The Pacifican Review: A Look Back

If we look back to the earliest copy of Pacific’s newspaper in 1909, then called Pacific Weekly, and onward, we would see not only the culture and events of the time, but also commentary and editorial sections with no hesitancy to explain why the newspaper stands where it is.


Our newspaper, a more than 100 year old legacy, has stood the test of time; through beginning, middle, and on, we have served as an outlet and a voice for the students and the community.

This week, we at the Pacifican will rehash these old sentiments, in both traveling through the coverage of important events shown through our campus’s newspaper as well as in unabashedly speaking of ourselves and the standing of our department.

Our humble beginnings date back to the early 1900’s. At that time, our campus was located in San Jose and the newspaper came out weekly (thus the name Pacific Weekly). We get a glimpse into the culture at Pacific: a multi-week series of articles discussing “The New Comet” of 1910, “a successful Arbor Day – a thorough clean up on the campus” (1910), and “Annual Gym Circus Coming Soon” (1924) are just examples. But another evidence of the utility of the campus newspaper is the dissemination of both good and bad news. March of 1910, “Fellow student passes away” hits the covers. October of 1923, “Pacific Student Tells of Experiences in Great Disaster,” detailing a student’s fateful vacation to Japan when the Great Kanto earthquake occurred.

The newspaper took a halt when the University transferred from the San Jose to Stockton campus in 1924, and it took six years for the paper to resurface. Moving into the mid 1900’s, the consistent publication of ten-plus-page issues containing an abundance of student images proves that the college culture had certainly exploded. Student-centered and filled with Greek letters of fraternities and sororities, the Pacifican was publishing biweekly, every Wednesday and Friday in 1968. The “PSA,” at the time, had hopes of even becoming a daily newspaper, as stated in an Editorial (February 1968). However, by the end of the next year, the Pacifican reverted back to a weekly publication; the staff writer detailed the advantages of weekly, history, and economic aspect of their decision, all in honesty.


Fasting forward to our century, The Pacifican remains a hub of student opinion and involvement. As college millenials, notable coverage gravitated toward politics. 2008 was hot with both Democrat and Republic columns being published and the eventual announcement of Obama be- coming president. And speaking of presidents, The Pacifican covered the transition as Dr. Pamela Eibeck took the President’s chair a year after in 2009. At the same time, we were reaching new heights as “Pacific Alumni Finally in the Sky” (August 2009). All of this, covered and considered by students.The Pacifican, as we are today and have been more than a hundred years in the making, is here not to see the end of a traditional newspaper, and dare I say legacy, to our University, despite budgetary dilemma and digital conquest. I am asking you to hear our voices in this issue, so we can better hear and represent yours.

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Ashley Pham

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