I had vaguely known about the Student Voice since its inception and by the time I arrived on the campus of Pensacola Christian College in 1999, this briefly published electronic newsletter had reached almost cult status. Some on campus loved it as a subversive attempt to “stick it to the man.” Others despised it as the epitome of rebellion and bitterness. Few people I knew had actually read it, however. (Or at least they weren’t willing to admit to it.)
By the time I graduated in 2003, the website hosted at pensacolachristiancollege.com had already ceased being updated and Peter Gage, the owner, had apparently moved on with his life to bigger and better things. I too took my own path away from PCC, first becoming and active critic of PCC on pccboard.com and then later starting my own blog: Stuff Fundies Like. Life went on and the Student Voice became something of a distant memory.
When I read the news stories this month, however, about the lawsuit launched by PCC in their second attempt to gain control of the pensacolachristiancollege.com domain name, I became concerned that the Student Voice would end up being removed from the Internet. I firmly believed that if the body of work found in these newsletters were to no longer be available to current, past, and potential PCC students that would be tragedy of the first order. With that in mind, I have set out here not only to sure that the Student Voice not only survives this latest attack by PCC but with the hopes that the national attention this lawsuit has brought will provide renewed interest from the PCC student body in reading and engaging with these ideas.
Technology has changed drastically since 1996 when the Student Voice was first published by e-mail. Blogs, forums, and social media outlets are now ubiquitous, providing immediate communication and discussion. Towards the end of fostering discussions, I have taken it upon myself to separate out each essay from the original newsletters so that they can be commented on individually. This archive site also connects to Facebook and Twitter to keep anyone who follows up to date as content is re-published.
My thanks goes out to lupos and Leibniz for their insight, their courage, and their dedication to the truth. They remain the intellectual owners of the material posted here even though they have played no role in the creation of this site nor did they provide any of any extra materials posted here that are not part of the Student Voice canon. Any content which is not part of the original Student Voice newsletter or pensacolachristiancollege.com is my sole responsibility. Although I was not involved in the original Student Voice project, I am pleased now to serve as the humble curator of the Student Voice Archives.
Founder, Stuff Fundies Like
April 6, 2013