The Pacific Index

Documentary educates and encourages audiences

Julia Alden

April 26, 2019

“First Person Plural” was written, directed, and produced by Deann Borshay Liem, an adoptee from South Korea who tells the story of his adoption from a South Korean orphanage to a Californian family. It explores the themes ...

Cultivating Bonds & Awareness

Christa Hernandez

April 26, 2019

Being adopted into a family of a different race can complicate the development of one’s cultural identity. Particularly when a family does not incorporate any cultural activities reflective of the child's background. I w...

One child policy leads to courageous difficult choices


April 26, 2019

I was adopted when I was 13 months old from a small orphanage in QingYuan, China. My parents traveled to China for seven days with two other families who also adopted young girls. Over the years, we have kept in touch with thes...

Special Issue: International adoption & identity

Erika Vives, Opinion Editor

April 26, 2019

International adoption has played a role in the United States for decades. In fact, According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. makes up for 46% of all of the worlds international adoptions. However, that number has been o...

Oregon’s growth proves to be more complex than expected

Scott Lepschat

April 13, 2019

Oregon is consistently growing; local population expansion being coupled with an influx of new residents. Undoubtedly the communities in the state have been strengthened by these changes, demographic expansion being coupled with tr...

Technology breaks serve as the answer to student burnout

Melissa Hood

April 13, 2019

I believe that it is important to occasionally drop all technology and work to take a moment and step outside and appreciate the natural world around you. It is scientifically proven that spending time in nature decreases stress...

Photos & Memory: Phone camera hinders experience

Erika Vives

April 13, 2019

It seems that a “new” and “better” cell phone comes out faster than the average consumer can keep up with. With each smartphone proving to be more high tech than its predecessor, the phone has made leaps and bounds in th...

Move motivates student to go green

Melissa Hood

March 21, 2019

Being environmentally conscious, to me, means being aware of the current state of the environment and how you may be contributing to that state. Before attending Pacific University, I had very little knowledge of the condition of t...

Sanders is unlikely to get voters to ‘feel the Bern’ in 2020

Sophia O'Neal

March 21, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running for President…again. In 2016, Senator Sanders was heralded as a progressive hero, bringing about an unprecedented wave of political engagement among voters ages 18 to 35. The Sanders c...

Beliefs & Behaviors

Alesandra Govi

March 21, 2019

Traditions include beliefs and behaviors that have been passed down for generations which have a symbolic meaning within society, who  continue to follow or believe over a period of time. Every culture has their own traditions which...

Spring Break: Adventures only a max ride away

Megan Garside

March 21, 2019

If you haven’t had the chance to make any spring break plans, don’t worry. Staying in the grove doesn’t have to be boring. Being only an hour away from the Portland is a huge bonus for students at Pacific. Save money on plane...

Forest Grove could be an even better town for college students

Cody Csulak

March 7, 2019

Forest Grove, home to Pacific University, is already a great college town full of small businesses that cater to both the student body at Pacific and to the surrounding community. The businesses here in town are great and fill...

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