William Seekamp


A protestor pays his respects at the place of worship on Mauna Kea.

Students from Hawaii speak out on conflict at Mauna Kea

For some of UP’s roughly 400 undergraduate students that reside in the state of Hawaii, the conflict at Mauna Kea is complex and polarizing. After nearly 130 days, the protests are still going and, according to a Hawaii News Now article, the cost of government agencies’ responses has surpassed $10 million.

Physical Plant workers install the Grotto in the Marian Garden by the Bell Tower.

New Grotto installed near Bell Tower

Many Physical Plant workers, a truck hauling a trailer and a lot of coordination were needed last Thursday when the University of Portland installed a Grotto in the Marian Garden located next to the Bell Tower and the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. It came to fruition after nearly a year of planning and work. There will be a blessing and dedication of the Grotto following the 8 p.m. Mass on Nov. 24.

(Left to right) Cole Fitter, Rebecca Cole, Katie Wojda and Hannah Twomey smile while in Spain. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Cole.

Study Abroad applications to close Friday

With study abroad applications closing on Nov. 15, The Beacon talked with four students about the positive and negative experiences they had while studying abroad. UP offers 11 semester and summer programs and one year-long program for a total of 23 programs in cities like Galway, London, Granada, Quito and Tokyo to name a few.

Senior forward Kimberly Hazlett leaps over the keeper and heads towards the goal.

Women's soccer drops regular season finale 1-0 to USD

In their season finale, the Pilots fell in a hard-fought battle to the University of San Diego 1-0, ending the season at 6-6-5 overall and 2-4-3 in the WCC, most likely missing the cut for the NCAA Tournament. 

William Seekamp, Beacon reporter.

STAFF OPINION: Give audiobooks a chance

I can only speak to my own experiences, but I find myself being less distracted by my surroundings when I listen to an audiobook than when I read. When I read, especially for a class, I need a quiet environment, my phone in my backpack, nothing in front of me and no one in my immediate vicinity. Audiobooks allow me to experience the joy of reading even when circumstances are less than ideal.

Photography professor Pat Bognar's office is a blend of her own pieces and pieces by colleagues and students.

3-D printers, Van Gogh and George Trakl: Professors with unique offices

Most students never take the time to look around their professor's offices. Despite the countless visits for office hours, the personal objects strewn about often go unnoticed. At the University of Portland, dozens of offices showcase a professor’s unique experiences and passions. From art pieces to 3-D printers to books, every office is different. The Beacon talked with four professors about their offices, highlighting their unique interests.