Throwin’ it back 30 years
The Pacific football team opened the season with a home victory, beating the University of Nevada— Reno, 12-7. The game was played in front of a crowd of 23,587, the largest football crowd at Pacific in five years. (Sep. 13 issue) The Tigers finished the season 4-7.
-The Pacific volleyball team opened the season ranked No. 1 in the country (Sep. 13 issue). The Tigers made it to the final four stage of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Stanford in the semifinals.
– The class of 1985 saw Pacific hold a Renaissance festival for the first time. (Sep. 27 issue)
– The Billboard Hot 100 was dominated by Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” in early 1985.
-The theme of the 1984 homecoming parade was “The Roaring Tigers Celebrate the Roaring 20s” (Oct. 11 issue)
– Academy Award-winning actress and former Pacific student Janet Leigh returned to Pacific for the first stop on a tour to promote her autobiography. (Oct. 18 1984)
– Pacific volleyball coach Terry Liskevych resigned to become coach of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. (Oct. 18 issue)
– Election season dominated the headlines in late 1984; Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale visited Delta College on September 19. Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro spoke at Hunter Square on October 24.
– In February of 1985, the famed Harlem Globetrotters visited Pacific to perform at the Spanos Center. (Feb. 7 issue)
– Ground breaking on the William Knox Holt Memorial Library began on February 8, 1985.
– In 1985, the price of a gallon of gas was $1.09.
– The Reagan administration’s budget cuts to student financial aid in 1985 elicited strong responses from some at Pacific, one of whom was Pacific President Stanley E. McCaffrey. President McCaffrey sent a letter to the Pacifican editors in which he scolded U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennet. McCaffrey rescinded an invitation for Bennet to speak at the University.
– Billy Hayes, whose life inspired the critically acclaimed film Midnight Express, spoke at Pacific in 1985 about his experience escaping from a Turkish prison. (April 25 issue)
– The historic album “We Are the World” was released by the supergroup USA for Africa in April of 1985 to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia.
– The Pacific women’s tennis team won the PCAA title. Coach Gordon Graham was named PCAA women’s tennis coach of the year.
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