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Pacific in the Press | Oct. 1, 2019

Oct 1, 2019

Quote of the Week

"The (Valley) is slowly improving education levels but it's not closing the gap with other areas. That's a large problem that stands in the way of building a more modern and diverse economy."

Jeff Michael, The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 26, 2019

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

"California farmers face 'catastrophic' water restrictions. Can they adapt to survive?," The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 25, 2019: The Center for Business and Policy Research's Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on California groundwater and its impact on an agrarian-based economy. "The further south you go into the (San Joaquin) Valley, the higher degree of agriculture dependence you have. And you also hit the more severely over-drafted basins, as well," Michael told the Bee. The story was shared by The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Merced Sun Star, Napa Valley Register, The Bakersfield California, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Janesville (Wisconsin) Gazette, MSN News and others.

"How the Central Valley became the 'Appalachia of the West.' Now, new threats loom for economy," The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 26, 2019: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this story on the San Joaquin Valley economy. He tied the economy to education in the valley. "Changing the education levels of a population—that's a long-term project, it takes generations," Michael told the Bee. "The (Valley) is slowly improving education levels but it's not closing the gap with other areas. That's a large problem that stands in the way of building a more modern and diverse economy." The story was carried by other outlets, including The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee and others.

"40 Under 40 winners: Here's the third group of honorees for 2019," Sacramento Business Journal, Sept. 26, 2019: Kishwer Vikaas, a legal clinic fellow at McGeorge's Immigration Law Clinic, was named one of Sacramento's 40 under 40 for 2019. "We're honoring an impressive group of young professionals who excel in their careers and in volunteer service," wrote Sam Boykin, managing editor of the publication. (Paywall)

"California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals," The Record, Oct. 1, 2019: Athletic Director Janet Lucas provided comments that were added to a story by The Associated Press on a state law that will allow student-athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals. "As much as I appreciate the intent of SB206 as it relates to equalizing the rights of student-athletes with the opportunities afforded to general students, I am tremendously concerned about the timing and methodology of this bill," Lucas told The Record. "Further discourse and greater cooperation will be an absolute and immediate necessity so that the current and future intercollegiate student-athletes in the state of California are not disadvantaged."

"California to let college athletes make money," KCRA3, Sept. 30, 2019: McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs commented in this story about the new state law that will allow student-athletes to hire agents and earn money from endorsements. She mentioned that a state law can be seen as unconstitutional if it causes a burden for other states. "I imagine what they will claim is that California's law violates the commerce clause of the Constitution," Jacobs told KCRA. "The commerce clause says Congress gets to regulate commerce. But if the states do something that regulates commerce, it can be unconstitutional if it is truly burdensome on other states." She was also quoted in an online version of the story: "3 things to know about California's new 'Pay to Play' law for college athletes," KCRA3, Sept. 30, 2019. The story was broadcast several times by KSBW (Monterey). She also commented on the law for a KFBK-AM story.

"What actually is considered treason against the United States?: Treason is a rare crime that has a very specific legal definition," ABC 10, Sept. 30, 2019: McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs provided context on the use of the word "treason." She said treason was meant to be used only in wartime and the Constitution was written in a restrictive way so it cannot be misused. "They did not want people to be convicted of treason just for expressing their opinion," Jacobs told ABC 10 for this webstory. She said there are about 25 instances in U.S. history in which someone was credibly accused of treason. "You need two witnesses of the crime to prove it," Jacobs said. "It was expected that it wouldn't be used much."

"Tip jar: 5 things to consider before setting up your home recording studio,", Sept. 30, 2019: The Conservatory's Keith Hatschek authored a piece on setting up a home recording studio. Among other tips, Hatschek wrote that an understanding of fundamental acoustical principle was necessary. "Single pane windows, standard door frames, heating ducts, floors and walls all act as transducers allowing the sound of your band to get out of your home studio and into the ears of others," he wrote. "Similarly, unwanted outside sounds can all find their way onto your recordings."

"Listen: Healthy Dennemann leads Pacific volleyball into WCC play," The Record, Sept. 26, 2019: Student-athlete Allison Dennemann '22 was featured in this story about the start of the women's volleyball team's season. "Last year was obviously a little difficult, I didn't have the debut year I would have liked," Dennemann told The Record for its 209 Overtime Podcast, which is embedded in the online version of the story. "I worked really hard this summer. I was in the gym every day to get to where I felt that my level of play was where I wanted it to be. ... I think preseason definitely helped us gained some confidence and some momentum."  

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