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Next year’s student media leaders weigh in on their future plans

W.C. Lawson | A returning student leader veteran, Kelsey Thomas will be coming back to the Beacon for her second year in a row as Editor-in-Chief for The Beacon. She thinks this has been a strong year for The Beacon with a well-balanced and fun staff to work with. “I’m unbelievably proud of my … [Read More...]

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Fr. Bill reflects on his time on The Bluff

Fr. Beauchamp Photo by Parker Shoaff Nastacia Voisin | After over a decade serving on The Bluff, Fr. Bill Beauchamp, the priest who never expected to be a president, will leave this June. Saying farewell to not only the UP community, but the Portland landscape, will be hard for Beauchamp, who … [Read More...]

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Tuition to increase by $1,650 next year

Maggie Smet | $1,650 could buy you 48 sets of purple scrubs from the UP bookstore. Or 551 Taco Bell A.M. Crunchwraps. Or 23 Fjellse single beds from Ikea. Or 17 years of Netflix streaming. Or you could pay the difference in tuition at UP next year. Tuition is going up by $1,650 next year, from … [Read More...]

Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Anne Thompson is this year's commencement speaker. 
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Q & A with commencement speaker Anne Thompson

Kelsey Thomas | Before you don your cap and gown on May 3rd, meet the speaker who will be delivering the commencement address, Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Anne Thompson. A graduate of Notre Dame, Thompson has traveled across the world in her career as a journalist. She … [Read More...]

Sophomore Lydia Laythe’s dad visited UP this spring for a few days. Her father is temporarily in a wheelchair after having a tumor removed from his thigh.
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Are we pushing forward, or rolling backward?

Lydia Laythe | Me and My Dad When parents visit campus, it’s natural to want to give them a tour. When my dad visited campus, I did the same. The only difference was my dad was in a wheelchair. I didn’t realize how much of a difference this would make. I found myself taking different routes to … [Read More...]


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Backstage with Rock the Bluff performers

Clare Duffy | I truly felt as though I was living a “teenage dream” as Tyler Ward belted a pop-rock version of the Katy Perry classic, complete with the moderately awkward high school students inappropriately bumping and grinding on each other in the clump of students directly surrounding the stage. Despite the questionable audience dancing, […]

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Senior Pilots talk employment as they prepare for take off

Olivia Alsept-Ellis | Graduation is nearly upon the 2014 class. Panic. Fear. Tears. But then, a sigh of relief when the day finally comes. While every single student has all the reason in the world to throw their cap as high as possible, a few students are celebrating not the just conclusion of their education […]

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Look back at the class of 2014

Kathryn Walters | They danced the night away at the infamous Dance of the Decades of 2011. They witnessed a pre-fame Macklemore crowd-surf at the first Rock The Bluff concert. They took a stand for equality in Redefine Purple Pride’s demonstration. They survived the “snowpocalypse” of 2014. They are the Class of 2014. To celebrate […]

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VIDEO: Interview with Andy Grammer at Weekend on The Bluff

Weekend on The Bluff, April 12, 2014 Video by Parker Shoaff | Reporter: Claire Duffy

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VIDEO: Alex G. & Tyler Ward Backstage Interview

Weekend on The Bluff, April 12, 2014 Video by Parker Shoaff  |Reporter:  Clare Duffy


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Pilots year in review

By Maggie Hannon | Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team had another standout season, with a record of 17-3-1. They went to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships and beat Seattle in the first round at home then lost in overtime to Illinois in the second round in Lincoln, Neb. Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team […]

The men and women’s basketball teams pose with Bridgman after the third annual Sam Jam. Photo by Alexandra Bush

Sam Jam draws Portland community to Chiles Center

By Mitchell Gilbert | Sam Jam, the charity wheelchair basketball game, was played between the UP women and men’s basketball players, and the WheelBlazers, an actual wheelchair basketball team based in Portland. The event is hosted by Sam Bridgman, a UP alum who graduated last year. Bridgman started the event two years ago with the […]

The team celebrates after a walk off single from shortstop Michael Lucarelli. The Pilots came back multiple times to beat USD 10-9 on Saturday.

‘There’s always time to turn it around’

  By Maggie Hannon | UP baseball has about a month left of conference play for the season and they have a lot of catching up to do. With a 9-4 loss in a non-conference game to Seattle U on Tuesday, the Pilots remain in last place in the WCC with a record of 2-13. […]

Caleb Whalen fields a ground ball in the team's game against USD. Photo by Spencer Young

Pilot in the spotlight: Caleb Whalen

By Mitchell Gilbert | Caleb Whalen Senior Second baseman Vancouver, Wash. What has been the highlight of your season so far? I’d have to say for me it has been playing the game last Tuesday against Oregon. I had six RBI’s on two hits with a homerun. a sac-fly and the double.  What are the […]

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Welcome to The Bluff: Recruiting guide

By Cassie Sheridan | As graduation becomes increasingly imminent, so does the departure of some of our favorite Pilots from the field and the court. A new class of student-athletes will be stepping into their well-worn shoes. The class of 2018 will be joining a proud tradition of excellence and eating all their meals at […]


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Don’t be afraid of post-graduation failure

I am proud to present to you the Class of 2014, a group of students whose resourcefulness, brilliance and moral courage will surely lead them to change the world… But that’s not really how it is, is it? All that optimistic, world-changey graduation talk probably feels dishonest to a lot of graduating seniors. Because many […]

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How will you make a difference? A letter from Fr. Beauchamp on sustainability

University President Fr. Bill Beauchamp | Recently, an editorial in this student newspaper commented that our university must “not lose sight of sustainability.” With new scientific reports emerging regularly on critical challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and food insecurity, I want to assure our community that I agree. These are serious times, and […]


Justice for immigrants: a truly Christian response

Patrick Tomassi | Earlier this month, eight US bishops met in Nogales, Ariz., to celebrate Mass for the thousands who have died trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States, and to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. While the Senate passed a bipartisan bill last year, the House of Representatives has refused […]


Wi-Fi problems interrupt education

McKenna Stack | I am a junior at the University of Portland. I love the friendly environment I find on campus, I love how on sunny spring days professors will teach outside and I always find myself craving iced mochas from the Commons while I’m working on homework. I have loved my time that I […]


Appreciate the fruitfulness and grace of the universe

W.C. Lawson | We are living in the apex of humanity as we have entered what some researchers call the Anthropocene, an era marking the evidence and exponential extent of our human activity that has resulted in a global impact on the Earth’s natural operations. Some researchers believe this could result in a mass extinction […]