Natalie Rubio-Licht


Shiley Hall was packed with well dressed students presenting their research for Founder's Day.

Senior award winners, valedictorians announced

On Founder’s Day, many seniors attended the Senior Awards breakfast to honor their achievements and celebrate their final weeks before graduation. Awards were given out to 80 seniors and graduate students for their contributions to different departments.  If you didn’t get the chance to go to the Senior Awards breakfast, here’s the list of winning seniors: 

The ASUP Executive Board from left to right: Vice President John Akers; President Brandon Rivera; Communications Director Mario Sarich; Campus Program Board Director Jacque Nelson; Director of Finance Hannah Baade; Speaker of the Senate Alex Peterson

ASUP fall budget lowers leaders’ stipends, gives more money to clubs

At the final Senate meeting of the year on April 23, ASUP passed the Fall semester 2018 budget that includes pay cuts for executive board and Speaker of the Senate positions’ stipends. They also allocated an additional $12,500 to clubs, money that surfaced when the Executive Board discovered the original budget inadvertently understated available funds.

E-scholars during their international trip to Asia over spring break. Photo courtesy of E-scholars.

A global eye: E-Scholars go abroad to pitch ideas

Senior mechanical engineering major Ben Kallen and his brother used to drive around with planks of plywood in the back of their truck. The lumber wasn’t to make a bonfire, rather a makeshift skate ramp. Now, Kallen is developing a portable skate ramp, but this time it’s not made out of old plywood. And soon he may have the opportunity to create and distribute his invention thanks to the University of Portland’s Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) program. This program allows students to design a venture, which could be a business, invention or non-profit idea.  Every year, 25 students of various majors are picked from a pool of applicants and split into different cohorts, or groups of around eight people. As a part of the program, students take three classes with their cohort over the course of a year and go on three different trips; one to New York City over fall break, one to Denver, Colorado in February, and an international trip over spring break or early summer to a destination decided by the members of each cohort. This program is run by Dean of the Pamplin School of Business, Robin Anderson, and Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Peter Rachor. 

The Vietnamese Student Association will host their annual cultural night during Asian-American History Month on April 8, 2018. Photo taken from cultural night in 2017. Photo courtesy of Mai Jones.

UP to celebrate Asian-American History Month with several cultural nights

With the end of the semester on the horizon, many students are struggling under the weight of essays, projects and exams. But for many students at the University of Portland, April is more than just end-of-semester crunch time — it’s Asian-American History Month. Some of UP’s cultural clubs are providing an escape from the stress with numerous cultural nights throughout the next few weeks.

ActUP will be performing "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" at Blair Studio Theatre in Mehling Hall, this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

ActUP presents 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

ActUP, the theatre club on campus, is putting on a student-run production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a comedy musical by Clark Gesner based off of Charles Schultz's “Peanuts” cartoons.

Natalie Rubio-Licht is a freshman reporter for The Beacon.

Staff Opinion: Why commodified feminism isn’t real feminism

In honor of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, luxury fashion brand Dior released t-shirts with the slogan “We Should All Be Feminists” printed plainly across the front in the summer of 2017. However, the empowering tee came at a high price point and is currently selling for $710.  

This week at Pilots Paint, students will have the opportunity to paint with inspiration from California-based artist Brooke Fischer's feminist artwork. Courtesy of Diversity and Inclusion Programs.

Pilots celebrate Women's History Month with painting event Thursday

Pilots Paint is a monthly event where participants are guided through painting a piece by an artist of a marginalized community while being educated on social justice. It is being held on Thursday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s student center. Student Diversity Coordinators Sabrina Legaspi and Diana Salgado-Huicochea will host the event in cooperation with Feminist Discussion group, Society of Women Engineers, and Her Campus. Diversity and Inclusion program coordinator Yuri Hernández Osorio will be overseeing the event. To honor women’s history month, participants will be painting their own versions of a piece by California based artist Brooke Fischer, whose pieces were featured in the Women’s March.

Joselene Piedra Rodriguez, Acacia Welsford and Megan MacInnes speak during a panel about LGBT+ inclusion during Diversity Dialogues.

LGBTQ students share their experiences

“Asexual.” “Bigender.” “Cisnormativity.” “Gender Non-Conforming.” These are terms listed on an icebreaker sheet that was handed out to everyone at the panel “Improving LGBTQIA Lives on Campus,” hosted by the Gay-Straight Partnership on Tuesday evening as part of Diversity Dialogues.  The panel featured students Acacia Welsford, Keaton Gaughan, Megan MacInnes, Harrison Kasper and Joselene Piedra Rodriguez and was moderated by Aitana Shough. The discussion focused on four areas: integration of more queer-inclusive language on campus, how to properly treat LGBT+ people with respect (or “Etiquette”), gender-neutral bathrooms and inclusivity in the classroom. The panelists also answered anonymous questions from the audience. 

(Left to right) Jesse Persing, Kevin White, Kevin Hendersen, and Brad Henderse​​n practice in the basement of Mago Hunt. The Bluff Boys, UP's only barbershop quartet, is an elite group of singing hobbyists that love to share their passion for music with the community.

Barbershop on The Bluff

The Bluff Boys are now a performing collegiate barbershop quartet here at UP. The group consists of Persing singing tenor, White singing lead, and brothers Brad and Kevin Henderson singing baritone and bass, respectively. They perform various events and pop-up performances all over campus and are gearing up for the Evergreen District Division Four competition in April in Eugene, Oregon. 

What should you do this Valentine's Day? Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

QUIZ: What should you do this Valentine's Day?

Are you single on this consumerist holiday of love? Being alone on Valentine's Day doesn’t mean you have to stay in your bed watching Netflix for 24 hours straight. Find out how you deserve to spend the day forgetting about your singleness by taking this quiz.