessity.

Mia Werner is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Save yourself the headache

As the holidays quickly approach, many begin to dread those nearly inevitable controversial discussions when the whole family meets. You may find yourself quarreling with a raving uncle or trying to tune out a tone-deaf grandpa. Eventually, any conversation may be dominated by head-swerves and eyerolls. In 2020, a year full of public controversies, it's important to note which topics may be best left untouched, for fear of a family brawl. Here are five topics to avoid this holiday season. 

With tensions high due to COVID stress and academic pressures, it is increasingly important to check in with your mental health. Taking a break from school is an opportunity to take some time for yourself and ensure that you put your wellbeing first.
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Is online school hurting your mental health? You aren't alone

University lifestyle is stressful to begin with. College students have faced a growing epidemic of depression and anxiety for years, attributed to a perform storm of circumstances — the loneliness of leaving home and searching for a support group, financial debt, the uptick of high risk behaviors like binge drinking and substance abuse, and feeling exorbitant amounts of pressure to not only survive but flourish in their classes, extracurriculars, and jobs. Factor in a global pandemic, the forced enrollment in Zoom university and an economy that’s wavering at the precipice of a recession, and this semester may be more than college students are willing to put themselves through. 

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