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Tuition on the rise Rosemary Peters Editor-in-Chief

Undergraduate tuition at UP is going up by nearly $1,500 for the 2012-2013 academic year. The 4.4 percent increase brings annual undergraduate tuition to $35,120, according to Vice President of Financial Alan Timmins Affairs Alan Vice President Timmins. of Financial “If you look Affairs at comparable Northwest schools, the average increase is in the neighborhood of 4.8 percent,” Timmins said. “I think you get as good or better of an education here as you do at those other schools.” The tuition increase, which is slightly higher than this year’s 4.1 percent increase, will go toward continuing and expanding both academic and nonacademic programs. It will also go toward general costs of the University. “(The tuition increase) means a continuation of programs we see as successful – we can focus on making these programs better,” Timmins said. “Sharpening the pencil on them a little bit so students are where they need to be when they’re released out into the world.” Room and board will also rise next year, with a 4.9 percent increase. With varying options for room size and meal plans, this room and board increase will range from $200 to $350. Many students are unhappy about the fact that tuition is increasing again this year. “I feel like it is really stressful,” freshman Carina Chavarria said. “As it is, I have trouble paying my tuition. I would have to take out more loans, but that is a risky business.” According to Timmins, the increase in tuition and room and board will be paired with an increase in financial aid. He believes this should help relieve some of the financial pains that go along with the increases. “Net tuition on average actually went down last year See Tuition, page 2

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Senior Caleb Pentecost, center, was a participant in Wheel of Fortune’s College Week taping in Portland last Saturday, with the host of Wheel of Fortune Pat Sajak (far left).

Four UP students compete on television, to be aired May 14-18 Sarah Hansell Staff Writer Last Saturday, four UP students were not only contestants on Wheel of Fortune,

solving puzzles like “Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,” but were also given the chance to win a minimum of $1,000, or more if they solved the puzzles before their competitors. Wheel of Fortune does

not allow the winners and the amount of money each contestant won to be disclosed because they want viewers to tune in when the

Air dates Dates: May 14-18 Time: 7:30 p.m. Channel: KATU

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Student to return from hospital Sophomore Aaron Myers upgraded to fair condition Laura Frazier Features Editor After collapsing at the basketball court by Fields and Schoenfeldt halls almost two weeks ago, sophomore Aaron Myers has made a remarkable recovery and plans to be back on The Bluff following Easter break. In an interview with The Beacon from his room in Emanuel Hospital, Myers said he felt great and expects to return to full health. “I’ve been feeling good for a few days now,” he said. On March 23, Myers had a seizure and was without a heartbeat for about 35 minutes, according to Portland Fire and Rescue. Public Safety responded before Portland Fire and Rescue arrived. Myers was alternately shocked and given CPR by the Emergency Medical Technicians and, after six rounds of shocks, was taken to Emanuel Hospital. Myers has no recollection of the incident. “I really don’t remember anything that happened,” Myers said. “I’ve just

heard what they told me.” Myers said it’s weird to hear what happened to him second-hand. “I heard that my heart stopped and it was kind of a shock,” Myers said. Doctors have no explanation for Myers’ seizure. He had no pre-existing medical conditions. “They don’t know why my heart stopped,” Myers said. “There’s no reason why it stopped. It’s kind of weird.” Myers was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital. By March 26, Myers was upgraded to serious condition, and only a week later he was upgraded to fair condition. Junior Trevor Webber was on the court with Myers the day he collapsed. “When I saw it first, I was worried he wouldn’t come back,” Webber said. “I was praying for him as much as I could.” Last Thursday, the UP community came together to pray for Myers at a candlelight vigil at The Chapel of Christ the Teacher. See Myers, page 5

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Sophomore Aaron Myers posed for a Pilot fan photo last semester. Myers was upgraded to fair condition and plans to come back to school after the Easter break.



April 5, 2012

On On Campus Campus

‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ Tickets are available for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented by the Performing and Fine Arts Department. Performances: • Friday (April 13) and Saturday (April 14) at 7:30 p.m. • Sunday (April 15) at 2 p.m. • Thursday (April 19) – Saturday (April 21) at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can use their season passes to reserve complimentary tickets. Students can reserve free tickets for the performances on Friday, April 13 or Thursday, April 19. Contact the Mago Hunt Box Office (503-9437287) to reserve your seats, or visit the box office in the Mago Hunt lobby from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. OUTAGE Thursday, as part of an ongoing effort to improve the computing environment and associated services, Information Services will perform maintenance on the campus network. The outage will start at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and end at 2 a.m. Friday. All internal resources will be unavailable including, but not limited to: Pilots, Moodle, email, Banner, event resources, library resources, files access, virtual desktops and food services. However, internet access will remain available for all students and staff during this period. ASUP NOMINATIONS ASUP is requesting nominations for ASUP awards for those who students think deserve to be awarded for their service on The Bluff. This includes nominations for Event of the Year, Staff Member of the Year, ASUP Senator of the Year and Diversity Leader of the Year, among others. Nominations end on April 9. CLARIFICATION Regarding the “Be first through the door to see Macklemore” article on March 29, the Chiles Center does hold 4,852 people. However, due to the set up of the concert, the concert will hold approximately 3,800 people. CORRECTIONS Linfield College is bringing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in May. It has not previously hosted them. Also, Sean Ducey said “hospitality riders,” not hospitality writers. The Beacon regrets the errors.

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Discovering the Gay and Grey Social work professor and students research Portland’s elderly LGBT community Philip Ellefson Staff Writer When senior Chanel Gardella heard a panel of elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) men and women telling their stories last spring, it hit her hard. The panel members spoke about prejudice and discrimination they have faced throughout their lives. Some of these people have not been able to grieve in public over the loss of a loved one. Others have contemplated suicide. The panel, which Social Work Professor Anissa Rogers invites to speak to her Human Sexuality class each semester, came from Gay and Grey, which is a program within Friendly House, a Portland social service organization. Gay and Grey’s purpose is to provide resources and educate people about the elderly LGBT population. “During the panel, at least 90 percent of the class was in tears,” Gardella said. “That’s what connected me to the research at first.” After seeing the panel, Gardella wrote a paper on Gay and Grey for Rogers’ class, and Rogers asked her, along with junior Mary Worlein and senior Lissy Richards, to help with a larger research project. The goal of the research

“They talk about being twice-hidden. They get discriminated against because they’re older, and they are discriminated against because they’re LGBT. Listening to stories is pretty eye-opening, just realizing how much discrimination people still face.”

Anissa Rogers Social Work Professor was to evaluate the panel’s effectiveness in educating and training the people they speak to, from college classes to health care professionals. Starting last summer, Rogers recorded and analyzed evaluations from participants who listened to the panel speak. Rogers found that the speakers on Gay and Grey’s panel are effective in increasing awareness and empathy for the aging LGBT

TUITION: 4.4 percent increase Continued from page 1 because of the increase in tuition compared to the increase in financial aid,” Timmins said. By “last year,” Timmins is referencing the 2010-2011 academic year, when net tuition decreased by 1.9 percent. The 2012-2013 final figures for financial aid, which comes from several sources including donations, the federal

government and endowment earnings, have not been finalized. Timmins expects the budget to be finalized in May. However, according to Timmins, students may be in for some good news as UP’s endowment experienced 20 percent growth last year. “2011 was a very good year for investments across the board,” Timmins said.

Tuition comparison Looking at other universities’ tuition • University of Portland: $35,120 (20122013) • St. Mary’s College of California: $38,300 (2012-2013) • Reed College: $42,540 (2011-2012) • Linfield College: $32,100 (2012-2013) • Gonzaga University: $33,160 (20122013) • University of San Francisco $38,490 (varies with degree being sought) (20122013)

population. Gardella and Worlein presented these findings at the Baccalaureate Program Directors conference over spring break. At this conference, social work professors and students presented research papers and projects such as the one Rogers and her students conducted. Rogers said the research is important because the elderly LGBT population is often marginalized due to a lack of awareness. “They talk about being twicehidden,” Rogers said. “They get discriminated against because they’re older, and they are discriminated against because they’re LGBT. Listening to stories is pretty eye-opening, just realizing how much discrimination people still face.” Worlein agrees that the older LGBT population often goes unrecognized, and she wants to bring them into the public eye. “In Portland, there’s a very strong youth LGBT community,” Worlein said. “I think it’s really awesome that now people are realizing that there are these people who have stories of living a life of oppression, and we should be bringing them to the light.” Although the research was an academic experience, Worlein said it was also emotionally moving for those working on the project. “As academics, it’s really easy

to get steeped in the literature,” Worlein said. “But to hear about who they’re serving, to see how passionate these people were was really inspiring, and it made the project that much more real.” Rogers agreed that working with the people from Gay and Grey was powerful. “It’s really heart wrenching listening to the things they’ve had to go through,” Rogers said. The students thought working with Rogers on extra-curricular research helped them develop as students and as people. “I think it’s something we most often do for a class, so it’s just an obligation,” Gardella said. “It was really nice to do something on my own time.” Worlein thinks more undergraduate students should engage in research with their professors. “All students should be doing this, doing something that can make an impact,” Worlein said. “It’s been a really great part of my time at UP.” But the research is reaching beyond UP and the LGBT community in Portland. “When we did the evaluations of the training, the director of Gay and Gray took that information to Washington, D.C. and presented it,” Rogers said. “Lots of people from other states were asking about it. So we’re making a difference.”

The Beacon advances to nationals The Beacon placed first in Editorial Writing in regional competition Hannah Gray News Editor Over the weekend, The Beacon won first place for Editorial Writing in the Mark of Excellence Awards sponsored by the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Region 10, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Beacon now advances to the National Mark of Excellence competition. Opinions Editor Caitlin Yilek, who writes the weekly editorials with input from the entire editorial board, said she was surprised to win. “I don’t think I’ve wrapped my head around how big this award is,” Yilek, a senior, said. “I’m going to nationals. It’s an honor because The Beacon editorials can take a lot of flack or promote change on campus. This award proves our words

can make a difference, or at least they can win awards.” The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best collegiate journalism in the U.S. The Beacon competed not only against other weeklies but against daily college newspapers as well. The first place winners from the 12 regions will advance to the national round of judging, and the winners will be announced in late April. “I think this award is a testament to how strong the Beacon writers are and how good the editorial board is at choosing topics that directly relate to the community both on and off campus,” Editorin-Chief Rosemary Peters, a senior, said. “I’m just very proud of everyone on staff because this award is an incredible achievement.”


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Portal glitch causes ticket delay

Celebrating pride in Guam

Nikki Robles Staff Writer

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Last Friday, the Guam Club hosted its annual Guam night, “Meanwhile in Guam”

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Sophomore Dianne Arce poses after finishing a dance.

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Freshmen Lance Lujan and Joe Taitano preform a traditional stick fight from Guam.

Seniors trying to obtain graduation tickets on Monday morning had a rude awakening when they logged onto the PilotsUP portal at 7 a.m. and saw that the server was down. A few minutes before the portal for reserving graduation tickets was supposed to launch, the database became unresponsive. “The database was unresponsive, no one was allowed to get in,” Technical Support Coordinator Kevork Isikbay said. “It was really bad timing.” Workers at the technological services department were able to get the database up and running within 45 minutes, allowing students to secure tickets for graduation. Isikbay does not believe that the number of students trying to log on to the portal was the cause for the crash. “As far as we know, it was a coincidence,” Isikbay said. “Technology has a propensity to fail every so often.” As of today, the reason for the crash remains unknown. “We are still investigating,” Isikbay said. “We are hoping to uncover more information.”

ASUP resolutions call for changes Resolutions were passed by ASUP Senate over the past few weeks, but changes are not guaranteed Natalie Wheeler Staff Writer ASUP Senate passed three resolutions in the past three weeks, including motions to add more mental health counselors at the Health Center, turn the Buckley Center greenhouse into a coffee cart and change the MPF’s donation to the RISE campaign from fall to spring.

Resolution 12-02: Increase mental health staff Passed Senate sponsors: junior Kyle March 19 Hamm, junior Julia Balistreri and sophomore Patrick Huynh Resolution 12-02 calls for an increase in availability of mental health staff, citing that students have to wait weeks for a counseling appointment. The resolution also requests a full-time mental health specialist, who differs from a counselor because the specialist is able to write prescriptions. Currently, the mental health specialist is available one afternoon a week. “The mental health side of the Health Center is substantially lacking,” Balistreri said. “It’s an unacceptable thing to do to students because when you need counseling, you need it now.”

Although the resolutions reflect students’ desires, they do not guarantee any changes. “Resolutions come about when senators hear a student need, and they decide to formalize that voice for the administration,” ASUP President Zack Imfeld said. Imfeld meets with President Fr. Bill Beauchamp after a resolution is passed by Senate to discuss its feasibility. Beauchamp

then discusses the resolution with upper administration, according to Imfeld. “I’ll get a nicely worded memo from Fr. Bill saying either they completely accept it or they partially accept it with these hesitations or they do not accept it,” Imfeld said. “Oftentimes it’s good constructive feedback to be able to go back and say this is what needs to happen to be able to get this resolution done.”

The Senate can amend the resolution if the issue is deemed important enough to push for. However, immediate changes are not always assured with the administration’s approval, especially for long-term or costly issues such as adding more mental health staff. Despite its drawbacks, Imfeld sees resolutions as an important tool for bringing the student body’s opinion to the

Resolution 12-03: Renovate the Buckley Center greenhouse into coffee cart Senate sponsors: junior Kyle Hamm, junior Julia Balistreri and freshman Mitchell Stricker

Passed March 19

According to Resolution 12-03, the Buckley Center greenhouse should be turned into a Bon Appétit coffee cart with a surrounding patio and seating area. Physical Plant takes care of the vegetation in the greenhouse every couple of months, but currently no classes or other groups make use of the greenhouse. “We just figured that we should utilize space as efficiently as possible,” Hamm said.

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ASUP passed a resolution to turn the Buckely Center greenhouse (above) into a coffee cart.

administration’s table. “It’s good to let Fr. Bill know, and the administration know, what students are thinking about and what students are wanting,” Imfeld said. “I think when something really big happens and there’s a need that they have, (a resolution) will push a little harder to get it done.”

Resolution 12-05: Donate Major Project Fund (MPF) RISE campaign funds in spring rather than fall Senate sponsors: juniors Kyle Hamm and Mallory Milligan

Passed April 2

Resolution 12-05 will switch the donation of MPF money to the RISE campaign from fall semester to spring semester. ASUP voted lasted year to donate one semester’s MPF – around $20,000 – for the next three years to the RISE campaign’s funding of new Recreation and Wellness center. According to Hamm, the resolution to keep the MPF in the fall and donate to RISE in the spring is simply a housekeeping issue. “If we got money in the fall, we would have more time to plan out the project or major event and execute it properly,” Hamm said.



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One year later: Discussing the state of Japan Panel discussion reveals the economic, geographic and social consequences after 9.0 magnitude earthquake Rose Hoonan Staff Writer Last Thursday, to mark the anniversary of the 2011 Japan earthquake and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear disaster, the University’s Honors Program gathered an alumnus and two professors to discuss the country’s current standing. “It’s the responsibility of the Honors Program to bring interesting programs to campus,” John Orr, assistant to the Provost, said. “It’s easy to get caught up in the UP bubble, but this makes sure people stay knowledgeable.” The panel discussion covered economic, geographic and social issues Japan is dealing with one year after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Freshman Stefania Hajnosz, who attended the panel discussion, took away a new outlook on the natural disaster. “(The panel discussion) has put a new perspective on the earthquake,” Hajnosz said. “Now I think of more than just tragedy. I also think about the hope for recovery.”

Economic Japan lost a vast number of people who died or are still missing. One year following the earthquake, 15,848 people have died and 3,305 remain missing as a result of the disaster. Economics Professor Bill Barnes, who spent time in Japan after completing his undergraduate degree, explained how survivors became upset with the government’s lack of disclosure about current events, as well as the unaccountable radiation and health monitoring following the nuclear crisis. “Citizens were really frustrated in part because transparency wasn’t there, governmentally,” Barnes said. “They feel under threat, and don’t trust the government anymore. The government approval is at an all time low now, just above Putin’s Russia.” Barnes pointed out the

financial woes of the natural disaster one year after the event. “It is the costliest natural disaster ever,” Barnes said. “(Japan) was not insured very well. GDP contracted, and the country’s debt is up to 227 percent.”

Geographic Although the Japanese people are coping well with the natural disaster’s impacts one year later, the land remains in shambles. Environmental Science Professor Bob Butler explained how the earthquake and tsunami occurred and the damaged it caused the country. When the earthquake occurred, Butler was aware of the shaking across the Pacific Ocean within minutes of the event. “I have a seismograph in my basement,” Butler said. “I knew the earthquake was big because it took 10 minutes for the waves to be detected from Japan to my basement.” Because the waves were detected by Butler’s seismograph in such a short amount of time, it was an indicator of the large seismic activity that occurred in Japan, as well as the tsunami that would soon follow. “Many people thought they were far enough inland that they didn’t have to worry,” Butler said. “But they did. In some places (the tsunami waves) were 40 meters high.” Butler sees the natural disaster in Japan as a great indicator of how public education and earthquake engineering is important and how people in the Pacific Northwest should be prepared for such an event. “It’s amazing to look at the comparison between Japan’s plates and our own,” Butler said. “They’re really quite similar, and we are at risk for a similar event.” Butler ended his speech with a few words of warning regarding the possibility of such an event occurring here. “It’s not if, it’s when,” Butler said. “My message to you: get ready. If it happens tomorrow, it will ruin your day.”

Social 2002 UP alumnus Matt Boule, who got a job working for a domestic footwear and apparel firm called Visvim in Tokyo after participating in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, experienced people’s reactions when he returned to Japan a month after working abroad in Hong Kong. “Japan as a whole has a collective morale about respecting authority and respecting your

elders,” Boule said. “This idea was demolished during the earthquake. People became more reserved and distrusting of the government and one another.” Living and working in Japan has allowed Boule to understand the Japanese culture, and he has seen the impact of the natural disaster on it. “It was clear that foreign media outlets played a role in making people aware of what the government wasn’t telling them,” Boule said. “But once the foreign

media moved on to the next story three or four weeks later, I think the Japanese people felt a little marooned.” Despite this change, Boule is certain the earthquake has not shaken the citizens up forever. “Culturally, they still hold the government with a certain level of respect,” Boule said. “If you have a society that is as homogeneous as Japan, it’s amazing when you want to get something done. It’s ingrained in their culture.”

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The UP Public Safety Report 1. March 31, 12:51 a.m. - A staff member called to report the smell of marijuana at Mehling Hall. Officers made contact with the resident and the room was searched. Officers confiscated paraphernalia, and the case remains open.

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2. April 1, 12:13 a.m. - Public Safety responded to a noise complaint at the 6700 block of N. Fiske Ave. Portland Police also responded, and the party was shut down. Public Safety issued the residents a noise violation. 3. April 1, 12:33 a.m. - Public Safety responded to a noise complaint at the 6800 block of N. Fiske Ave. Upon arrival the lights were out and there was no answer at the door. A second complaint was received at 1:52 a.m., and the call was referred to Portland Police.  4. April 1, 1:33 a.m. - Public Safety officers made contact with two disorderly students on the baseball field. They were advised to return to their dorms and were compliant.


5. April 1, 3:01 a.m. - Public Safety officers made contact with an intoxicated student on North Willamette Boulevard. Officers assisted the individual in getting home. The student was contacted again at 3:26 a.m. and advised to stay at home.


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SHOW: Students to appear on national television Photos courtesy of Carol Kaelson,Wheel of Fortune

The UP contestants were (from left to right): senior Danielle Bibbs, junior Jasmine Dudley, sophomore Ben Mesches and senior Caleb Pentecost.

Continued from page 1 shows are aired on May 14-18. Every year Wheel of Fortune goes to a different city for its annual College Week, and this year the show’s producers chose Portland. “We’ve been to virtually every city in America,” Sajak said. “So this was one of the ones we hadn’t been to. We’re very happy to be here.” The show featured four UP contestants – seniors Caleb Pentecost and Danielle Bibbs, junior Jasmine Dudley and sophomore Ben Mesches – along with 11 contestants from other Oregon and Washington universities. Pentecost said the only thing he was nervous about was calling out the wrong thing, like a letter that had already been called. “I came into this knowing at the very least I’d have enough rent for the next month,” Pentecost said. “From there it’s surprisingly

easy to be confident.” However, some of the puzzles tripped up the contestants. Pentecost solved one puzzle, “The Other Side of the World,” right before all the letters were out. “I had no freaking idea,” Pentecost said. “I think it was the last letter I figured it out.” Some contestants, like Mesches, played a very close game. “I was standing up there secretly hoping that (my competitors) were going to land on bankrupt and stuff,” Mesches said. Bibbs was excited to meet Pat Sajak, whom she had watched on TV since she was a little girl. “It’s kind of breathtaking when he just walks up to you and he just acts like he’s nobody special,” Bibbs said. Dudley’s family plans on having a viewing party at a local restaurant with her friends and family when the show airs.

“It was really, really cool to have the opportunity to be on TV,” Dudley said. The UP contestants first auditioned in September in Buckley Center Auditorium and were notified last month they made it through to the second round of auditions. They found out that they made it on the show over spring break. The contestants started their day at the Oregon Convention Center at 9 a.m. for introductions, training and makeup. While the contestants were getting a strategy lesson, Wheel of Fortune Co-Host Vanna White pulled up in a golf cart and said a quick hello. “Basically all of us were flabbergasted,” Pentecost said. “I was too nervous to get her phone number, but I should have.” White says she especially enjoys co-hosting College Week because of the energy of college students. “It is fun, it’s energetic,” she

said. “All the kids are so happy and fun and energized.” During training, the contestants learned how to spin the wheel and were reminded to make logical guesses and to always smile. The UP contestants competed against contestants from schools such as University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University. The tapings started at 3:30 p.m., and the contestants did not leave until around 10 p.m. “Right as soon as I was about to get on I was super nervous,” Dudley said. “There were so many people there.” Before the beginning of the shows, the announcer led the crowd in applause and cheering with the help of the University of Oregon Cheerleading Team. “When I got up there I was pumped, I was excited,” Bibbs said. “I just wanted to play the game, (and) I was excited to meet Pat Sajak.”

The camera crew prerecorded the crowd chanting and applauding and the University of Oregon Pep Band interjected songs before the shows and during breaks. “You just kind of forget that everyone else is out there,” Pentecost said. “Once the money is flowing, you get pretty excited.” Wheel of Fortune films a week’s worth of shows each day, so five shows were filmed on Saturday and each UP contestant was in a different show. “I was nervous once I got up there, but the nerves went away after the first toss-up,” Mesches said, referring to the first puzzle. When the shows air, the contestants will be able to see themselves on national television. “I’m just afraid that I’m going to look at it and be like, that’s so obvious,” Mesches said. “(That) people around me are will be like, how did you not get that?”

MYERS: Making a miraculous recovery Continued from page 1 Senior Kyle Buchberger, Myers’ resident assistant in Schoenfeldt Hall, noticed Myers’ absence. “It’s been a huge loss, and we’ve missed having his presence around,” Buchberger said. Buchberger said Myers attends his floor dinners every week. He also said he was the only resident to attend every women’s soccer game in the fall, as well as every men’s and women’s basketball game. “What was so hard initially, and is now one of the most exciting things, is that he is one of the nicest and most participatory kids in Schoenfeldt Hall,” Buchberger said. “We’re excited to have him back.”

Upon hearing the news of Myers’ return, junior Jeff Makjavich was amazed. “His rate of improvement is incredible,” Makjavich said. “It’s astonishing. It’s really a miracle.” Buchberger expects Myers may have a hard time transitioning back to school and said he will support him however possible. “We realize it’s not an easy transition. The most important to us is we want him to come back at a hundred percent,” Buchberger said. “We want him back to full health.” Myers is grateful for the prayers and support from UP. “I’m doing a lot better,” Myers said. “Thanks for all your prayers, and I’ll see you soon.”

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Last Thursday, the UP community gathered in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher to pray for sophomore Aaron Myers’ recovery.



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Happy students, happy seniors and lots of pancakes Junior Austin Veiga saved a senior center’s pancake breakfast by volunteering to run the monthly fundraiser Philip Ellefson Staff Writer Once a month, junior Austin Veiga and a team of UP students bring out their inner lumberjack at Hollywood Senior Center and cook up a big breakfast of pancakes and bacon. “Over last summer, a few of the leaders at the Hollywood Senior Center passed away,” Veiga said. “They were in charge of the pancake breakfast, so they needed someone to take it over and restart it.” The Hollywood Senior Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services and programs for older adults. One of their programs is a monthly pancake breakfast, a 20-year tradition at the center. The breakfast raises money for the center and provides a social setting for seniors. Veiga, the Service and Justice Coordinator (SJC) for Villa Maria Hall, was looking for an organization to partner with for the year. When he heard the sad news at Hollywood Senior Center, he decided to work with them. “We talked it over and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for Villa,” Veiga said. Since September, Veiga has been taking a team of 10 to 12

students from Villa Maria to the senior center once a month. The team cooks and serves pancakes, with real maple syrup donated by a company in Vermont, bacon, eggs, coffee and orange juice. Amber Kern-Johnson, executive director of Hollywood Senior Center, said everyone appreciates the UP students’ involvement.

“I’ve seen so many new faces come to the center, and so many new faces come with me. I think it’s wonderful to see that there’s opportunity for college students to interact with a group they don’t see on a regular basis.” Austin Veiga junior “Our seniors really enjoy having the students here,” KernJohnson said. “We are really thankful for Austin and the other students. It’s been great.” The program has grown since Veiga started leading it in September. He said more people than ever showed up to eat at the pancake breakfast in March. “We had the most amount of people we’ve ever had. And it wasn’t just seniors, it was people from the community who heard about what’s going on,” Veiga said. “It’s great to hear that it’s growing and that people are interested.”

Freshman Mitchell Stricker has served at the pancake breakfast every month since October. He enjoys being part of a community that gets to serve others. “A lot of the people I go with have become a lot of my good friends this year,” Stricker said. “The coolest thing about it is just a lot of good community.” Sometimes the students have the opportunity to form relationships with the elderly through their service at the breakfast. One of the regulars at the breakfast is a UP alum. “He graduated here in 1948, and he has all the best stories of what UP used to be like when he was here,” Veiga said. “Everybody knows that guy when he walks in.” Kern-Johnson said the UP students’ service at Hollywood Senior Center has been important to the organization. “It means a lot to the seniors who come, and it keeps the breakfast going,” Kern-Johnson said. “We will definitely miss the students when they’re gone.” Veiga said the pancake breakfast has been a great opportunity for him and the other students to get involved in a different community. “I’ve seen so many new faces come to the center, and so many new faces come with me,” Veiga said. “I think it’s wonderful to see that there’s opportunity for college students to interact with a group they don’t see on a regular basis.”

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Junior Austin Veiga shows off his pancake-making skills. Veiga takes a group of students from Villa Maria Hall once a month to Hollywood Senior Center where they help run their pancake breakfast.

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When: The pancake breakfast is held on the third Saturday of every month. Sign up to help over the summer: Contact Brett Boeh at For more information about how to serve the senior center: Contact Amber Kern-Johnson at

Sex and religion collide on college campuses Kathryn Walters Staff Writer Donna Freitas, professor of religious studies at Hofstra University in New York, grew up in a Catholic household where the topic of sex was taboo. Even as an adult, she does not like to breach the subject with her father. “Whenever he comes over, I put all my copies of my book under the bed,” Freitas said. Freitas’ book, “Sex and the Soul,” explores romance, sexuality, religion and spirituality on college campuses across America and formed the basis of her “Sex and the Soul” lecture she gave March 26 in Buckley Center Auditorium. Freitas said the idea for her book came from a course she taught on dating and romance in the college world. She was overwhelmed by the amount of students who were interested in taking her class. “I opened the door of my office, and I had never seen so many papers,” Freitas said. “I remember that I said, ‘You guys realize that this class is not a how-

Professor Donna Freitas lectures about her study on religion, sex and romance to, right?’” From classroom discussions with her students, Freitas learned that although they freely admitted to hooking up with others at parties and social events, they felt unsettled by the emotional detachment that comes with it. “In order to not get attached, you have to shut down emotionally to be sexually active,” Freitas said. “People are really bad at not getting attached.” Freitas decided to create a nationwide college survey, where she explored student perceptions of dating and sexuality in relation to their religion and spirituality. Freitas researched American college campuses, from public to private and secular to Catholic universities. Freitas also researched evangelical colleges, but did not include her findings in the lecture because they were so different from the rest of her data. At the lecture, Freitas shared many statistics about her findings, like the fact that 41 percent of students who admitted to hooking up are upset by this behavior. A large part of Freitas’ lecture focused on the so-

called “hook-up culture,” where many students feel pressured to have casual sexual flings. The results of her study showed that nearly everyone surveyed had some level of unease with the hook-up culture and that most students considered sex separate from romance. “Hook-up culture is largely a culture of pretend,” Freitas said. “Maybe sex does not come up in romance because it is part of that hook-up culture, where it doesn’t mean anything.” Some of Freitas’ findings were unexpected, like the similar attitudes between men and women about the hook-up culture. “Men were dealing with the hook-up culture as much as women,” Freitas said. “And that we seem to get guys wrong in our culture.” UP students who attended the “Sex and the Soul” lecture were also intrigued by Freitas’ study. “I was surprised at how Catholic schools had pretty much the same statistics as other universities,” sophomore Calvin Tuhy said. “You would think there would have been a

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Donna Freitas speaks about the hook-up culture and religion on college campuses. Freitas interviewed students at public, private, secular and Catholic colleges. She said most of the students she surveyed considered sex separate from romance. difference there.” As a result of attending the lecture, sophomore Nicole Simard found herself reflecting on the hook-up culture at UP. “Compared to the schools that my friends attend, UP’s hookup culture isn’t as ingrained or expected,” Simard said. “I don’t know whether it’s a difference in the student populations

themselves, or in the expectations of the community.” Freitas also said that attending a Catholic university like UP can provide students with a different perspective on the hook-up culture. “What is great about the See Sex, page 6

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Status update: From dependent to detached Forty Facebook-free days of triumph and tribulations

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Kathryn Walters Staff Commentary After writing one paragraph of your seven-page paper that is due tomorrow, you decide to reward yourself with a little jaunt on Facebook, that lovely online world of never-ending updates, notifications, messages and social interaction. It’s 10 p.m. “Okay, I got this! Five minutes and then back to work,” you say. After you log on, take care of notifications and peruse your news feed, you notice that one girl you could not stand in high school, and yet, somehow, you

are Facebook friends, has broken up with her long-time boyfriend. It’s become a pity party on her newly updated relationship status, and it’s like a train wreck. You can’t look away. Then you glance at the clock. 10:15 p.m. Nice try, sucker. This has happened to most of us, myself included, at one time or another. Over time, it became clear to me that, just as a coffee addict needs a regular jolt of caffeine, I needed an hourly dose of Facebook. So, not long ago when Lent rolled around, I didn’t have to think hard about what I would give up. For 40 whole days, I would turn my back on the overwhelming, yet enticing, social network behemoth in an attempt to get rid of my addiction. I realized, however, that cutting Facebook cold turkey is

simply not realistic in this age of constant online interaction. I decided that since each Sunday during Lent is considered a miniEaster because they do not count toward the 40 days, I would allow myself a short reprieve on that day each week. Feel free to call me a cheater. The last 38 days (not that I’m counting) proved to be a transformation in my perceptions of Facebook, as well as my online habits. I’m not going to lie, every time somebody says “Oh my God, did you see – Oh wait, you’re not on Facebook,” I want to slam my forehead against the nearest hard surface. If I had a nickel – well, who am I kidding? I would still be a poor college student. Of course, I must constantly deal with the disconnect between my life and the lives of everyone

else who remains on Facebook. I unfortunately miss out on the funny video someone posted on my Wall, the ridiculous and highly entertaining Facebook wars and even simple things like the details of an event my friends and I are planning. First world problems, I know. But in all honesty, living Facebook-free has been an eyeopening experience. I now have the opportunity to view Facebook from a safe distance and guess what? It’s just a website. I’m not denying the importance of social media in our world, but I think many of us have lost sight of the fact that we allow Facebook to consume our lives. Even in real life interactions, our conversations often revolve around Facebook! My shifting attitude toward

Facebook has manifested itself in my habits on the website. It makes sense that the less time I am on Facebook, the less I am invested in it. Not only this, but even when I can go online on Sundays, I don’t spend nearly the amount of time I used to on it. My absence from the Facebook world also has bigger payoffs, because I now use the accumulated time I would have normally spent online catching up on my Netflix queue, or adding a few new pins to my Pinterest boards. So, as Easter beckons, what does the future hold for me and Facebook? I would like to think I will not fall back into my old habits, but we’ll see. If all else fails, I’ll invest in a snazzy blindfold to keep my eyes off that train wreck.

SEX: Hook-up culture unsettles students glacial aspect of religion is that it gives us reasons to slow down and reflect,” Freitas said. “Catholic spirituality can offer us a lot in the context of hook-up culture.” Tuhy was also interested to learn that many students separate their romantic lives from their religious lives. “I was surprised by that because those two are pretty

interrelated for me,” Tuhy said. If anything, Freitas hopes she can open a discourse about touchy topics, like sex and spirituality. “People are less alone than they think they are,” Freitas said. “Hopefully, it opens up some conversation of what hook-up culture is at a college campus.”

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April 5, 2012

Pilots After Dark hosts Cake Boss: UP edition Jackie Jeffers | THE BEACON

Last Saturday, UP students sent the frosting flying with the Pilots After Dark Cake Boss event. The night was based on the popular reality television show, Cake Boss, which features a New Jersey bakery known for its outrageous cakes. The eight teams were given one hour to decorate the pre-baked cakes with bananas, frosting, food coloring and sprinkles. When time was up, students were judged on creativity, clarity of theme, use of resources, effort and cleanliness of space. The top three teams won prizes. But the best award? Cake for dessert!

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Freshman Claire Esibold puts frosting on her team’s cake tower. The event was held in The Commons.

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Senior Caitlin McKiver, on a team of three, makes a nursing-themed cake in the shape of scrubs which came complete with a stethoscope.

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Freshman Sarah Woodward (left) and freshman Mackenzie Laughlin (right) put final details on their Portland “P”- shaped cake, and their other baseball-shaped cake. Woodward said their cake was inpired by their majors. “We’re education majors, so we have school pride,” she said.

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Junior Jasmine Rigelman (left) indicates to junior Kat Ferber (right) where more frosting should go on their beach-themed cake. Right: Freshman Hanna Miller adds details to her team’s springthemed cake. Cake Boss, the television show that inspired the event, was played on a projector while contestants decorated like mad. Left: Junior Alissa Media (left) and sophomore Meagan Usselman (right), were the winners of Cake Boss: UP Edition. Their cake was inspired by the sunset, and they took home a movie gift basket complete with free movie passes and popcorn. Jackie Jeffers | THE BEACON

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Ridiculous. That’s all I could say as I walked out of the theater after watching “21 Jump Street.” From a Korean Jesus to a drug-filled piñata, this movie never stops hitting you with out-of-this-world moments. In this comedy, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play rookie cops Schmidt and Jenko, respectively. After being opposing stereotypes in high school, they are reunited in the police academy. Jenko (Tatum) was the typical jock with flunking grades and Schmidt (Hill) was the brace-faced shy nerd.

Needless to say, the two are a match made in heaven and help each other succeed. After graduating from the police academy and handling (or mishandling) their first assignment, the two are assigned to 21 Jump Street, a revived undercover operation. Their task: Return to high school disguised as students to uncover the production and distribution of a new drug on campus. If having two men in go undercover as high school students wasn’t ridiculous enough, the film throws in a car chase, a Peter Pan costume, prom, guns, doves and a group

of freakishly eco-friendly popular kids. (Oh and did I mention that the captain of the operation is played by a foul mouthed, yet hilarious, Ice Cube? Yeah, ridiculous right?) It was a lot to take in, but the movie makes you laugh. The bromance that develops between Tatum and Hill’s characters is also entertaining to watch develop. Although the movie was a bit too over the top for my liking at some parts, I feel like I got my money’s worth and would encourage others to go see it. -Jennifer Rillamas

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Zombie website attracts believers, sells survival Two weeks ago, senior Spencer Holst and his two brothers launched zombie survival website, Zombie Defense Brigade PJ Marcello Staff Writer The zombie apocalypse has finally arrived. The world as you know it has been turned on its head, just an overgrown wasteland, riddled with the living dead. If only there were a zombie survival kit you could purchase so you could live to see the future that so many unfortunate victims will never experience. Luckily for you, such an opportunity is available. Senior Spencer Holst and his two brothers recently started their own website where zombie slayers can purchase survival kits, become members of the Zombie Defense Brigade and complete tasks to move up a system of ranks and honors to receive discounts on supplies. Zombie survival packs are available for $125, and are $100 for those who purchase a $14 membership. “The website is intricate, well-planned and very clever,”

sophomore Rachel Van Ness said in an email. “It’s clear that a lot of time and preparation have been put into the website, and this is apparent through the thoroughness with which the zombie kits were put together, but also by the added features, down to the hilarious descriptions for each of the items in the kit.” The packs are backpacks filled with health and survival gear. Health gear includes water purification tablets, an ammonia inhalant, Stay Alert® Military Caffeine Energy Gum and various other resources to keep you safe during an attack. The survival gear includes binoculars, a 7-inch survival knife made of Swedish firesteel, a screwdriver multi-tool and several other essential tools to get you through the invasion. Members can unlock even more specialty goods with a $14 membership. Specialty items include a fireman’s axe, a fully loaded health canister and helkowerk German Standard Hatchet. Upon completing missions, and

moving up the Zombie Defense Brigade ranks, members can also achieve discounts on specialty items. The idea started as a joke between the brothers who wanted to create a website that sold gear for various survival situations. Once they discovered that such sites already existed, they talked about moving their business venture elsewhere. “My older brother called me and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a website that sold only zombie survival kits?’” Holst said. “And I was like ‘Yeah, that would be awesome.’” They played with the idea for a few weeks, emailing ideas to each other and joking about what would go in a kit. Coincidentally, the Holst family owns an ax business in Southern California, so including axes in the kits is a business venture as well as promotion for the family business. “My other brother, who is sort of a technology guy, started looking up the popularity of

zombie-related search terms on Google,” Holst said. “As far as month by month hits for zombie kits and zombie survival, it gets hit a couple million times a month. So we thought it might be something worth throwing together and it might sell.” The site has several pages for users to explore, and more for those with a membership. It is an enticing deal not only for those who want to prepare for a potential zombie apocalypse, but also for those who can use all the specialty tools in the packs. “There is a high likelihood that I will buy the survival pack. It has so many items that would be useful in situations other than the Zombie Apocalypse,” Van Ness said. “It would be a very comprehensive and useful pack to have in my car or around the house.” The next time you are concerned about the impending zombie apocalypse, take a look at Holst’s website for all of your survival needs.

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Spencer Holst, senior finance major, talks about his zombie website endevor and survival kit.

How to survive a zombie attack Membership: $14 Cost: $125 per survival pack Survival pack: includes a backpack filled with water purification tablets, ammonia inhalants, energy gum, binoculars, a steel knife and a screwdriver. Website:



April 5, 2012

‘Step up and slow down’ and experience God

The Encounter with Christ Retreat helped students take a break from busy schedules

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This year’s Encounter with Christ Retreat focused on taking time to encounter God in life. There will be another retreat in the fall. Applications will be available on the Campus Ministry website at the beginning of next school year.

Sean Ducey Guest Commentary It was about 32 weeks ago that we started this school year with a motto shared with student leaders by Fr. Mark Poorman to “step up and then slow down.” In this Lenten season we are reminded to take time out of our day to take a breath, slow down and encounter God in our lives. It was just a week and a half ago when a group of your fellow Pilots attended the Encounter with Christ Retreat and took the opportunity to “step up and slow down.” In this time of the semester we are busy with projects, tests and so much more. But even with our busy schedules it is essential that we take time to experience a new retreat and slow down. It was amazing to just take a breath and get some energy to sail through to the end of the semester. However, encounter is so much more than this. On a deeper level it is for retreatants

to encounter Christ in their lives through friends and prayer. It is easy for us to get caught up in the day to day activities of UP, and oftentimes we will not take a chance to step back and create great relationships. Encounter is an opportunity to just love people for who they are and see the gift that is given to each of us from the people in our lives. As the weekend goes on, the hugs only get tighter, the laughs get longer and the times you spend with your new family will be ones that you will not soon forget. As a coordinator, I was able to take a step back from the retreat and see the change that people experience from Friday afternoon when we first gather to Sunday evening when we return as a family. As the cherry trees blossom on the quad, you can see the friendships that blossom on the retreat. We came from every different dorm, year and major across campus but in the end it did not matter. It seemed everywhere I looked I saw the amazing presence of God touching us. The theme song of the retreat was The After’s “Lift Me Up,” which did not take long to get

stuck in everyone’s head. As retreatants walked to class on Monday morning, they were still humming the song with new energy and smiles. We have a unique opportunity next fall, as we are having two retreats for you to participate in. Take an opportunity during your college career to “step up and slow down,” go deeper with friends

and try a new experience. This is an amazing retreat program and I highly encourage you to apply. Applications will be available the first couple of weeks of school on the Campus Ministry website. As the end of the school year nears, seniors are graduating, students are stressing about finals and we are trying to find summer jobs, it is easy not hang

out with friends or to just slow down. Make time to slow down and enjoy the remaining weeks of this semester with this great UP community. Sean Ducey is a junior communication major. He can be contacted at


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Stand up for your health care After two years of lawsuits, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is now in the hands of the Supreme Court and young adults are at risk of losing health care coverage under their parents’ insurance plans. Two-thirds of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn some or all of the reform bill, according to a poll by The New York Times and CBS News. However, aspects of the law have attracted widespread support. Sixty-eight percent of Americans approved the provision permitting young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance policies. If the Supreme Court decides the law is unconstitutional, Congress must salvage the provision allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance. It is crucial that the govern-

ment maintains young adults’ ability to stay on their parents’ health care insurance following graduation because many students are unable to secure a job with good health care benefits in this difficult economy. Why change a system that is not only beneficial to 20-somethings, but also working? The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury estimate there are about 6.6 million uninsured young adults between the ages of 19 and 26, and another 2.7 million who have health insurance through individual policies. The provision could reduce the uninsured by 1.2 million people. In 2011, a study by the Commonwealth Fund projected the provision would cover about

650,000 of the uninsured young adults and another 550,000 who already have individual coverage, but would likely switch to a more affordable and comprehensive coverage under their parents’ plan. The study projected the cost for adding more people to insurance plans would be minimal. It estimates the impact on family coverage insurance premiums will equal an annual increase of less than one percent, which generally will be shared by employees and employers. If Congress refuses to keep the legislation that allows students to be covered by their parents’ plans, at least some form of a grace period should be granted to allow young adults to become financially stable. Without a transition period, the number of those uninsured will


undoubtedly rise, which causes increased costs to taxpayers. Many new graduates are also stacked with debt. Adding the high price of health care is another financial burden that many graduates can’t afford to take on. Between paying for health care and paying off student loans, most students will choose the latter. Taxpayers could then be paying for an increase in emergency room visits for minor health problems turned serious. The mandate permitting young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plans will have to be passed once again by Congress, if the Affordable Care Act is dropped. Thus, students should stand up for their right to health care and urge Congress to pass the bill, if necessary. University students can get involved in the health care con-

versation by writing to Oregon Senators and Congressional Representives.

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Never forget your UP roots

Carmen Gaston Guest Commentary I am the daughter of Chinese immigrants who were taught to value education in Catholic missionary schools. With little more than their Catholic faith and the hope of a better life, my parents borrowed travel funds and boarded a ship to the United States in 1968. Although my parents faced many difficult times when they arrived, they spoke English well enough to establish themselves and find work. My father worked three part-time jobs and attended college while my mother worked full time in a sewing factory. Like you soon will, my father graduated during a recession. However, because of his college degree he managed to build a career in retail. It was not the corner office at a Fortune 500 company,

but it provided for our family and future. My parents’ hard work and sacrifice provided access to education for the next generation, enabling us to improve our socio-economic status and sometimes cross barriers such as race and gender. Typical for a Chinese family of their generation, my parents saved and scraped to make college possible for their son. With only average high school grades and no money saved up, I was never bound for college. Through financial aid, I moved into Mehling Hall in 1992. My four years at UP were transformative. I was on CPB, Orientation Crew, ran NCAA track for a year, studied in Salzburg and was involved in Campus Ministry. With recommendations from both Fr. Art and Br. Donald, I went to law school. The year I finished law school was a very difficult time for graduates looking for jobs. Fortunately, I was offered a job that led to a position managing a company’s overseas products includ-

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ing assignments in Scandinavia, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. I was later recruited to work at John Deere. Despite its down-home image, John Deere is a Fortune 500 company and a market leader. They recruit from the top business schools: Harvard, Duke, Dartmouth and Northwestern. In my first interview, they thought UP was a state school and they had trouble pronouncing my law school’s name. I was very intimidated, but landed the job. Once there, I felt just as prepared as my Ivy League co-workers. UP gave me the skills to excel while maintaining the humility to learn from others. You may question your competitiveness as you near graduation, but I can tell you from personal and professional experience that you are well prepared. Besides the value of a UP education, I want to leave you with some advice: Be open to new opportunities and work hard. You may not land the job you were hoping for

immediately after graduation, or even any job, but stay open to new opportunities such as internships and lesser positions. You never know where they could lead. Don’t forget to work hard. Be frugal, but live well. Nationwide, the average debt of a college graduate is $25,250. I finished UP with over $20,000 in student loans in 1996. After law school, I had over $120,000 in student loans. I was still poor! However, that post-graduation period made me discern what was important in life. I valued relationships and lifestyle over possessions. I had many nights of crock pot dinners and cross country skiing, but I spent time with friends and traveled extensively through work. I lived well. Although the loans were overwhelming, I made my last student loan payment five years after finishing law school. With a little focus, you can too. For those of you fortunate to graduate with no debt, be thankful and still be frugal. Give back. Take to heart UP’s

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April 5, 2012

Recycle yourself Katy Portell Guest Commentary

The Portland community has embraced living green, but have the members of this community, who encourage recycling everything possible, considered the idea of recycling themselves through organ donation?  Many people either avoid the topic of organ donation or think of it as “gross” or “morbid,” but for me it’s an inspirational topic because it gave me life. I am a donor recipient. When I came into the world 22 years ago, my parents were shocked and terrified to find that I didn’t come whole.   I had two holes in my heart, my aortic valve and pulmonary artery were switched and the pulmonary artery was underdeveloped. I was blue from oxygen deprivation and so fragile at three pounds nine ounces that my parents could not hold me for 10 days. I had two minor surgeries to insert shunts, which allowed me to survive until I was big enough for major surgery.  When I was 4 years old, I underwent open-heart surgery to receive a donor pulmonary artery. I am now an active and healthy 22 year old studying organizational communication and drama here at the University of Portland and I’m preparing to graduate at the end of the semester. The doctors, nurses and my supportive family members are all partially responsible for my survival, but the real miracle of my life can be attributed to one key individual: my donor. Every moment of my life that I’ve enjoyed since then is a gift from this anonymous individual.   What’s morbid about that?  I present my story as a testimony to the fact that organ donation is about the life it brings forth from death: It transforms the tragedy of a loss of life into

the beauty of new life. Here’s another fact about organ donation that few people realize: Over 100,000 individuals are still waiting for a life-saving organ donation.  There are not nearly enough people willing to take action to help these individuals, though many people seem to support the general idea of organ donation. Out of the 2,500 individuals randomly interviewed in 2005 by The Gallup Organization, 95 percent were found to be in support of organ donation, yet only 53 percent had already indicated their consent to donate.   This hesitancy to take action is likely due in part to the taboo surrounding the subject. Myths about black market donations and doctors manipulating the system are perpetuated by the media and believed by the public, even though all the facts are available from organizations like Donate Life America at and on the official U.S. Government website, organdonor. gov.  Registration is easy. In Oregon, anyone over the age of 13 can sign up online at, request a paper form or code their driver’s license. April is National Donate Life Month, so take a few minutes to look up the questions you have about organ donation. Take the steps to register as an organ donor here in Oregon and in your home state as well if applicable. Speak with your family about the facts of organ donation. Above all, the most important fact is that I am alive because of my donor’s decision to give the gift of life.   This fact is a reality every time my heart beats, and I am eternally grateful to my donor. So as we continue to nurture our environment and community, let us not forget this incredible way in which we can save and improve the lives of others. Katy Portell is a senior organizational communication major. She can be contacted at


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Discussing the future of health care

What happens when you allow a room full of interested minds to get together and discuss the current state of the U.S. health care system? After a year of grassroots efforts and community organizing, Saturday’s Revisioning Health Care Summit finally brought this multifaceted issue to our campus! Faculty members and community organizations highlighted the interconnected ways health and health care is related to the economy, food justice, individual health and barriers to accessing health care. As UP’s TOLCS group led a dialogue and deliberation of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and community members to digest the summit information and clarify priorities, a new vision for health and health care was formed on this campus. The day’s deliberation voiced the group’s interest in the “bigger picture” of health including not just medical treatments but also lifestyle choices in a system that is paying health care providers to treat rather than prevent illness. Improving such a system was thought to begin with individual choices in supporting sustainable food systems and lifestyle choices, while educating others in the community on health and advocating for a better health care system. Interconnected systems shed light on the realization

that each individual must be a positive model for health, become involved in political action to change policy and become an advocate in order to teach others about health care issues. I could not be more proud of the people who showed up to spend their Saturday focusing on this pressing issue. I will graduate UP a little more relieved that more advocates are out there forcing discussion, educating and becoming more active in political action! Jenny Carson is a senior nursing major. She can be contacted at Raise awareness for mental health issues Mental health issues are common occurrences that are nothing to be ashamed of, and yet there is such a negative stigma against them that they remain misunderstood and largely ignored. Think about it: As a college community, we have many events that discuss a wide variety of issues, everything from child soldiers in Uganda and sex trafficking to abortion discussion panels and the like. But how often are there events or discussions that shed light on mental health issues such as anxiety or depression? Aside from occasional small Peer Health Educator events, not very often. Mental health issues arise as a normal part of life and affect many people, including college

students. These people are no less comparable to everyone around them aside from these challenges they face mentally. However, in this society people seem to believe the opposite, a false opinion that those with mental health struggles are beneath others who are “healthy.” This is why we need to change the way we think as a whole, to shatter this notion and increase awareness that mental health is a natural occurrence. Perhaps then, people would be willing to seek treatment without feeling ashamed or judged. One of the hardest things for those experiencing these issues is the feeling that they’re the only ones fighting this battle. In raising awareness, we can help those who live with these issues heal in a supportive environment where they know are not alone. Increasing understanding is key to increasing acceptance, and that’s why I would encourage the Health Center to consider hosting more events related to mental health awareness. Whether it be in the form of awareness events or support groups for those living with these issues, anything to help increase understanding will help to ease these struggles in the long run. Frank Deryck is a junior psychology and sociology major. He can be contacted at


UP, rethink your core!

Kyle CapeLindelin

Staff Commentary Much like the rest of the student population at the University of Portland, I experience a pretty packed and stressful schedule with two jobs, a full course load and trying to find an hour or two of me time. I have managed to do this for three years now and am happy to know I am well on my way to meeting UP’s prestigious academic challenge. However, in my three years at UP, there is nothing that has been a bigger challenge to me than overcoming some of its core curriculum requirements. These include (for an English major) a full year of a foreign language course and a baffling NINE credits of theology courses, though I guess we should all be thankful we don’t have the University of Notre Dame’s, UP’s sister school, requirement of 12 credits. I didn’t come to UP expecting an easy ride. I knew of its requirements for academics and believed

I could overcome its challenges standing on my own two feet. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I choose to come to UP those long three years ago. But, do I really need three semesters of theology classes to obtain an undergraduate UP diploma? I realize this is a Catholic school (and it puts a stress on spiritual growth as well as personal and academic growth), but as I sat through my first required upper division theology class, I heard the same answer from everyone in that room as to why they choose the course: “Because I was required to.” These were the same words coming out of my mouth. My class was not filled with a bunch of atheist slackers, either. We all expressed a faith in God, but after a semester of the student-dreaded Biblical Traditions (most notably its 12-15 page paper), I think we have had a full plate of theology, and more than any student should have to swallow. Yes, we should have a theology class to broaden our religious scopes, no harm there. I’d even be willing to take Bib Trad to satisfy these requirements. I also understand the importance of taking a foreign language. However, I

consider the year of foreign language and the three semesters of Theology classes by far the hardest classes I have taken at UP.

“UP, I applaud your academics. I will be very proud to hold a diploma that I’ve earned rather than a diploma I’ve paid for. So let me work hard on the courses that mean something to me and will give me the skills to succeed in the workforce of my choice.” Kyle Cape-Lindelin junior I know I’m not going to learn Spanish (I have a well-established language barrier), nor am I ever going to be a priest. I would like to become a writer or get into the communications field, but because I’ve had to load my schedule up with required theology and foreign language courses, I can’t take advantage of some of the communications courses available because of a lack of space

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and time. UP can find a better use of our course space. Trying (and in my case failing) to learn a new language I won’t remember and pulling a week of all-nighters to write and research a huge Bib Trad or theology paper is a waste of my personal time. For those who want to broaden and research their religious beliefs, or want to become fluent in another language, hats off and good luck to you. The University should offer you these courses, not force them down our throats, especially when we don’t have the slightest bit of interest. UP, I applaud your academics. I will be very proud to hold a diploma that I’ve earned rather than a diploma I’ve paid for. So let me work hard on the courses that mean something to me and will give me the skills to succeed in the workforce of my choice. We’re grown adults and it’s only fair that we get to choose how we spend our time at UP – not to be lazy, but to better who we are individually. Kyle Cape-Lindelin is a junior English major. He can be contacted at


Faces on The Bluff By Jackie Jeffers

We asked:

What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

“Time to put in my dentures.” Rylee Archuletta, junior, environmental engineering

“I should have gone to bed earlier.” Masis Isikbay, senior, biology

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“I think about eating breakfast.” Hasan Aldandan, freshman, finance

Amanda Blas Staff Commentary It’s no secret Portland prides itself on being one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. After all, with its segregated bike lanes, bike racks all over the place and the wide selection of bike shops, a cyclist couldn’t ask for more. It’s pretty clear Portland’s made an effort on behalf of cyclists’ safety. But the question remains: What about the pedestrians’ safety? You’ve probably experienced it or seen it for yourself: An innocent student is walking to class when a cyclist comes out of what seems like nowhere. The cyclist yells “watch out” or “move left” and almost knocks the wind out of the student who, despite the cyclist’s abrupt warning, had no time to move. And the best part about it? The cyclist just keeps on

going without a care in the world. It may seem unbelievable, but according to a study conducted by the Stuart C. Gruskin Foundation, about 1,000 pedestrians are hit by cyclists in the United States each year. Of those collisions, about 23 percent of them leave pedestrians seriously injured and end with cyclists merely committing a ‘hit and run.’ However, these run-ins between pedestrians and cyclists go underreported nationally and virtually unreported at UP because most people won’t admit they got hit by a bike. A study at Howard College found that these accidents typically happen because of cyclists’ negligence and inconsideration, especially when it comes to pedaling on sidewalks. Sounds like the scene mentioned earlier could lead to one of those 1,000 pedestrian cases. I know not all cyclists are like that. Some say “excuse me” and slow down when pedaling behind people. Others make an effort to avoid almost crashing into people. I’ve even seen a few hop off their bikes and walk when the

sidewalk’s too crowded for them to avoid any collisions. But let’s face it. The cyclists who think they own the sidewalks are ruining it for everybody. Not only for the bike riders who do have some courtesy, but for the pedestrians who feel their safety is at risk as well.

“I understand cyclists have places to go, but so do pedestrians. Cyclists can’t expect them to disappear into thin air just because they’re in a hurry.” Amanda Blas junior Portland’s a bicycle-friendly city, and I get that the bike friendliness applies to the UP campus as well. But seriously, UP isn’t a bicycle-only campus. There are people walking to and from classes, their dorms and everywhere imaginable. I understand cyclists have places to go, but so

do pedestrians. Cyclists can’t expect them to disappear into thin air just because they’re in a hurry. To all you cyclists who think you own the sidewalk, think of it this way: How would you feel if some car narrowly missed you while you were riding your bike? Or if some car just honked to warn you as they’re already passing by instead of slowing down behind you? I’m sure you’d be more than a little freaked out. You’d probably even be angry. It’s no different for the pedestrians when they have close calls with you. I think it’s amazing how bicycle-friendly Portland and the UP campus are, and it’s great how beneficial cycling can be. It’d be even better if cycling didn’t put pedestrians at risk. So with that, I’m going to close with saying: Cyclists, share the sidewalk! Amanda Blas is a junior sociology and communication major. She can be contacted at

“Is it sunny or is it raining?” Laura Schrader, junior, nursing

“Oh, ****.” Brett Bankson, freshman, psychology and French



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We’re not so different, you and I Bruce Garlinghouse Staff Commentary I have two confessions. One, I hate the Portland Trailblazers. There, I said it. Since I’m a loyal Utah Jazz fan, this should be obvious. The teams have a checkered past, dating back to their meeting in the 1992 Western Conference Finals. The Trailblazers won the series 4-2, eventually losing to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. Seven years later, and after losses to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals in back to back years, the Jazz were ousted by the Blazers in the second round of the playoffs in 1999 and then again in 2000. I was 10 years old at this point. Fandom is born and deeply rooted at that age because you’re becoming old enough to understand the meanings behind all of the expletives pouring out of your dad’s mouth, but still young

enough to cry if your team loses. Interestingly enough, crying becomes OK again when you’re a grown man. But I suppose after fathering four boys, raising them to be Jazz fans and then having your heart ripped out year after year as the team consistently underachieves in the playoffs, a man has earned a few tears. And as your loyalty to a team continues to grow, so does the hatred for any team that repeatedly foils its plans of winning. So grew and was set, my hatred for the Blazers, despite my unconditional love for Arvydus Sabonis, the greatest passing center to play the game. All of the mixed emotions attached to seeing your team play as a visiting fan were doubled when entering to the Rose Garden Monday night. On the one hand, I was excited to see the Jazz play live because I hardly even get to see them on television. But on the other, all of the shit you receive from home fans is royally frustrating. Most of their jeers are more a drunken muddling of curses and Mormon jokes. Seeing as I’m not Mormon

this entertained me more than offended me. On top of all that, Trailblazers fans are the absolute worst. Any chance of civil sports dialogue is thrown at the window after the first round of Widmer I.P.A’s. Being a small market team in a town that has had only one professional sports team for the last 30 years until the arrival of the Timbers, their love and loyalty for all things Rip City is both irrational and annoying especially because the Trailblazers have barely touched relevancy in the last decade. Now for my second confession: I don’t hate the Trailblazers and their fans as much I used to. When pen is put to paper, the similarities between the Jazz and the Trailblazers are glaring. Both teams fell to the almighty Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the NBA Finals. Both teams have had their fair share of heartbreak recently: • Trailblazers fans had to watch Roy’s knees crumble, and his promising career turn from “what could be” to “what could have been.” • Greg Oden. Enough said.

walls. But it’s a beautiful opportunity to connect with a city and the people that live in it. Every win not only shows up in the standings, but also in the hung over face of someone who celebrated too hard or the 10-year-old boy who, without caution, jumps head first into fandom. The Jazz won. I was happy and Trailblazers fans weren’t. But they’ll be back for the next game and for that I don’t hate them quite as much.

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Continued from page 16 other rowing teams. “It took a lot of time and effort to even get to train,” Brady said. “It’s hard to try and convince students to give up their free time to row, especially when most don’t have experience.” Even though the formation of a Division 1 women’s rowing team contributed to Crew’s demise, McDonnell has no hard feelings for the opportunity many women rowers received. “I’m very happy for the girls, they deserve an opportunity to properly train with professional coaches,” McDonnell said. “Even though it hurt Crew, it gives many girls who are very talented and dedicated rowers a chance to really improve and compete.” Lack of funding also contributed to the loss of Crew. Because UP clubs must pay dues of $250 a semester, lack of advertising time and new recruits contributed to Crew not sustaining itself. “Crew really wasn’t sustainable despite all the effort. We did try and attract new recruits and awareness,” Brady said. “It was a great run while it lasted and I certainly enjoyed it. I got a great chance to meet new friends and grow close to my teammates. You can’t replace that.” Members of Crew found ample time to form friendships and get comfortable with their close-knit team, during the long rides to races as well as during

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• Last year, the Jazz front office let Deron Williams’ big ego – and even worse haircut – force out Jerry Sloan, a future Hall of Famer and one of the most beloved men in the state. • Williams was traded, Tyrone Corbin became head coach and now the Jazz are looking at another year without making the playoffs, as are the Blazers after recently firing Nate McMillan and trading fan favorite Gerald Wallace. But still, Jazz fans continue to fill Energy Solutions Arena for home games, purchase season tickets and buy jerseys of players that probably won’t even be on the team in three years. And that’s exactly what happens here. Fans still fill the Rose Garden even though a chance for the playoffs is a long shot. With last night’s game on the line, even though the outcome had no real bearing on the future, fans still truly cared, cursing at every missed opportunity, telling me to sit down with every Jazz score. Being the fan of a small market team is hard. When it’s good, it is really good. And when its bad, holes might get punched in

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training. “Crew was an awesome experience for me. I had lots of fun with my boat-mates,” sophomore Adam Brizzolara said. “It was a great opportunity to meet new people, friends and get good exercise.” Some memorable moments of Crew included a seven-hour ride to Sacramento, Calif. to take part in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (WIRA), by far the biggest race of the year. “Those were my favorite memories of Crew, just being stuck in the same car together for seven hours,” McDonnell said. “We became really close, and I’m glad to say they’re some of my best friends.” With the lack of interest in Crew, McDonnell believes there won’t be a resurrection of the club or the possibility of a formation of an all-male Division 1 team in the near future. “I really doubt it, simply because we worked really hard to get interest and it didn’t work,” McDonnell said. “We will keep the Crew club account open. If interest begins to pick back up with UP becoming known as a rowing school thanks to our Division 1 status, you never know.”


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Currently 16-7 overall and 3-3 in the WCC, the baseball team went 2-1 against the Santa Clara Broncos last weekend in California. They fell 8-2 to No. 17 Oregon State on Tuesday. Catch the Pilots in action over Easter break with a doubleheader against the University of San Francisco Dons starting at noon today. The Pilots host USF at 1 p.m. on Saturday before playing Washington State at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

spotlight: Natalie Day Senior guard/forward Natalie Day shares her future plans, inspiration for playing PJ Marcello Staff Writer Being from Maryland, what brought you to Portland? I have family in Seattle, so after leaving Howard (University) I wanted to get a change of scenery. I actually wanted nothing to do with the East Coast so I decided to look for schools here on the West Coast. I was actually turned down by USF (University of San Francisco) which landed me here. Who is the best player you’ve ever faced? I only remember the year that I’m playing so this year a player that always stands out is Alex Cowling from LMU. She led our conference in scoring as well as rebounding, and she’s a tough player so she’s good competition. What has your experience been like playing for the Pilots? It’s been eventful, and I think I have had a unique experience as a Pilot. It’s taught me a lot, a lot of things I’ve had to learn the hard way but I think what I’ve learned I can use for the future. How did you find out you had been invited to the WNBA Combine Camp?

I actually found out back in February. I think I started out the season ranked 25th in the nation in scoring and I think that put me on the radar of a lot of WNBA coaches’ minds, but as the season progresses everyone starts scoring and teams start getting at it. My coaches were the first to tell me they received letters or emails with the WNBA logo, saying they were interested in me. As our season closed they were telling me more and more how they were asking for my information. I had to get WNBA screened, a full medical screening and then I was officially invited towards the end of our season. I didn’t hesitate at all to accept and make plans to head that way. How does it feel to know you are being looked at by the WNBA? It is surreal. My goal initially was just to get overseas, get an agent and to play overseas, to explore Europe or I’d love to go to South America. I really didn’t expect the WNBA to flash anywhere within that so it’s great. Who or what got you started playing basketball? I was a nerd, I played an instrument (flute) from fourth grade to sophomore year of high school, and I continue to play it now without classes. I mainly read books and learned Spanish and studied it for ten years. Then I started to watch my friends in middle school who were on the

WCC: More = merrier Continued from page 16 10th team to the conference will make scheduling for all of the conference’s schools easier. “It will make it easier to schedule tournaments,” Brough said. Peters also noted that adding another school will help ease the burden of traveling, especially with respect to traveling on weekends. “From a scheduling perspective having 10 teams in the WCC will make life easier on our teams when they travel,” Peters said. “We should see fewer split weekends in conference play, where we are home on Thursday and away on Saturday, or vice versa.”

Brother Ronald Gallagher, chair of the WCC Presidents’ Council, was happy to welcome Pacific back to the conference. “We are pleased to welcome back the University of the Pacific as the 10th member of the West Coast Conference,” he said in the conference’s press release. He is referencing the fact that the University of the Pacific was actually one of the five founding members of the WCC in 1952, before leaving in 1971 for the Big West Conference. University of the Pacific will compete in women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, baseball and men’s and women’s tennis.

basketball team and I had never really paid attention to athletics and one day I just decided I’m going to try out for the basketball team. It didn’t go very well, I sat on the bench the whole time, I can’t even remember participating in practice that much either. Then in my ninth grade year I really decided I was going to come in and try for the JV team and I wanted varsity so bad. I can’t say anyone put the ball in my hands, I just looked around and said, “I think I can do that. What is it like playing for the Virgin Island National Team? It’s great playing for the Virgin Island National Team because my ultimate goal with basketball is a chance to play in the Olympics. I don’t even care if I place, just the fact that I might be present in the Olympics is great and that team gives me the opportunity to work towards that. It is extremely hard to play for the USA national team, and the Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory so it is kind of associated which is cool. These past summers have been great, I just travel around the Caribbean and play different teams around there. We played in Puerto Rico the year before last and the Bahamas last summer so leaving and going on an all expenses paid trip to an island is always good. I’ve been using it to get ready for upcoming seasons, and I got tournament MVP last season and I lead in scoring and rebounding in the tournament.


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This year I’m using it to hopefully further my career. Tim Duncan is from the Virgin Islands, are you a fan? I actually wasn’t a huge Tim Duncan fan, I knew he was from St. Croix, but I hadn’t ever really paid attention to him but that’s probably because I actually never watched sports for a long time and it is even really hard for me to watch now days. You’ve had a very well rounded career, being in the top 10 school history in many of the major categories. What is it like knowing you have made your mark in so many categories of the programs history? It’s unbelievable because coming in I never paid attention to stats. I was playing, I was scoring, I was rebounding and then to find out now that it’s all said and done I’m actually knocking people out of the top ten is crazy, it’s surreal.

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Over the weekend, the Pilot track program competed in the Willamette Invitational, with six runners taking the top spot in their respective heats. Elizabeth Keaveny placed first in the 5000m run while her teammate Laura Hottenrott-Freitag took first in the 3000m steeple chase. Kent Nowak and Nick Shanklin both took first in their heats of the 800m run. William Kincaid championed the 1500m run and teammate Jared Bassett came away with first in the 3000m steeple chase. The Pilots will be competing in the Stanford Invitational and the Mount Sac Relays over the break.

Men’s tennis 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the WCC, the men are coming off a loss to the No. 56 Oregon Ducks on March 27. They are set to face the Brigham Young Cougars in Provo, Utah today at 9:30 a.m.

Women’s tennis Coming off a loss to Idaho on April Fool’s Day, the Pilots are 4-11 overall and 0-2 in the WCC. They look to turn their season around with a string of home games, starting today at 11 a.m. against BYU.

Women’s rowing Rowing made waves in Seattle last weekend, with the Pilot’s varsity four crossing the finish a full six seconds ahead of the UW Huskies. Their next race will be April 14 in Eugene, Ore. (courtesy,

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New kids on the block The University of the Pacific will join the WCC starting in 2013 Jason Hortsch Staff Writer Like many college conferences in upheaval as of recent times due to realignment, the West Coast Conference (WCC) will soon welcome another new member to complement the addition of BYU this year. On March 28th, the University of the Pacific officially accepted an invitation to join the WCC starting in the 2013. The move will give the WCC a total of 10 schools. The move works well for the University of the Pacific, who is currently the only school in the Big West Conference that is private and has an undergraduate enrollment of less than 4,000. Like most of the WCC, they also

currently have no football team. Interim Athletic Director Karen Peters said that the school fits the WCC’s profile perfectly. “Institutionally they are a great match with the WCC schools both academically and athletically, with many of the conference schools playing them already in sports,” Peters said. “They are a like-minded institution,” Associate Athletic Director Jason Brough agreed. The University of the Pacific will be a strong addition to the conference, boasting NCAA men’s basketball tournament appearances three times this past decade. “From a competitive standpoint they’ve shown a commitment to be competitive and help raise the profile of the conference,” Brough said. “It guarantees us another quality conference opponent.” Moreover, the addition of a

Where: Pacific’s main campus is in Stockton. They have a law school in Sacramento and a dental school in San Francisco. Sports: The Tigers will compete in women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, baseball and men’s and women’s tennis.

Crew club disbands after 11 years due to lack of funding, demand Kyle Cape-Lindelin Staff Writer Despite being a staple of the many University of Portland clubs for 11 years, the Crew club rowing team is finally laying down its oars after repeated failed efforts to raise funds and draw new rowers. The Crew club took a huge hit with the formation of a Division 1 women’s rowing team last year, which took the majority of rowers from the club team. Some of the few dedicated and veteran rowers for the club include juniors Kyle McDonnell and Greg Brady, who have both


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Getting to know the University of the Pacific: Who: The University of the Pacific was founded in 1851 making it the oldest university in California.


Welcome back: Pacific, along with St. Mary’s, USF, Santa Clara and San Jose State, founded the California Basketball Association in 1953, which later became the WCC. Why this matters: The Tigers made a trio of appearances in the NCAA basketball postseason from 2004-2006. Tiger volleyball boasts the only two school NCAA championships which came during the 1985 and 1986 seasons, part of 24 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament.


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been in the Crew club since their freshman year. “It’s really sad and disappointing,” McDonnell, a resident assistant for Schoenfeldt, said. “We tried hard to recruit new members, but with no interest and our own lives gaining more responsibilities, it was something we saw coming.” The Crew club team was formed in 2001 by alumna Megan Thompson. Members found it difficult to recruit new rowers due to the heavy time commitment needed for training and due to the physical demands rowing takes. Crew members like McDonnell and Brady would have to carpool to the Portland Boathouse in Southwest Portland to row on the Willamette River and found problems scheduling with See Crew club, page 14

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The Beacon - April 5 - Issue 22  

Sophomore Aaron Myers, a 20-year-old UP student who collapsed on the Fields and Schoenfeldt court on March 23, has been upgraded to fair con...

The Beacon - April 5 - Issue 22  

Sophomore Aaron Myers, a 20-year-old UP student who collapsed on the Fields and Schoenfeldt court on March 23, has been upgraded to fair con...