Nick Pisani




Staff Opinion: Athletes not only deserve to be heard, they need to be heard

Even though we are only four months in, 2018 has already been a sports fan’s dream. During these last few months we’ve seen an exhilarating Super Bowl game finish with more than 70 points, a March Madness that hasn’t failed to entertain, a Winter Olympics that expanded upon what we thought was humanly possible, and countless developments in the NBA as the season nears playoffs.

When Sara Zaragoza first arrived on campus, she struggled to adapt to the culture and the weather, but through hard work and dedication she overcame these problems.

Around the Globe: International athletes and their experience on The Bluff

For just about everyone, coming to college freshman year is a new and daunting experience. Anyone at the University of Portland can probably relate to feeling out of their comfort zone at least once settling in on The Bluff. Now imagine coming into college not knowing the language or the culture. 

Sophomore Beau Brundage prepares to swing against San Francisco's talented pitcher, Thomas Ponticelli. The Dons remain undefeated in the WCC after winning the first game in their series against the Portland Pilots.

Pilots fall to Dons 6-4

In the first game of this weekends’ series in Portland, the Pilots were defeated by the University of San Francisco 6-4.

On February 10th, senior runner Logan Orndorf competed in the Husky Classic and finished first in the 3000 meter at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor Track.

Pilot in the Spotlight: Logan Orndorf

The Pilot spotlight is shining once again and this week it’s focused on senior runner Logan Orndorf who finished first in 3,000 meter race at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. Not only did his stellar performance warrant a first-place finish, it also placed him in the Indoors record books at eighth all time.

Malcolm Porter started tonight and had a solid performance with 12 points and 2 assists, but the red-shirt Freshman's attempts weren't enough to keep the Pilot's from losing their grasp on the game in the final minutes.

Pilots fall to Broncos 81-72

The Portland Pilots fell to the Santa Clara Broncos 81-72 in a close fought battle tonight at the Chiles Center.

Julie Spencer prepares to lob a pass over her San Diego opponents into the hands of Freshman Kristina Woolridge for an easy lay up. This bit of magic offered a taste of what the Pilots can do when they stay composed on offense.

Pilots fall to Toreros 60-75

The Portland Pilots fell to the San Diego Toreros tonight, 60-75. The Pilots looked outmatched offensively right from the tip-off and ended up being down 7-20 at one point before the first quarter. Things didn’t get much better for the Pilots from there, as every time they seemed to be making a comeback, San Diego would respond with a strong offensive play or a crucial defensive stop. Turnovers proved to be one of the major problems for the Pilots this evening, as they ended the game with 18 in total.

Paul Christensen was drafted with the first pick in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft by Atlanta United.

Pilot in the Spotlight: Paul Christensen

This week, The Beacon’s spotlight is shining on Paul Christensen, who has been the starting goalkeeper for the Pilot’s men’s soccer team for the past four years and is saying goodbye to UP after this semester.

Matt studying with friends in the Clark Library.

Life after the game: Student athletes that stopped playing

Committing to be a D1 athlete isn’t for everyone. Every year, student athletes drop out of their respective sports for a variety of reasons. While the reason for athletes dropping the sports they have dedicated countless years of their lives to vary greatly, one thing is similar among former athletes: The transition into regular student life is hard.