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Tessa Rodgers, Beacon reporter.

STAFF OPINION: Let's start horsin' around

“Riding isn’t a sport, the horse does all the work!” This is a commonly loathed statement among all equestrians. Typically, those who challenge horseback riding as a sport are those whose only exposure of  “riding” is from touristy trail rides. They’re on a well-broke horse taking a one hour guided ride in a single file line where they walk around in a western saddle. Most people have no clue how much effort goes into riding competitively.

With finals just around the corner, here are some tips and resources to help you finish the semester strong. Photo Illustration by Jennifer Ng.

Real study tips from Shepard Academic Resource Center

As finals week approaches, students may be feeling a little overwhelmed. For some students, they might not know where or how to start studying. The Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC) is an accessible resource to University of Portland students for academic needs beyond the classroom. Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these helpful study tips, provided by SARC, to help you conquer your final few weeks of the semester.

The Oregon Coast is less than three hours from Portland and can be just the getaway you need after midterms.

Nine things to do in Portland over fall break

Among the chaos of quizzes and midterms, you may have forgotten to notice the leaves changing color from green to vibrant orange or the sun setting sooner and sooner behind the trees. But after long weeks of reading textbooks and lectures, fall break is finally here. It’s the season for fuzzy hoodies, pumpkin-spiced everything, and wanting to stay in bed all day. For students staying in Portland over break, here are some ways to best utilize your time off.

HIIT instructor Brie Curran puts her game face on. Curran is one of the student workout instructors at Beauchamp.

Meet Beauchamp's student class instructors

You may not be aware that the person sitting next to you in class leads high-intensity workouts to the UP community on the side. Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center offers a variety of workout courses including Pilot Fit, yoga, HIIT, Zumba and Pilot Spin. Each one is designed and taught by a student who also juggles their courses and extracurriculars.

The annual fall dance, themed Candy Land, sold out within two short days. Photo illustration by Annika Gordon.

Candy Land sells out in record-breaking two days

Campus Program Board announced on Monday night that all 1,200 tickets to Candy Land, the annual fall dance, sold out in a record-breaking two days. Due to venue capacity and fire standards, no more tickets will be made available. 

Emma Wells and Ruby Lindgren hold up compliment cards they received from other members of Active Minds in Salzburg. Photo courtesy of Kylie Koney.

Active Minds starts chapter in Salzburg

In 2018, the year-long Salzburg Studies Abroad program started a new chapter of Active Minds with plans to expand to more programs to help the mental health of students abroad. 

The Global Climate Strike will meet outside Portland City Hall on Friday, Sept. 20. Photo illustration by Molly Lowney and Jennifer Ng.

Students and professors set to march during Global Climate Strike

On Sept. 20, millions of young people will walk out of their homes, workplaces and classrooms to join the Climate Strike — a global revolutionary climate justice movement demanding the end of burning fossil fuels. Some UP students and professors will be marching among them, excited to help put an end to what they say is the decline of the environment.

Seniors give advice to the freshmen class. Photo illustration by Annika Gordon.

Seniors give advice to freshmen

College is a thrilling time filled with personal growth, self-transformation and finding yourself amidst the chaotic labyrinth of syllabi, expensive textbooks and nightmare roommates. Meet a few students from the class of 2020 and take note of how they survived their last few years on The Bluff.