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UP Alum Olivia Sanchez shares her perspective on The Beacon's article about conservative students on campus. 

Opinion: Yes, we need to talk about conservatives on campus — but not in this way

My name is Olivia Sanchez and I want to talk about the recently published article about conservative students sharing their campus experiences. I spent my last two years at the University of Portland working as The Beacon’s opinions editor and then news and managing editor. Last year I wrote about what happened at the Wally Awards. In June, I will graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication with a master's degree in journalism. While I was at The Beacon I reported on changes to DACA, the coming out experiences of LGBTQ+ students and national changes to Title IX.

Title IX Coordinator Lauretta Frederking has accepted a position at a university in Canada, and will leave UP in May. Photo courtesy of Lauretta Frederking.

Title IX coordinator, associate provost to leave UP

Title IX Coordinator and Associate Provost Lauretta Frederking will leave the University of Portland in May, as she has accepted a vice president and academic dean position at Brescia University in London, Ontario, Canada, according to a community wide email sent by Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. John Donato. In his email, Donato explained that the duties of Title IX coordinator will temporarily be split between Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sandy Chung and Director of Student Activities Jeromy Koffler starting in May when Frederking departs. 

News and Managing Editor Olivia Sanchez is a senior on the rowing team.

Opinion: Why I felt trapped by violent misogyny at the Wally Awards

My name is Olivia Sanchez, and I am a senior at the University of Portland. I have been a student-athlete on The Bluff for three years, and in less than three weeks, I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Last night, Sunday, April 15, I had the most disturbing experience of my time here during the Athletic Department’s fifth annual Wally Awards. 

Kathleen Burks has been elected to serve as ASUP director of communications and Brandon Wester has been elected to serve as ASUP director of finance. Photos courtesy of Kathleen Burks and Brandon Wester.

ASUP run-off results: Burks and Wester victorious

Results from the ASUP run-off election indicate that Kathleen Burks has been elected to serve as director of communications, and Brandon Wester has been elected to serve as director of finance.

Swedish pop sensation Tove Styrke performed her top songs including "Say My Name" on Saturday night at the Moda Center during her opening set before Lorde took the stage.

Entertain Me: Tove Styrke & Lorde

When Swedish recording artist Tove Styrke took the stage at the Moda Center early on Saturday night, most Lorde-eager Portlanders didn’t seem to know what to expect. But by the end of her set, she had most of the slowly-filling arena on their feet, clapping and swaying to her electro beat.

Robert Johnson Patterson, 39, stands by a tent he pitched near the SLUG garden. This photo was attached in a campus-wide email sent out Tuesday by Public Safety Director Gerald Gregg. It is unclear how and when the photo was taken.

P-safe bans man with tent near Slug Garden from UP

Public Safety sent out an unusual email Tuesday afternoon about an apparently homeless man they say has pitched a tent on city property just beyond the SLUG Garden near the edge of campus. In the email, Director of Public Safety Gerald Gregg asked members of the university community to notify PSAFE if they see Robert Johnson Patterson, 39, who was issued a trespass warning and excluded from campus Monday night.  Editor's note: An earlier version of this article reported Patterson was homeless, which The Beacon was unable to confirm. The article has been edited to remove that reference. 

Diana Salgado Huicochea laughs with her mentor Irene Routte in the Moreau Center.

Diversity Scholarship awarded to first-generation student passionate about social justice

Salgado Huicochea, now a sophomore, works as a First Generation Student Ambassador and mentors other students whose parents do not have a college background. She was awarded the 2018 Diversity Scholarship of $1,010 for her work in Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Campus Ministry, the Moreau Center and the Student Academic Resource Center on Friday evening before the Diversity Dialogues keynote speaker Prisca Dorcas, founder of Latina Rebels, took the stage in Mago Hunt Recital Hall.

Flooding in the East Quad is due to a "water main break" according to Vice President for Operations Jim Ravelli.

Water shut off for all of East Quad and Pilot House

Water service has been shut off Tuesday morning for the East Quad, including the Pilot House, Waldschmidt Hall and Swindells Hall due to a plumbing issue that has caused flooding. Vice President of Operations Jim Ravelli alerted the campus community to the water shut-off via email, saying “Crews are working to restore the water service as soon as possible.” It is not clear when water service will be restored in the East Quad, but as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, it is off in Kenna Hall, Shipstad Hall, Christie Hall, Swindells Hall, Waldschmidt Hall and the Pilot House. The Beacon will continue to follow this story. 

With classes canceled Tuesday afternoon for a snow day, students were found laughing, skipping, dancing, catching snowflakes with tongues out, and overall using snow walks and time with friends to procrastinate homework and studying just a little longer. 

UP opens at normal time

A Winter Weather Advisory for Portland has been issued by the National Weather Service from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. There is still snow on the ground at University of Portland after consistent snowfall throughout the day on Tuesday, which cancelled classes on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. University officials have yet to comment on whether or not classes will be held Thursday.