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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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The Secrets Behind the Omnipresent Smile

Divya Joseph, May 20, 2009

"I have to be sick to love this job this much," says SA president Scott Brizendine. "I have to have something wrong with me to want to do this again." Scott spent a whole year of being on call all day, getting phone calls and text messages every five minutes, removing the word "sleep" from his vocabulary and getting little to no time to spend on his interests of Star Wars, card games and Pokemon. So he questions why he would do the never-before-done deed of getting re-elected as SA president. The answer he finds is that he loves Pacific Union College and cares about everyone here and despite all the hassles of being president it gives him pure joy in knowing that he is making PUC a better place.

Because Scott tries to stay involved in every aspect of PUC activities, many students recognize his omnipresent smile. He can be seen helping in many places, including the front desk of Grainger hall, enrollment services, as a teacher's aid in the physical education department and as president of the Adventist Intercollegiate Association. Despite this impressive resume, he stays humble and reminds himself of the true reason he does all this: "I am really not doing all this to impress anyone - I do this because I care."

It is because he cares about PUC that Scott knew it was essential for him to run again. He says most SA presidents come into the job not knowing what kind of problems they will encounter or how to solve it, and he was no exception. However, he now understands all the components of being an SA president, and now he can perfect next year. "I feel like I have a pretty solid formula in place for next year," he says.

Some of his goals for next year are to develop the Pioneer Possé and extend it beyond just basketball to other sports such as volleyball. He plans to use the budget from this year to buy Pioneer shirts and stock up for next year. He has a list of all the events that worked this year and he plans on adding to it next year.

The potential of what PUC can be next year excites him, "As excited and pumped up I am about this year, I am even more pumped up about next year."