We have all seen it before. You walk along your merry way and see countless people with their water bottles layered in copious numbers of stickers, making the actual color of the water bottle hardly visible. Behind the sound of the tip-tapping of fingers flying, typing notes and papers on keyboards, is the image of a completely sticker-covered laptop. With all the opportunities for self-expression stickers make available to us, even refrigerators can gain opinions and personalities. The Beacon decided to talk to students about their stickers, setting out to discover the reasons why students love putting them on just about any surface and the meanings behind the ones they chose.
On Wednesday, University of Portland community members could be spotted around campus with black ashes smudged into the shape of a cross (more or less) on their foreheads. Members received these ashes at an Ash Wednesday Mass, a day to kick off the Lenten season where the application of the ashes represents the Catholic belief that people are made from dust and will return to dust. In commemoration of this day and the season of fasting, praying, and almsgiving before Easter Sunday that is Lent, The Beacon got to talk to these members about why they are celebrating the season this year.
I hate to break it to you, but using a metal straw isn’t going to save the turtles. And yes, while you definitely should reduce your plastic waste, don’t mistake a nudge with comprehensive change.
There’s a way to talk to undeclared students that isn’t condescending or aggressive. You can lift them up and provide resources to them without pressuring them into choosing before they are ready.
On Tuesday night, Diversity and Inclusion put on Pilots Paint for Latinx Heritage Month. Students had the opportunity to create art inspired by the painting “Manacá” by Tarsila do Amaral, a Brazilian female artist. The event was in collaboration with Mesa Redonda and Women of Color.
On Aug. 23 Taylor Swift released her newest album titled “Lover.” With 18 songs in total, “Lover” leaves the darkness of “Reputation” behind, bursting with bright pop choruses and heartbreakingly honest ballads.
Buddy the Elf is my Christmas role model and has changed my perspective on the holiday season overall. I think "Elf" is such a great movie because it makes you laugh, cry, cry while laughing, question your eating habits and remember at the end what the spirit of the season is about. Without further ado, here are three life lessons that Buddy the Elf taught me.
For many UP Students, Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) are an iconic part of their childhood. Whenever October, or as Disney dubs it “Monstober,” rolls around, old and new Halloween DCOMs are played all month. Have you ever wondered which spooky film defines you? Take this quiz to find out which Halloween DCOM is your “spoopy” soulmate.
The hardest part of coming to college for the first time may not be leaving your parents, your house or your friends. For many, the hardest part can be leaving your dog. (Or, for those who aren’t dog people, leaving your cat, or fish or any other furry friend.) Studies show that owning a pet can be good for you, and help reduce anxiety and loneliness. Some UP students don’t wait to graduate, buy a house and get a job before they have their dream pet. Some bring their furry best friend to college with them or adopt pets while they’re still students.
Plan UP is a club on campus that helps students organize their busy schedules by taking time to prep their planners. Plan UP meets on the first Tuesday of every month and provides stickers, colorful pens, washi tape and calligraphy lessons for students that want to be on top of their schedules and have fun doing it.