This was sent to us by a former student. – eds.
As so many stories start out (from PCC), it was my junior year, I was engaged to be married. My husband had been involved with the infamous GA scandal involving the “movie thing”. Needless to say he was kicked” out and so graceously given his masters degree without walking. I had been an Eagle’s Cheerleader but, because of who I was associated with, I was considered a “rebel, or a bad person.” Before all of this however, I was considered to be in the “administration approved crowd.” I had been giving plasma in downtown Pensacola, like so many other PCC students, and like many others I was earning some extra weekend cash. My fiance’ decided this would also be a good thing for him to do to earn some extra cash. So, we both went twice a week, he was of course not a student and had graduated. We barely talked, and once in a great while we would “chance” it and sit by one another.
The other students I had been riding with suddenly felt “convicted” and decided to turn me in. I was totally humiliated – I was shadowed and had to go before the administration and “plead my case!” Finally after 2 days the verdict came in. I was given 130 demerits and campused for 6 weeks (during the big beach time); with my measly 12 this put me up to 142 and it was only March. In the end I left with 143 – the most I had ever had the previous years was 27 demerits in one semester. Needless to say, I got married that summer and never went back. This is just one of the many wrong doings that go on at Pensacola Christian College. I have served my time!!
Like most of the stories, an interesting question is raised (actually, numerous questions. . .): WHO was it that “convicted” your “friends”? Was it really the Holy Spirit? Or was it a sense of guilt that had been driven into the student’s heads time and time again on campus? It’s something to think about. . . – eds.
There are so many things that I could tell you about my personal experiences with PCC. Here is one from my undergraduate days.
I was a junior and had three freshman roommates. One came a day late, his name was —-. He walked in with absolutely no idea of what was about to happen. In talking with him, he had no ties or sport coats – seems that no one ever told him of some of the finer points of PCC life. He adjusted well enough to get the year started right. On the first weekend, I volunteered to take him around town and show him where K-Mart, McDonalds and other stores were so he could function without having to buy the high priced merchandise in the campus store.
When we were in the car, I noticed him continually spitting into a coke can. I tactfully informed him that dipping was not looked upon as aproper behavior of a student. We agreed that he wouldn’t do it anymore – or at least not around anyone else. Weeks went by and we did not get along at all. The rules really turned —- the wrong way and he really had a rotten attitude. One Saturday before hall meeting as I was sitting in my room I noticed that it was 10:25 and —- hadn’t been seen for a while. My roommates and I went through hall meeting knowing something was going on. I went to my floor leader and mentioned that —- hadn’t showed up or been seen for most of the night. He informed me that —- and another student were arrested for drunk driving and underage drinking.
A few days went by andthe inevitable happened – I got a call slip. I knew that as APL this was going to be very interesting. I went and talked to Dean —- where I was asked about —-‘s life in the room. I informed them that we really didn’t like each other because he always fought me for making him do his room job, etc. Then it got interesting. Dean —- said he had a few questions.
How many times have you gone off campus with —-?
How many times did you go play pool with —-?
Do you drink alcohol?
Were you aware that —- was off campus drinking?
How many times did you do drugs with —-?
How many times did you go drinking with —-?
How many times did you get a prostitute with —-?
The questions continued. After categorically denying all of these outrageous questions – then came the next. How long have you known about —- dipping? After I answered, all of the other questions were repeated once again. I was then told that I also was up for expulsion because I “knew” information that I should have passed on to the PCC “police”. I flat out told Dean —- that he could go ahead a kick me out because if that was a good enough reason, I didn’t want to be there then anyway. Eventually I was blamed because a student who had no idea of what PCC was like and definitely should not have been a student in the first place got in trouble that it was all my fault. I got 75 demerits for being an improper APL and was campused for 2 weeks.
This happened right before Thanksgiving. My parents were just arriving for a visit. But I still got campused.
Now just a few comments:
1) Why didn’t this student have a copy of the rule book before coming to PCC?
2) Why do the deans constantly take the word of someone who is about ready to be expelled? so they can get some more students in trouble?
3) What is being an improper APL? By not turning him in at the beginning of the semester and telling him not to do it anymore and then not having any further knowledge of his dipping, I thought that I made the right decision by not turning him in. Of course, I was only 21 years and who am I to make a decision —.
4) How about all of those questions? A prostitute? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!! I hope that Dr. Horton reads this because maybe this will give him an idea of the CRAP that goes on in the dean’s offices. Up until this point in my PCC career, I honestly think that I had fewer than 50 demerits for infractions like room jobs, punching a pass in late, etc. A PROSTITUTE? Never!
I guess PCC has substituted the second great commandment – Love thy neighbor as thyself – to: Love PCC with all thy heart, soul, and mind. . .and don’t even think about helping out someone else unless you get our permission. Anyway, to respond to your questions,
1.) We believe PCC does now send out copies of the Student Handbook to future students, but that handbook is extremely vague and entirely incomplete, as you will see when we publish our Rules Compilation
2.) That’s what we would like to know. This gets back to our essay on the Discipline Committee [Issue 1, No. 2] and the ideas we suggested to alleviate this problem to a great extent. To our knowledge, they have been ignored. We, too, would like to know the answer to this question.
3.) Your guess is as good as ours – we think is whatever the administration wants it to mean to fit whatever purpose they have in mind at any given time. Vague? You bet. – eds.
This is a story that was sent to us by a current student. – eds.
A little more that halfway into my sophomore year I went over 75 demerits for the first time in my college career. And in DC, for this “special event” (being campused for the first time), the person (no longer here) who read my offenses to me, showed me where to sign and then asked me, “What’s your major?”
I just stared at him, trying to see what relevance his question had to my being campused.
“I said, what’s your major?”
Still trying to understand, I answered him with a quizzical tone of voice, “Commercial Writing?”
To which he replied, “I wouldn’t hire you.”
I was even more confused.
“If I were a newspaper editor and you came to me for a job, and I saw how many demerits you had in college, I wouldn’t hire you.”
“I wouldn’t hire someone who got as many demerits as you have right now.”
Then he dismissed me, and for the remainder of my sophomore year, what he said to me that day nearly gave me ulcers. And during the entire time, I never told anyone what he had said to me, and several times I almost decided to drop out of school because of it. The only thing I could think of was, “Why should I even bother going to college when I’ll never be able to get a
job after I graduate because of my demerit record?”
Several months later, during the summer, I set out to find out if there was any truth to what I was told in DC that day.
I was able to speak to 3 people in the publishing industry — one of which was the chief editor of a local newspaper. I asked each of them what they took into consideration when hiring new employees. I learned a great deal as a result of those interviews, but the best response I got from them was when I asked them what they thought about a “demerit record.” All 3 of them laughed out-loud, one nearly spewing his coffee. They said that demerit records, to them, were a “joke” and that it was no business of theirs to probe into a student’s personal life unless it was a
criminal offense (considered so by a court of law) they committed in college. They went on to say that they didn’t think that college institutions had any right to use demerits as a legitimate form of disciplinary action. Suspension or paying a fee, they agreed, was legitimate punishment — if the offense was truly worthy of such action. But they all felt that a demerit system, for college students, was ludicrously unnecessary.
The best response by far was from the newspaper editor who told me that if he saw a lot of demerits on my record, he would take that to mean that I was a “risk-taker,” and in the newspaper business, he said, “risk-takers are the best d**n employees I can ever hope to hire.” So was this particular staff member “just” in placing an entirely unnecessary burden of guilt on my shoulders for me to bear alone for over 6 months? I think not. And it certainly wasn’t something Christ would’ve done either. My grades even suffered drastically as a result. And I neglected to mention that he added “insult to injury” by asking me for my car keys. WHAT RIGHT DID THEY HAVE TO TAKE AWAY THE KEYS TO MY CAR? In most states, even ALCOHOLICS aren’t forced to give up their right to
drive until the 2nd or 3rd offense!
So I called the only TRUE parental authority in my life at that time — my dad — and informed him of the situation. Like most parents, he, of course, became angry because he owned the car and the college had no rights over his private property. So he called the Deans’ Offices to complain, and like most parents, he was put on hold or advised to call back later when the Deans would be “more readily available.” And in the midst of all the hoopla, I guess they forgot to ask me again to turn in my keys, so I carried them ’round with me proudly until the day my
“sentence” had ended.
Still, there are employers I have later come across who do consider your demerit record, even for “piddly things,” to be reason enough not to hire you. But I do agree with your position on the matter — an adult should not have to explain to a prospective employer why they got demerits for wearing “the wrong shoes,” or for the vile offense of leaving a hat hanging on a bedpost, of all things. But I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the personal agony I experienced as a result of how I was belittled in DC that day. Should it happen to you, “shake the dust off your feet” and go on living in the state of Grace. You’re God’s Child, and He won’t allow you to suffer later in life just because you may have had a lot of demerits in college.
“He will not see the righteous suffer, nor His seed begging bread.”
This is the segment in which we pass along interesting “PCC stories,”
stories you just can’t get, or appreciate, anywhere else on earth!
Story from K—.
One day back when, I hate to admit, pegged pants were the “in” thing, PCC had a rule against wearing pegged pants. Well, one day I was walking from Coberly South to the Administration building, and out of one of the second story windows I saw a Dean (no longer there) staring at me from the
I proceeded to walk into the Administration building, and before I even got through the doors I noticed this Dean running, yes, running towards me. He came up to me, out of breath, and asked me if my pants were pegged. I said yes and that I would fix them. He refused this idea and sent me back to
my dorm room to change plus he wrote me up a demerit.
Yes, I was wrong (the merits of this rule notwithstanding). But is such earnestness warranted to write someone up for such a petty offense?
Well, this is a good question. Earnestness to write someone up for a petty offense simply should never occur in a civilized society of adults. ~ The Voice.