Sadie Wuertz


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. 

A fluffy neighborhood cat poses in the early morning light.

The UP (Wild)cats: Get to know your neighborhood mascots

Cooking dinner one night, you hear a quiet meowing at your front door. You open the door to find an adorable cat perched on your doorstep seeking food, a home, human affection, or maybe all three. Naturally, you name the cat and begin to love it as your own, only to hear your next-door neighbors call it by a different name. That’s right—you have been sharing your pet with your entire neighborhood. 

Co-president Jennifer Ng clears a path for seeds to be placed 2 inches apart.

Get rooted: Grow your own sustainable produce at the SLUG

On the edge of campus past Haggerty and Tyson Halls, a small orchard and garden overlook the stunning scenery of the Willamette River. Currently overflowing with tomatoes and squash, the Student Led Unity Garden (SLUG) is open to all community members. 

Maddie Olson, founder of Worn Relief, poses in front of her pop-up sale inventory.

Worn Relief: Maddie Olson turns second-hand clothing into funds for charity

There’s a good chance that your closet floor is littered with clothing that you just don’t wear. Maybe it’s not your color, maybe you hate the fit, or maybe it was a tacky but well-intentioned gift from a relative that you felt too guilty to return. Instead of letting these clothes go to waste, junior Maddie Olson was struck with an idea that would make a difference. When classes went fully online in the spring, in the absence of both classes and rowing for the University of Portland team, Olson used her sudden free time to start Worn Relief, a second-hand clothing shop that donates 100% of its profits to charity.