The Pacific Index

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...

Women deserve just and fair media coverage

Olivia Barrows

March 7, 2019

The 2020 presidential election is still many months away, but it has already made history for the record-breaking number of women candidates who are running. So far, six women have officially declared their candidacies for the highe...

Accuracy of meteorology relies on many factors

Scott Lepschat

March 7, 2019

This February served as a strong reminder of how truly unpredictable the weather of the Pacific Northwest can be. The much-hyped “Snowpocalypse” early in February resulted in next to no snowfall on campus despite forecasters w...

Alternate Perspective: Director responds to editorial and offers viewpoint on the sharing of diverse opinions

Stephanie Stokamer Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement

March 7, 2019

In his February 7, 2019 letter to the editor, a fellow faculty member expressed his concerns about a campus climate of “insistence on one train of thought.” In responding to his words, I want first to say in the name of tra...

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