The Pacific Index

Gap year positively impacts student’s mindset

Shelby Cokeley

December 7, 2017

Filed under Opinion

The terms “gap year” and “taking a year off” used to be interchangeable. High school and college graduates who are desperately seeking some sort of mental break, find solace in these phrases, even though they mean different...

College Scorecard response

Sam Anderson

December 7, 2017

Filed under Opinion

In an interview with Sarah Phillips, you suggest the amount of low-income students at Pacific University has “real consequences,” because Pacific admits so many working-class students, the institution is suffering and students...

College Scorecard response

Megan Bailey

December 7, 2017

Filed under Opinion

I have read your article concerning Pacific University’s rank among other schools and I was rather perturbed by what was stated by Sarah Phillips: “Pacific has far more low-income students than most of the schools around us...

Editor comments on recent criticism of news article

Max Kirkendall

December 7, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

I am writing in response to the critiques I have received regarding my article about the 2017 College Scorecard. The College Scorecard ranks schools in certain regions on the criteria of average SAT scores, retention rates, average...

Student questions motivations behind charity

Maddy Kellas

November 9, 2017

Filed under Opinion

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, which likely caused more people to talk or at least think about a cause that they normally would not. It is important to give issues such as breast cancer a platform to educate people...

Societal value of degree determines cost of higher education

Hannah Kendall

November 9, 2017

Filed under Opinion

With the rising costs of tuition, it may seem reasonable to make certain majors more affordable than others. Majors such as Engineering or Chemistry, deemed more beneficial to society, would become more accessible to students...

May term to replace current January courses

Maddy Kellas

November 9, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Pacific University is thinking of doing away with January term in favor of a May term. This would mean that instead offering the classes in winter, the courses would be held in summer after Spring term. Moving the term to May...

Publisher sets reward for Trump’s impeachment

Tyler Brown

November 9, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Almost a month has past since infamous pornography publisher Larry Flynt offered a 10 million dollar bounty on information leading to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Flynt is most well known for publishing the self-consciously...

Universities target athletes through new NCAA sexual assault policy

Shelby Cokeley

November 9, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

After years full of salacious sexual assault allegations the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has adopted a new policy requiring student athletes, coaches and athletic administrators to complete an annual sexual...

Editor comments on social media’s effect on body image

Tyler Brown

October 26, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Body image has been a reoccurring problem over the years, and even more so now that we have social media to put our exterior image on a platform. The fight to be what society deems attractive is an uphill battle. Most of us have...

Alternative schooling poses different options for students

Shelby Cokeley

October 26, 2017

Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Not every high school student boasts a 4.3 grade point average on graduation night. Nor does every student possess a desire to spend the next four years of their lives doing more schooling, while shelling out major amounts of...

Student talks safety concerns over lighting

Maddy Kellas

October 26, 2017

Filed under Opinion

As the seasons shift to fall and winter, the Pacific Northwest becomes a dark and dreary place. The tendency for rain or cloudy weather does not help the fact that there are less hours of daylight. Areas that lack proper lighting...

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