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Pacific in the Press | March 31, 2020

Mar 31, 2020

Quote of the Week

“Things are happening so fast that any projection has a huge amount of uncertainty.”

Jeff Michael,  The Sacramento Bee, March 25, 2020

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

1 million Californians file for unemployment; homeowners hurt by coronavirus will get a break,” Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2020: A quote by McGeorge’s John Sprankling used in an earlier Los Angeles Times story was repurposed for this story about several major California banks agreeing to delay foreclosures and provide mortgage relief in the wake of COVID-19. The quote used: “There would undoubtedly be litigation about this. Some landlords are going to lose a significant amount of money. But it’s pretty easy to predict that courts are going to say they’re not entitled to compensation from the state.” The story was reprinted by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

California could lose 1.6 million jobs by summer. Here’s where unemployment will hit hardest,” The Sacramento Bee, March 25, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about the impact COVID-19 is having on the jobs outlook. The state could lose 1.6 million jobs by this summer. “Things are happening so fast that any projection has a huge amount of uncertainty,” Michael told the outlet. He said that compared to the Great Recession, the downturn will come more quickly. “Near-term shock is even steeper and peak is even worse,” Michael said. “You have 20 percent of your economy going into hibernation.” The story linked to his Pacific profile and also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

Civil Liberties in the Age of Coronavirus: Californians Ask Questions About More Government Control Over Their Lives,” Capital Public Radio, March 24, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs and John Cary Sims were interviewed for this story on what effect state guidelines have on civil liberties. A portion of the story reads:

“(Jacobs) said as things progress, citizens should be wary of the following infringements on civil liberties:

  • “Violations of freedom of speech due to restrictions on public gatherings, particularly if these restrictions continue into election season.
  • “Violations on privacy if the government takes measures to try to track peoples’ movements to slow an outbreak.
  • “Discriminatory practices to try to contain an outbreak within a certain demographic.”

Sims told Capital Public Radio, “Obviously, a week ago, we couldn’t imagine things being as bad as they were today. But I’d just say that’s really what constitutional law is about: It’s about a balancing act among various interests, and we have a lot of important — and very important — time-honored rules that allow us to conduct the balancing.”

It’s a tragedy’: Stockton businesses hit hard by outbreak,” The Record, March 29, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on COVID-19’s impact on Stockton’s economy. He said essential businesses such as grocery stores are thriving, but small, locally-owned retailers, service providers, clothing retailers, tourism and malls are hurting. “Restaurants with full-service dining are completely devastated. Hotels have completely crashed,” he said. “We have seen a massive contraction that effects a lot of people.”

Moving the Civil Engineering Classroom Online,” ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) News, March 26, 2020: Engineering’s Camilla Saviz was quoted in this story about moving to remote instruction due to COVID-19. “We’ve gotten up to speed very quickly,” Saviz told the outlet. “All of my colleagues and myself, we’ve revised our syllabi and revising our expectations to focus on the topics that are critical. Some other topics that may have been nice to have or that we can cover in subsequent classes are getting pushed to later in the semester or maybe won’t be covered at all.” The story includes a screen capture of Saviz giving a remote lesson and mentions that Pacific made the decision “relatively early compared with other schools.”

American Bar Association announces 2020 Margaret Brent award recipients,”, March 27, 2020: McGeorge alumna Ruthe Catolico Ashley was named one of the recipients of the ABA award that honors “outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America.” Ashley was the executive director for California LAW, a nonprofit that creates a pipeline for students from high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions and law schools to law and related careers. McGeorge was named in the mini-bio for Ashley.

Power Lawyers 2020: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys,”, March 27, 2020: McGeorge alumnus Bryan Freedman is among the attorneys on this list. Freedman currently represents professional gamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney in a contract dispute, Gabrielle Union in her “racial insensitive” workplace dispute with “America’s Got Talent,” journalist Megyn Kelly, and author and motivational speaker Jordan Belfort.

Wrapped in Recycling: UOP Fashion Show is focused on sustainability,” San Joaquin Magazine, April 2020: Pacific sustainability coordinator Kelsey Smith was quoted in this story about the annual Green Fashion and Art Show, which was subsequently canceled due to COVID-19. “We do have a few submissions so far and I can tell you that we can count on seeing some inspired designs representing the past century, from 1920s Josephine Baker style to the 1990s street fashions,” Smith told the magazine before all Pacific events were canceled, postponed or moved to online platforms. The story on Page 36 includes a photo Smith with a woman wearing an entry to the fashion show standing on the steps to Faye Spanos Concert Hall with Burns Tower in the background.

Oh, where will I grow my garden: Urban gardens offer planting solutions for those with little to no outdoor space at home,” San Joaquin Magazine, April 2020: Pacific garden coordinator Nick Tamayo was interviewed for this story on urban gardens. “I highly recommend anyone thinking of starting a garden in their back or front yard to test their soil before planting directly into the ground,” he told the magazine. “Our city soils can be heavily polluted and the lead and other toxins are dangerous to consume.” He also gave several gardening tips in this story that begins on Page 92.

Damon Stoudamire wins Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award,” The Record, March 24, 2020: Men’s basketball head coach Damon Stoudamire was named the recipient of the 2019-20 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year award, which is given to the top minority head coach in Division I basketball. “For me to be able to even be mentioned in the breath of a Ben Jobe, knowing the things that he did for all the minority coaches, it really means a lot,” Stoudamire told The Record. “I wear that with a badge of honor. I’ve been fortunate, I’ve been really fortunate and I walk around proud. I definitely played for some really good coaches in my lifetime. The only things I aspire to do, No.1 is I aspire to help kids and No. 2, from the standpoint of minority coaches, I want to help them and be a role model and mentor to them.” The news was carried by other outlets:
Damon Stoudamire named top minority Division I coach in 2019-20,” Citizen Tribune, March 23, 2020
Former Arizona star Damon Stoudamire wins national coach of the year award at Pacific,”, March 23, 2020

“Spring hiatus: College coaches adjust to recruiting with no games,” Lodi News-Sentinel, March 27, 2020: Women’s softball head coach Brian Kolze and men’s baseball interim head coach Chris Rodriguez were quoted in this lengthy story on the impact of COVID-19 on the season and recruiting. “You’ve got to have those kids lined up by the end of the summer for potentially signing them for the 2021 class,” Kolze, Pacific’s softball coach since 1992, told the outlet. “It’s really hard to recruit off of videos and deal with kids and coaches. A lot of coaches work with kids and their transcripts, and that process has become very slow.” Subscribers can read the whole story at

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