A time of peace and love
Here’s a brief look at what Pacific looked like 40 years ago, when the class of 1975 was just preparing to take on the world as graduated Tigers:
The start of school year (September 1974) also saw the opening of the apartment spaces at “University Center,” which was a $3 million investment on behalf of the University. 110 upperclassmen moved into these spaces, which now comprise the “McCaffrey Center.”
In October, Pacific’s campus buzzed with discussion over a suggestion by the president of the drug abuse council: Marijuana should be made legal. Judging by comments made in an October issue of The Pacifican, campus consensus seemed to be in his favor.
November’s Homecoming festivities were deemed some of the most spirited when Tiger football secured a “miracle comeback” over the San Jose Spartans, winning 29 – 27. The football team continued on to lose the PCAA title game, losing to San Diego State.
In November, the remaining portions of the “University Center” opened for student use. These included an art gallery and craft space, the Rathskellar Pizzeria and Deli and a grocery store later named “The Garden of Eatin’.” Students voted to legally sell liquor in the grocery space, but the Board of Regents voted otherwise.
In February, finances again saw change as the Irvine Foundation donated $700,000 to Pacific’s dental school in San Francisco for facility renovations, including the construction of a public dental clinic.
In March, the men’s swim team won the second place title in the PCAA conference, falling just short of Long Beach State. Six men swimmers continued on to the NCAA championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
In March, Karen Askerson was voted ASUOP president. Richard Morita was named Vice President after a contentious run-off election.
In April, Pacific garnered national attention when Richard Nixon was named President of the Board of Regents. This was just months after his resignation as the 37th President of the United States and his infamous role in the Watergate Scandal. Students believed his decision to come to Pacific was due to his fondness of campus, which he visited many times as a student at Whittier College, and his connection to President McCaffrey, who served as his executive assistant while Nixon was in office.
In April, Pacific’s theatre arts department made waves with the successful spring musical: Anything Goes.
Finishing the school year strong, late April saw the University’s decision to grant women athletic scholarships for the first time ever. This decision was predicated on the belief that sports could be a beneficial part of a woman’s education.
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