Pacific Union College wins ‘most beautiful’

2012-08-08T23:27:00Z 2012-08-08T23:28:02Z Pacific Union College wins ‘most beautiful’Register staff Napa Valley Register
August 08, 2012 11:27 pm  • 

Pacific Union College in Angwin won a national honor of a most curious sort over the weekend.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast ranked PUC as the “most beautiful college” in the nation, topping such other West Coast schools as Santa Clara University (No. 2), Chapman University (No. 3), UC Santa Barbara (No. 8) and the University of Southern California (No. 12).

The ranking reflected survey data on the attractiveness of students, the campus, the number of sunny days per year, and the area’s comfort index, which measures humidity and afternoon temperatures.

The male students at PUC scored 9.2 out of 10 for “male attractiveness,” while females got a rating of 9.1. The source of these measures of physical beauty: the College Prowler website.

Online comments questioned many of the “most beautiful” results. “What does education have to do with attractiveness???” said one. Another questioned how non-existent male students were rated at the all-female Scripps College.

PUC is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian liberal arts college located in the green hills east of St. Helena.

PUC President Heather J. Knight accepted the honor, saying, "In many ways, this is recognition for our collective goal to make the campus sparkle — and our landscape and facilities management teams in particular.”

Knight has led a campaign in recent years to enhance many areas of campus and emphasize its natural beauty.

All things considered, “most beautiful” is one of the better honors being handed out by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Other top 25 lists included “least affordable” and “most stressful.”

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(8) Comments

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    - August 09, 2012 10:29 am
    And the current PUC plan is to sell off the top of Howell Mountain for a strip mall, big box apartment housing and sprawing ex-burbia.

    Voters will want to support the continued conservation of the open farm fields and natural meadows, school farm and horse stables, by voting YES ON MEASURE U!

  2. dalburns
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    dalburns - August 09, 2012 11:30 am
    There is a charm and a beauty about the whole area known as Angwin. The students tend toward being friendly and polite. The people are helpful, friendly and community-oriented. Much of the land is untouched and revered by all who walk the trails around this town.

    Obviously, we all want this to remain just as it is and while we cannot have it all, we must struggle to preserve land would be over-developed and a community that would shatter. I will vote for Measure 'U' because I truly respect what has been created in Angwin.

    Allow me to put this whole argument into context through the words of Theodore Roszak (Professor of History at CSU, Hayward; social thinker, writer and critic). "Suddenly it becomes a subversion of progress to assert the common sense principle that communities exist for the health of those who live in them, not for the convenience of those who exploit their real estate for profit."
  3. skeptic
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    skeptic - August 09, 2012 11:52 am
    as usual , readers of the register are better informed than those who don’t read it. the majority of writers have supported save rural angwin over the years and i think we’ll see a majority also supporting measure U.
  4. gettingreal
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    gettingreal - August 09, 2012 6:08 pm
    What exactly does measure U say, and where can I read it?
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    - August 09, 2012 8:12 pm
    Following in the tradition of Measure J & P: Yes on U will protect open agricultural fields at the heart of the village, currently in agricultural production (and for the last 100 years) by re designating this land as agriculture water shed and open space AWOS. Removing once and for all the wacky URBAN designation on the alfalfa fields!
    Secondly, Measure U re-designates the school farm, horse stables and cattle barns as Public Institutional, in keeping with the college campus. This would allow continued school related agricultural activities, research, classrooms, dorms and college housing.

    Measure U does not hamper the updating of the existing 8 acre Angwin Market place.....this could have a total makeover. The pre approved affordable housing sites are likewise not impacted by Measure U.

    Measure U simply addressed the inconsistencyncy of a rural, agricultural area with lots of food production going on that is incorrectly noted as urban in the County of Napa General Plan.
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    - August 09, 2012 8:14 pm
    Readers seeking a map and exact wording of Measure U can go to

    Plenty of history on the Measure and opportunity to contribute to the campaign!

    YES on U because U need the trees!
  7. country girl
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    country girl - August 10, 2012 12:28 pm
    I pretty certain the college isn't necessarily encouraging development. The generally are very environmentally friendly because of their religious beliefs about creation.
  8. gettingreal
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    gettingreal - August 10, 2012 2:12 pm
    Correct me if I'm wrong but this looks like an attempt to take private land and make it "Public institutional". I'm not Ok with designating private property for anything public. Sorry.
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