Just 10 years ago…
Pacific welcomes back the class of 2003 for their tenth year reunion, here is a look at how life was just a decade ago:
-The 23rd president of Pacific is Donald V. DeRosa.
-George W. Bush is the president of the United States.
-Pacific had 3357 undergraduate and 537 graduate students enrolled on their Stockton campus.
-Tuition at University of the Pacific in 2003 was $23,180.
-The students in attendance have never experienced Homecoming or attended a Pacific football game.
-The Tigers won back-to-back Big West Conference Championships in 2002 and 2003.
-Pacific opened a 55,000 square-feet Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center & Clinics to offer a more collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to its students.
-The price of a galloon of gas was $1.83.
-The U.S. plans for an invasion of Iraq due to the possibility of weapons of mass destruction.
-Americans attempt to rename “French Fries” to “Freedom Fries” to protest France’s stance on Iraq.
-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) spreads from China, Singapore and Vietnam.
-California voters vote to recall Gov. Gray Davis just 11 months after he is elected. Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected to replace him as Governor of California.
-Apple first launches iTunes, which sells 10 million songs within the first four months of its release.
-The fifth Harry Potter book is released.
-Some popular films of the time included “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Bruce Almighty,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”
-The unemployment rate hits a nine-year high at 6.1 percent.
-Monkeypox is confirmed in humans by health officials for the first time in the Western Hemisphere; the outbreak was caused by African rodents that arrived on a ship from Ghana.
-A Massachusetts court gives gay couples the right to marry under the state constitution.
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