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Pacific in the Press | March 12, 2019

Mar 12, 2019


Quote of the Week

"There is increased anxiety about the economic outlook as evidenced by declining consumer and business confidence, volatile financial markets, and political discord."

Jeff Michael, The Fresno Bee, March 8, 2019

Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"Employees are tired of their companies paying lip service to diversity. They want real change," CNN Business, March 5, 2019: Benerd's Rod Githens was quoted in this story about diversity and inclusion programs in the private sector. "So much of the diversity work is focused on awareness-building, and we've kind of been in that awareness-building phase for 30 years in some places," Githens told CNN. "You hear all these depressing stats over and over, and there's this perception that nothing is changing." He later added, "A lot of folks get the email that they have to go to diversity training and they roll their eyes because they're busy, and it's not connected to anything else in the organization, except for an email once or twice a year from the president or CEO saying diversity is a value. And, unfortunately, that's what we see more often than not." The story was shared by other news outlets.

"2020 Ballot: What you need to know," KCRA3, March 5, 2019: Political science's Keith Smith was interviewed for this 30-minute special on the upcoming election. He commented on the cost of running for office in California and buying advertising in some of the biggest media markets in the country.

"Fresno County's seven-years streak of employment gains ends. What happened?," The Fresno Bee, March 8, 2019: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about a slowing economic picture in the Central Valley. "There is increased anxiety about the economic outlook as evidenced by declining consumer and business confidence, volatile financial markets, and political discord punctuated by the recent federal government shutdown," Michael told the McClatchy news outlet. "More recently, there have been concerns that weakness in the housing market could be a sign of a broader economic downturn." Versions of the story were published by other news outlets:
"Merced County's nearly decade-long streak of employment gains ends. What happened?," The Merced Sun Star, March 8, 2019
"Economist: Nevada County job market could be outpacing employment," The Union (GrassValley), March 10, 2019. This story was shared by

"84 East Sacramento protesters arrested Monday night won't be charged, DA's office says," The Sacramento Bee, March 8, 2019: John Sims provided context and was quoted in this story about the 84 protestors who were arrested during a demonstration of the decision not to file charges in the death of Stephon Clark. "I don't think there's any way they can file (charges). On First Amendment grounds, as well as due process, they couldn't go through with it," Sims told The Bee. "It doesn't sound like there was any basis. Nobody did anything wrong." He added that the district attorney's decision not file charges implied that Sacramento police "really messed this up."

"Pacific wind ensemble's trip to Carnegie Hall bittersweet after death of beloved director,"
The Record, March 10, 2019: Conservatory Dean Peter Witte and students Shelbey Evans, Andrew Lu and Nico Peruzzi were quoted in this story about the Symphonic Wind Ensemble's trip to Carnegie Hall following the death of Eric Hammer. "They've been exceptional," Witte said of the ensemble's members. "Their spirit and focus has been on the music and on honoring all the lessons they learned from Eric. We are, of course, still grieving and we will always have him in our heart every time we play, and there are times in rehearsal we're able to laugh and celebrate and have rip roaring fun that Eric would want."

"Happy mouths: Free dental clinic relieves pain, gives new smiles," Fairfield Daily Republic, March 8, 2019: Dugoni's Allen Wong was quoted in this story about a California Dental Association Cares dental clinic in Vallejo at which about 800 dental professionals volunteered. "I well up inside," Wong told the Daily Republic. "(To see) someone so happy and deserving. It makes me proud to be part of the profession."

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