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UP moves ban of bottled water sales up to coincide with other efforts on campus Hannah Gray Staff Writer gray12@up.edu

The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to discontinue the sale of bottled water was not a surprise to many on campus, but the timing was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was my decision to step up the timetable,â&#x20AC;? said Bon AppĂŠtit general manager Kirk Mustain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, this is a stake in the ground in terms of sustainability.â&#x20AC;?

Originally, the plan to remove bottled water from The Cove, vending machines and the concession stands was scheduled to take effect around UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring break in early March, according Mustain. Instead, it took effect Feb. 1. The Jan. 26 announcement, including a widely-distributed press release, coincided with the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to generate publicity for UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water FRQIHUHQFHÂą&RQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHV:DWHU and Justice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is scheduled for late March, according to Mustain.

The strategy worked. KATU, KGW, Willamette Week, the Oregonian, the Beverage 1HWZRUN YDULRXV EORJV DQG other media jumped on the bandwagon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water is becoming a big issue on campus,â&#x20AC;? Mustain said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re becoming the university on the river â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a part of that is becoming a good steward of the environment around.â&#x20AC;? While Bon Appetit no longer sells bottled water on campus, Ă&#x20AC;DYRUHG/LIH:DWHUDQGRWKHU bottled beverages will

The discontinuation is consistent with Catholic social teaching, which says that everyone has a right to water, according to Mustain. Âł3ULYDWL]LQJ ZDWHU LV D VRFLDO justice issue, no doubt,â&#x20AC;? said Steven Kolmes, chairman of the Environmental Science Department and a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability. For their Environmental Studies capstone project, seniors Anne Bertucio, Risa Pond and Alyssa Schmidt-Carr are IRFXVLQJ RQ ZDWHU SULYDWL]DWLRQ VSHFLÂżFDOO\ ZLWKLQ WKH ERWWOHG

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Water conference makes waves at UP UP will host â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Confluences: Water and Justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from March 26 to 28

continue to be sold, according to Mustain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to make a huge GHQWEXWLWÂśVDÂżUVWVWHS´0XVWDLQ said about the discontinuation of bottled water sales. There are many social justice and environmental issues surrounding the sale of disposable plastic water bottles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a simple issue of deciding not to buy water anymore,â&#x20AC;? Mustain said.

across the nation will discuss various aspects of water over the course of the conference. The keynote speaker is Maude Barlow, a water activist and senior adviser on water to the president RI WKH 81 *HQHUDO $VVHPEO\ 6KHVSHDNVDWSP6DWXUGD\ night.

water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My plan is to remind people that we humans have a complex relationship with water,â&#x20AC;? Butler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need just the right kind of water in just the right places in just the right quantities.â&#x20AC;? The library has compiled a Elizabeth Tertadian water resources guide of waterrelated literature, movies and Staff Writer â&#x20AC;&#x153;My plan is to remind people articles available to students and tertadia13@up.edu staff that connect to their classes that we humans have a and major. Water. Over 71 percent of All conference events are free the world is covered in it. Yet, it complex relationship with WRVWXGHQWVDQGDQ\RQHDIÂżOLDWHG is more precious than gold and with sponsors of the event. water.â&#x20AC;? more sought after than oil. However, while admission is On March 26 to 28, UP free, registration is mandatory. will host a conference called Students interested in Robert Butler &RQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHV :DWHU DQG -XVWLFH attending one or more of the to bring attention to the growing environmental science professor events can log onto up.edu and water crisis the world faces and register by clicking the water answer questions such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where conference link. do we get our water?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Upon registration, tickets popdo others get their water?â&#x20AC;? Other speakers on the up to be printed or are e-mailed So, what is the Water schedule include US Rep. Earl to students who are going on the Conference? Blumenauer, Oregon Attorney Portland Spirit cruise. The Water Conference is *HQHUDO -RKQ .URJHU DQG /L] Event schedules and three days of discussing and Miller, a college professor based descriptions are posted online on investigating a range of issues in Montreal and director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The the water conference page, which as they relate to water, including environmental justice, protection, Waterfront,â&#x20AC;? a documentary is located at pilots.up.edu/web/ science, business, theology, about one community that fought FRQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHV Students can access the business, history, law and the DJDLQVWZDWHUSULYDWL]DWLRQ UP professor of environmental information by visiting the 1DWLYH$PHULFDQSHUVSHFWLYH science Robert Butler will touch libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site and clicking on The conference begins with on the Earth science perspective the â&#x20AC;&#x153;water resourcesâ&#x20AC;? link on the a cruise on the Willamette River RQ ZDWHU LQ WKH 1RUWKZHVW right-hand side of the page. aboard the Portland Spirit. 7KLUW\ÂżYH VSHDNHUV IURP addressing the resource and KD]DUG DQJOHV DVVRFLDWHG ZLWK

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UP student first to conquer giant calzone UP junior devours a five-pound calzone to set a record at Nicolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Pasta

restaurant cheered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ryan was really struggling until he got an emotional boost by an appearance from purple PDQ´MXQLRU-RH.XUW]VDLG Luigi Cortese, the owner RI 1LFRODÂśV 3L]]D DQG 3DVWD came over and congratulated Aaron Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell /LYLQJVWRQ RQ EHLQJ WKH ÂżUVW person to ever have accomplished Sports Editor the challenge. oconnell11@up.edu â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was some good food,â&#x20AC;? Junior Ryan Livingston sat, Livingston said, pushing himself looking somewhere between back from the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t determined and miserable, want to touch any more food for clutching two inches of doughy awhile.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would you ever do it again?â&#x20AC;? crust in his hands. A student dressed in a full- an onlooker called. Âł1R´ /LYLQJVWRQ UHVSRQGHG body purple man suit and sporting a white headband was rubbing his without hesitation. Livingston and most of his shoulders saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon, Ryan, cheering section then stood to you can do this!â&#x20AC;? Patrons who had long since leave the restaurant. Junior Peter ÂżQLVKHG WKHLU IRRG ORRNHG RQ VanDomelen had removed the in fascination. In the distance hood of his purple man costume, a phone sat playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Final and joked about punching Livingston in the stomach. Countdownâ&#x20AC;? by Europe. /LYLQJVWRQ KDG ÂżQLVKHG ÂżYH Livingston was about to accomplish a feat no person had pounds of crust, pepperoni, italian up to this point. He was about to sausage and cheese. This contest, ÂżQLVK1LFRODÂśVÂżYHSRXQGFDO]RQH KRVWHGE\1LFRODÂśVDORFDO1RUWK challenge. As he dunked the last part of his crust into the water See Calzone, page 3 DQG ÂżQLVKHG WKH EHKHPRWK WKH


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On Campus 9LHK0U\ZOLYZPU)SHJR/PZ[VY`4VU[O SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION NIGHT The scholarship information QLJKWLVWRQLJKWLQ%&IURP SPWRSP7KHUHZLOOEH information about competitive scholarships for post-graduate study. There will information about Fulbright, Udall, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Rhodes scholarships and others. For more information contact English professor John Orr at orr@up.edu. PILOTS AFTER DARK The Pilots After Dark event this weekend is a Footloose Party. The event starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday and goes until 1 a.m. in The Commons addition. CASINO NIGHT FRIDAY 5+$ÂśV &DVLQR 1LJKW LV WKLV Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight LQ )UDQ] +DOO 7KHUH ZLOO EH casino games and students FDQ ZLQ SUL]HV )RU PRUH information contact Jon Merchant at merchant @up.edu RUDW CPB MOVIE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men Who Stare at Goatsâ&#x20AC;? is the CPB movie this Friday and Saturday. The movie starts at SPLQ%&$XGLWRULXP

CORRECTIONS Regarding the Jan. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passengers, drivers frustrated with Pilot Expressâ&#x20AC;? article, senior Joseph Tanner was not responsible for picking up the student on the Thanksgiving break run cited in the article. However, he admitted he was late to another pickup. Senior Craig Horton was the late driver responsible for picking up the Thanksgiving break passenger. To clarify, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passengers, drivers frustrated with Pilot Expressâ&#x20AC;? article stated that passengers have no way to contact drivers. In fact, while passengers do not have contact information for their drivers, they are able to contact the director of Pilot Express who will contact the drivers on their behalf. The caption for the Âł+81*(5 ,QWHUDFWLYH activities bring awarenessâ&#x20AC;? article on page 5 states that Juliet Zimmer is a sophomore. She is actually a junior. 7KH FDSWLRQ IRU WKH Âł6+,576 Champions repaid at FHUHPRQ\´ DUWLFOH RQ SDJH  states that Ryan Livingston is a senior. He is actually a junior. In the headline â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seminarian VSHQGV 1RYLWLDWH \HDU DW 83´ RQ SDJH  LW ZDV LQFRUUHFWO\ stated that novice Pat Reidy was spending a whole year at UP. He will in fact only be at UP for one month. The Beacon regrets the errors. Accuracy in The Beacon The Beacon strives to be fair and accurate. 7KHQHZVSDSHUFRUUHFWVDQ\VLJQLÂżFDQWHUURUV of fact brought to the attention of the editors. If you think an error has been made, contact us at beacon@up.edu. Corrections will be printed above.

Students, faculty and community members attended BSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Read-In Olga Mosiychuk Staff Writer mosiychu12@up.edu 6WXGHQWV Ă&#x20AC;RRGHG LQWR WKH Commons Terrace Room on Monday evening to kick off Black History Month with the VW 1DWLRQDO $IULFDQ $PHULFDQ Read-In, sponsored by Black Student Union. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of this event is to bring African American voices to life, to inspire hearts and minds,â&#x20AC;? said Bethany Sills, UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-cultural coordinator. The reading consisted of a slew of diverse individuals, ranging from faculty members to high school students from the community. Senior ASUP vice-president and BSU co-president Alyssa Schmidt-Carr was pleased with the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited to have people from the community at the read-in,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such a diverse group. There were students, and Father Donato even came in and it was just awesome to have everybody there,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt-Carr said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;People often overlook each other and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we put together these events.â&#x20AC;? Alyssa Schmidt-Carr senior, BSU co-president

Participants read everything from Maya Angelouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry to excerpts from the works of Booker T. Washington, while onlookers enjoyed their food and

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Sophomore Marshawna Williams, BSU co-president, speaks at the African-American Read-In held in the Terrace room Monday evening. The Read-In is one of several events that BSU is planning for Black History Month. the readings. Sophomore BSU co-president Marshawna Williams was involved with the planning and coordination of the event. 6KHUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWHGRQWKHLPSRUWDQFH of introducing people to African American writing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The read-in is a cool way of presenting the words that were used to describe what African Americans thought and what they wanted throughout the years,â&#x20AC;? she said. This was just the kick-off to WKHHYHQWÂżOOHGPRQWKWKDW%ODFN Student Union has planned for the University of Portland. 7KH HYHQW RUJDQL]HUV DUH thrilled for students to become involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The black student population at UP is so small that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that we are doing something to

UHFRJQL]H EODFN FXOWXUH´ VDLG freshman Kaileah Baldwin, a student involved with BSU. Members of BSU have planned three more events this month. The next one is on Feb. 11, featuring Caleb Rosado, an Urban Studies professor from Warner 3DFLÂżF:LOOLDPVFRPPHQWHGRQ the importance of such events and Black History Month as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;African Americans have such an interesting story,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our goal to make people aware of just how important our history and diversity is.â&#x20AC;? Along with the Rosado lecture, students will be able to experience some African American culture with the annual Soul Kitchen event in the Commons on Feb. 16. BSU partners up with Bon

Appetit to provide students with soul food and music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to have a variety of diverse music, not just hip-hop,â&#x20AC;? said Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was thinking that it would be cool if we could show the history of African American music throughout the night.â&#x20AC;? The month will end with the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Only Black Student,â&#x20AC;? Lull Mengesha, speaking about minority students in predominately white XQLYHUVLWLHVRQ)HE BSU may even throw in an African American movie night. BSU urges students to participate in these events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want people to experience another culture,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt-Carr said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People often overlook each other and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we put together these events.â&#x20AC;?

Saddle up. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re headed for Beacon country. The Beacon is hiring for next year and we want you to ride with us. Positions are available for reporters, editors, photographers and for business and advertising managers. 3LFNXSDQDSSOLFDWLRQLQWKH2IÂżFHRI Student Activities in St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Applications must be returned February 11.

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*(3A65,!:[\KLU[Z^LSJVTL[VJOHSSLUNLUL^YLJVYK Continued from page 3 Portland restaurant, challenges FXVWRPHUV WR ÂżQLVK D ÂżYHSRXQG FDO]RQHLQXQGHUDQKRXU7KRVH ZKR ZLQ JHW WKHLU FDO]RQH DQG their drink on the house and their photo placed in the entryway of the restaurant. Before Livingston, the closest person had gotten through only DERXW IRXU SRXQGV RI FDO]RQH Cortese welcomes everyone to try the challenge and beat Livingstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top time.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that 58 minutes can be beaten. Someone out there is gonna take (Livingston) out.â&#x20AC;? Luigi Cortese owner of Nicolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Pasta â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone who can beat his top time of 58 minutes,â&#x20AC;? Cortese said, who was also cheering Livingston on to YLFWRU\ WKH GD\ KH ÂżQLVKHG WKH FDO]RQH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top dog right now, you know? I hope someone challenges him,â&#x20AC;? Cortese said. %XWEHLQJWKHÂżUVWWREHDWWKH challenge included some serious recovery time, according to Livingston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went home and sat down on the coach and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move for two hours.â&#x20AC;? Livingston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to go over to (a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) and got sick, and then I got sick when I came back.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, Livingston had decided that his bed was the best place to go. Full recovery, he said, took about 12 hours. Cortese laughs as he pictures

Aaron Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell | THE BEACON

Junior Ryan Livingston took in the sheer size of the five-pound calzone he ate at Nicolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Pasta. Livingston was the first person to finish the five-pound calzone in under one hour. He clocked in at 58 minutes. how full Livingston must have been. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I bet his stomach was likeâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Cortese said, stretching his hands out in front of him in the shape of a huge circle. Had Livingston not beaten the challenge, Cortese would DFWXDOO\ KDYH DOWHUHG WKH VL]H RI WKHFDO]RQHWRJLYHFRPSHWLWRUVD better shot.

Students seek to unmuddle Moodle Students lead the charge to raise awareness of Moodle

efforts spearheaded by Academic Technology Services and students themselves will increase Moodle usage to two-thirds of faculty by next fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our aim is to increase communication between faculty and students,â&#x20AC;? Manager of Lisa McMahan Academic Technology Services Jamie Worley said. Staff Writer The department is working mcmahan11@up.edu toward this goal by training faculty and providing support to Courses at UP are escaping help both students and professors WKH FRQÂżQHV RI WKH FODVVURRP get the most out of the system. and the printed page and making 7KLV \HDU ZDV WKH ÂżUVW WLPH their way to the good old World UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new faculty orientation Wide Web, in part because of a in the fall had a technology student-driven campaign to raise component, including Moodle more awareness about Moodle. training. Moodle is the name of the course management system software implemented at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a planner to 8QLYHUVLW\DOPRVWÂżYH\HDUVDJR write down an assignment, I It enables professors to post syllabi, assignments and grades can just check online.â&#x20AC;? and fosters communication among students through forum posts. Daniel Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell Accessed through PilotsUP, sophomore the system is currently known as Learning@UP, but will be RIÂżFLDOO\ FKDQJHG WKH QDPH WR 0RRGOHRQ)HE Academic Technology Currently, over half of the Services student workers faculty uses Moodle or other Alexandria Risinger and Martina online resources to provide Sheer are raising awareness their students with basic DERXW0RRGOHWKURXJKĂ&#x20AC;\HUVDQG information like syllabi and D)DFHERRNSURÂżOHÂł0RRGOH83´ RIÂżFH KRXUV DFFRUGLQJ WR which has already garnered over Academic Technology Services IULHQGV Technology Training Specialist Bill Bateman. See Tech Help, page 4 +H LV FRQÂżGHQW WKDW UHFHQW

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was going to change to four pounds because no one could accomplish it, but then Ryan came along,â&#x20AC;? Cortese said. 1RZ EHFDXVH /LYLQJVWRQ DW 6 feet and 185 pounds, was able WR ÂżQLVK DOO FRPSHWLWRUV ZLOO EH held to the same standard. Cortese stresses that the contest will be unavailable during the restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; peak hours,

Friday and Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., or too close to WKHUHVWDXUDQWVFORVLQJWLPHRI p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 1LFRODÂśVLVFORVHGRQ6XQGD\DQG Monday. Cortese hopes more people will compete in the future, and that the top time will eventually be shaved down.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that 58 minutes can be beaten. Someone out there is gonna take (Livingston) out.â&#x20AC;? Cortese said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I gotta get the word out there.â&#x20AC;? As for Livingston, he can still recall his initial impression when WKHFDO]RQHZDVEURXJKWWRKLP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy shit.â&#x20AC;?


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BOTTLES: Respecting water rights Continued from page 1

Learning@UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name will officially be changed to Moodle on Feb. 10. Technology Services Specialist Bill Bateman is confident that Moodle usage will increase to two-thirds of faculty by next fall.

;,*//,37!+LT`Z[PM`PUN4VVKSL aspects of the software for faculty tends to be grading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set it up correctly The page provides students at the beginning, it can be a pain with a demonstration video that at the end,â&#x20AC;? Worley said. %HQHÂżWV RI WKH VRIWZDUH WKDW can help them upload photos to help compensate for the tedious WKHLU0RRGOHSURÂżOHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most current drive is process of setting up grades include the ability to post syllabi student driven,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. When a professor does not and assignments, link to videos set up Moodle for his or her and articles and create discussion class, students are unable to use forums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had the online features that might be available to them in other a lot of needs or thoughts for the Web site that I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students have started to able to enact,â&#x20AC;? English professor expect and ask for Moodle,â&#x20AC;? Molly Hiro said. Hiro has used forum posts Bateman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want students to go politely to their professors VLQFHDQGVWDUWHGXVLQJRWKHU and say they want to be on Moodle features in earnest over D \HDU DJR EXW UHFRJQL]HV WKDW Moodle.â&#x20AC;? In December, Academic there is no way to replace time Technology Services contacted spent in the actual classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing that can faculty members to encourage them to introduce Moodle to their reproduce the feeling of a vibrant courses. While it is not required, classroom conversation,â&#x20AC;? Hiro said. it is highly recommended. While the majority of â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does have a learning curve, but any software does,â&#x20AC;? Bateman professors at UP tend to use to communicate said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Support for faculty is Moodle with students, others, like readily available.â&#x20AC;? Academic Technology communication studies professor Services provides support for Elayne Shapiro and engineering those needing assistance and is SURIHVVRU $]L] ,QDQ RSW WR XVH developing a Moodle Emergency their own Web sites. Some faculty members had Response Team (MERT), which started out as a joke but has their own sites running before turned into a valuable method Moodle was introduced, and of assistance for students and others just prefer to use a medium that is accessible without a faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do a MERT for password. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The University provides all VRPHRQHLQPLQXWHV´%DWHPDQ said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking the mystery professors the ability to make their own sites,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. out of Moodle.â&#x20AC;? One of the most challenging â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you want, for heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake do it.â&#x20AC;?

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Sophomore Daniel Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell says that about half of his professors use Moodle to post assignments and grades online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a planner to write down an assignment, I can just check online,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell said. The ability to post information online also means cutting back on printing costs and paper use. Instead of going through reams of paper, professors can direct students to their class Moodle SDJH WR ÂżQG WKH LQIRUPDWLRQ electronically.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want students to go politely to their professors and say they want to be on Moodle.â&#x20AC;? Bill Bateman Technology Training Specialist for Academic Technology Services This gives faculty the ability to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no trees were harmed in the creation of this class,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. In addition, it offers many of the features the committee wished to introduce to the university, enabling professors to upload, link, illustrate and communicate. Bateman has seen faculty adoption of the system nearly WULSOH IURP DERXW  SHUFHQW WR  SHUFHQW LQ WKH ODVW WZR DQG D half years.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change is hard,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education is changing, so academic institutions are UHDOL]LQJWKH\QHHGWRFKDQJHDV well.â&#x20AC;? Support is available on an oncall basis as well as through a desk-side service. Students who would like assistance navigating Moodle are HQFRXUDJHG WR YLVLW )UDQ] +DOO ZKHUH%DWHPDQKDVDQRSHQ door policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found out on a survey 81 percent of students didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know I existed,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to ask for help and know that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a resource.â&#x20AC;? Goals for the future include increasing functionality between Gmail and Moodle and perhaps FXVWRPL]HG 0RRGOH EDQQHUV IRU each department. A resource like Moodle can be useful in the event that faculty or students cannot attend class, and Academic Technology Services UHDOL]HG LW ZRXOG EH KHOSIXO KDG WKH +1 YLUXV HYHU VHYHUHO\ affected attendance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to use it, but we were prepared,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. Ultimately, though, the department is simply looking to facilitate the ongoing communication between students and faculty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to innovate to help teachers teach and students be more tech-savvy,â&#x20AC;? Bateman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too often computers are just fancy typewriters.â&#x20AC;?

water industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of water bottle companies are going into places which are struggling economically and sucking out their water and leaving these places dry,â&#x20AC;? said Schmidt-Carr, citing India as an example. Kolmes added that water bottle companies disrupt the local agriculture and wells, which causes negative impacts on the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The greater majority of students are more than capable of understanding that water is a public good and not a resource to EHFRPPRGLÂżHG´.ROPHVVDLG Furthermore, some bottled water may not be as pristine as people may think. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bottled water is often tap water from other cities, unless it says spring water,â&#x20AC;? Kolmes said. Kolmes also said that Portland area tap water is one of the best in the country because it originates from Mount Hood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(There is an) incredibly beautiful, pristine watershed on the side of Mount Hood,â&#x20AC;? Kolmes said. Those involved in the plan to discontinue the sale of bottled water think it will be effective and widely accepted among the UP community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the administration is so excited, the professors are so excited, and once the students UHDOL]H WKH GLIIHUHQFH WKH\ÂśUH making, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be excited to,â&#x20AC;? Bertuico said. However, some students wonder if the change will really be effective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UP, if they really want to be sustainable, needs to not just get rid of water bottles but get rid of Gatorade and soda bottles,â&#x20AC;? said senior Wendy Seiber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they do get rid of the water bottles, students can go to Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and get cases of water bottles for cheap.â&#x20AC;? Students who buy bottled water off-campus will not be in violation of the new policy. While the University is no longer selling bottled water, it is not banning people from drinking it on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no water bottle police,â&#x20AC;? Kolmes said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just not providing them. We hope VWXGHQWV ZLOO EH XVLQJ UHÂżOODEOH water bottles.â&#x20AC;?

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1. Jan. 31, 6:48 p.m. - A student came to Public Safety to report the theft of their bike from outside of Schoenfeldt Hall. A report was taken. 2. Jan. 30, 12:05 a.m. -3XEOLF6DIHW\RIÂżFHUVUHVSRQGHGWRDQRLVHFRPSODLQWDWWKH EORFNRI13ULQFHWRQ6W6WXGHQWVZHUHFRQWDFWHGDQGDGYLVHGWRTXLHWGRZQ 3. Jan. 30, 11:24 p.m. -3XEOLF6DIHW\RIÂżFHUVLVVXHG0,3VWRWKUHHVWXGHQWVDWWKH'DQFH of the Decades. Students were sent back to campus and left in the care of their RAs. 4. Jan. 30, 10:58 p.m. -3XEOLF6DIHW\RIÂżFHUVPDGHFRQWDFWZLWKDQLQWR[LFDWHGVWXGHQWLQ front of Buckley Center. AMR and Portland Police also responded and student was transported to detox.

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5. Jan. 28, 1:30 a.m. - 3XEOLF6DIHW\RIÂżFHUVUHVSRQGHGWRDPHGLFDOFDOODW6FKRHQIHOGW Hall where a student had taken too much medication. AMR and Portland Fire also responded and the student was transported to Emanuel Hospital.

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Students will be able to dine in or get food to go at the new Commons come fall. Bon AppĂŠtit will be offering multiple ethnic cuisines and grill options, as well as a new point system that will allow students to save money at The Commons. Meal plans will run on a declining balance system, meaning students put money on their account and pay item by item, Bon AppĂŠtit Manager Kirk Mustain said at the ASUP Senate meeting on Jan. 25.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This enables you to use those dollars effectively.â&#x20AC;? Kirk Mustain Bon AppĂŠtit manager Points will be deducted according to purchases. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit students to three meals per day. Âł0RVW SHRSOH HDW IRXU RU ÂżYH meals,â&#x20AC;? Mustain said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This enables you to use those dollars effectively.â&#x20AC;? The updated point system for UP students will allow students and parents to view points and add money online. Bon AppĂŠtit is using schools OLNH 8QLYHUVLW\ RI WKH 3DFLÂżF in Stockton, Calif., University RI 6DQ )UDQFLVFR *RQ]DJD University and Seattle University as models for the new system. In addition to the new point system, students will be able to purchase food throughout campus with the swipe of a debit or credit card. current Sammyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and While students have to wait current Greens Expo Center until fall for the new Commons, station the debit and credit system is Graphic courtesy of Kirk Mustain scheduled to be set up over spring Changes will include a facelift to the old part of The Commons. Possible updates include a 360o fireplace with soft seating surrounding it. The break. food stations will also be changed to include a new beverage bar, pizza bar and an area for sandwhiches, among other changes.

UP receives all-time high number of applications UP received over 2,000 more applicants than last year Elizabeth Tertadian Staff Writer tertadia13@up.edu )ROORZLQJ D ÂżYH\HDU WUHQG 83ÂśV DGPLVVLRQV RIÂżFH LV DJDLQ RYHUĂ&#x20AC;RZLQJ ZLWK DSSOLFDQWV IRU IDOO 83 UHFHLYHG  DSSOLFDWLRQV RYHU  PRUH applicants than last year, making this an all-time high for applicants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It says a lot about University of Portlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation,â&#x20AC;? said Jason McDonald, dean of Admissions. According to McDonald, the increase is part of a national trend. Due to the economy, prospective students are applying to more schools not just for options, but to seek out the best ÂżQDQFLDODLGSDFNDJH The increased interest for UP is also due to the efforts of the admissions department, which hosts an annual high school counselorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program that gives counselors the â&#x20AC;&#x153;UP experience.â&#x20AC;? $URXQG  KLJK VFKRRO counselors from all over the

1RUWKZHVW VSHQG WKUHH GD\V DW UP getting to know the campus, faculty and programs. The hope is that they will share this information about UP with students they believe would EHLQWHUHVWHGDQGÂżWLQZHOO UP admissions targets mostly Catholic high schools for the program. Additionally, McDonald credits the good communication they keep with prospective students as a contributing factor to the increase in applications. According to Laurie Kelley, FKLHI PDUNHWLQJ RIÂżFHU 83 KDV really improved its image through public relations.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we bring in more qualified students, it makes UP more prestigious.â&#x20AC;? Jason McDonald dean of Admissions

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;UP is not a well-known secret anymore,â&#x20AC;? McDonald said. He sees the increase as UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLYH RI 83 DV DQ HVWHHPHG school, a reputation that continues to grow as applicant numbers increase. Rising applications makes the admission process more selective and competitive. According to McDonald, UP used to accept 85 percent of applicants. He estimates that the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptance rate will EHQHDUSHUFHQWWKLV\HDU Âł$VZHEULQJLQPRUHTXDOLÂżHG students, it makes UP more prestigious,â&#x20AC;? McDonald said. Although the increase showcases UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing popularity, the number of new Pilots will remain relatively the same as this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshman class; small. The admissions department LVORRNLQJDWFODVVVL]HRIDURXQG IRUQH[WIDOO The tight-knit community is part of UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm and what draws people here. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we sell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; personal interaction with staff, said McDonald.

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