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Pacific in the Press | Dec. 10, 2019

Dec 10, 2019

Quote of the Week

"It can make insurers even more reluctant to insure those areas if they could have a moratorium imposed."

Jeff Michael, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 5, 2019

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

Cronkite Students Spend Thanksgiving Dinner with Dean Callahan – One Last Time,”, Dec. 2, 2019: Over the years, Chris and Jean Callahan have invited into their home Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication students who were unable to make it to their own homes for Thanksgiving. “Jean and I just hated the idea that our out-of-state freshmen who couldn’t get home for the holiday would spend Thanksgiving in a mostly empty Taylor Place,” Callahan told “So we thought they would appreciate spending Thanksgiving with our family.” The story concluded: “Though this was the last ‘Thanksgiving with the Callahans’ at ASU, you can bet a slice of smoked turkey that students will be gathering next Thanksgiving in the President’s Residence at the University of the Pacific. ‘Most definitely, Jean and I are taking this tradition with us,’ Callahan said.”
University of the Pacific hosted the 2019 Men’s Collegiate Water Polo Championship tournament. The men’s water polo team ended up in the national championship match and ended up No. 2 in the nation. Here is some of the coverage leading up to that match:
UOP’s Men’s Water Polo Team,” Good Day Sacramento, Dec. 6, 2019: Water polo coach James Graham and student-athlete Johnathan Barry were interviewed at Chris Kjeldsen Pool ahead of the team’s match versus Pepperdine in the semifinals of the 2019 Men’s Collegiate Water Polo Championship tournament. They were on for two segments and here’s a link to the second segment.
Pacific reaches NCAA water polo finals, will meet Stanford for title,” The Record, Dec. 8, 2019
Second chance at glory: Pacific hopes to ride at-large berth to the NCAA men’s water polo championship,” The Record, Dec. 7, 2019
Making a splash: NCAA Water Polo Championships come to Stockton,” The Record, Dec. 5, 2019
NCAA water polo championship hits Stockton,” KCRA3/MY58, Dec. 4, 2019
There’s a LOT to Look Forward to at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship,”, Dec. 3, 2019

California bans insurers from dropping policies in fire-ravaged areas,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 5, 2019: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about the state moratorium on insurance providers dropping polices of homeowners in areas potentially threatened by wildfire. Michael warned that the move could have unintended consequences for companies interested in investing in existing housing markets not yet threatened by wildfire. “It can make insurers even more reluctant to insure those areas if they could have a moratorium imposed,” he said.

Teddy bears: A national scandal,” Pessimists Archive Podcast, Dec. 6, 2019: History’s Jennifer Helgren was interviewed for this podcast episode that covered the history of the teddy bear. At one time, some considered teddy bears subversive — they argued that replacing dolls with teddy bears was a threat to future motherhood and essentially “race suicide.” Helgren comes in at about 20:00 in the podcast to provide context about girlhood.

Sink or swim: unlocking the Nile impasse,” Ethiopia Insight, Dec. 8, 2019: McGeorge’s Stephen McCaffrey was quoted and the law school mentioned in this commentary about control of water from the Nile and the conflict it has caused between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Here is the passage: “The (International Court of Justice) is an appropriate venue to determine the three countries’ disputes over the validity of the Nile Water Treaties. In his authoritative review of international water disputes, Stephen C. McCaffrey, a water laureate and distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, remarked that major international water 'controversies were brought before the [ICJ], usually with good effect.' Other eminent scholars also stated that '[w]ater adjudication is a rich and old area' of international law.”

Is Sacramento’s new economy recession-proof? These are the jobs driving the region’s boom,” The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 5, 2019: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this story about the Sacramento region’s economy. The health care sector is contributing a larger share of the economy with a growing need for nurses, therapists, health care aides and other health care workers. “There’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that, there’s been growth spread around. It’s remarkably broad based,” Michael told The Bee. “There continues to be solid growth, solid incremental growth — I think that’s a good outcome. … The big change in the past decade has been health care and health care-related industries.”

Editor’s note: We draw the lines,” Sacramento News & Review Editor’s Note blog, Dec. 4, 2019: McGeorge’s Mary-Beth Moylan was mentioned in this blog entry about the 2020 Census and its impact on Sacramento’s political districts. Moylan is on the Sacramento Ethics Commission.

First male on team allows Pacific Tiger Dancers to expand, explore routines,” The Record, Dec. 2, 2019: This story about the first man to be on the Pacific Tiger Dancers squad, Immauri Patterson, was on the front page of The Record. “This year I met him and immediately fell in love with him,” Michaela Shields, a Pacific senior, said of Patterson. “I wanted my year to be the year where he was on the team. I wanted him to be the first male dancer. And I just think this year, like it really was time for a change — just with everything.”

World Games 2021 names Alabama Power exec new CEO,” Birmingham Business Journal, Dec. 4, 2019: Pacific alumnus Nick Sellers was named the new CEO of the World Games 2021. Sellers is an executive with Alabama Power Co. and Pacific is mentioned in the story, which was covered by other Birmingham-area media. Other coverage:
2021 World Games Announces New CEO,”, Dec. 5, 2019

Interviews set for new Missoula chief of police,” KPAX (Missoula, Montana), Dec. 4, 2019: One of the candidates to become the next Missoula police chief is a McGeorge grad, Jaeson D. White, who is currently an assistant chief for the California Highway Patrol.

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