Sam Cushing


After seven years as the Director of Public Safety, Gerry Gregg will retire. Photo: UP Marketing

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. 

A variety of strains at a recreational marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Photo: My 420 Tours, Wikimedia Commons

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

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.

The UP main parking lot is in the center of campus where many students, faculty and staff park their cars for the day. One car was stolen from the main lot behind the Pilot House on Feb. 7. This photo was taken in 2018.

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. 

Montana Hisel-Cochran, a professor of the Pamplin School of Business, has been taking pottery classes at St. John's Clay Collective since October.

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.

Some students at other universities had difficulty with filing for the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) due to the recently ended partial government shutdown.

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.

Sam Cushing is a reporter for The Beacon.

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.

Betsy DeVos is the U.S. Secretary of Education. Photo: Georgia Department of Education 

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.