Over the years, PUC has undergone numerous changes that were relevant at the time. The campus that students experience every day has blossomed into the “most beautiful” campus that we know now. Through PUC’s history, there were many things that students fought for that eventually became a reality. According to the Campus Chronicle that was distributed on Nov. 25, 1959, students were arguing the benefits on having a pool on campus. The next year, money was collected and that dream became a reality.
Topics that have undergone debate were subjects such as length of shorts, according to the April 25, 1985, issue of the Campus Chronicle. For a short period of time, shorts were banned on campus and several students fought for the right to wear them. That dream was also made into a reality. Eric Logan, senior accounting major, pointed out that “each issue and each problem happens in its own time, but it’s in the past, and it has been resolved.”
Jean Sheldon, professor of religion, attended PUC from 1975-1977 for her freshman and sophomore years. During her time as a student, there were 2,000 plus students attending PUC. “Those were the baby boomer years,” explained Sheldon. “All of us thought it was a real privilege to go to PUC because there were so many applicants. If you didn’t have a high enough GPA, you didn’t get in.”
Sheldon also recalls students being more studious. “Because there were so many of us, competition was high to get into medical school and dental school,” she recalled. ”Students studied very hard. They ended up persuading the library to open on Saturday nights so they could study.” She says her generation was not as “heavily into entertainment” as students are today.
There was still fun while Sheldon attended PUC. Saturday night programs were prevalent like they are today, and going down the hill from time to time was still a pastime. “The dining commons used to make pies [such as] banana cream pie, lemon meringue pies, and other kinds of pie,” Sheldon said. “It was a fun thing to do…when somebody had a birthday they got a pie in the face”
In recent years, students have changed rapidly in a social aspect. Brian Kyle, instructor of photography, graduated from PUC in 2004 and served as the Funnybook editor while at PUC.
“The Funnybook was really relevant,” he says. “It was like the facebook of [my] generation. You knew what people were interested in.” The book was also the main source of getting a hold of people because it had on-campus telephone numbers and home addresses. This made writing letters in those days easier.
Most can agree that communication has changed over the years. Social media has taken a huge part in everyday life. During Kyle’s years as a student, “everyone had phones in their room as the main kind of communication. There was Internet in every dorm room, but it wasn’t as connected.” In today’s society, it is much easier to document the mundane things in life along with unnecessary drama. “The difference now [with the Internet] is that information can spread to the whole world,” says Kyle. “Before, it may have not made it passed the dorms.”
More recently, there has been a change among students. According to Logan, “There is a lot more diversity each year. As we have gotten more diverse, our diversity has become the bonding force and we have started relating better. We are becoming more cohesive the more diverse we are.” Logan continued, “There is a sense of bonding. From the church to the classroom, we have started becoming one body.”
PUC has also shifted when it comes to religion. Sheldon says that during her PUC years “it was about a friendship with God and building a relationship.” However, in other places at the time it was not so. “Religion was a thing in a box that you took out and you critically examine and put away, and you only did that on Sabbath. It was all about keeping the rules.” Worship credit was in effect during Sheldon’s time as a student. Sheldon recalls having to attend worship twice a day to gather enough worship credits.
Time and time again, PUC has taken down barriers to create a better atmosphere for students. PUC has undergone many changes as the years go by, but one of the biggest changes that happen during college is the progress that happens within an individual. ”College is a growing and learning time,” Logan says. ”Not just academically, but also socially and physically. I have changed more than anything on this campus. . .that’s a good thing.”