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Pacific in the Press | June 9, 2020

Jun 9, 2020

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“I don’t think black people are shocked. But I think a lot of white people got shocked when they saw George Floyd. … I sense that a big majority in the United States don’t want to see this keep going on.”

Ahmed Kanna, CBS 13, June 3, 2020


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

Reading About Race: Sales Skyrocket For Books Discussing Race Relations,” CBS 13, June 3, 2020: Ahmed Kanna, Pacific’s ethnic studies director and associate professor of anthropology, was interviewed for this story on the rise in sales of books discussing race relations. “I don’t think black people are shocked,” Kanna said. “But I think a lot of white people got shocked when they saw George Floyd. … I sense that a big majority in the United States don’t want to see this keep going on. We all want this to change, right? But how will that change?”

At the University of the Pacific, Chris Madill Creates Space for Success,” American Builders Quarterly, June 8, 2020: Chris Madill, director of planning and construction management, was featured in this story that also highlighted Calaveras Hall and renovation of the University Library. “By opening up space that was stagnant, filled with bookstacks and obstacles, we have far more seating for students to come into the library and create that maker-space, whether that be making friendships, or actually working in the Innovation Commons doing 3D printing, or in our Media X program making digital content,” Madill told the outlet. “Libraries tended to be places for just taking and not necessarily making. We transformed that space into a place that’s not just a repository for books but a dedicated space for student engagement, student collaboration, and student success.”

Sacramento keeps curfew in place, changes could come this weekend,” KCRA3, June 6, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed for this story about the curfew in Sacramento. On whether the curfew was too broad, Jacobs said, “The way that a court would look at that would be to say: What is your reason for imposing it? And do you have proof that you need to impose it? And is it too broad for what you want to do? It’s important that the order is targeting violence, it’s not targeting speech. So it sweeps up speech activities, but the way the court would look at is to balance again the interest that the government has versus the restriction on the speech activity.”

Unemployment rate drops to 13.3% in May, in a hopeful sign for the economy,”  The San Francisco Chronicle via The Daily Republic (Fairfield), June 6, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about the surprising news that the unemployment rate for May was 13.3%, suggesting that COVID-19-related job loss has peaked. “Obviously, it’s a small step to recovery,” Michael said. “We’re still talking about unemployment rates here of (around) 14% and I expect the numbers over the next few months will reflect very slow improvement and some volatility.”

Alumna donates $5M to Pacific’s pharmacy school,” The Record, May 3, 2020: Alumna Jie Du’s $5 million gift to Pharmacy was featured in this story. “When I started my American life as a young student at Pacific who barely spoke English, I never dreamed that one day I could contribute to the success of the university’s School of Pharmacy,” Du said. “I’m deeply grateful for the education I received and this opportunity to prepare Pacific students as they embark on careers in pharmaceutical drug development and business.”

Prosecutors push for rules to block California DAs from taking police union campaign cash,” The Sacramento Bee, May 2, 2020: Brian K. Landsberg, professor emeritus at McGeorge, commented in this story about a proposal for new conflict-of-interest rules to prevent candidates for district attorney from taking campaign contributions from police unions. He said the proposal could be seen as blocking constitutionally protected speech, but that there may be a rationale for supporting the proposal. “It’s saying there’s a broad general conflict — that prosecutors are going to be influenced,” Landsberg told the Bee. “That’s still viewpoint-based, but the question is whether their rationale is sufficient to overcome it.” The story also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

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