Leahy praises ‘Fr. Claude,’ slams electoral college, partisanship and politicized courts
Every seat in the new 146-person Bryan J. Doyle Auditorium was filled to hear U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) speak Thursday morning. Leahy and his wife Marcelle came to campus for the memorial mass of her brother, Fr. Claude Pomerleau, a former UP professor of Political Science, who died July 21 from cancer.
Director of Public Safety Gerry Gregg to retire after seven years
Public Safety Director Gerry Gregg is retiring after over seven years at the University. He expects his last day to be June 30 but will stay on longer if more time is needed to find and train a replacement. Ten years ago, Gregg retired from a 28-year career with Oregon State Police. Two and a half years later, in February 2012, Gregg took a job at his alma mater, the University of Portland, as assistant director of public safety. That summer, he was promoted to director after his predecessor retired.
Administrators don't expect UP drug policy to change even if STATES Act passes
Even if the STATES Act passes, Sarah Meiser, associate director for community standards, doesn’t expect the university’s drug policy, which restricts marijuana use in all forms, to change much, even though recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 2015. According to Financial Affairs Controller Eric Barger, a large portion of the university’s budget also depends on complying with federal restrictions on marijuana.
Residence Life hires 53 RAs for 2019-2020 school year
The 2019-20 academic year will welcome 53 new and returning resident assistants (RAs) to campus. Residence Life’s website describes RAs as “an important member of a residence hall staff team that provides guidance and support for all residential students in the assigned residence hall.” This includes community building, activity organizing and peer counseling.
Four cars stolen from campus in three days
Four cars were stolen from the UP campus last week, according to Public Safety Director Gerald Gregg. A mid 90’s Honda, a mid 90’s Subaru Outback and a Volvo were reported stolen the morning of Feb. 7 at 6:53 a.m., 7:27 a.m. and 8:24 a.m., respectively. Another mid 90’s Honda was reported missing at 9:55 the night of Feb 9.
Staff after hours: Embracing the arts
UP staff members have all kinds of peculiar pastimes outside of their jobs. Prepare to peer into the lives of three Pilots with passion for the arts, featuring the poet, the potter and the performer.
American feminism not only about white women
Around 30 students gathered in the Terrace Room of Bauccio Commons on Monday to dive deeper into the topic of American feminism and how it historically has catered to white women. The event was hosted by the Feminist Discussion Group (FDG), and featured history professor Christin Hancock, who spoke about feminist movements in the United States and their history with race.
Partial government shutdown has had little effect at UP
Friday, Jan. 25, marked the first break in the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. On the 35th day of the partial shutdown, President Donald Trump agreed to re-open the federal government until Feb. 15 while Congress works on a bipartisan solution to border spending.
Staff Opinion: Carry a notebook to capture your moments of creative genius
Not a school book. Not any particular type of notebook. I use a simple one with a paper cover that fits in my back pocket. At its most basic level, this is your tool to capture the moments of creative genius that hit you like a train while you’re sitting on the bus or taking a shower. Often these sparks of inspiration fade, despite a true and honest intention to remember them. Memory is fickle, and the only way to capture these precious ideas is to write them down.
DeVos proposes protections for accused in sexual assault cases
Colleges and universities across the country, including University of Portland, are grappling with the potential impacts of new federal policies on sexual assault, misconduct and harassment proposed by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In general, the proposals made public on Nov. 16 strengthen protections for the accused. Specific changes include: altering the definition of sexual harassment to be more narrow, limiting the types of reports investigated, allowing a stricter standard of proof or evidence in cases and permitting cross-examination of accusers. According to Title IX Coordinator for Education, Matt Rygg, current student conduct hearing policies at UP “do not allow the responding or reporting parties to ask each other questions in the hearing process.” DeVos’ proposal would require universities to allow accused students to directly question the person who made the report.