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Pacific in the Press | April 2, 2019

Apr 2, 2019

Quote of the Week

"The biggest reason for increasing control there is to further
China's regional hegemony."

Daniel O'Neill, Business Insider, March 30, 2019

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

"China is using debt traps to control the South China Sea," Business Insider via, March 30, 2019: School of International Studies' Daniel O'Neill was quote in this story about loans China is making to adjacent countries in an effort to build better ties with those nations and open markets for Chinese goods. "The South China Sea is a key transportation route," O'Neill told the Business Insider. "China currently gets 80 percent of its oil imports through the Malacca Strait and it also contains key resources. The biggest reason for increasing control there is to further China's regional hegemony. ... As far as the South China Sea goes its importance for China is tremendous and it's adopted a carrot and stick approach in order to divide (Association of South East Asian Nations), which includes using loans to pressure its members." This story was shared by at least 25 other news outlets around the world.

"Will BART damage my hearing?," "Morning Edition" from NPR via KALW (San Francisco), March 26, 2019: Dr. Shu-en Lim, clinical director of the Hearing and Balance Center at University of the Pacific, is quoted throughout this story. She went with the reporter to measure the sound level on a BART train. "You're better safe than sorry," Lim told NPR. "If you are bothered by the noise, and you are consistently on BART, I would definitely get some earplugs or noise-canceling headphones."

"Are Organ Meats the Last Frontier for American Home Cooks?,", April 1, 2019: History's Ken Albala was quoted in this story about the appeal - or lack of appeal to the American palate - of organ meats. Albala told "Americans are squeamish and I think the manufacturers of meat, meaning from growers all the way down to where it appears in your supermarket, realized that they could sell more if they divorced the idea of meat from an actual animal. ... People really prefer buying chicken parts (over) the whole chicken, even though cutting it up is really, really easy. They would rather just not think of it as a living being."

"Arlington Already Planning to Forward FOIAs to Amazon,", April 1, 2019: McGeorge's John Cary Sims was quoted in this story about the decision to forward public records requests about Amazon to the company, even through local government agencies haven't finalized the agreement to do so. Sims said courts sometimes force records to be released or someone can sue to have records opened, but it's a long process. "It's only if there is a lawsuit that somehow forces disclosure that anyone knows about it," Sims told He added that such agreements to warn firms of Freedom of Information Act requests sets a precedent for more. "People realize that, 'Oh wait they put in this advanced notice requirement and that allowed them to do this, that, and that. So OK we'll do that, too'," he said.

"Pins for Poms 2019," "Good Day, Sacramento" (CW 31, Sacramento), March 30, 2019: Pacific's Tiger Dancers and their fundraiser were featured in this story.

"Rebecca Jacoby: The Tech Accelerator,", March 2019: Alumna Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice president of operations at Cisco, was featured in this story. "I declared I would become a dentist - but I never really had the passion for it and changed course to economics," she told "Then, I graduated during a deep recession and, frankly, tech was one of the few industries hiring."      

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