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Angwin to Angwish Run Continues Revival

On October 26, runners of all ages and abilities will enjoy the fun and challenge of Angwin to Angwish, Pacific Union College’s annual trail run in the heart of the Napa Valley.

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Pioneers Athletics Start Season Strong

Four of the six Pioneers athletic teams—women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, and the men and women cross country team—began their seasons this fall, representing PUC with their promising talent at both home and away games.

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Convocation Features Pioneering Surgeon Leonard Bailey

PUC’s student body, from excited freshmen to seasoned seniors, packed into the PUC Church on September 25 to attend the first gathering of fall quarter’s Colloquy Speaker Series.

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Student Blogs | Mark Monterroso

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

Sitting down to write this brings a sigh of relief to my busy schedule. I saw more rain here at school in one week than probably my entire life back at home. The campus was invested with rain boots and umbrellas for several days while the showers poured.

Hundreds of miles and busy schedules have robbed the opportunities for us to share the many details in our busy lives. I hope my attempt to share college life with you is as soothing for you as writing it is for me.

With midterms behind me, and finals in front, I am not sure whether to feel relief or stress. To be honest, at times I feel a hybrid of both. Picture a young man sighing in the library after a long test only to be hit with the hypertension that comes from moving on the next exam. Time has become the new currency here at school and our economy has taken a sharp dive of its own. A normal day consists of: studying, running back and forth between labs, studying more, dropping by the library to check on the status of the broken printers, studying, grading papers, and finally when the day is nearly over, more studying. Occasionally I have time to eat, or even sneak a shower in. 

This week in biology we are applying anaerobic respiration to grape juice using yeast. Sound familiar? I sure hope not. Dr. Wong says not to worry, "we are not making alcohol. . . we are testing the products of fermentation!" My lab group has also made a valiant attempt at creating the Korean dish kim-chee. I use to word "attempt" because that is exactly what it has been. The first mouthful of our batch nearly brought me to the floor. I will stick to beans and rice for now.  

While God has been good to us here on the hill, life has thrown its painful jabs at the campus. Continue to pray for both students and faculty here at PUC. Struggles are inevitable. Often times we find ourselves frantically searching for the power to get through the challenges and set backs. However, we all need to remember that strength may be found not inside ourselves but in God. "The Lord is their (our) strength, and He is the saving refuge for His anointed" (Psalm 28:8).

Mark Monterroso
Sophomore Religion and Chemistry Major