Lyceum, the school’s literary society, founds The Hurricane, a campus literary magazine and student newspaper. The publication continues with gaps until 1915 and contains campus news, humor, literary exercises, opinions, and features on athletic competitions.

The Hurricane Newspaper - 1901


PLA Basketball Team - 1902

The PLA Athletic Club celebrates its first basketball victory on 2 March.
The team conquers the University of Washington 15–12.

For the first several decades of the institution’s life, students and faculty live, eat, study, and attend classes all in the same building, Old Main.

Dining in Old Main


Women are allowed to play basketball. Not very good at first, the women’s team picks up much speed and skill once they are allowed to discard their restrictive and impractical bloomers and play instead in shorts.

PLA Women's Basketball - 1907


Johan Ulrik Xavier - 1908

Johan Ulrik Xavier joins the faculty as resident theologian, and later becomes librarian. He teaches Latin, Greek, religion, the Bible, history, botany, and zoology.

His wife, Signe Skattebol, later becomes the women’s basketball coach and teaches reading and grammar.


PLA is advertised mostly to the Norwegian and Lutheran populations in the Northwest.  Ads appear in the Pacific Herold , a weekly newspaper printed in Norwegian by the Pacific Lutheran University Association.

PLA Advertisement - 1909