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Pacific in the Press | Jan. 7, 2020

Jan 7, 2020

Quote of the Week

"Dave (Brubeck) is one of the good guys in music. He stood up for civil rights and he always tried to educate people. ... He talked to all of us, shared stories with us and performed with us. Even in his 80s, Dave pushed us to work harder. I owe him so much."

Mark Zaleski, The Advocate, Jan. 2, 2020

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

“‘TRYGOD’ is OK, ‘IMGOD’ no way: Vanity plate rules and free speech butt heads,” Louisville (Kentucky) Courier Journal, Dec. 27, 2019: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed for this story on the constitutionality of vehicle vanity plates. She predicted that some rules on vanity plates would be struck down because they improperly allow state officials to impose their viewpoints. Jacobs said states may only be able to ban off-color or offensive terms. The story was picked up by The Associated Press and shared by other outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, The Miami Herald, The Houston Chronicle, The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho), The State Journal (Frankfort, Kentucky), The News-Enterprise (Elizabethtown, Kentucky) and The Register Citizen (New Haven, Connecticut).

Honoring the great Dave Brubeck: Boston musician to debut tribute in town next week,” The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Jan. 2, 2020: Former Brubeck Fellow Mark Zaleski was featured in this story that focuses on the impact of Dave Brubeck ’42 had on jazz. “Dave is one of the good guys in music,” Zaleski told the outlet. “He stood up for civil rights and he always tried to educate people. He was involved in the (Brubeck Institute). He talked to all of us, shared stories with us and performed with us. Even in his 80s, Dave pushed us to work harder. I owe him so much.”

Making Sense of Space: An Anthropological Approach,”, November 2019: University Librarian Mary Somerville was quoted in a sidebar to a larger story on how universities use space. The sidebar told of the process for renovating the William Knox Holt Memorial Library, including a workshop in which participants used modeling clay to provide a 3D representation of furnishings they wanted to see in the renovated spaces. (Photos of the clay accompany the sidebar.) “We’re a small, private institution that wants to support success by encircling students with services and caring, cross-disciplinary, intraprofessional employees,” Somerville told the outlet. She added, “When the renovation is completed in January 2020, the staff will recognize a lot of their ideas reflected in the outcomes. We even bought serpentine furniture, just like what they modeled in clay.”

“Episode 66: Fruitcakes history then to now with Ken Albala,” Culinary Libertarian, Dec. 23, 2019: History’s Ken Albala discussed the history of fruitcakes on this podcast. The introduction reads: “Christmas and fruitcake seem to be hand in hand and polar opposites. One much anticipated and one, well, not. That’s a shame for a well-made — yes, there is such a thing — fruitcake is a thing of taste bud and gastronomical beauty.
“Ken Albala discusses some of the history of the fruitcake and the cultural and culinary traditions as well.”

Legislative Code of Ethics: The rules and regs governing those who govern,”, Dec. 26, 2019: McGeorge alumnus and adjunct professor Chris Micheli authored a piece for this online news outlet covering California politics. He covered the guidelines for lawmakers and former lawmakers when it comes to lobbying and other potential conflicts of interest. Micheli is a lobbyist with Aprea & Micheli.

Soundcheck209: Jelani,” Studio209 (Turlock Journal), Nov. 22, 2019: Conservatory student Jelani Brown was featured in this 8:30-minute video about learning the violin and hip-hop music, being a first-generation college student and recording Pac Ave Records’ first hip-hop album.

“Stockton author — and center for four seasons — celebrates golden age of University of the Pacific’s basketball team in new book,” The Record, Dec. 24, 2019: The current Pacific men’s basketball team is seeing success, but this feature story told of Pacific teams in the 1960s that won three conference championships. Those teams were so good that Sports Illustrated twice sent legendary writer Frank DeFord to cover the teams. A local former educator even wrote a book about the teams, “Top Cats: A Golden Age of College Basketball.” Those teams included the likes of Bob Thomason, later coach of the Pacific men’s basketball team for 25 years, Keith Swagerty, who still holds the school rebound record (1,505), and 1967 NBA draft picks forward Bob Krulish and guard David Fox.

How Basketball influenced a culture: A short story on the rise of Gary Chivichyan,”, Dec. 27, 2019: This feature on Pacific men’s basketball player Gary Chivichyan was distributed to several media outlets. Here’s the first paragraph: “Sheer determination, work ethic, and persistence have Gary Chivichyan’s name in the record books. What first seemed to be unattainable for an Armenian athlete in the sport of basketball, Chivichyan has broken boundaries and instilled himself as one of the best Armenian Basketball players in history. Chivichyan is ranked 4th in three-point field goals made in Idaho State University of the Big Sky Conference; He ranks consistently in the top 50 in NCAA Division 1 basketball in three-point field goal percentage, efficiency, and true shooting percentages.”

January Student Spotlight — Leah Life, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry class of 2021,” California Dental Association, Jan. 3, 2020: This Q&A featured Dugoni student Leah Life. “Although dental school has already provided me with many incredible experiences, my favorite has been organizing two outreach trips to Jamaica,” Life told “Over two years, our leadership team brought 120 students and faculty to Jamaica, enabling us to care for over 2,307 patients. It was an eye-opening, humbling experience — and helped me further understand how impactful dental care can be to a community. It was an honor to co-lead this trip, and it’s one of the highlights of my dental school career thus far.”

Local Roundup: Pacific names new women’s soccer coach,” The Record, Jan. 6, 2020: The announcement that Ed Moore would be the next head coach for women’s soccer led off the sports roundup. “I am honored and overjoyed to be joining the Pacific family,” Moore told The Record. “I am grateful to athletics director Janet Lucas for giving me the opportunity to lead this program, and I am excited to get to work. I would also like to thank our Associate AD, Holly Trexler, and the entire search committee for all their energy and efforts to make this possible.”

Pacific guard Valerie Higgins scores 27 points in win against aggressive Loyola Marymount,” The Record, Jan. 3, 2020: Student-athlete Valerie Higgins was featured in this story about the women’s basketball team winning over Loyola Marymount. “I think it’s just maturity,” Higgins told The Record. “This is my junior season and I want to give everything I have. I just want to improve every game.” Head coach Bradley Davis and several other players were mentioned in the story.



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