The Pacific Index

Bon Appétit to replace unpopular dining service

Megan Garside

May 20, 2019

As another academic year comes to an end, Pacific University may be waving goodbye to the P.O.D. and other dining facilities due to a change in dining services. It has been decided that Pacific will switch dining service deal...

Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs

Megan Garside

April 26, 2019

Pacific University will say goodbye to a veteran of liberal education as assistant Professor and associate Dean for Student Affairs, Steve Smith plans retire at the end of the academic year. Smith’s retirement will come as a huge los...

Freshman attends her first ever lu’au

Ella Cutter

April 26, 2019

For one weekend, Pacific University’s Stoller Center was transformed into a room reminiscent of the islands a large population of its students come from. Large decorations and floral arrangements were set up throughout the gym,...

Transferring process proves welcoming

Quinn Sykora

April 26, 2019

Transferring for any student is intimidating, but guaranteed support from others can make all the difference in the world. Students transferring to Pacific University can rest easy knowing they have access to the personalized...

New Administration

Ella Cutter

April 26, 2019

Next fall, exercise science professor Rebecca Concepcion will step up and take on the position of director for the School of Natural Science. Concepcion has been working tirelessly as interim director this year, gaining experience a...

RAs face difficult decisions over student resident wellbeing

Michael Arakawa

April 26, 2019

With a closed door preventing the Gilbert Hall resident assistant from reaching out to a student with suicidal behavior, various scenarios ran through the RA’s mind.  Will the student accept my help? Have they already hurt themself...

Late student’s resilience and heart inspires crowd

Shelby Cokeley, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2019

“You better not give up,” Theodore “Theo” Erickson’s oldest sister said with tears in her eyes, “You better not give up because Theo would’ve never given up on any of you.” Before April 11, Theo Erickson was just anot...

Public Health major combats food insecurity

Quinn Sykora

April 13, 2019

How big of an impact can a granola bar make on a student’s final grades? Struggles with food insecurity could be the difference between passing and failing. Ruth Gomez, a senior public health major, has used her capstone ...

Social Work major volunteers at local Sexual Assault Resource Center

Ella Cutter

April 13, 2019

For 440 hours, Pacific University Senior Madeline Clark worked with victims of sexual assault. Clark, majoring in social work, interned at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) in Beaverton, Ore. for her senior capstone. ...

Student organizer reflects on TEDx event and experience

Megan Garside

April 13, 2019

On March 16, Pacific University held its first ever TED event, TEDxPacificU, on its Forest Grove campus. Around 200 people attended the event, which hosted ten performers ranging from speakers, to dancers, to poets. Accor...

New Program

Ella Cutter

April 13, 2019

Beginning fall semester, Pacific University will offer an exciting new major. The university will introduce a bachelor’s degree in the rapidly growing field of data science. It will be a part of the department of math and c...

Professor to replace retiring Director of Arts & Humanities

Michael Arakawa

April 13, 2019

Next fall, Media Arts professor Mike Geraci will begin training with Dean David DeMoss to replace DeMoss as the Director of the School of Arts and Humanities after he retires at the end of the 2020 school year. Geraci said he...

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