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Vol. 112, Issue 19

THE UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER

Thursday March 10, 2011 www.upbeacon.net

Students have mixed feelings about housing process

Sarah Hansell Staff Writer hansell14@up.edu On Sunday afternoon, The Chiles Center was crowded with students hoping to secure housing for next year. There were long lines as well as Resident Assistants darting back and forth helping students find out where they needed to be. Some RAs even staffed stations for refreshments and therapeutic finger painting just in case some students got a little too stressed out. “It’s like Ellis Island slash the DMV all in one,”

junior Nicole Callahan said. Among all of the commotion, a confusion with the point system (which determines each student’s priority in getting his or her preferred housing) caused sophomore Rob Cagan and his housemates to be denied a UP-owned house. Instead a house was given to people who were not next on the list. “It was a breakdown in communication,” Cagan said of the error. Cagan and his housemates had to make the decision to try to secure dorm rooms. See Housing, page 3

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New clubs build home and community Oregonians Against Habitat for the Trafficking of Humanity Humans Luke Riela Staff Writer riela14@up.edu Habitat for Humanity, an organization that has constructed and restored over 400,000 houses since 1976, is finding a new home at the University of Portland. On Feb. 16, the UP Habitat for Humanity club was created. It is currently in the final stages of becoming an official international chapter, according to junior Jenny Doyle, president of UP’s Habitat for Humanity club. “I’ve been volunteering pretty much my entire life,” Doyle said. Doyle is the collegiate challenge coordinator who had been setting up the

site builds with Habitat for Humanity before it became a club. Site builds are a volunteering event in which a group of students help in building or restoring houses. Laura Goble, adviser of the Habitat for Humanity club, said the students have “sweat equity” at these site builds because they are commonly working alongside the people for whom the houses are being built. “In addition to helping out, they also get to learn about the deeper meaning of the project,” Goble said. Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer See OATH, page 5

Jocelyne LaFortune Staff Writer lafortun12@up.edu Between her senior year of high school and her freshman year of college, senior Brianna Hodge went on a trip to Cambodia with her youth group. They hoped to be immersed in a new culture and see a new part of the world before starting college. On the trip, Hodge saw human trafficking for the first time. “This place we went into looked like a bar, but it wasn’t really a bar,” Hodge said. “It was a brothel – It just wasn’t the kind people usually think of.”

When she started as a freshman at UP that fall, Hodge did some research and found that human trafficking was an issue closer to home than she thought. “This is a prevalent issue here in Portland,” Hodge said. “But there are ways to get involved.” The Portland Police Bureau reports an average of five cases of human trafficking every week, according to a press release by the Portland Police. On average, two of these cases involve juveniles. Hodge is the president of the newly formed Oregonians Against the See Traficking, page 5


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