Vol. 115, Issue 12 November 21, 2013
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CYBER-CONFESSIONS BECOME CYBERBULLYING Student attacked on unofficial UP page speaks out for other cyberbullying victims Olivia Alsept-Ellis Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed. Amidst the usual hodgepodge of Facebook activity is a name – wait, it’s almost identical to your name! Perhaps, at first, you think someone has posted something funny about you on the unofficial “Confessions of a Pilot” Facebook page. But after you read the paragraph-long rant, you realize this post is not in good humor. This post is trying to tear you down. Through the threatening language and a malicious tone, an anonymous someone has just violated you with insults, profanity and a cruel reference to your medical condition. This is what Sunday morning brought senior Anndres Olson. After being contacted by The Beacon, she agreed to share her story – not out of vengeance, but to support others who have suffered from cyberbullying and to bring awareness to the issue. “I went from being half asleep to dry heaving,” Olson said. “I just looked at myself and asked, ‘Why would someone react in this way? Have I said anything? … Should I take responsibility
for someone’s feelings?’” The post not only insulted her character and her physical appearance, but slandered her position as an ASUP senator and belittled her chronic medical condition, rheumatoid arthritis. The Beacon has chosen not to quote the post due to its hateful content.
“I went from being half asleep to dry heaving. I just looked at myself and asked, ‘Why would someone react in this way? Have I said anything?... Should I take responsibility for someone’s feelings?”
Anndres Olson senior
“It insinuated that my physical disability wasn’t true,” Olson said. “This is something I live with. The message also said that ‘I hope it spreads to your brain,’ insinuating that I’d die.” These violations were “jarring,” she said, because she doesn’t reveal this intimate knowledge with just anyone. The anonymous post also
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Senior Anndres Olson describes the experience of seeing the online attack against her on the “Confessions of a Pilot” Facebook page on Sunday morning. Olson hopes telling her story will bring awareness to the issue of cyberbullying. attacked Olson in another, unspoken way. “My brother committed suicide when I was a freshman,” Olson said. “So, this is a really upsetting topic within my
family.” Since bullying is frequently associated with suicide, Olson’s family is particularly sensitive to the issue and felt being open about this experience could help
prevent future bullying. Olson said she knew the perpetrators were UP students, once friends, See CYBERBULLYING, page 3
About one in 10 freshmen leave UP each year Shepard Freshman Resource Center offers options and guidance for students thinking of transferring after their first year Lydia Laythe Staff Writer email@example.com When freshman Gina Garaventa moved into Shipstad Hall this semester, she didn’t imagine that four months later she’d already be planning to leave the University of Portland. Four of her six siblings attended UP and loved it, including one still on campus, and she expected it to be no different. “I wasn’t sure what I totally wanted to do after high school, so I was just like ‘Oh University of Portland, it’ll be fine. Everyone loves it,’” Garaventa said. “But I dance, and that’s one of my favorite things. I really want to do something with that in the future. And they don’t offer enough dance classes. You can’t major or minor in that here. That’s a main reason to transfer.” While the vast majority of first-year UP students stay here through graduation, Garaventa
is not alone. On average, one in 10 first-year students have transferred out of UP in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Education. About 89 percent of first-year students who started here as freshmen in 2011 stayed here, roughly the same rate as Loyola Marymount University and Lewis and Clark College. According to Brenda Greiner, director of the Shepard Freshman Resource Center, the top three reasons first-year students leave are fit, financial reasons and academics. “Financial being that something has changed in the family,” Greiner said. “Academic is something like: They decided to change their major or go someplace else or (they’re doing) poor academically. And the fit piece is it’s either too big or too small, too Catholic or not Catholic enough, too much in the city, not enough in the city.
(It depends) on where someone’s coming from.” Although UP was a good fit academically and socially for Garaventa, she decided she wanted to attend a university with an established dance program. She began dancing four years ago and her main styles are contemporary and ballet. While in high school, Garaventa performed in the school musicals. Garaventa enrolled at UP undeclared and tried dancing at Howard Hall, but said the lack of appropriate dance space was frustrating and made her miss dancing even more. Garaventa plans to pursue a dance major at University of Oregon or Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles after she leaves UP at the end of the academic year. “I’d like to major (in dance) and either become a teacher or a choreographer or at least dance See TRANSFERRING, page 5
November 21, 2013
UP hosts first powwow in recent years Native American Appreciation Club and M.E.Ch.A. bring Native American community to UP Olivia Alsept-Ellis Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org A flurry of dancers in traditional Native American regalia filled the Chiles Center last Saturday at UP’s first powwow in recent history. The Native American Appreciation Club, led by junior Tianna Nathan, who is part of the Warm Springs tribe, teamed up with M.E.Ch.A. to host the event. The powwow began with the “grand entries,” a procession of all the dancers in their regalia. “(The grand entry) says, ‘Hey, we’re dancing now. This is a sacred space,’” Nathan said. “And it gets everyone together to say, ‘This is a community now, so we have to act like that.’ It’s a mindset to put yourself into and (the grand entry is) the commencing of the powwow as well.” Next are dance competitions and performances. The two main dance categories are traditional and contemporary, which are divided by age group and gender. Powwow regalia is extremely detailed and usually handmade out of a variety of materials. Nathan has been working on her beaded regalia for close to a year now. One traditional female dance is called “jingle dress.” Dancers wear a dress with noise-making cones sewn into the dress. “The jingle dress dance is intentionally and traditionally meant to be a healing dance. The sound of the jingles when you’re dancing is kind of like an ocean sound, more of a white noise you can really get lost in it, it’s mesmerizing, ” Nathan said. Nathan said the “male fancy dance” involves particularly elaborate regalia and high energy
dancing. “(The dancers) are decked out in accessories so you can barely see the person in there because they’re covered, head-to-toe, in regalia,” Nathan said. “They do really hardcore endurance stuff. It’s practically gymnastics, splits and super fast footwork.” M.E.Ch.A. club president junior Yuri Hernandez invited Aztec dancers to the event, and is glad the clubs had the opportunity to work together on this event. “I think it was important (for us to collaborate) in order to bring our cultures to campus because it’s not necessarily visible,” she said. Nathan said attending the powwow is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about, exploring or supporting Native culture. “I feel like Native history and culture is something that a lot of people would like to engage in, but they don’t know how to go about doing it right. There’s not resources for them to fulfill that sort of want. So, that’s why when I put this (powwow) on, I found an overwhelming amount of support here,” Nathan said. The Native American Appreciation Club hopes to make the powwow an annual event. “You have to experience a powwow, because it’s such a beautiful thing,” Native American Appreciation Club treasurer sophomore Kevin Chung said. “When (Nathan) took me (to another powwow), I was asking her questions literally for hours! People might look at Native American culture and think, ‘oh I know what happened, OK, the end.’ They might not see the community, and a powwow is the perfect way to show them that.”
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Aztec Dancers perform at UP’s powwow on Nov. 16. (Below) UP students Chelsea Shannon and Yelitze Hernandez participate in the dance.
CYBERBULLYING: Family hopes to raise awareness Continued from page 1 who had access to her family history – meaning that they would have known that her family has suffered the loss of her brother, Josh. After she saw the post, Olson quickly pulled herself together and called her mother, Shannon Lambertson, for support. Lambertson was leaving aerobics when she noticed she had received multiple calls and texts from her daughter. Olson sent her a screenshot of the post. “The first thing I thought of was how pathetic that post really was,” Lambertson said. “I mean, of course Anndres feels hurt and violated, but it says so much more about the poster. It was so embarrassing for (the cyberbullies). I thought, ‘Well, thank goodness this is anonymous because otherwise they would be outed for just being classless.’” Lambertson supported her daughter, not only to make it through Sunday, but to make sense of what had just happened. “I was upset initially but, with the help of my family, I realized that it doesn’t reflect anything about me,” Olson said. “It reflects someone who is drunk and angry. But someone (who’s cyberbullied) who doesn’t have the support probably could not deal with that in a healthy way, or could not deal with it as quickly, or maybe would not have the resources available.” However, the sting of such a personal violation wasn’t and isn’t going to fade anytime soon. “I don’t think (the perpetrators) realize how much this has impacted my mom who has had to deal with this twice now. And myself,” Olson said. Lambertson said her family’s reaction to her daughter’s harassment was intensified by losing Josh. “Maybe I am quick to panic because of what we’ve gone through,” Lambertson said. “But this was immediately something for us to take seriously because it just hit home for us so hard.” TAKING THE FIRST STEP The cyberbullies hid behind the anonymity of the Internet, so Olson and her family were unsure where to begin. They first aimed at the “Confessions” Facebook page, which is moderated by more than one UP student, to have the vicious post taken down. “My mother was really on the ball with taking action and talking to the (Facebook page) admins. The post was pulled within 45 minutes of getting posted and I got a hold of the (page) admin. They were able to give me the IP address of the person who posted it. But IP addresses can change, day to day, so it wasn’t known if I could find the person based on the address,” Olson said. Lambertson was initially disappointed in the response she received from the students who run the “Confessions” page. “They said, ‘Sorry for that
Oregon Law on Harassment 1. “A person commits the crime of harassment if the person intentionally: “Harasses or annoys another person by: “Subjecting such other person to offensive physical contact; or “Publicly insulting such other person by abusive words or gestures in a manner intended and likely to provoke a violent response.” 2. “A person is criminally liable for harassment if the person knowingly permits any telephone or electronic device under the person’s control to be used in violation of subsection (1) of this section.” (messed) up post, I was drunk and still am. Haha!’” said Lambertson. She continued a dialogue with the anonymous page administrator, who eventually apologized. She said that, in the end, she didn’t blame them for the post. “It’s just a forum, and nice or humorous people could use it for such,” Lambertson said. “And cruel or mean-hearted people will ruin it for everyone else.” Soon afterwards, the Facebook page was taken down. As of Wednesday, Olson had not contacted Public Safety. But Public Safety Director
“I don’t think (the perpetrators) realize how much this has impacted my mom who has had to deal with this twice now. And myself.”
Anndres Olson senior
Gerald Gregg said victims of Internet harassment can reach out to either Public Safety or the Office of Residence Life. “If someone is being bullied or harassed or annoyed by electronic communication, we would encourage them to come see us,” Gregg said. “We will do what we can to help them. In many cases, you know who it is. And we can help them deal with the person responsible for it in the appropriate manner. But we’re happy to have them come to us even if they don’t know who it is, so we can have it documented.” Gregg said he is aware of the “Confessions of a Pilot” Facebook page and others like it, although Public Safety doesn’t monitor them regularly. He was already concerned with the anonymous platform the page gives the posters.
Photo Courtesy of Shannon Lambertson
Anndres Olson with her parents, Shannon and Todd Lambertson, and brothers (from left) Alex and Josh. Josh, who was bullied, committed suicide in 2011. “This is the problem with beginning and said it was wrong.” like would be more helpful.” these things: you don’t know Although the “Confessions” who the (page) administrator is, ANONYMOUS page that contained the attack who is screening these things and AGGRESSION on Olson is no longer online, deciding to post them, and you a new version has surfaced. don’t know who is posting them. Anonymous online platforms Gregg warned future page But if we hear about it, we will like the “Confessions” page can administrators who persist in take it seriously, try to investigate encourage people to write hateful creating “Confessions” pages it and and put a stop to it,” Gregg content they would never say to have a discerning eye when said. publicly. reviewing posts. Public Safety would pass the “People feel bold when they “If there is (a page) information on to Residence Life, think it’s anonymous and that, administrator screening the where it would be adjudicated hopefully, the other person would posts, there is absolutely no through the student conduct see it,” Olson said. “But people excuse for posting something process. have to understand that, just as nasty and venomous as that,” Olson and her family are because it’s online and they don’t Gregg said. speaking to Portland Police about necessarily have to see how the the incident, but are unsure of other person reacts, doesn’t make THE AFTERMATH their next steps. Oregon has a state law that makes “electronic “But people have to underAt this point, the family is harassment” illegal. However, the trying to take this day-to-day. stand that, just because it’s family said they are interested in Lambertson said she wants to hearing out the aggressors to help online and they don’t necesunderstand why someone would understand the reasons behind sarily have to see how the hurt her daughter. the attack. “What was the goal here? “I don’t think it’d be OK to let other person react, doesn’t Was it to really to try to squash (them) off the hook,” Lambertson make it less powerful for someone?” she said. “Do you said. “I would feel horrible if need to make them feel ugly to the person to receive that they turned around and did it to be happy? I know this might be someone else. And I would feel message.” shocking, but if they’re hanging guilty. But I wanted to make sure Anndres Olson from the light fixture, then would (our involvement) wasn’t coming senior you be happy? When does it from a place of revenge for my stop?” daughter, but from a place of Olson has been staying with protecting others.” it less powerful for the person to her family in Battle Ground, Olson also thinks receive that message.” Wash. since the incident for cyberbullying should not be Olson thinks some UP emotional support. In going taken lightly. students don’t realize the gravity public with their story, she and “I want to feel safe on campus. of Internet harassment. her family hope they can help I don’t want to feel like they’re “People don’t know enough prevent this from happening to more bold now that they’ve about what cyberbullying looks someone else. gotten away with this or that they like for the victims and the “I don’t feel like this makes could do this to other people,” offenders,” Olson said. “I think just me feel uncomfortable,” Olson said. “It would be different maybe a workshop or more public Olson said. “This is against a if they had apologized from the information about what it looks community.”
November 21, 2013
On On Campus Campus
UP releases report, recommendations on inclusion
LINKEDIN WORKSHOP Thursday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m. in Career Services. Workshop will include tips and strategies for using social media in the internship and job search.
Recommendations to president on inclusion concern diversity in faculty and staff, training
TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. in BC 163, workshop led by Lea Graham, an assistant professor of English at Marist College. CPB PRESENTS “THE INTOUCHABLES” Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium. The story of an unlikely friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his ex-con caretaker. PILOTS AFTER DARK Friday, Nov. 22, 10-11:30 p.m. The Quadraphones, a local saxophone quartet, will perform. 11:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. Gratitude Giving. Create thank you cards and put them up on the Gratitude Wall. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10-11:30 p.m. Benefit concert for typhoon relief hosted by the Filipino American Student Association. 11:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. KDUP presents DJ Jordan Radaker UP WIND SYMPHONY AND WOMEN’S CHORALE CONCERT Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium. INTERNATIONAL NIGHT SHOW Saturday, Nov. 23, 5-8 p.m. in Bauccio Commons. Experience traditional song, dance and live music while enjoying international cuisine. UP students will host tables showcasing their home culture, language, and dress.
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Nastacia Voisin Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The University has released a report on inclusion at UP, which includes recommendations for the president and his Leadership Cabinet on how to promote inclusion and diversity. It was completed July 16 by the Ad Hoc Presidential Advisory Committee on Inclusion (PACI) and released to President Fr. Bill Beauchamp and the Leadership Cabinet. The report is the result of feedback the PACI received from students, faculty and staff at the community listening sessions they held last spring and of their review of Church documents and examples of other Catholic universities. The listening sessions happened last spring after a campus-wide debate and studentrun demonstration concerning the Nondiscrimination Policy’s omission of sexual orientation. In September, the Board of Regents approved adding sexual orientation to the Nondiscrimination Policy. Within a month, Beauchamp will meet with the PACI to discuss its recommendations. Beauchamp said he will publish his personal responses to the recommendations after that meeting. The full report is posted on the Pilots UP page under the Policies tab.
-Create a standing Presidential Advisory Committee on Inclusion to manage discrimination concerns and address prejudices, including stereotypes about Catholicism. The committee would continue to seek campus feedback and make recommendations. -Change the Nondiscrimination Policy to include sexual orientation if possible. (The Board of Regents voted to alter the policy Sept. 27 after receiving the PACI’s report.) -Be more transparent and communicative about ways for UP employees to report discrimination, as well as
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“I feel this was step one of a multi-step exploration of a problem we want to solve. The most important thing is that we started the conversation.” Senior Kirsten Rivera
streamline current procedures. -Create a document explaining the guidelines used to ensure campus programs and guest speakers fit UP’s mission. -A general review of curriculum for diversity skill building, especially in experience-based courses like nursing clinicals. -Change employee orientations to include information about Catholic teachings on diversity, protection from harassment and what policies protect UP faculty and
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“If you look at the essence of a university, it is about bringing diverse opinions and diverse peoples together, and then engaging one another in a pursuit of truth. And that’s a messy affair.” - Director of Health Services Paul Myers
“I believe the purpose of the recommendations were all-encompassing. And I firmly believe that the primary focus and goal of the school at the present is to make all students and faculty welcome.” - 2013 UP Alumnus Austin Veiga
staff from discrimination. -Have new students and their families be educated about UP’s stance on discrimination and community values during orientation. -Create an ongoing diversity training program for faculty and staff. -Hire more women and people of color for leadership positions, especially at the officer level, as long as they are equally qualified for the job. -Have the president and the
Human Resources department work to make the hiring process for faculty and staff more open to diversity. -Have the president clarify the relationship between the Catholic Church and UP, and explain why the University has both a Nondiscrimination Policy and a Statement on Inclusion. The president could also address concerns about how the administration would respond to someone who is openly against Catholic teachings.
The UP Public Safety Report 5
1. Nov. 14, 3:04 p.m. - A student reported a vehicle break-in while their vehicle was parked at the 4800 block of N. Willamette. A report was taken and the individual was advised to file a report with Portland Police. 2. Nov. 15, 11:03 p.m. - Officers located a party at the 5500 block of N. Harvard. The party was shut down.
3. Nov. 16, 10:53 p.m. - Received a complaint of a party at the 6800 block of N. Monteith. The party was shut down and two residents were cited for violation of the noise ordinance. 4. Nov. 17, 12:10 a.m. - Portland Police reported locating two intoxicated students near the Pilot House. The students were escorted back to their dorm and left in the care of their Hall Director. One citation was issued for Minor in Possession of alcohol. 5. Nov. 17, 12:38 a.m. - Officers responded to a party complaint at the 5000 block of N. Syracuse. The party was shut down.
For a complete interactive public safety report visit www.upbeacon.com and click UP Crime & Fire Log under the News tab.
TRANSFERRING: Two freshmen prepare to find a new university Continued from page 1 for somebody somewhere,” Garaventa said. Freshman Logan Griensewic said it wasn’t the academics, but the social environment that pushed him to decide to transfer. “I just wasn’t really meshing well with the population here,” Griensewic said. “It was kind of affecting how happy I was, which in turn was affecting my school(work). I just decided to go somewhere where I’d be a little more comfortable.” Griensewic is planning to attend University of Nevada in Reno, where he knows more students. Greiner helps first-year students have a smooth transition to UP academically and socially and provides any support needed. Occasionally this involves talking to students considering leaving UP. If they’re still deciding whether to stay or not, Greiner said she’ll give them the resources they need to make an informed decision. But if the student is set on leaving, Greiner helps them transfer smoothly to a new institution. “As much as I would love people to stay, I also know that people are going to decide that
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Freshmen Gina Garaventa (left) and Logan Griensewic (right) are transferring out of UP. Garaventa wants to pursue a dance major, which UP does not offer, and Griensewic is seeking a different environment. it is better to (leave),” Greiner said. “ If a person is open to finding out if this place is going to be the place they want to be, I’ll help them with that. If their situation is such that University of Portland isn’t going to be the best fit, for whatever reason, then I think my role is to help make that transition as smooth as
possible for the student.” Transferring out of the University of Portland requires many steps, including canceling housing contracts, canceling class registration, acquiring official transcripts and finding another institution to attend. Greiner helps students navigate the complicated path of
transferring. “I provide them with the roadmap as far as ‘here are the things you’ll need to know about the University of Portland if you’re going to have a smooth transition from here to whatever other place you’re going to,’” Greiner said. Garaventa said, while she’s
leaving for academic reasons, she enjoyed UP otherwise. “Everybody’s really nice,” Garaventa said. “I made a lot of friends so far. I love my roommate. I have really good teachers. It’s just not my school.”
November 21, 2013
The secret lives of Commons workers Outside of the coffee and sushi orders, Commons employees spend their time attending other universities, crafting bows and arrows or playing the ukulele Emily Neelon Staff Writer email@example.com Apart from their brown or white uniforms, Commons employees have many identifiers. They know how to precariously
Vikings and biking
Nicholas Densley, a student at Portland Community College, has been working as a cashier at the Commons for two years. When he’s not serving students, Densley is working toward a doctorate in archaeology with an emphasis in Celtic and Viking studies. Densley initially became interested in this field of study because of what it can reveal about the past. “I think that as a culture, we accept a lot of mythology as the truth,” Densley said. “The only real ability we have (to separate the truth from the stories) is ignoring the written word and looking for material artifacts and goods that tell us where people were and what they were doing at that time. The more archaeological evidence we uncover, the clearer the picture we get.” Once he accumulates enough credits at PCC, Densley dreams of attending University of Glasgow. Densley has little time to relax, but when he does have free time he builds and rides bicycles
An affinity for people and places
Elizabeth Caverly, another cashier at the Commons, greets every student with a smile. She’s been working at the Commons since September and loves interacting with her fellow employees and the students that come in every day. “The people that I work with are pretty funny and interesting and the students are really cool too,” Caverly said. “I like being able to talk with the students.” Besides working at the Commons, Caverly goes to school at Portland State University and is studying psychology, human behavior and family studies. She hopes to become a school counselor after graduation. “I really like learning about how people respond and react to certain things,” Caverly said. “I really enjoy helping people.”
and recently made his own bow and arrow. However, Densley’s favorite activity is a simple one. “(I like to) go for a walk in the rain on a Sunday when the city is quiet,” he said. Freshman Ashley Hanna appreciates Densley’s charming demeanor when she is paying for her meals. “He is very pleasant and that makes my experience better,” Hanna said. Densley’s favorite part about his job is interacting with coworkers, content with the laidback environment they provide. “Despite what could be seen as negativities, the team is quite positive,” Densley said. “The Commons can be an overwhelming place at times, the hustle and bustle.” Nevertheless, the team stays upbeat and on-task. “It’s happy group. Not a lot of drama unfolds. In other jobs I’ve had it’s just been one thing after another. Somebody hates somebody, (but) that doesn’t happen here.” When Calvery isn’t at work or school, she plays video games, hangs out with her friends and two cats, Blue and Cleo, and explores Portland. “I found this place called Fire on the Mountain,” Caverly said. “I’m pretty much obsessed.” Caverly loves experiencing Portland’s unique culture. “I love to go to the Saturday Market and Last Thursday, a street fair that happens every last Thursday of the month,” Caverly said. “It’s a really cool place that shows the diversity of the people in Portland.” Senior Kramer Kors, a friend of Caverly’s, said she is personable and patient. “While working Liz always maintains her warm personality and smile, even when her line was very long and she was new to the job,” Kramer said.
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balance tomatoes, cucumbers and honey mustard dressing on top of students’ not-so-big salads. They can make a double-shot Americano with one hand while bagging 10 cookies and swiping a payment card with the other.
Yet despite knowing the classic characteristics of a Commons employee, many are oblivious to their hobbies outside of the sushi station. Here, the mystery behind the uniform is revealed.
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Nicholas Densley prepares drinks at the Commons coffee stand. Densley attends Portland Community College and hopes to eventually attend University of Glasgow. Although working at the Commons is relatively low key, it has become stressful at times. “The power outage we had
was the biggest shocker event since I’ve been here,” Densley said. “The culmination of having to help manage hundreds of guest
in that emergency was more than I’ve personally had to do (in other jobs).”
Serving sushi, studying business
If a student is craving sushi for lunch, Matthew Mun has their back. Mun, a junior at UP, has been working at the sushi bar in the Commons since his freshman year. He loves working with food and finds solace in his job. “It’s really hands-on,” Mun said. “You can get really creative with the different ingredients you put in every roll.” Although Mun enjoys making sushi, he says it can be difficult at times. “At the sushi bar we get super busy and slammed with people,” Mun said. “It’s pretty hectic most of the time because we have so many people we need to help out and we make everything ourselves.” Freshman Jessee Bonty-Hinton said she looks forward to seeing Mun at the sushi bar everyday. “He is always so funny and makes really good sushi,” BontyHinton said. “There’s always a really long line of people waiting, but he manages to get (their sushi made) so fast and he’s so polite.” When he’s not making sushi, Mun is working towards a business degree. “I’ve always wanted to work for Nike, so that’s one of the reasons I came to Portland,” Mun said. “That’s also what (led) me
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Junior Matthew Mun prepares lemons at the Commons sushi station. Mun is working towards a business degree and balancing an additional job at the Nike factory store in Portland. (Left) Elizabeth Caverly, works as a cashier. Caverly attends Portland State University and is studying psychology, human behavior and family studies, in pursuit of her career goal as a school counselor. to choose business as my major.” Mun currently works at the Nike factory store in Portland in addition to his job at the Commons and hopes to intern for the company in the near future. When he gets a chance, Mun likes to hang out with friends, play basketball, explore Portland and collect Nike shoes. He also
has musical talents. “I play the ukulele and I like to sing,” Mun said.
P-Plant employee’s novel pursuit Physical Plant’s Peterson Luksh self-published his debut book, ‘Tumbleweed,’ last year
Peterson Luksh has been stabbed by troubled teens, set up banquets at the Portland Zoo and lofted bunks in Shipstad Hall. Luksh’s favorite job, though, has been “Tumbleweed.” In December 2012, Physical Plant employee Peterson Luksh self-published his first novel “Tumbleweed.” The book is set in a fictitious Nevada town that is tormented by a sinister villain. Luksh hasn’t always had a career as an author or Physical Plant employee. Before he was hired by the University in August 2013, he studied criminal justice and sociology at King’s College in Pennsylvania with aspirations of becoming a police officer. His senior year, however, Luksh realized he had no interest in the profession. After working for two and a half years in a juvenile detention center, Luksh’s disinterest in a law enforcement career was further solidified. “I worked at a juvenile detention center/boys’ home. They weren’t locked in but they weren’t allowed to leave either,” Luksh said. “That cured me of wanting to do anything law enforcement wise. I’ve been bitten, had my nose broken, I’ve been stabbed.” Now it’s Luksh’s characters that are doing the stabbing. “Tumbleweed’s” antagonist, The Cajun, in particular. “The outlaw is kind of a wildman from the bayous of Louisiana and his name is the Cajun. Kind of a very sinister fellow … he’s particularly dark,” Luksh said. “When his gang attacks a stage coach or a town or a bank, he usually picks at least one victim to use a knife on … a knife is his weapon of choice.” Luksh’s novel is set in postCivil War America, and the protagonist is a former Union cavalry officer. “I’ve always liked the Old West - cowboys and outlaws and
sheriffs. I like stories that take place before the advent of modern technology,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to create and sustain parallel situations when the telegraph is considered the pinnacle of technology.” Having his work published and available for sale is a point of pride for Luksh. “When I was actually holding it in my hand and it had my name on it … that was very satisfying,” he said. But the satisfaction came at a cost for Luksh. The self-publishing provider Luksh used to print “Tumbleweed” charged $1,500 for its services. “It cost too much, $1,500. For me it was a lot,” Luksh said. “I have not made that much back yet, I’m still in the red, as they say. I actually had to borrow money from family to make it happen.” The publishing package Luksh purchased only included one round of copy-editing. After making changes to his original manuscript, Luksh had to revise his own work. “I did, unfortunately, a lot of my own editing … Doing your own editing is a very bad idea,” Luksh said. “As I was reading the book, the actual book, I noticed a lot of spelling mistakes and I thought, ‘You amateur.’” P-Plant isn’t Luksh’s only tie to UP. His father-in-law, Daniel Reilly, is the senior associate director of Admissions, and he’s read Luksh’s novel. “I enjoyed ‘Tumbleweed,’” Reilly said. “I think it is a strong effort for a first-time author. I was impressed by Peterson’s vivid descriptions of characters, scenery, clothing, etc. Overall, a very entertaining story.” Apart from writing, Luksh is also passionate about his faith. Luksh’s parish priest, Fr. John Dougherty, spoke to this side of the author. “Pete is a great guy! Pete is a very prayerful and thoughtful man. His faith is extremely imKristen Garcia | THE BEACON
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Peterson Luksh holds his 2012 novel “Tumbleweed.” Luksh spent $1,500 on self-publishing costs.
portant to him and he truly lives it out on a daily basis,” Dougherty said. “He is very faithful to the Eucharist and serves on our Voca-
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tion Committee and is a lector at Mass.” Luksh hopes to keep writing. “I would love to be able to
write for a living. Hopefully that will be a reality one day,” he said.
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Lea Graham, an assistant professor of English at Marist College, is an avid fan of the Camino de Santiago and shares her passion with student groups that she leads on the 500 mile pilgrim path through northern Spain. Dr. Graham is the author of the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (2011) and of the chapbook, Calendar Girls (2006.) Her poems, essays, translations and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Delirious Hem, Southern Humanities Review and Fifth Wednesday. She is a contributing editor for Atticus Review and teaches subjects such as poetry and travel writing at Marist College. Co-sponsored with CISGO, the Department of International Languages & Culture, and the English Department. For ADA accommodations or any questions, please contact Jamie Powell in the Garaventa Center at 503.943.7702 or Powell@up.edu
November 21, 2013
Experienced scholar makes campus his classroom Michael Taylor, father of professor David Taylor, can be spotted around campus befriending students or solving mathematical proofs W.C. Lawson Staff Writer email@example.com If students who find themselves standing restless behind the long line at the Commons coffee bar take a moment to look back to the end of the line, they might get the opportunity to see Michael Taylor solving a Sudoku puzzle or reading some philosophy. Father of biology professor David Taylor, Michael comes to campus with David a few days per week. In the mornings, he reads the newspaper and solves mathematical proofs. In the afternoons, he will join with David for some lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon drinking coffee and befriending students and faculty members. “I really enjoy learning. It’s a way to expand your world,” Michael said. “The larger your world is, the more you’ll take from it.” Michael enjoys a frappuccino most days. When it’s cold, he will order a chai tea latte. “He’s very environmentally conscious, he always uses his own mug,” junior Commons barista Rebecca Mion said. “He’ll even wait in the back when lines at the coffee bar are crowded until we aren’t busy to order his coffee.” David and Michael moved here together in 2010 from their home in Hartford, Conn., after David’s mother and Michael’s wife passed away from cancer in 2009. They live together in a rented home here in Portland during the school year, and travel back to their home in Connecticut in the summers. “After I got the opportunity to teach here at University of Port-
land, we made the choice to move out here,” David said. “And Dad is a firecracker, full of spunk, so he really was eager to get out and explore.” A man of many hats, Michael has worked as a mathematics and general science high school teacher, a high school gymnastics coach, a volunteer scuba diver (before you could even buy a suit), a technician at an NBC affiliate television station and on an Air Force missile tracking ship in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In high school, Michael was on the swimming and diving team as well as a pole vaulter on the track team. He could even lift 110 pounds with one arm in a standing arm press, despite only weighing 150 pounds at the time. “Dad has always taken care of the family,” David said. “At one point he worked four different jobs. He is a really hardworking and dedicated man.” As Michael waits for his son to finish working, he enjoys his time on campus. “It’s like a family here,” Michael said. “I am very impressed with the student body at this university. Here I see wonderful, sincere people, and am very fortunate to run into nice young adults.” In between the days of coming to campus with his son, Michael receives dialysis treatments and does physical therapy. He currently is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. Despite this, he continues to remain active, leading meditation yoga sessions back home in Connecticut during the summer. “We are a traveling team,” David said. “We are often referred to as the Taylor boys.” (both laugh).
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Michael Taylor solves mathematical proofs in the Pilot House. Michael spends several days on campus every week making friends with students or reading the newspaper.
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Michael Taylor stands with his son, biology professor David Taylor. Michael and David are impressed by the familial community they have found on campus.
Remembering the Salzburg experience
Rene Horcicka, former residence director of UP’s Salzburg program, visited UP for the first time this week Kathryn Walters Copy Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senior Ryan Gillespie, former Salzburg program director Rene Horcicka and senior Zak Pearson stand outside the Salzburg center during the 2011-2012 Salzburg program.
Ask senior Cerice Keller about one of her favorite memories of studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, and instead of waxing lyrical about the delicious strudel, beautiful music or historic landmarks that Salzburg has to offer, she recalls a cold morning spent hiking a local mountain with fellow students and their Salzburg program residence director, Rene Horcicka. “It was a Sunday morning and we woke up at 8 o’clock to hike the Kapuzinerberg,” Keller said. “He took us hiking through the snow and it was so serene, it was really awesome. He does little things like that for students on the weekends.” For many Salzburgers, Salzburg administrator Horcicka is a special part of their study abroad experience. After seven years of
working for the program, Horcicka visited UP for the first time this week at the invitation of Provost Thomas Greene. Horcicka spent his time at UP meeting with students and many of UP’s administrators, as well as working on plans for the Salzburg program, like physical improvements to the Center and making the program more accessible for nursing and engineering students. “It’s great to see how all this works, actually. It’s a great experience,” Horcicka said. “But to see where the students come from is new to me, so this is really interesting.” Fr. Art Wheeler, Studies Abroad director, said Horcicka’s visit to The Bluff is special because he plays a vital role in the Salzburg program. “It’s important to bring him over here because the students who go to Salzburg, it’s one See SALZBURG, page 9
SALZBURG: Director and students value relationship Continued from page 8 whole quarter of their UP experience,” Wheeler said. As fun as it is for Salzburgers to see him on this side of the pond, Horcicka also delights in catching up with his former students. “It’s the thing I like best, to meet also former students here and to talk to them and ask them what they are doing now after graduating,” Horcicka says. “I think also the students like to see me – I have the impression that they are happy to see me here! I am looking out for them and they are looking out for me.” Born and raised in Salzburg, Horcicka served in the Austrian army, attended university in Salzburg and taught in Bavaria before returning home as a program assistant for UP’s Salzburg study abroad program. From 2009 to 2012, he was the program’s residence director, which meant he was largely responsible for all the students and the Center. He also spent 100 days each year traveling all over Europe with the Salzburgers. But the fast-paced life of a residence director became tiring for him and he now works part-time in an administrative capacity for the program. “Sometimes I think it’s good to have a little break and to get a little distance because it enables
you to reflect on your experiences, and I needed a certain distance to reflect on my experiences as residence director,” Horcicka said. Keller appreciated Horcicka’s unique perspective on the many places they visited in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Greece. “He’s a really smart guy! He knows a lot of history,” Keller said. “Everywhere we went on trips, along with someone who would be speaking about the history, he would add in his own take on it because he knew so much about it, so that was really cool.” Like many of his students, Horcicka has been bitten by the travel bug for many years. He has travelled all over the world, from Argentina and Canada to New Zealand and Africa. He says travel has enabled him to broaden his horizons beyond the small city of Salzburg, which he greatly values. “My approach to traveling is really mind-opening, and I enjoy it a lot,” Horcicka says. “Here (at UP), the first day, just to notice that the windows are different, to notice that the toilet is different, you start to think of your own things and don’t think that this is just the world, but the world is much bigger.” Senior Leah Becker, who studied abroad in Salzburg two years ago, said she and others felt
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2011-2012 Salzburg group and Rene Horcicka at the European Union. For many students, Horcicka’s leadership of the program is an important component of their study abroad experience. a special bond to Horcicka during their year spent in Europe. “When you’re in Salzburg, it’s really the first time that you’ve been – it feels different because there’s not a priest living in your dorm and parents are not coming to visit very often, so you just feel very much like you’re on your own, and rather than having a much older adult there, it was like having a big brother which I think made it really special,” Becker said. Horcicka shares a close bond
with his students because he has a lot of responsibility for them while in Austria. However he tries to differentiate the way he relates to past and current students. “You need to be very close (to current students) in a certain way but at the same time you need to have a distance. So this is something that needs to be balanced out,” he said. “But with former students, it’s just the greatest fun to go out and drink a beer in the beer hall or to have fun!” Salzburg, nestled in the shad-
ow of the Alps, is a vibrant but rather small city, according to Horcicka. He says leaving Salzburg now and then for new places like UP is exciting, but he admits there is no place like home in Austria. “I found everything so far in Salzburg that I need,” Horcicka said. “I was able to study, I found a great job that I really enjoy and it’s the place where I grew up and I know every little corner, and almost everyone in some way.”
FAITH & FELLOWSHIP
November 21, 2013
Change of place, not of heart Fr. Gary Chamberland reflects on his time on The Bluff before his departure at semester’s end Gary Chamberland Guest Commentary When I arrived on The Bluff, the University was a far different place than the one we know today. The newly constructed Chiles Center was preparing to host President Reagan as its first official function. Mass was held in the rustic St. Mary’s Chapel and Villa Maria Hall had just become a men’s hall after having served as the first women’s residence hall since 1957. Half of the third floor of Christie was a residence for Holy Cross priests and brothers who lived in simple rooms and walked down the corridor to use common restrooms and showers. The campus was a little down at heel, but faculty, students and staff alike loved this little school on The Bluff. It was then that this place stole my heart. Returning in 1992 to serve as the lay rector of Shipstad Hall, an air of vibrancy had infused the place. Fr. David Tyson,
C.S.C. had become president after Fr. Tom Otto, C.S.C.’s tragic death in a car accident. In the meantime, the Chapel of Christ the Teacher had been built and St. Mary’s turned over to Student Activities. The Pilot House had been rebuilt and enlarged to what we know today. Yet, on the main academic quad, three small wooden buildings remained, the remnant of the World War II surplus buildings that once made up so much of campus. The Health Center, Columbia Hall and the Chemistry Annex stood where Franz Hall stands now and on the hill above Orrico Hall. Since the Chemistry Annex moved when someone walked through it, it always scared me that open flames were allowed in its laboratories. In my time at Shipstad, I lived with residents with whom I remain close, though it would have been impossible then to predict that two of those guys would eventually become high school principals today. Others are doctors, and researchers, and businesspersons and many are parents as well. Sweatpants and flip-flops gave way to business suits, and daily concerns have shifted to financing their own children’s college experience.
Many of them continue to ask important questions about their life’s purpose, their role in their family and community and their responsibility for their environment and their world. In 2009, I returned as director of Campus Ministry and it has been a joy to walk side-by-side with you during significant moments in your lives. As priests, we are privileged to celebrate life’s highs and mourn its lows. We mark life’s seasons with ritual and are privileged to experience the blossoming of adolescence into focused, mature adulthood.
“I love how faith and the questions it raises are welcomed topics of discussion and how all people together with their strengths and weaknesses and even doubts - are invited to join the conversation .”
Fr. Gary Chamberland Director of Campus Ministry
The campus had also changed, with Franz Hall anchoring the transition. When it was first built,
it stood as a sign of hope of the University’s potential. Today, it is a statement of all we have become. We have burst our boundaries both physically, having replaced blocks of houses with stately residence halls, and in terms of mission: sending nurses, engineers, teachers, doctors and businesspeople into the world prepared and ready to make it a better place. My return was a movement of the heart for I love this university and our commitment to educate young people in the affairs of the heart, those that impel each of us to discover the deepest longing in our lives. I love how we strive to help each member of this community figure out how to return love for love and rest in the fullness of the divine embrace. I love how faith and the questions it raises are welcomed topics of discussion and how all people together with their strengths and weaknesses and even doubts are invited to join the conversation. Yet my leaving in a few weeks’ time is another movement of the heart as I feel the need to be closer to my parents as they age and as their lives become more complicated. Leaving is its own
heartache, but I am thankful for my brothers in Holy Cross who are both willing and able to support me in this desire and helped me find a position closer to home. Here at this sacred place, I have experienced the fullness of Eucharistic joy. We have told the story of our faith in both the scriptures and in our lives, and we have come to know God’s love in the fellowship of our common tables. I go forth from The Bluff refreshed and strengthened for the rest of my journey. I leave keenly aware of our participation in the Body of Christ and know I have been continually made new in the communion we share. Faith and community and hope are not mere concepts dissected in a class. They are a lived reality at UP and I am forever grateful for being a part of it. Father Gary Chamberland is Director of Campus Ministry. He can be reached at email@example.com
EDITORIAL Policy change is empty so far On Sept. 27, the Board of Regents voted to include sexual orientation in the Nondiscrimation Policy, a decision celebrated by students, faculty and staff across the UP community. But what does the change really do? According to President Fr. Bill Beauchamp, nothing. At an ASUP meeting on Nov. 4, Beauchamp told students that the policy change has no practical implications. “If it makes more people comfortable that we have that, that’s important,” Beauchamp said. “But it does not represent a change in University policy. What it did do was put in writing our nondiscrimination practice all along.” Maybe he’s right. Maybe the policy change was meaningless. But we do need change. A precise wording of policies and statements is not ultimately what needs to be altered. Instead, the attitudes and behaviors of our community toward marginalized people need to change. Two weeks ago, the Ad Hoc
Presidential Committee on Inclusion (PACI) published their recommendations to the administration in regards to inclusion and nondiscrimination. These recommendations make the need for social change abundantly clear. The PACI found that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff continue to feel marginalized in the community. “Some employees fear negative consequences for being too visibly ‘out’ as LGBTQ,” the recommendations say. The document also says that “students mentioned poor understanding and inappropriate treatment” of some marginalized groups on campus. In light of student and faculty responses, the PACI not only recommended changing the Nondiscrimation Policy, but it also suggested tangible changes to promote equality, diversity and inclusion at the University. For instance, the PACI recommended creating new orientations and trainings for students, faculty and staff to increase awareness of diversity in the
University community. The committee also recommended hiring women and other minorities for leadership positions. Members of the PACI are not the only people on campus to stress the importance of concrete change. After the Regents voted to change the policy, both senior Andrea Merrill and junior Matthew Gadbois wrote into The Beacon, emphasizing that policy change is a step in the right direction but does not signal the end of inequality. But in the wake of the policy change, Beauchamp seems to be ignoring the need for concrete change. At the Nov. 4 ASUP meeting, he said the policy change would “probably not” allow same-sex partners to travel with faculty on study abroad trips, adding that he “(doesn’t) want to talk about ‘what ifs’” regarding the policy. But those “what ifs” are precisely what we need to talk about. It is not acceptable for the administration to receive recommendations clearly stating that LGBTQ student and faculty are
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discriminated against, only to proceed to do nothing further than policy change, which by their own admission has no effect on the University’s practices. Members of our community are still hurting from discrimination, and when Beauchamp says that the purpose of the Nondiscrimination Policy change is just to “make more people comfortable,” it sounds like a he’s putting a bandaid on a broken leg.
Beauchamp will meet soon with the committee to talk about how to move forward with their recommendations, according to Paul Myers, director of Health Services and PACI member. If Beauchamp truly wants the Nondiscrimination Policy change to have a positive impact on UP, he needs to enforce it by heeding the recommendations and committing to real change on campus.
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Like, you should clean up your language, ya know? Megan Lester Staff Commentary “Like” is a bad word. It’s, like, an omnipresent filler that your professor, your boss and your mom don’t want to hear. I don’t really like the word but never gave much thought as to why. Then came “ya know?”. Everyone started tacking “ya knows” onto the ends of their statements. The thing is, sometimes I don’t know – ya know?
Like, I would automatically be nodding my head even if I had no clue what was going on. So I started thinking about these two bits of language, “like” and “ya know,” and why they are so irksome. Why did I so disdain words that had entered my daily vernacular? The Oxford English Dictionary (to English majors, simply Scripture) defines “like,” among other things, as “Having the same characteristics or qualities as some other person or thing; of approximately identical shape, size, etc., ... similar; resembling; analogous.” Basically, “like” is used to compare things, similar to “as if.”
When someone says “as if,” we know the bit that comes next is going to be a comparable something, differing slightly from what is actually being described. For example: The middle-aged woman broke down in sobs. It was as if she had just seen Robert Pattinson. The middle-aged woman wasn’t crying exactly like she had seen R.Pat, but it was, like, almost the same. When our language is riddled with these almost-comparisons it just gets us farther from our exact meaning. Every word that follows “like” is thus a watereddown version of its former denotation. These soggy little turds add words but detract worth.
Wouldn’t you agree that “like” just qualifies our statements until they are limp with un-meaning? Huh?
“Every word that follows ‘like’ is thus a watered-down version of its former denotation. These soggy little turds add words but detract worth.”
Megan Lester junior
And then there’s “ya know?” The phrase demands agreement, even when there is none. It’s ca-
sual, appealing and maybe has frosted tips. “Ya know” is the quarterback in every 90s film that asks you (eee!) to homecoming and you, like, have to say yes … even if you’re 20 and can’t legally go to a high school dance. All language is metaphor, but “likes” make language a metaphorical metaphor, and that’s just too much. I mean, roses by like, any other name, smell sweet. Ya know? “Ya know” keeps our listeners on our side, even when they’re not. There’s nothing more terrifying (or refreshing) than a friend See LIKE, page 13
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I guess I’m a daddy’s girl Lydia Laythe Staff Commentary “Our greatest pain in life comes not from the loss of a tangible person or thing, but from disappointment, or the loss of a hope or expectation.” My dad told me that once. When I think about my dad having cancer, I think about this idea. I don’t have to have my dad with me all the time. I’ve survived being apart from him since I went to summer camp when I was 12. I’ve spent months away from him here at college, but the thought of losing him permanently weighs heavily on me. It’s like this thought is constantly pressing uncomfortably behind my eyes, making them sting and water. What hurts the most about thinking about losing my dad is the thought that all my hopes and expectations for the two of us may not have a chance to happen. Going hiking this summer, cheering for me at my graduation, walking me down the aisle – he might not be there for any
of that. And that scares me. My dad is my rock, my go-to guy, my protector, my defender and my best friend. When I was 13 and I was afraid of being home alone, I’d go into my mom and dad’s room and grab one of my dad’s Tshirts and just wear it around the house – just to have the smell of him around me.
“Appreciate the people in your life. Take the time to be thankful for the wonderful people you have all around you.” Lydia Laythe sophomore I’m not like most kids because I never really had a rebellious phase and my parents have always been my best friends. I’m not embarrassed to admit that. My parents are my best friends. That’s it. So, in high school whenever I was feeling stressed or upset, I’d just hug my dad and I’d feel better. I’d wrap my arms around his belly and just let myself be enveloped by that unique combination of smells: soap, af-
tershave and cotton. I would hold on as long as he would let me, then he’d chuckle and tell me I was being goofy. I’d cling tighter even as he laughed and tried to wriggle free of my grip. My dad and I are goofy together – super goofy. Whether it’s talking to my mom in Italian mobster accents or singing “1, 2 Step” by Ciara at the top of our lungs, my goofiest memories are shared with him. We have a very unique sense of humor, so I think my dad was happy when he realized that I shared his sense of humor. We just make each other laugh all the time. We laugh about laughing. There’s just something special about the bond I share with him, something that paragraphs and paragraphs of words couldn’t fully explain. But as I think about him smiling at me from across the kitchen table as we goof around, make fun of my sister or create our own Native American drum circle, I’m overcome with emotions. My dad is the greatest man I know. No question about it. Sometimes you say things to people to make them feel better, like “You’re the greatest,” or “You’re the nicest person ever.” But those words are hollow and used only as a way to help the other person
feel better about something. But with my dad, I mean it. He is literally the greatest man I will ever know. He is unbelievably funny and goofy and silly and youthful. He is incredibly smart. And he is sweet, caring and loving. When we were younger, my dad would tell his students that he’d do anything for his daughters – kill, steal, you name it. And it was this unconditional, everpresent, overwhelming love that I was raised in. Growing up, my dad told me he loved me – at least once a day. Whenever I call him now, our conversations always end with “Alright … Well, we’ll talk again soon. I love you, kid.” “I love you, Dad.” So I guess what I’m trying to say is: Appreciate the people you have in your life. Take the time to be thankful for the wonderful people you have all around you. Your parents can be your greatest supporters, your greatest allies, but only if you let them. Sometimes it takes the threat of losing something – or someone – in order for you to realize how truly important they really are.
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by Kristen Garcia
What’s the worst Thanksgiving food? Derek Block, junior, history and theology
“The first year I was in charge of making mashed potatoes, I used sugar instead of salt. Not as delicious as it should have been.” Elizabeth Lancaster, senior, education
Lydia Laythe is a sophomore social work major. She can be reached at email@example.com.
We must keep the Internet neutral Logan Adams Guest Commentary Net neutrality is an issue that has plagued regulatory agencies since the early 2000s. Many corporations – most notably Comcast, Verizon, Netflix and Google – have battled in court, determining the future of the Internet. However, net neutrality is an issue important to us all, as it could affect the way we access data we want online. Those who support net neutrality subscribe to the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. Proponents believe that there should be no discrimination based on what users are doing online. Companies that provide online services, like Netflix, support this stance because they want their customers to be able to access their content without their users or their data being slowed or blocked.
Others who oppose net neutrality include Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon. These companies want to be able to give preference to customers providing them with faster download speeds and expanded access to their own services. Often, Comcast and Verizon treat their own services in a way that does not count against a data cap for their subscribers. This practice, which is not net neutral, is often criticized as Comcast and Verizon encouraging their customers to use their internal video applications instead of services that are capped or throttled, such as Netflix. The idea of discrimination against certain Internet traffic and the general fight over net neutrality are likely to continue to affect our access to the Internet. This issue is becoming increasingly important to students who either live off-campus and purchase their own Internet, or to those who will soon become purchasers of Internet access. Many speculate what the future of our Internet and our Internet providers might look like.
Some argue that a situation could arise, if laws affirming net neutrality are not passed, where the possibility of accessing the Internet could become more like the way that one purchases cable TV. In this model, access to a few “basic” websites would be provided, just like a basic cable package with the option to purchase additional websites. But there would also be packages available to purchase other sets of websites. There would be entertainment packages including Netflix and YouTube, search packages to include access to Google, and sports packages for ESPN and similar sites.
“The practice of net neutrality is necessary and must continue to be upheld in order to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing their own content.”
an Internet in which they can only purchase what they will use online and have access at a lower cost. But this directly goes against the idea of a connected Internet. Instead of being able to search for whatever we please, we may attempt to access a website only to be greeted by a message informing us that the website we want to visit is not within our Internet package, and that we would need to purchase it. The practice of net neutrality is necessary and must continue to be upheld in order to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing their own content and potentially fragmenting the remainder of the Internet. Searching, browsing and discovering online would disappear if the Internet were distributed by channels and packages. Net neutrality must remain a commonplace so that all of us may utilize an open Internet.
Logan Adams Logan Adams is a junior junior electrical engineering major. He
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“My least favorite Thanksgiving dish is that cranberry jelly stuff. And fruitcake.” Devin Furrer, freshman, mechanical engineering
“The Irish on my side of the family decided to make stuffing from a box one year. Yuck!” Stephanie Rager, sophomore, biology
LIKE: Don’t let your language get mushy Continued from page 11 who responds with, “No, I’m not following,” or, “I disagree.” These friends, flush with selfconfidence, invoke the witchcraft of sincerity (plus regular witchcraft) and, instead of nodding along, remind us that we are idiots. These little rhetorical farts in
our language stem from our insecurity. We qualify everything with “like” because it dilutes what we have to say until it is in no way offensive. Increasing our vagueness also gives us a getaway if someone disagrees with us. So what am I advocating? I don’t know ... maybe say “like”
and “ya know” less? If it doesn’t bother you, I guess that’s fine, keep saying it. Whatever. Your statements just won’t be as strong as they could be. Maybe I don’t want to have a strong argument, ya know? Maybe it’s endearing that everything I say ends with an upward inflection? Nope. No one wants that. Cut
the crap. Megan Lester is a junior English and German studies major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It was like potatoes with Rice Krispies cereal on top with onions in it. You bake it or something but it was disgusting.”
November 21, 2013
SOCCER: Playoffs continue
(Top) Seattle U’s goalie tips the ball away from the goal as the Pilots attempt a corner kick. (Bottom) Senior forward Micaela Capelle drives to the goal.
Continued from page 16 senior midfielder Ellen Parker. The 2-0 win over Seattle was secured by a controlled game of precision and outstanding defensive performance. After a frustrating 78 minutes, freshman Danica Evans scored off an assist from fellow freshman Ellie Boon. Ten minutes later Frisbie converted a penalty kick to ensure a win and a trip to the second round. It was senior goalkeeper Erin Dees’ 17th career shutout, only having to block Seattle’s three goals as the Pilots outshot Seattle 11-3. “Knowing it’s our last game on Merlo is bittersweet,” Dees
said. “It’s tough, but it’s time.” The University of Illinois Illini are coming out of the Big Ten conference with an 10-8-3 record. They have made it to the second round of the playoffs three years in a row, this year they beat Washington State in penalty kicks 3-1. Their freshman goalkeeper, Claire Wheatley had a career-high 11 saves in the game. The Pilots will face the University of Illinois at 9 a.m. Friday. If they win, they will play the winner of the Nebraska vs. Boston College match Sunday at 11 a.m.
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WCC Accolades Amanda Frisbie- WCC Defender of the Year; All-WCC first team Allison Wetherington- Freshman of the Year; All-WCC second team Garrett Smith- WCC Coach of the Year (sixth WCC coach of the year award) Erin Dees- All-WCC first team Ellen Parker- All-WCC first team Micaela Capelle- All-WCC second team David DiLoreto | THE BEACON
MEN’S BASKETBALL PORTLAND vs IDAHO
11/21 THURS. 5PM · CHILES CENTER
PORTLAND vs COLUMBIA 11/22 FRI. 7PM · CHILES CENTER
PORTLAND vs N. TEXAS
11/23 SAT. 7PM · CHILES CENTER WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
PORTLAND vs PACIFIC
11/21 THURS. 8PM CHILES CENTER
PORTLAND vs ST. MARY’S SENIOR DAY
11/23 SAT. 1PM CHILES CENTER
Pilot in the Spotlight
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Cassandra Brown Guard/Forward Redshirt Junior Vernon, B.C.
Men’s cross country heads to nationals
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The men’s cross country team will be heading to Terre Haute, Ind. this Saturday for the NCAA cross-country championships. The team placed third last weekend at the NCAA West Region
championships and received an at-large bid to the national competition. Redshirt junior Scott Fauble led the Pilots with a fourth place overall finish and three other Pilots finished in the top 25 to secure their third place finish.
Photo Courtesy of Kim Spir
The men’s cross country team races in the Viking Classic earlier this year.
What are some individual goals you set for the season? Well, firstly, we put our team goals ahead of our personal goals. We want to win the WCC championship and go to the tournament. That’s our top priority. Personally, I just want to come out and have a strong season. I worked super hard last year getting back, getting in the gym and stuff and working on my game. I’d love to make the WCC team if I could and be one of our leaders in scoring. Why did you sit out last season? It’s kind of complicated. I was born with a depressed sternum, so I basically had a hole in my chest. I had that my whole life. It just impeded me when it came to physical activity, because basically my heart was flattened like a pancake. It wasn’t life threatening or anything, I lived my whole life with it and I was fine, but I would get a lot more tired than an average person. I really started noticing it when I came to college so I decided to get the, it’s called the NES procedure, to fix it. I got a foot-long bar put into my chest. It was a very, very long and painful recovery process, so I was going through that all year. And have things gotten better since then? Yeah it has. I don’t know if I went in to it naïve, think-
www.upbeacon.com ing I would never be tired again, because that’s what they told me. They were like, “Oh you’re gonna notice such a difference,” and I do. Instead of going up and down once and needing a sub, I can go for a longer period of time. Its nice. What attracted you to UP? It’s nice because it’s not too far. It’s a 10-hour drive from home. My parents can still come down and stuff. I’m used to the Northwest and I really love it down here. I really liked all the players, they made me feel at home, and the coaches. Do you have any hobbies outside basketball? Basketball literally takes up my whole life, so I don’t have really any. (laughing) Hanging out with my friends, chilling. Literally all we do is basketball, eat, homework, sleep. Do you have any games circled on the calendar? We play Seattle U Sunday here in the Chiles Center. They’re like, I wouldn’t say our rivals, but we always have bloodbaths against them. I don’t remember if we lost against them last year, but that’s one team we always want to come out and beat. I look forward to every game, honestly, after sitting out for a year. It’s just exciting, every game that’s coming up. -Peter Gallagher
This week in sports Women’s Soccer The No. 7 Pilots beat Seattle University in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. They travel to Nebraska to play the University of Illinois tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Men’s Soccer The Pilots lost in overtime to St. Mary’s 2-1 last Friday and beat San Francisco last Sunday in double overtime 1-0. They finished with a 9-11-0 record.
Cross Country The men’s cross country team heads to the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Indiana.
Men’s Basketball The Pilots battled No. 1 ranked Michigan State Monday in a tough 82-67 loss. They play Idaho, Columbia and North Texas this weekend starting tonight in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in the Chiles Center.
Women’s Basketball The team beat UW last Friday 91-77 and lost to Montana 68-61 Monday. They take on Seattle U Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Chiles Center. (courtesy portlandpilots.com, WCCsports.com)
November 21, 2013
SPORTS THE BEACON
Taking a shot at the championship
Women’s basketball is focusing on small factors to bring big improvement in the 2013-2014 season Mitchell Gilbert Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org After a hot start, the UP women’s basketball team is optimistic about the upcoming season. Lead by Coach Jim Sollars, the Pilots believe that they have the determination and discipline needed to win a significant amount of games this season and the WCC championship. With a big 9177 win over UW last weekend and a tight loss to Montana 61-68 Monday, the Pilots are currently 2-2. The Pilots are focusing on what they need to learn from both their wins and losses said they know what they need to do in order to win games this season and be a championship caliber team. “We have things that we need to learn. We are ahead of the curve from a defensive standpoint, though we have had some blaring problems with transition defense,” Sollars said. “Offensively we are a little behind. We have just implemented a new system and the girls are not as comfortable as they were with the old system.” After only losing two of their players this season to transfers, the team will benefit from their chemistry and familiarity. In-game experience is not lacking, with four starters returning and only three freshmen joining the team. “I get a different vibe from this year’s team. We have so many juniors and seniors and we understand how each other play,” senior guard Alexis Byrd said. “The new people on the team are working well in the system. We are more advanced than in previous years.” The team’s focus is on winning a WCC championship. The
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The team practices free throws, one of the small factors they are focusing on to improve overall. last time a UP women’s basketball team won the WCC was in 1995. Since then, the Pilots have had eight winning seasons, four in the last five years followed by a losing season last year. “Our goal is always to win the WCC championship,” junior Kari Luttinen said. “In order to do that though we have to focus on the little things, like our goal for the preseason was to shoot 80 percent from the line. I think if we can improve with the little things our big goal will come along with it.” With players who can rebound, drive and shoot the ball, this team is diverse and complements each others’ skills. The return of redshirt junior Cassandra Brown brings a proficient sharpshooter and substantial threepoint shooting ability to the team. Last weekend at UW, she scored 28 points and had 12 rebounds. The team can also benefit from the relaxed tempo-setting play of Byrd. She has been averaging 14.5 points per game this season. Last season, Byrd ranked sixth in the WCC for steals and ninth for total assists. The greatest challenge for this team will be their tough schedule. They will be playing some of the most talented teams in the nation both within and outside the conference. Gonzaga, one of the WCC’s top teams, has beaten the
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Freshman guard Kaylie Van Loo looks to get around one of the volunteers that came to practice last weekend. women’s team in 19 of their last 20 matchups. BYU, another of the WCC’s top teams, has beaten the Pilots in all of their last seven matchups. “We have a very tough schedule ahead of us. UW, Montana, Seattle University, Oregon State will all be tough outside of the conference and we have an equally challenging schedule within the conference playing Gonzaga, BYU and St. Mary’s,” Sollars said. “All of these teams have
been playing very well. I believe that we are a part of the best nonfootball conference in America.” The Pilots have a stretch of four tough home games coming up in the next few weeks against Seattle University, Columbia, Oregon State University and Boise State. Wins in these games will be key if they are going have a shot at winning the WCC championship. Their next game in the Chiles Center is Sunday at 4 p.m.
Women’s soccer strives for second round victory Cassie Sheridan Staff Writer email@example.com Friday, in Lincoln, Neb., the women’s soccer team will take the field against the University of Illinois. This year, they intend to leave the second round of the playoffs with a W. This is the Pilots’ 14th straight playoff appearance, however, in recent years progressing past the second round has been an impenetrable goal. Last season, the Pilots fell to Michigan State in the second round 3-0, despite outshooting them 10-8.
“There are a lot of emotions, it is playoffs, it’s make or break,” said senior defender Amanda Frisbie. “However, a lot of excitement too.” Last Saturday, in their first round game against Seattle University, the team took to Merlo for the final time this season. For seniors, it was an emotional game beyond just the playoff pressure; it would be their last game on Merlo Field. “The most important thing is to leave Merlo with a win,” said See SOCCER, page 14
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Junior Emily Sippel strikes the ball past three Seattle U defenders. The Pilots won 2-0 on Saturday.