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Thursday February 11, 2010

Fountains due for upgrades

Campus water fountains will be upgraded because of bottled water ban Hannah Gray Staff Writer

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Junior Breauna Dickson assesses the damage caused to her vehicle as a result of the break-in. In addition to the damage, the thief stole her stereo, and other valuables.

Thieves smash and grab at UP

Lisa McMahan Staff Writer Senior Kyle Irwin stopped by his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house after his night class on Feb. 3. He was inside for about 30 minutes. When

he returned to his Subaru, parked near the corner of Portsmouth Avenue and Harvard Street, he found his door jimmied open and his bag â&#x20AC;&#x201D; containing books and his laptop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gone. His was the third in a string of similar vehicle break-ins near the UP campus in the last week,

prompting an e-mail from Public Safety advising students with cars to be especially cautious. 7KH UHFHQW WKHIWV UHĂ&#x20AC;HFW DQ increase in crime that is likely associated with the economy, according to Director of Public Safety Harold Burke-Sivers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time we saw

something like this happen was the last economic downturn,â&#x20AC;? Burke-Sivers said, referring to a similar increase in theft from vehicles that occurred in 2003 and 2004. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate but See Theft, page 4

Service day in honor of Molly Hightower

service per semester in honor RI +LJKWRZHU DQG WR IXOÂżOO WKH mission of UP. ASUP senators want to honor her memory and her commitment On Monday, Feb. 8, the ASUP to service with this resolution. Senate passed a resolution, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to think it (the which requires senators to do UHVROXWLRQ ZLOOVHWDQH[DPSOHRI community service one day per what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do as student semester. leaders,â&#x20AC;? ASUP Awareness Resolution 10-01 is in honor Committee Chair Katie Scally, a of Molly Hightower, the 2009 junior, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Molly was a great UP alumna killed in last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s H[DPSOHRILWÂąOHWÂśVQRWMXVWWDON earthquake in Haiti. Upon about it, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do this.â&#x20AC;? graduating, Hightower went Senior Alyssa Schmidt-Carr, to Haiti to work with disabled ASUP vice-president, supported orphans. the resolution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Molly wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just working â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there as another way with the average orphan, she was to give back to the community working with disabled orphans, and as another way to make DQG,WKLQNWKDWÂśVDUHDOUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLRQ constituencies in the community,â&#x20AC;? of the kind of person she was,â&#x20AC;? she said. said Allison Able, a 2009 UP Last year, 2009 graduate graduate who was friends with Paige Bruggen instituted a day Hightower. of service for ASUP, and several â&#x20AC;&#x153;She would go out of her senators picked up trash around way to give a child a hug, and the campus neighborhood on a the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes would just light Sunday morning. up when she entered the room,â&#x20AC;? The resolution for the Able said. senatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; service requirement Under the resolution, which this year is a formalization of is effective immediately, each that effort, with the addition of senator will commit one day of the tribute to Hightower to help Lauren Seynhaeve Staff Writer

inspire people. Resolution 1001 states that it hopes â&#x20AC;&#x153;to celebrate Molly Hightowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to service and motivate future senators to follow her commitment.â&#x20AC;? $V H[SUHVVHG LQ its mission statement, the University of Portland aims to provide service to the community, and this resolution is one way in which the senators DUH WU\LQJ WR IXOÂżOO Photo courtesy of Molly Hightowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog that mandate. ASUP is honoring Molly Hightower and her Students who are work with Friends of the Orphans with a not ASUP senators service day. are encouraged to participate in and help.â&#x20AC;? service days with senators. This According to Schmidt-Carr, resolution is only one of many several senators have started ways in which UP students are Facebook groups and new trying to honor Hightower and service-oriented Web sites on preserve the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate Pilots UP. Students who wish to of service. participate in the days of service â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is a great idea,â&#x20AC;? should look online at the various Scally said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it would be sites or talk directly to a senator. even better if we can get people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t senators to come along

The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to discontinue the sale of bottled water on campus could mean a makeover of the water fountains. With over 60 water fountains, the job to make the UP campus more environmentally friendly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our responsibility is to go around and see what fountains are adequate,â&#x20AC;? said Faye Beeler, the assistant director of Physical Plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most (drinking fountains) DUHQÂśW FDSDEOH RI ÂżOOLQJ ZDWHU bottles.â&#x20AC;? The new policy was announced suddenly on Jan. 26. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any advance notice. We knew it was coming, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know when,â&#x20AC;? Thomas Blume, the director of Physical Plant, said about the announcement. In reaction to the new policy, Physical Plant is assessing all the water fountains on campus to see whether they work properly and whether the water tastes good.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any advance notice. We knew it was coming, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know when.â&#x20AC;? Thomas Blume director of Physical Plant From there, Physical Plant ZLOO Âż[ RU DGG DV QHHGHG to accommodate a possible increased use for the water fountains. Right now, the only water ERWWOH ÂżOOLQJ VWDWLRQV RQ FDPSXV are in The Cove and The Commons. Because Physical Plant is currently in phase one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the assessment of the water fountains around campus â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear ZKDWKDSSHQVQH[W â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are doing a structured approach to make sure we do it right,â&#x20AC;? Blume said. Physical Plant is considering many options to make it easier to ÂżOOUHXVDEOHZDWHUERWWOHV 2QH RSWLRQ LV WR UHWURÂżW WKH water fountains by adding a water ERWWOHÂżOOLQJVWDWLRQLQWKHEDFN Beeler added that Physical See Water, page 5



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On Campus HAGGERTY LOUNGE RENAMED The ASUP Senate voted Monday to name the revamped Haggerty Lounge, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Anchor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Havenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;1901â&#x20AC;? were the other names with top votes. CANDIDATE SPEECH NIGHT ASUP Speech Night for 2010 ([HFXWLYH %RDUG &DQGLdates is Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall.Candidates will discuss their platforms, debate the issues and answer questions. Door prizes will be awarded to attendees. ASUP EXECUTIVE BOARD CANDIDATES &DQGLGDWHVIRU$683([HFXtive Board are as follows: President/VP Colin Dorwart and Katie Scally Suzann Corrado and Emily Rizzo Secretary Hillary Burrelle Emma Isakson Treasurer Brendan Garlinghouse Ben Thompson CPB Director Hillary White ASUP BELL TOWER RESOLUTION ASUP will be considering a resolution about the Bell Tower ringing times and frequency. ASUP meets Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Shiley Hall 301. HAITI RELIEF FUND The University of Portland has raised $23,674.82 for its Haiti Relief Fund, according to the ÂżQDO WDOO\ DQQRXQFHG WRGD\ The money will be distributed this week and is being split evenly between Catholic Relief Services and the Holy Cross Mission Center. FRIENDS OF THE ORPHANS FUNDRAISER There is a fundraiser for Friends of the Orphans at McFaddens this Saturday at 9 p.m.

CORRECTIONS In the Feb. 4 issue of The Beacon, the article on the AfricanAmerican read-in erroneously reported that the Black Student Union sponsored the event. In IDFW 83ÂśV RIÂżFH RI PXOWLFXOtural programs and the English department sponsored the event with funding from ASUP. In the Feb. 4 issue on page 10, The Beacon incorrectly attributed the pull quote to freshman Edith Guerrero. The quote was from sophomore Daniel Boettcher. 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 Corrections will be printed above.

February 11, 2010

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showtime for the Bluffoons

Roya Ghorbani-Elizeh Staff Writer

Once a month, visitors will ÂżQG VWXGHQWV ZDONLQJ DORQJVLGH a giant mascot in the academic quad. And this time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Wally Pilot. Advertisements in hand, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noddy Boyâ&#x20AC;? hugs and mingles with the students on campus to bring awareness to UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own improv troupe and its performances on campus. The Bluffoons, formerly known as ActUP, are busy planning their show for tomorrow night, as well as reformatting their team with the sole purpose of making students laugh. The Bluffoons, headed by president Stephanie Bayne, consists of 12 to 15 UP students ZKR SHUIRUP ÂżYH LPSURY VKRZV every semester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Improv helps you in every aspect of your life,â&#x20AC;? Bayne, a senior, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have scripts walking around in real life.â&#x20AC;? The Bluffoons practice once a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practice consists of learning about different concepts and techniques central to improvised acting, such as creating a character, developing strong relationships, and just learning how to set others up for success in a scene while still having fun,â&#x20AC;?

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Members of The Bluffoons, sophomore Spencer Holst, junior Danielle Larson, senior Stephanie Bayne and junior Matt Vanderlaan warm up with some silly games in the recital hall in Mago Hunt. The improv group has an upcoming performance Friday. Vice President Matt Vanderlann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we play a bunch of improv games to practice those skills.â&#x20AC;? The team, which Bayne took over two years ago changed its

name because the improv troupe was unable to receive funds from ASUP because of the original purpose of ActUP. According to the Student Activities Web site, ActUP is a

student club that â&#x20AC;&#x153;creates a base of student support for University of Portland drama department events, thereby increasing the See Bluffoons, page 4

Tons of rainage, little drainage Elizabeth Tertadian Staff Writer In recent days, sunny weather has given UP students and staff a welcome break from one of the messy nuisances at UP during

the rainy season: the giant puddle at the main entrance to campus. Now that the rain has returned, so has the puddle, which drenches pedestrians as cars drive through it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After heavy rains, the ground canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold any more water,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Blume, director of

Physical Plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really noticeable.â&#x20AC;? Puddles are here to stay as long as it continues to rain. Two dry wells at the entrance are the only source of drainage for the entire main street. Dry wells are underground water basins that ÂżOO ZLWK ZDWHU DQG WKH JURXQG

slowly absorbs the water. Once WKH\ÂżOOXSSXGGOHVRFFXU Additionally, the city of Portland does not want UP runoff going into the sewers because they feel they already have too PXFK ZDWHU Ă&#x20AC;RZLQJ LQWR WKH Willamette River. According to Blume, the drainage system at UP is like a full cup of water with a tiny hole in the bottom that keeps receiving water â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is bound to RYHUĂ&#x20AC;RZ 7KLV FRPELQHG ZLWK saturated ground that is unable to absorb more water, causes the Ă&#x20AC;RRGLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Romans managed to engineer roads that drained sewage off of them, and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage to drain some water?â&#x20AC;? senior Tessa Daniels said. Many have called about the SXGGOHEHOLHYLQJ83LVĂ&#x20AC;RRGLQJ According to Physical Plant worker Carvel Cook, the puddle is not a hazard and the water drains as fast as it can. He encourages students to slow down when driving through the puddle to avoid splashing classmates. This year, all the rain-catch basins were vacuumed out of all debris in order to drain more HIÂżFLHQWO\ EXW WKHUH LV OLWWOH that can be done when it rains. 7KH GU\ ZHOOV JHW ÂżOOHG DQG WKH ground is saturated. Fifty catch basins collect water on UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus, yet little can be done ZKHQWKH\ÂżOOXSTXLFNO\DQGWKH ground is unable to absorb water fast enough to prevent puddles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying the best we can to keep up,â&#x20AC;? Cook said. Blume encourages anyone who sees a problem on campus to contact Physical Plant. They have a new system in place where they will respond to anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern, investigate it and directly respond EDFNWRWKHPZLWKWKHLUÂżQGLQJV Currently, Cook and other Physical Plant workers are investigating the slushy grass swamp adjacent to Swindells. The soggy grass is problematic to mow and take care of, and Physical Plant looks to improve that area in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We appreciate feedback of any kind,â&#x20AC;? Blume said.


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Village composting system reorganized getting rid of their compostable material, and how much weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being able to compost instead of throwing away,â&#x20AC;? Nanbu said. This gives a quantitative look DWWKHEHQHÂżWVRIWKHV\VWHP According to Andy Taylor, a member of S.L.U.G., compostable materials make up to 25 to 30 Bruce Garlinghouse SHUFHQW RI 86 ODQGÂżOOV 6R Staff Writer in theory, if all compostable material was composted, the size RI ODQGÂżOOV FRXOG EH UHGXFHG E\ At the beginning of the spring a quarter of what they are today. semester, a revamped compost Compostable materials also emit system was created in the Village, harmful greenhouse gases, such which is made up of Tyson and as methane, that contribute to Haggerty Halls. climate change, Taylor added. Before, Tyson and Haggerty Reducing the size of were equipped with some bins, ODQGÂżOOV LVQÂśW WKH RQO\ EHQHÂżW RI but were hardly ever used or composting. emptied, according to sophomore â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to look at compost as According to Nanbu, Sarah Nanbu. She is a member composting can also aid in solving of the Green House, a UP theme the next step into closing the the food shortage problems, as house focused on environmental well as teach sustainability. food loop.â&#x20AC;? issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to look at compost as With the improved system, WKHQH[WVWHSLQWRFORVLQJWKHIRRG residents of the Village will Sarah Nanbu loop,â&#x20AC;? Nanbu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple. hope for a more organized and We take peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waste from the effective service to properly sophomore food they eat and use it to make dispose of their food scraps and more food. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what being other compostable materials. sustainable is.â&#x20AC;? The idea of a new compost The contents range from fruit The system in the Village isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t system was something the Student SHHOV WR FRIIHH ÂżOWHUV DQG WHD the only composting on campus. Led Unity Garden wanted for a bags. The bins with their â&#x20AC;&#x153;green Bon AppĂŠtit also composts, couple years. S.L.U.G. is a club materialâ&#x20AC;? are then collected and however, they contract a company that maintains a small garden at taken to the tumbler located at the to come and gather compostable the northern end of campus. northern end of campus where it material. The Green House helped make LV PL[HG ZLWK ÂłEURZQ PDWHULDO´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could see immediate that dream a reality, making the to make compost. environmental and economical FRPSRVWV\VWHPWKHLUÂżUVWSURMHFW Brown material includes EHQHÂżWV LI ZH H[WHQG RXU as a theme house. things like wood chips, dry leaves composting system on campus,â&#x20AC;? Members of the College or dead grass. Those collecting Taylor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Ecology Club, which strives that day then record what bins to pay a company to pick up our Reilly Hourigan | THE BEACON to increase awareness of were collected and how much compost, and we could see the Sophomore Kevin Hershey turns the tumbler, which rotates and environmental awareness was collected. EHQHÂżWV KHUH RQ FDPSXV DQG LQ mixes compostable materials with â&#x20AC;&#x153;brown materials,â&#x20AC;? which include on campus, also help in the wood chips, dry leaves, etc. Several on campus individuals helped â&#x20AC;&#x153;We record everything so maintenance of the system. See Compost, page 5 pay for the tumbler. we can get a good idea of who is

S.L.U.G. club works with Tyson Green House to revamp composting system

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a new theme house this year so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much set in stone. But we did agree that we wanted to do at least one project this year, and we decided on a compost system,â&#x20AC;? Nanbu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;S.L.U.G. already had one in place, but we agreed it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working, so we thought this would be a good opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Nanbu said. The system provides nearly every apartment in the Village with a small green bin equipped ZLWK D FDUERQ ÂżOWHU WR NHHS greenhouse gases emitted from its contents from escaping into the atmosphere, Nanbu said.

UP saddened at donor Suzanne Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death Rosemary Peters Design Editor

Fields was a caring woman who always tried to keep other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-being in mind. She used to call and check in on him every Monday to make sure he February 3 marked the passing was doing well and was happy. of an important and caring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that often you meet benefactor of the UP community. someone with that good of a Suzanne â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sueâ&#x20AC;? Schoenfeldt mind and that tender of a heart,â&#x20AC;? Fields died at the age of 83 in Doyle said. Indian Wells, Calif. Fields sat on UPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Fields, known to most UP Regents since 1995. She and students for the dorm that bears her husband, Fred Fields, who her name, was well-regarded in survives her, have been long-time the community as a whole for her donors to the school. vivaciousness, generosity and In addition to donating money Christ-like actions. for the new dorms, Fields and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sue Fields was one of the Schoenfeldt Halls, Fields, her most lively, honest-speaking, fun- husband and her late brother, Fr. ORYLQJSHRSOH,NQRZ´([HFXWLYH Art Schoenfeldt, C.S.C., founded Vice President Fr. Tom Doyle, the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schoenfeldt C.S.C., said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was a great Distinguished Visiting Writers friend.â&#x20AC;? Series. According to Doyle, Fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The goal of the series is to death is a tragedy for the enhance studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives and University because she was ZULWLQJ H[SHULHQFHV E\ EULQJLQJ such an important and constant supporter of UP. See Fields, page 5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sue has been involved at UP for decades,â&#x20AC;? Doyle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just love UP, but she also had a fond place in her heart for the priests and brothers here.â&#x20AC;? Every month, Fields would come to the University and have lunch with the priests. She would show up early and stay late, laughing and joking with the priests. Fields told them that if she could, she would move into Fields Photo courtesy of UP Media Relations Hall and become the Suzanne Schoenfeldt Fields, a longtime UP dormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house mother. According to Doyle, supporter and friend passed away Feb. 3.


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THEFT: Keep valuables out of sight Continued from page 1 that always seems to happen.â&#x20AC;? There were no thefts reported to Public Safety in 2006 or 2007. There were 11 in 2008. Âł:HH[SHFWWKHVHQXPEHUVWR go up,â&#x20AC;? Burke-Sivers said. Theft from vehicles in the University Park neighborhood has increased from 25 in 2008 to 87 in 2009, according to the Portland Police Bureau. These numbers are generally much lower than the actual rate of occurrence. About 40 percent of these crimes are reported to the Portland Police, they estimate. These crimes are typically a result of a few thieves in an area who look for valuables to trade in for drugs, according to Detective Mary Wheat of the Portland Police Bureau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an auto theft task force that concentrates on these SUROLÂżF JX\V´ :KHDW VDLG Âł:H donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that any more because of budget cuts.â&#x20AC;? She encourages victims of theft to report the crime so the Portland Police Bureau can become more aware of trends in the city.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are crimes of opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Harold Burke-Sivers Public Safety director Although these crimes seem to be rising, there are many ways to avoid becoming a target. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are crimes of opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Burke-Sivers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To prevent them, remove the opportunity.â&#x20AC;? He advises removing laptops, iPods and anything else of value from cars, or at least stowing WKHPLQDJORYHER[RUWUXQN 1R FDU LV H[HPSW IURP WKHIW and it can occur anywhere. The most recent thefts took place on Yale Street and on Willamette Boulevard. Irwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car was broken into on the corner of Portsmouth Avenue and Harvard Street, an intersection that is not only welllit but also well-traveled.  Âł, ZRXOGQÂśW KDYH H[SHFWHG LW so close,â&#x20AC;? Irwin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portsmouth is a fairly busy street.â&#x20AC;?

His car was broken into after 10 p.m., but many of the recent thefts occurred in the daytime, when visibility is prime for passersby looking to score some loot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of these are actually happening during the day,â&#x20AC;? Burke-Sivers said. He believes the thieves may be traveling by bike with crowbars in their backpacks to â&#x20AC;&#x153;smash and grabâ&#x20AC;? from cars, a process that only takes a matter of seconds. On Jan. 7, junior Breauna Dickson found the window of her Jeep Cherokee smashed and most of her front dashboard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including her stereo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gone. The break-in occurred while her vehicle was parked in her houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private gravel parking lot near Haven Avenue and Syracuse Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever did this was very close to the entrance of my house,â&#x20AC;? Dickson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt more personally violated than anything.â&#x20AC;? 3XEOLF 6DIHW\ RIÂżFHUV DUH increasing their patrols in the streets adjacent to campus, according to Burke-Sivers. Students can protect themselves by recording serial numbers on valuable possessions and by ensuring that their car is covered by insurance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have renterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance through Allstate, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really helpful,â&#x20AC;? Irwin said. He estimates about $1,400 worth of possessions was stolen from his car. He was also granted an H[WHQVLRQRQDSDSHUKHLQWHQGHG WR ÂżQLVK WKH QLJKW KLV FRPSXWHU and class materials were stolen. Irwin recommends students protect their computers with a password and do not store ÂżQDQFLDO LQIRUPDWLRQ LQ WKHLU ÂżOHV Both Wheat and Burke-Sivers agree, however, that not leaving valuables in cars is the only GHÂżQLWH ZD\ WR SUHYHQW ORVLQJ them to theft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thieves usually go back if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a target-rich environment, which means people are leaving stuff in their cars,â&#x20AC;? Wheat said. She recommends removing checkbooks, car titles, electronics DQG HYHQ WH[WERRNV IURP FDUV locking doors and parking in well-lit areas â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re smarter than the car thief, which is not hard to do,â&#x20AC;? Wheat said.

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ActUP, now called The Bluffoons, acts out a skit in preparation for their upcoming show. Students interested in joining are welcome to attend workshops held every Saturday evening from 10 p.m. to12 p.m. in the recital hall of Mago Hunt.

BLUFFOONS: Mascot, name change for campus improv group

Continued from page 2 number and scope of the events.â&#x20AC;? The improv troupe does not receive funding because improv was not part of the previously written constitution for the theater-based group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are only allowed to request funds for anything the theater department is doing,â&#x20AC;? Bayne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only money we get is what we make through the improv shows.â&#x20AC;? In the coming months, Bayne and the Bluffoons plan to submit a new constitution to ASUP to RIÂżFLDOO\ EHFRPH D XQLYHUVLW\ sanctioned improv group, which would make the group eligible for IXQGLQJQH[WIDOO Along with the name change, the improv troupe also decided to split the troupe into two sections. 0HPEHUVKLS LQ WKH ÂżUVW section, known as the core group, is by audition only. Eight to 10 students are in this group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of other schools have an audition-only team of a few people,â&#x20AC;? Vanderlaan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided that we wanted a committed group like that, but that we also had a huge strength in being open to whoever chose to attend practice and learn the skills we practice every week.â&#x20AC;? The core group is in charge of

putting together and performing in three of the shows of the semester. Also, the core group competes in improv competitions against other colleges from around the area. Last semester, the core team traveled up to Seattle to compete in the Northwest Improv Competition. The Bluffoons PDGHLWWRWKHÂżQDOURXQG The second group, known as

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is another form of entertainment that we could bring to the school.â&#x20AC;? Stephanie Bayne senior the workshop group, is currently being trained by the core group. Members of the workshop team will plan and perform about two shows a semester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone gets to be in a show if you are in the club,â&#x20AC;? Bayne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Splitting the groups is a way to be elite, but not to be elite at all.â&#x20AC;? Asides from all the changes, the Bluffoons also aim to bring the world-renowned improv

troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to perform and run workshops on The Bluff. With no budget, the Bluffoons are asking CPB to help fund the performance, which would cost upwards of $5,000. The Bluffoons have been Ă&#x20AC;RDWLQJ DURXQG VHYHUDO SHWLWLRQV that they will present to the CPB board this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is another form of entertainment that we could bring to the school,â&#x20AC;? Bayne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we let them know how interested we are and that the campus wants them to come, maybe they will fund it.â&#x20AC;? The Bluffoons kick off the semester with a performance tomorrow at 8:45 p.m. in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall. The cost is $2 per person or $3 for two people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bluffoons are always open to more membership and more fans,â&#x20AC;? Vanderlaan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With more support from the student body, the Bluffoons could get clearance to do wilder and zanier things that will push the limits of their improv skills and bring even more humor to the campus.â&#x20AC;?

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1. Feb. 1, 9:38 a.m. - A student contacted Public Safety to report the theft of cash and FKHFNVIURPDFDVKER[DW6W0DU\ÂśV$UHSRUWZDVWDNHQ 2. Feb. 1, 7:38 p.m. -3XEOLF6DIHW\RIÂżFHUVUHVSRQGHGWRDPHGLFDOFDOODW+RZDUG+DOO where a student had injured their leg. The student was given an ice pack and was taken to urgent care by friends.

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3. Jan. 31, 4:02 p.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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the community.â&#x20AC;? Members of S.L.U.G. and the *UHHQ +RXVH LQWHQG WR H[WHQG their composting endeavors, but for now they are happy with the progress they have made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Village is a good place to start a composting system because most of the residents cook food, which means more compostable material. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a relatively small community, so it is easy to manage,â&#x20AC;? said Nanbu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, we do hope to someday provide composting services to the dorm halls,â&#x20AC;? Nanbu said. Baby steps are the plan, Nanbu and Taylor said. They are content with the $1,000 dollars Residence Life paid to provide the compost bins, DQG WKH XQLGHQWLÂżHG DPRXQW economics professor Bill Barnes, Bon Appetit general manager Reilly Hourigan | THE BEACON Kirk Mustain and physical plant director Thomas Blume paid for Senior Andy Wuest and junior James Fallon-Cote put together a sifter for the composting bin at the Student Led Unity Garden. S.L.U.G. is also involved in the composting system in the Village. the tumbler.

FIELDS: Philanthropist will be missed

WATER: Overhaul of water fountain in light of ban

Continued from page 3 distinguished writers to the University to visit classes, meet with students and faculty and give guest lectures. For more than two decades, the series has brought prominent writers to the UP campus and the city. According to the program handed out during the fall dedication of Schoenfeldt and Fields Hall, Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philanthropic efforts not only affected the University, but the city of Portland as a whole. Fields was a board member for the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Humane Society, The Seminary Tea and the Boys and Girls Aid Society. She also played a key role in the restoration of Portlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral. According to Doyle, restoring the then-70- year-old Cathedral was one of her proudest accomplishments because the Cathedral was her parish church when she was a little girl, and it remained so for the rest of her life. Fields was born in Portland, and attended Madeleine Grade School, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy and the University of Oregon. She and her husband, Fred , a businessman and Life Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lewis & Clark College, were married for 52 years. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral. UP President Fr. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., will be the principal celebrant, and Fr. Tom Doyle, C.S.C., will preach. Fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cousin, Fr. Jerry Cobb, S.J., will concelebrate along with priests from the Archdiocese and the Congregation of Holy Cross. An on-campus memorial VHUYLFHLVVHWIRUQH[W0RQGD\LQ the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Fields Hall at 10 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her bricks and mortar will change the university forever, but what makes Sue an incredible person is how kind and thoughtful she was to her friends like me,â&#x20AC;? Doyle said.

Lizze Mardesich about the Buckley Center water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I prefer the water in Corrado, Plant is looking at the possibility but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll drink the water in Buckley of adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;goose necksâ&#x20AC;? onto the back of water fountains as one Center,â&#x20AC;? Mardesich said. However, Vandervelden added ZD\WRUHWURÂżWZDWHUIRXQWDLQV A second option is to add that Buckley Center is in need of free-standing water dispensers piping replacement, which is a LQVWHDG RI UHWURÂżWWLQJ WKH ZDWHU huge and costly project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would a large-scale fountains. In addition to adding water XQGHUWDNLQJ´%OXPHFRQÂżUPHG Another area of concern is ERWWOHÂżOOLQJVWDWLRQVRQFDPSXV Physical Plant is looking at Mehling, where none of the water fountains are in use. improving the taste of the water. They have been nonThe water fountains in functioning for at least three or Buckley Center are a main focus because the water tastes bad, four years, according to Blume. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piping problem too,â&#x20AC;? according to Beeler. Blume said. Blume said the water fountains â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several work OK in Buckley, in Mehling are on the list to be DVVHVVHGGXULQJWKHÂżUVWSKDVH but some donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because of In addition to assessing the water fountains on campus, the iron in the pipes .â&#x20AC;? Physical Plant is looking at DOO WKH ZDWHU Âż[WXUHV Âą WRLOHWV shower heads and faucets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to see Bill Vandervelden LI WKH\ DUH ZDWHUHIÂżFLHQW ERWK Physical Plant foreman on campus and in the UP rental units. Physical Plant workers will notify the tenants 24 hours before WKH\LQVSHFWWKHZDWHUÂż[WXUHV The assessments of the water â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several work OK in Buckley, Âż[WXUHV DUH HVWLPDWHG WR EH but some donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because of the completed at the end of March. iron in the pipes,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Vandervelden, the mechanical crew foreman for Physical Plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filters could be a big improvement for the taste of the water.â&#x20AC;? Students do notice the taste of the Buckley Center water and how it tastes in relation to other places on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The water tastes slightly metallically,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore

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Erica Ellingsen | THE BEACON

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