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Pacific in the Press | March 10, 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Quote of the Week


“Outside of evangelical churches, I just don’t know where the groups are
that could do that for Republican voters.”

Keith Smith, Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2020


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

Republicans are ahead in two of the California House seats lost in 2018. Will it last?,” the Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2020: Political science’s Keith Smith was quoted in this election story. Smith commented on how Republicans took a page from the Democrats’ playbook by collecting mail-in ballots from supporters to ensure the ballots would arrive in time to be counted. Smith said “ballot harvesting” normally works best when organized by a respected local group and typically those who vote for Democrats. “Outside of evangelical churches, I just don’t know where the groups are that could do that for Republican voters,” he told the Times. He was quoted again later in the story. The Times’ story was distributed by its wire service and republished broadly, including by the following:
Republicans are ahead in two of the California House seats lost in 2018. Will it last?,HeadTopics.com, March 5, 2020
Republicans are ahead in two of the California House seats lost in 2018. Will it last?,” USABreakingNews.net, March 5, 2020
Republicans ahead in 2 California House seats lost in 2018 — will it last?,” CenturyLink.net, March 4, 2020
Republicans ahead in 2 California House seats lost in 2018 — will it last?,” NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com, March 4, 2020
Republicans ahead in 2 California House seats lost in 2018 — will it last?,” The Bakersfield Californian, March 4, 2020
Republicans ahead in 2 California House seats lost in 2018 – will it last?,” Idaho Statesman, March 4, 2020

Coronavirus fears and sudden price spikes: Inside a volatile Sacramento housing market,” The Sacramento Bee, March 7, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about concerns over Sacramento’s real estate market: “We shouldn’t put too much weight on January (and February) median home price data that suggests more rapid price growth,” Michael told The Bee. “My initial take is that it looks like the number of sales are likely to be lower this spring, but prices should hold up and even appreciate modestly.”

Teaching Lawmaking in California: Understanding the scope and power of the Legislature,” CaliforniaGlobal.com, March 6, 2020: McGeorge School of Law alumnus and adjunct professor Chris Micheli and adjunct professor Diane Boyer-Vine authored this piece about McGeorge’s Capital Lawyering Program. The lead reads, “As part of its efforts to enhance its Capital Lawyering Program, the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law offers a number of courses to train aspiring lawyers who plan to work in and around government. One such course is Lawmaking in California, a course which covers the fundamental components of the California legislative process, as well as discussions involving the rulemaking process and avenues of direct democracy.”

Name droppers: Live Your Dream Award winners announced,” The Enterprise (Davis), March 9, 2020: Benerd College student Katherine Kanowsky was mentioned in this story about Soroptimist International of Greater Davis Live Your Dream scholarships. A portion of the story reads, “Live Your Dream awards are given to women who provide the primary financial support for their families by giving them resources that can be used for education to improve their skills. … Katherine Kanowsky, who is attending the Bernard School of Education at the University of the Pacific, and is raising two young children.”

Middle school musicians to perform in county honors concert,” Tracy Press, March 4, 2020: The Conservatory’s Ruth Brittin was mentioned in this story about the San Joaquin County Middle School Honors Concert on Saturday at the Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College. Brittin conducted the concert.

Six Ways to Be Ready for a Campus Shutdown,” Medium.com, March 2, 2020: Benerd’s Rod Githens wrote a piece on the preparedness of higher education institutions. He argued that most institutions are not prepared for long-term closures caused by natural disasters, rolling blackouts or a pandemic, such as coronavirus (COVID-19). He argued for more laptops and docking stations over desktop computers, training employees to be able to access databases and files remotely, and allowing employees to occasionally work from home. He concluded, “Long-term, these practices can reduce the need for additional buildings, building maintenance, and campus parking. Those benefits affect both the environment and finances. Institutions should get serious now about encouraging large-scale changes to campus cultures and policies to encourage telecommuting. These changes can not only help ensure the continuity of essential functions but can also provide other institutional benefits.”

Op-ed: How the filamentous underworld will help our forests survive,” Medium.com, March 2, 2020: Alumna Gina Myers authored a piece advocating for fungi in supporting a healthy forest. “Though fungi have had their fair share of negative exposure, there’s more happening beneath the surface than meets the eye,” she wrote. “Increasingly, the critical role fungi play in the health of terrestrial ecosystems is gaining attention-and deservedly so. Symbiotic fungi, termed ‘mycorrhizae,’ provide enormous benefit to their vascular plant hosts.” A portion of her author’s note reads, “She received an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America after graduating high school at age 16. She then made a sharp left turn away from the culinary world and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of the Pacific in just over three years.” She later went on to study at MIT, Harvard and Berkeley.

Steph Curry returns. The two-time MVP can’t wait for a shot at fixing the wounded Warriors,” The (Toronto, Ontario) Star, March 5, 2020: Men’s basketball head coach Damon Stoudamire was listed under the “Ex-Raptor of the week” heading of this sports column. That section read, “The first star of the Raptors franchise was named the West Coast Conference coach of the year this week, after leading the University of the Pacific Tigers to a 23-9 overall regular-season record and an 11-5 mark in the WCC. Stoudamire is in his fourth season as head coach of Pacific, which is located in Stockton, Calif.”

2020 West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament: Matchups, players to know & more,” Fox News, March 4, 2020: Student-athlete Jahlil Tripp was listed second under the “5 players to know” subheading for this story: “Jahlil Tripp, a senior at the University of the Pacific, was awarded Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rebounding in both overall and conference play with 8.75 and 9.50, respectively. He averaged 15.8 points per game, 1.5 steals and 2 assists.”

Stoudamire named top coach,” The Record, March 4, 2020: Damon Stoudamire was named the West Coast Conference men’s basketball coach of the year. “I remember that press conference, and I remember thinking that it wouldn’t be easy and we had challenges we had to face,” Stoudamire said of the 2016 press conference during which he was named men’s basketball head coach. “I’m so proud of the effort our players have given. I cannot even explain how it feels. I’m kind of numb and humbled by what they have done.” The story includes mention that senior guard Jahlil Tripp won WCC defensive player of the year and earned first-team honors, Daniss Jenkins was named to the all-freshman team, and women’s basketball student-athletes Valerie Higgins and Brooklyn McDavid being named to the WCC First Team. Other coverage included:
Pacific’s Damon Stoudamire named West Coast Conference men’s basketball coach of the year,” The Oregonian, March 3, 2020
Former Arizona star Damon Stoudamire named WCC Coach of the Year,” AZDesertSwarm.com, March 3, 2020
Former Blazers Star Stoudamire Claims WCC Coach of the Year Award,” BlazersEdge.com, March 3, 2020
Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev named WCC player of year, joins Corey Kispert, Killian Tillie as first-team selections,” The Spokesman-Review, March 3, 2020

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