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Pacific in the Press | May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

Quote of the Week

“The idea that the state doesn’t have the capacity to enforce a neutral law designed for public health seems extreme. … I don’t think they have a good claim.”

Michael Vitiello, The Sacramento Bee, May 19, 2020

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

Courts nationwide awash in lawsuits over COVID restrictions on business, religion,” The Sacramento Bee, May 19, 2020: McGeorge’s Michael Vitiello commented on this story about various lawsuits across the country claiming that stay-at-home restrictions are unconstitutional. “The idea that the state doesn’t have the capacity to enforce a neutral law designed for public health seems extreme,” Vitiello told The Bee. “The typical First Amendment free exercise case law turns on whether it’s a law of general applicability, and surely these orders are health measures and laws of general applicability. I don’t think they have a good claim.” The story also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

UOP students create website to dispel COVID-19 myths,” Fox 40 (KTXL, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 19, 2020: Pharmacy’s Yvonne Mai and recent Pharmacy graduate Bill Nguyen were interviewed for this story about the COVID-19 myth-busting website created by Pharmacy students and several faculty members. “There’s definitely some pros and cons with social media,” Mai told the outlet. “You get a lot of information but you have to filter through. … We mainly wanted to do our part, at least in public education and public health education.” The students used humor to get their message across. “Wanted to break up the fatigue, the information fatigue, with a little humor,” Nguyen told FOX40. “That’s where the memes started coming in.” Mai was also on Capital Public Radio to talk about the website.

California hair salons protest, file lawsuit to reopen amid pandemic,” KCRA3, May 18, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed for this story about a protest at the state Capitol by hair salon owners and workers from across the state. The protest, intended to force the easing of restrictions on those businesses, followed a lawsuit against the state filed on behalf of the Professional Beauty Federation of California. “Businesses are different than individuals,” Jacobs told the outlet. “When we are talking about businesses, courts will give the government more leeway because that’s what the government is supposed to do — it’s our democracy. So, the way to get change when you’re a business, primarily, is to convince the democratic government that you should get your way.” She said the protest will likely be more successful than the lawsuit. “Good job engaging in political speech trying to convince the governor to change the rule, because that’s really the best way to have this done — and the one that’s most legally appropriate,” she added. “It’s by using those individual rights to get changes as a business.” The story was broadcast several times on KCRA3 and also by KSBW-TV in Salinas.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,”, May 18, 2020: Gail Amornpongchai, clinical director of the audiology clinic, was quoted in this story about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She went into audiology to improve the representation of Asian American Pacific Islanders in the field. “It’s important for a field like audiology to have culturally and linguistically diverse clinicians,” she told the outlet. “Asian Americans can represent such diversity. We can bring our own unique perspectives, values, and backgrounds to a field that is underrepresented.”

How to Use Sound to Boost Your Mood, According to a Psychologist and Music Therapist,”, May 18, 2020: Alumna Sheava Zadeh, who holds a doctorate from Pacific, was quoted in this story on using music to boost a person’s mood during the pandemic. “When one is singing, the vibrations that are produced move within our body and release the ‘feel-good’ chemicals and hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin. It has been reported that individuals who sing regularly experience sustained, high levels of emotional stability and wellbeing,” Zadeh told the outlet. “Chanting sounds, such as ‘om’ has been shown to synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, thus promoting a decrease in heartbeat, brain waves, and breathing. This is because you move your attention from the external world to the internal, creating more balance and allowing the brain to recalibrate.”

How fast will Sacramento bounce back from mass layoffs? There’s pessimism, and a glimmer of hope,” The Sacramento Bee, May 24, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was interviewed for this story about the state’s economic recovery amid COVID-19. He said the state’s unemployment rate was likely to hit 18.8% soon, but not go much higher. He didn’t expect an immediate turnaround and that the economy will be flat for a time before meaningful recovery. The story was also shared by The Fresno Bee and The Daily Republic (Fairfield). Other COVID-19-related stories in which Michael was quoted in recent days:
Coronavirus updates: Economists weigh in on crisis; thousands protest at California Capitol,” The Sacramento Bee, May 24, 2020
‘“Like Nothing Before Seen’: California Lost Record 2.3 Million Jobs In April As Unemployment Rate Spiked To 15.5%,” Capital Public Radio, May 22, 2020. The story was shared by Jefferson Public Radio.
Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 5/25/20, AM,” KALW (San Francisco), May 25, 2020. The story begins at about 2:27 in the broadcast.

House Urges Supreme Court to OK Release of Mueller Records,” Courthouse News Service, May 18, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed for this story on a request before the U.S. Supreme Court that Robert Mueller grand jury materials be release. Jacobs found issues with both sides of the case. “That said, there are the politics of the whole impeachment inquiry going on here, and so that is certainly going to be in the background of a determination that the court would be making,” Jacobs said.

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