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Pacific in the Press | May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

Quote of the Week

“The bottom line is that neither in-person nor online teaching is inherently good or bad. Teachers matter.”

Michael Hunter Schwartz, San Francisco Chronicle, May 9, 2020

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

“Good college teaching does not require sharing air with students,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 9, 2020: Interim Provost Michael Hunter Schwartz authored an Op-Ed about distance learning. The Chronicle’s paywall prevented linking directly to the piece, but a version was found on Schwartz concluded his Op-Ed: “Of course, there can be critical access problems in online learning, although University of the Pacific and many other universities responded quickly this semester by providing laptops and hot spots for students in need. I still see the in-person experience and overall campus culture as essential parts of students’ learning and growing, and it would be terrible if those opportunities were lost. But for emergencies such as the one COVID-19 created for higher education, online learning has been essential and, overall, of admirable high quality.
The bottom line is that neither in-person nor online teaching is inherently good or bad. Teachers matter. The online class I took 20 years ago was the most transformative class I have taken, and I use what I learned in that class every day. It doesn’t matter that I never met with the professor in person.”

Governors should trust mayors and county officials on reopening. California shows why,” The Washington Post, May 6, 2020: A report by Jeff Michael and Thomas Pogue of Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research was mentioned in this Op-Ed on how and when California should reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the reference: “Just as the virus has not spread evenly across the state, neither will the economic consequences of the shutdown. Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, was hit hard by the virus, yet a recent analysis by the Center for Business and Policy Research projects that it will experience the lowest coronavirus-related peak unemployment rate in the state (15.3 percent), whereas Fresno’s is expected to hit 21 percent.” The story linked to an earlier story in The Mercury News that cited the report and to the report itself on

Newsom reopens California business a crack. Digging out of a deep recession will take much more,” The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about measured moves to reopen the state economy. Retail stores opened for curbside pickup and restrictions on some manufacturers were loosen. “It’s about the smallest step forward you can imagine,” Michael told The Bee. The story was shared by The Fresno Bee.

Can counties reopen without state government’s blessing,” KFBK, May 5, 2020: McGeorge’s John Cary Sims was interviewed for this story and explained that the state has the power to enforce COVID-19-related stay-at-home restrictions. He said most businesses that are pushing to reopen sell alcohol and they could lose their alcohol licenses for defying the orders. He said that Gov. Gavin Newsom may not be pushing the issue because the counties are small and could prove to be a good, limited test for reopening the state. There also may be concern over the political optics of coming down hard on those counties.

What do roadrunners taste like, if you can actually catch one?,”, May 9, 2020: History’s Ken Albala was quoted in this tongue-in-cheek story on a possible alternative should COVID-19-related meat shortages become more severe. The story noted that Wile E. Coyote had been trying to determine the palatability of roadrunners since 1949, but Albala provided context about rumors that there were old English recipes for hawk. “There are no recipes for hawk because it tastes terrible,” Albala told the outlet. “Birds of prey have always been considered inedible. After all, they eat rodents and rotting meat. Scavengers make for terrible food. No one eats hyena, or coyote for that matter.”

Girl, 14, accepted into eight California universities,” United Press International, May 6, 2020: Pacific is one of the eight California universities to which 14-year-old Tiara Abraham has been accepted to study music. She mentions Pacific and sings opera in an ABC 10 broadcast story, which is embedded in the online story. She is a student at American River College and became a MENSA member at age 4. Pacific was also mentioned in these stories about Tiara:
14-year-old Sacramento girl admitted to eight universities including UC Berkeley & Cal State East Bay,” KGO, May 6, 2020
14-year-old Sacramento girl admitted to eight universities including UC Berkeley & Cal State East Bay,” KABC (Los Angeles), May 6, 2020
Girl, 14, accepted into eight California universities,” United Press International via, May 6, 2020

Crops grown with oilfield water OK’d by water quality board,” The Bakersfield Californian, May 6, 2020: The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences’ William Stringfellow was quoted in this commentary about findings from an effort to use recycled oilfield water to grow fruits and vegetables in Kern County. Stringfellow, director of Pacific’s Ecological Engineering Research Program and an adviser to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, told the outlet, “I was incredibly skeptical of this practice when I was recruited and I managed to become convinced that it’s perfectly safe.”

#GivingTuesdayNow — COVID-19 on campus,” “Good Day Sacramento” (CW31, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto): Assistant Dean of Students Anne Eastlick was on this morning show to urge Giving Tuesday contributions to Pacific’s emergency relief funds to help students facing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. The funds are used to address housing and food insecurity, travel expenses, access to technology, access to mental health services and medication, and child care. She said about 300 students have been helped so far and that requests for assistance continue to come in. Other coverage included:
Several San Joaquin County organizations seeking help on #GivingTuesdayNow,” The Record, May 5, 2020. The story provided the URL to Pacific’s emergency relief funds webpage.

Making a sourdough starter,” “Good Day Sacramento” (CW31, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 5, 2020: History’s Ken Albala was on this morning show to teach the hosts how to make a sourdough starter from a few simple items in a kitchen pantry. With everyone staying at home because of the pandemic, more people are making bread and other comfort foods. Other coverage included:
Professor Albala shares sourdough tips,” The Pacifican, Page 7, May 1, 2020

California Facing Landmark $54.3 Billion Budget Deficit Due To COVID-19 Crisis,” Capital Public Radio, May 7, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was interviewed for this story on the projected $54.3 billion state budget deficit due to the COVID-19 crisis. He told the outlet that the state is in a stronger position to handle the financial challenges of this recession compared to the Great Recession. He said the state’s reserve funds are much larger than in the past and less reliant on sales tax revenue, but that there will be significant budget cuts. The story was carried elsewhere:
California Facing Landmark $54.3 Billion Budget Deficit Due To COVID-19 Crisis,” Jefferson Public Radio (Ashland, Oregon and Redding, California), May 8, 2020.

Santa Cruz County confirms plan to give businesses a voice in economic recovery,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 7, 2020: A Center for Business and Policy Research report on the expected unemployment rate in California was mentioned in this story about the Santa Cruz County economic recovery plan. The reference: “Unemployment in Santa Cruz County shot up to 7.9% in March. April data is not yet available, but a University of the Pacific report projects unemployment could exceed 19% in Santa Cruz County in May.”

College Graduation Week Goes Virtual,” ASCENews (, May 7, 2020: Pacific was mentioned in this story on the news website for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Pacific’s 20-words of encouragement online project was mentioned in this story: “The University of the Pacific is encouraging people to leave messages of support and congratulations in an online message board set up for the graduating seniors, as well as through social media using specific hashtags.”

Jack Larscheid Was One of Original Raiders,” Sports Illustrated, May 10, 2020: Alumnus and former Regent Tom Flores and College of the Pacific were mentioned in this story about Pacific alumnus Jack Larscheid, one of the first Oakland Raiders in 1960. Flores was a teammate of Larscheid’s at Pacific and with the Raiders. “Jack was a tough little guy, an ex-Marine,” Flores said. “Even though he was small, he could run inside as well as outside. It didn’t matter to him, he just wanted the ball. … He was quick off the ball and he had good speed, plus he was an excellent pass receiver because he had very good hands, and he was a terrific kick returner. And he was just fearless.”

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