Sadie Wuertz


Many Asian American businesses across the country are shutting down as a result of the pandemic and growing racism against Asian Americans. The Beacon curated a list of Asian-owned Portland businesses for UP community members to support. Canva graphic by Molly Lowney.

Extend Your Anti-Racism to Your Wallet

As the pandemic rages on and misinformation continues to spread, a severe spike in violence and racism against Asian Americans has permeated the United States. Many Asian American businesses are shutting down, workers are being harassed, and storefronts are being vandalized.  Last month, The Beacon reported on the ways that anti-Asian hate crimes have affected UP’s Asian student population. Now, we’ve compiled a list of UP students’ favorite Asian American-owned businesses and restaurants to support in Portland.

Sadie Wuertz is a reporter for The Beacon. Photo courtesy of Sadie Wuertz.

STAFF OPINION: It's time to rethink to-do lists

Ever since I was little, I’ve found joy in making to-do lists. I always liked to make them as detailed as possible, so I had more items to cross off, which would make me feel more accomplished at the end of the day. 

A bike sits below St. Johns Bridge at the entrance to Cathedral Park. Biking is a great way to get across town while staying active.

How to not let your Spring Fever turn into a COVID-19 Fever 

The usually-gloomy Portland days are getting longer, the skies sunnier, and spring fever is setting in. So, what does a COVID-safe spring look like? UP students need a way to let go, relax, and enjoy the sunshine after a long week of stressful midterms, but even though COVID-19 cases are beginning to drop, it’s still important to stay safe and distant. The Beacon put together this list of 10 fun outdoor things you can do in Portland while staying COVID-safe.

Active Minds has a focus on spreading awareness about mental health as well as destigmatizing mental health discussions at UP. Canva by Jennifer Ng

Active Minds’ Fresh Check Day: Student mental health check in

Active Minds is holding a virtual Fresh Check Day on Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is a mental health fair which aims to foster discussion on a variety of different topics ranging from suicide prevention and yoga to mental health for QTBIPOC people.

A student holds a sign with the trending hashtag #stopasianhate in UP's main academic quad. The Beacon spoke with four Asian American UP students about their reflections on the recent increase in hate crimes against the Asian American community. Photo Illustration by Molly Lowney and Jennifer Ng

UP students reflect on the increased violence against the Asian American community

As juniors Olivia Nomura and Bao Huynh watched Wong’s King, one of their favorite dim sum restaurants in Portland, shut its doors permanently earlier last year, they reflected on the loss it symbolized.  To Nomura and Huynh, Wong’s King’s closing meant more than just another restaurant closing down due to the pandemic. Instead, it was another hallmark of the neglect and discrimination that the Asian American community has faced in the wake of COVID-19.

Stretch your legs after a long week of 'ZoomUniversity' and plié on over to ballet club, no experience necessary. Ballet club meets every Thursday on Zoom.Photo Illustration by Emma Sells

Raising the Barre

Seniors Meredith McMurray and Macey Schondel grew up alongside each other, but somehow never crossed paths. They both started ballet lessons at the age of four, danced in different studios in Northern California, did ballet all throughout high school, meeting the same people but never each other — that is, until they both found themselves at UP. 

A collection of Arlene Goetze's work is displayed. Goetze founded the Catholic Women's Network newspaper and wrote the book "Exploring Spirituality in Photo & Verse."Photo Illustration by Brennan Crowder

Arlene Goetze: Past and present

It was December of 1955 when UP junior Arlene Goetze was alarmed to find her doppelganger hanging irreverently on UP’s hallowed grounds. The effigy, a puppet constructed by the ROTC to look distinctively similar to Goetze, was hung in protest of a cartoon she had published in The Beacon just a short while before. The first female Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon, Goetze was used to notoriety — but never like this. 

Haggarty and Tyson Halls are two of the only four dorms open during the fall semester.

Life on The Bluff: Pandemic edition

On paper, junior Nick Hinson’s daily routine might not look very different from a normal school year — except that it takes place in its entirety within 173 square feet: his solitary Schoenfeldt double. He leaves this (very familiar) space only to get grab-and-go food from the Commons, or to work out at the gym, his hands washed and mask handy. And then, back to his room for a full day of classes.