Have You Heard the One About…Getting “Socialed”?

This is a story sent in to us by S—, an alumnus:

I would like to tell you about an incident that took place my sophomore year at PCC….the only time I got “socialed,” or more correctly, “socially campused.” There are many interesting things to note, and I will try to remember to mention them all.

It happened toward the beginning of my sophomore year when I had recently started dating a guy I will call “Jake” for the sake of this story. We were in the DP [“Dating Parlor” – eds.] on a sofa facing away from the chaperon. (I have heard that they now all face toward the chap.) Across from us was a couple we knew. In fact, the guy was a close friend of ours, and Jake worked with both of them in the Distribution Center. In the course of our animated conversation, I playfully pulled his tie. (What girl hasn’t done that at some time? None at PCC, I hope!) That was a big mistake!! The guy across from us got up and walked away, but we didn’t think much about it until the chaperone came and asked us for our names and ID numbers.

There are some interesting things I must mention at this point. First of all, the guy was our friend, but after that incident, he avoided us, I assume out of feelings of guilt. Secondly, Jake had seen that same couple doing things much worse at work, actions that would in fact have gotten them shipped; but, being a friend, he kept his mouth shut. Thirdly, the girl, who happened to be a floorleader, became pregnant sometime later; and, as a result, the couple got shipped.

Jake and I knew what was coming, and we checked our mailboxes daily for a call slip to the deans’ offices. I suppose it was to make us more and more nervous that they took over a week to get around to punishing us. Within that week was an Artist Series which we were able to attend together, but it would have been much nicer to have gotten the whole thing over with sooner so
we could have attended my dating outing instead.

The dean I saw gave me a full-blown lecture on the dangers of a physical relationship, and I couldn’t help wondering if she had any personal experience to back it up. The dean Jake saw laughed with him about it, treating it as a petty offense and said he would not have socialed us if it had been up to him.

Another interesting thing to note is the lack of congruity among the staff. Those two deans, having parallel positions and power, should have faced the situation with more balanced attitudes.

Being socialed was the worst experience I had at PCC. It was frustrating and humiliating! The one place I could freely talk to members of the opposite sex was at supper, and then only to those at my assigned table. Just my luck, only two out of the eight people at my table were guys. Just thinking about the whole experience now, after eight years, still brings back hurtful memories and negative emotions.

A Wish List for Arlin Claus

As The Student Voice looks back at its infancy in 1996, it is apparent that we have struck on issues that have been very near to our readers. Every week we receive dozens of letters, both commending and berating us for our efforts. The Student Voice has provided necessary encouragement to many students and faculty at PCC, showing them that they are not alone, and that the problems they see, which are continually ignored by the powers that be, are real. Well, we are also glad to see that the administration has been reading The Voice. No, perhaps not too thoroughly, but they ARE ever so busy.

In one of our earliest issues we expressed that the school was overstretching its bounds in some of the ways that it “provided” all of the housing for the staff families. We are pleased to report that within the last few months, PCC has begun to offer the faculty the option to buy their homes. This helps staff/faculty achieve some autonomy and independence, while cutting back on PCC’s own empire-building. We do not know many particulars of this program, but we see it as a step in the right direction. Now, of course, we at The Voice don’t care who gets credit. We just want change.

It is in that spirit, and in the spirit of giving that we have prepared this Christmas Wish List for Arlin Claus, himself. We encourage PCC to implement as many of these changes as they can “quiet as a mouse” over the Christmas break. We at The Voice wouldn’t think of taking any credit whatsoever.

***** The Christmas Wish List *****

1.) No lights out.
PCC certainly doesn’t want to lower its “standards,” but hey, this isn’t a sin issue. It’s simply a huge annoyance. A bedtime is for kiddies, and if it is one of the school’s goals to teach responsible use of time, give the students the time so that they can be responsible with it. The 23 and older students have no lights-out, so why put a completely arbitrary age limit on it? Plus, this rule unfairly punishes “nite owls” who do their best work in the late evenings. It is ridiculous that for four years you can’t stay up to pray, to talk, to work, anything – unless it is a PCC job. Trust us, students know when and how much sleep they need. The best thing, we believe is to make THAT time “quiet hours.”

2.) Quit screwing with the phones.
Obviously, rumors abound about phone-tapping, blocking numbers, and the like, so we suggest this: just leave them alone. Not being allowed to call the girls dorms in the evening is simply unneccesary. Turning them of at 10:00? Why? Of course, there will be students who talk too late or who hog the phone, but that is life, and it seems as though college students ought to be able to work those things out. The switchboard is inadequate to handle the volume of calls, so it ought to be eliminated and each room simply have its own direct line. This works at hundreds of colleges. Trust us, students can actually handle their own phone bills!

3.) A Revised Dress Code.
1/2 of the dress code rules are made on a whim from who knows who, and this puts an annoying burden on the students to look like how some administrator’s 55-year old wife thinks they should. To think that God actually doesn’t want his children to wear shorts when it is 95 degrees out is just silly. And the rule that men must wear pants to the beach – evidently the school wants its men to strip down naked behind a car door to take off a wet bathing-suit, and to get back into pants since the required beach has no changing rooms.

4.) Rethink Hair-Check.
The current system is completely subjective and each dorm seems to have a different “standard.” Also, the practice of all the men having to line up in the hall facing the wall as a staff member walks by judging them is a little abusive. There’s no reason to treat the students like that.

5.) Decorating The Rooms.
Do a little research and find an adhesive that the students can use to put up posters in their rooms without harming the precious walls. Then sell it exclusively in your own bookstore. This is not difficult.

6.) Let the Students Pick Their Church.
Okay, there’s no chance of this happening, but it needs to be mentioned. Think of the great impact 4000 students could have on the town of Pensacola if they went out to all the churches and were a blessing. Just young people’s presence at some old churches would make a difference. It would also create vitality on campus, as students learn different things. The school would still have all their chapel services to make sure the students were receiving the “proper” indoctrination. But, there is the TV show, and that big auditorium to fill. . . . Never mind that a school has NO business “running” a church. Are there elders? The student members certainly have no input in “their” church. And how about kicking people out? The Campus “Church” has absolutely no system of restoration for those who have fallen. And if a student is having difficulty with a spritual aspect of his college, can he go to his pastor for advice? He’s on the payroll! The students are effectively robbed of any spiritual refuge while at PCC. It’s IMMORAL and TOTALLY UNBIBLICAL.

7.) Remove the “Pledge.”
This “did you cheat” question on everything at PCC reveals how they view the students: with suspicion and disrespect. Are we so ignorant as to think that without the pledge we could just go ahead and cheat all we wanted? Or do they think that if a person is willing to cheat he won’t be willing to sign the pledge? It’s simply a semantic burden which ought to be eliminated.

8.) Let the Student Know the Accuser.
This seems simple enough. If a student is turned in for something, he should be told in advance by the person doing it, or at the very least, made aware of who it is later.

9.) No “Scanning Out.”
For the staff to actually pretend this is designed for the student’s protection is laughable. It is, as with most “standards” at PCC, designed to control the students, and subsequently is a complete pain. There are so many times when going off campus something comes up where a student may go some place they did not originally intend. This is called life. Parents understand these things.

10.) Full Internet Access.
Every place a person goes on the internet is logged by the browser, so if someone “surfs” porn, bust him, but there is no reason to eliminate the endless supply of good information that is available. It in effect gives other college’s students an advantage over those at PCC. And another thing – splurge a little and don’t make the students pay for what virtually every other college (with less available funds) makes free to their own students.

So there they are. Would PCC become a liberal cesspool by changing these rules? I think not, but it would certainly be more reasonable. And again, we promise to take no credit!

An Introduction to the ‘Rules Compilation’

Discussing the topic of “rules” as a general matter is sort of like discussing “Japanese History,” it is narrow within a broader scope, but it is still too broad to be adequately addressed in as short a space as I have here. So, for those of you who always complain that I am not thorough enough, I will admit that now, so save your “pens.” This is, however, really only meant to introduce the following “Rules Compilation.” Regardless of how much one knows or has thought about “rules” as a concept, this “Rules Compilation” speaks for itself. But first, I would like to make a few
observations about people who like the PCC rules; and when I say “like the PCC rules,” I am NOT saying those who “like PCC.” I like PCC, I just do not like much of the philosophy that governs the “community” (for instance, the amount and extent of the rules).

I must say that from a sociological and psychological point of view, it is interesting to hear people express the idea that they “came to PCC becauseof the rules.” These are the people who want strict regulations to govern their lives (which is ok) but who want others to determine what they will be; they are the ones who seem to wallow in their own lack of self-worth, for
they obviously feel themselves inadequate to determine their own personal rules themselves.

It seems to me that this type of outlook, besides being completely abnormal, is a form of psychological and social sadomasochism. There is a desire to tie up and bind one’s own mind and social freedom, even though society (and Scripture) expects otherwise. These students desire to have their social interactions inhibited by others, as if others have some innate, privileged knowledge as to what is best for other individuals on a semi-grand scale. I think these individuals fall into one of two categories:

(1) Those who simply love PCC so much that they will resort to any measure to justify and explain PCC’s harsh regulatory environment.

Deep down inside, these people do not really want the strict lifestyle that PCC requires, but they see this as a small “evil” compared to the greater “good.” This is completely understandable. In fact, I am hoping that most of those who have expressed a joy at being constantly told what to do fall into this category and not the second. These individuals, though,
fear saying anything negative about PCC – they are afraid to admit that PCC could be in need of some change.

This tells me that, good intentions notwithstanding, these people desire the status quo over true intellectual discourse. They would rather stick their heads in the sand like an ostrich and pretend that their dislike for an overabundance of rules does not exist, than to admit that perhaps this overabundance needs to be made a little less abundant – i.e., PCC is not as “perfect” as they would like to admit. This is an indication that their lives are contingent upon the image and are heavily intertwined with the success of PCC, not with learning, for learning involves confronting and challenging ideas – even if they are one’s own.

(2) Those who actually DO want PCC’s strict rules.

The second group of people I see are those who actually do want PCC’s strict rules. I believe that this exhibits a lack of maturity and the presence of a poor self-image. This individual is saying one of two things: (1) I CANNOT, or I am INCAPABLE of making rules for myself, or (2) I WILL NOT make rules for myself. Therefore, this person says, I need someone else to make them for me. This individual is expressing either an inability to cope with life’s basic challenges, or he is expressing a satisfaction in not having to cope with life’s basic challenges – i.e., setting basic guidelines for oneself.

The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 13:11 (KJV), “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Being an adult means taking on adult responsibilities and making adult decisions. Being a child means having others make them for you.

Can we delegate to someone else our basic responsibilities before God? Technically, yes. Philosophically, yes. Legally, yes. But what about morally? I don’t know. . . . It seems to me that if God gave us a free will to exercise for His glory, it would be a violation of that basic responsibility to say no, I won’t exercise it – you do it for me. Is God looking down at the PCC community and rejoicing over this collective exercise of free will? Is God happy that students are acting “according to His principles” simply because someone else is making them? It’s difficult to imagine. So, to those of you who say that you WANT the rules at PCC I say, grow up. Be men and women, not boys and girls. Stop looking to constantly suck stability from the teats of PCC’s self-anointed morality breast.

Before I get completely taken out of context, let me make something clear: RULES ARE GOOD. RULES ARE NEEDED. PCC MUST HAVE RULES. But before you now dismiss Mr. X as having been “born again” to the PCC way, hear me out. Inherent in the whole notion of rules are two concepts: authority and purpose. Actually, “purpose” is a stepchild of “authority,” but for the purpose of simplicity, I will keep them separate. (For our view of authority versus PCC’s “view,” see Issue 1, No. 1; Dr. Horton’s Statements; Issue 2, No. 4.)

Assuming that PCC has all the authority in the world to make all of its rules, which I think for the most part it does, there remains the question of “purpose” – what is the purpose of the rules, what are they meant to accomplish?

To those who are strong advocates of PCC’s current system, I would like to pose the following hypothetical for your consideration: Let’s say PCC decided that based on the Scriptural admonition to do everything “decently and in order” (I Corinthians 14:40), it was going to require that all students coming in and going out of chapel must do so in a single-file line with “door holders” and “line monitors.” And let me just repeat all of the justifications that have been used: (1) you decided to go there, so accept it; (2) it’s based on Scripture; (3) to express disagreement with this rule exhibits rebellion; (4) PCC needs to maintain a good “testimony” (instead of “image”); etc.

Some of you would see no problem (does the pied piper come to mind?). Others would say, wait a minute, there really is no genuine purpose for having this rule. It simply goes too far. Without consciously thinking through any principles upon which to arrive at that conclusion, you would essentially be weighing the positive aspects (maintaining order and discipline) against the negative aspects (waste of time, poor image, improper way to treat adults, humiliating, etc.) to come to the conclusion that the negative far outweighs the positive. And you would be right.
Now, consider the following “Rules Compilation” in the same light, and ask yourself the same question: what are the positive aspects versus the negative aspects? Also ask yourself: Why doesn’t PCC include these in the Student Handbook? One more: What would Christ (or the Apostle Paul) say about these “rules” if He were here today?

But then read them again for entertainment, for they are quite amusing. Go ahead, laugh out loud. Oops! I forgot, laughing out loud may be considered “active participation in rebellion.” If you laugh, you had better laugh quietly. . . .

Have You Heard The One About…The Clueless Freshman?

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.

Have You Heard the One About…Standing Too Close?

I just wanted to write and tell you of an incident that just happened a couple of weeks ago. One of the guys that lives next door to me, was written up and socialed [restricted from communicating in any way with someone of the opposite sex – eds.] for standing too close to his girlfriend in the lunch line. Not touching but standing too close. He went to DC and after pleading his case, the man told him that he would have to go see the assistant dean of men, because he could not do anything about it. So after going to see —, Mr. — told him that he would try and find the person that wrote him up and talk to him about it. But he was still socialed until he could talk to this person that wrote him up. The next day my friend called Mr. — to see the verdict and he had not talked to him, and he said he would call him back. He never did. My friend kept calling Mr. — never getting a returned phone call.

Finally about 3 or 4 days later, he got to see Mr. — and he said that he had prayed about it and even asked his wife and that he was going to unsocial him. But wait there’s more. Not 2 days later, my friend was scanning in at the desk, and Mr. — was sitting there, he saw some writing on my friend’s hand which said, “I Love You”, he preceded to ask who had written it on his hand, and my friend replied “my girlfriend,” he then asked, “What is her name, I am going to have to write you up for a social infraction.”

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?” – Shakespeare