Rachel Rippetoe

Rachel Rippetoe is the 2017-2018 Editor in Chief of The Beacon. You can reach her at rippetoe18@up.edu. 


Rachel Rippetoe is the 2017-2018 editor in chief of The Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: UP's sexist culture starts and ends at the top

What does it mean that all the major decisions for our university are made by white men? It means that the speech at the Wallys was not a blip or an outlier.  It means that when Poorman sat and did nothing as a student made women feel unsafe, it felt reminiscent of the lack of effort and the ignorance towards sexual violence that Poorman has perpetuated during his presidency. The inaction was not an isolated incident, it reflects what Poorman values as a president.

University President Fr. Mark Poorman answers questions about the fallout of Sunday's Wally Awards.

Poorman apologizes for his inaction, promises to do more

University of Portland President Fr. Mark Poorman apologized to students, parents, regents, faculty and staff Tuesday night, in response to accounts of a racially and sexually insensitive speech given during Sunday's Wally Awards. Poorman has been widely criticized for sitting in the front of the room and not intervening. Many said his initial statement did not go far enough.  

Leykam laughs at his desk in his office in the Chiles Center.

Making Strides: Six years of Athletics under Scott Leykam

The end of this school year will mark six years since Leykam took over the athletic director role from Larry Williams, who resigned to become athletic director at Marquette University. Right as he stepped on The Bluff, Leykam signed an eight-year agreement with Nike. In the last two years, he’s brought on former Trail Blazer Terry Porter as head men’s basketball coach, long-time coach and top recruiter Nick Carlin-Voigt as head coach of men’s soccer, and just recently, Olympic medalist Michelle French as head coach of women’s soccer.  Reporter Jamison White contributed to the reporting of this story. 

The cost of attending the University of Portland is rising 4.3 percent this year. Photo labeled for reuse via Flickr.

UP tuition rises 4.3 percent

University of Portland’s tuition will go up 4.3 percent next year, bringing the annual cost of attendance to $45,562. 

Courtesy of Soderstrom Architects.

River property to be named ‘Franz Campus’

The University of Portland has begun construction on a 35-acre property along the Willamette River, newly named “Franz Campus”, according to a news release sent out by the University of Portland last week.