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Pacific in the Press | Research on homeless students garners media attention

Apr 28, 2015

Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the media in recent days:


The Sacramento Bee
Progress toward gay rights sometimes subtle but monumental
April 18, 2015
Lawrence C. Levine, law professor at McGeorge School of Law, concluded an Op-Ed piece in The Sacramento Bee about the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage: "The U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding this term whether LGBT persons must have access to the institution of marriage throughout the nation. The court has worried about getting ahead of the American people. The latest reaction to these efforts to permit anti-LGBT discrimination is just further proof that the public is ready. Equality and fairness are having their day, slowly but surely."
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Groves & Fishes: There is water war brewing between farmers and fisherman
April 20, 2015
Jeffrey Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this story about the conflict over water between farmers and those fighting to protect native fish. "But that risk (taken by farmers planting trees) spills out onto others through groundwater depletion, loss of reservoir storage and constant appeals by water districts to weaken environmental protections because (farmers) want more water."
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Capital Public Radio
Study Shows Increase In Homeless Students
April 22, 2015
Ronald Hallett, an associate professor of education in the Benerd School of Education, was interviewed by Capital Public Radio on his research presented recently at the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. The research, co-authored with Pacific colleagues Linda Skrla and Justin Low, argued that schools must track the academic progress of homeless students with as much care as they track special education and English language learner students. "We see down to the fundamentals of reading and math that these students perform very poorly so the dropout rates tend to be very high, we have dropout rates around 50 percent," Hallett told CPR. While schools have been better at counting homeless students and aid to them has tripled, said Hallett, most of the money has gone to school supplies when it should have gone to counseling.
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A story about the research also appeared on
A story on other research done by Ronald Hallet and grad student Melinda Westland, also presented at the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, appeared on

The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern alum calls on students, administrators to lead changes in campus culture
April 22, 2015
Patrick Day, vice president for Student Life, returned to alma mater Northwestern University to speak with residential assistants and administrators to urge them to lead in engagement and making policy changes to improve the campus culture. Day emphasized that community-building requires deliberate leadership.
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The Record
Brubeck Festival on the move to October: CD release coincides with event roster announcement
April 22, 2015
This story in The Record's Time Out section noted that the 2015 Brubeck Festival had moved from its traditional March dates to Oct. 16-17, with events at four locations during Homecoming weekend. The story also released the lineup for the festival - San Francisco groups Pacific Mambo Orchestra and SFJAZZ Collective are the headliners. Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute, was quoted. The story also announced that Patrick Langham, director of jazz studies, was releasing a new CD. Langham, Rowe, Nick Fryer, assistant director of the Brubeck Institute, and Brian Kendrick, director of the San Joaquin Delta College jazz program, play on the CD.
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The Central Valley Business Times, an online business news outlet, covered the 2015 Brubeck Festival Press Preview. Simon Rowe and Wes Rhea, CEO of Visit Stockton, were interviewed.
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Watch an interview with Simon Rowe:
Watch an interview with Wes Rhea:

The Record
Bands invest in students with Books for Bucks
April 23, 205
An entire section of this arts and entertainment column by The Record's Tony Sauro was devoted to the far-reaching legacy of Dave Brubeck '42, for whom the Brubeck Institute is named. Sauro wrote of Courtney Barnett, a singer-songwriter from Australia, who grew up listening to her father's music, including Brubeck's classic, "Take Five." She includes it among her influences.
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The Pacifican
National Champions!
April 23, 2015
Pacific's student newspaper spoke with coaches and players of the Pacific rugby club for this front-page story on their victory in the National Small College Rugby Organization Challenge Cup, making them national champions.
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The Record
New Pacific coach has a familiar face: Associate head coach Davis accepts promotion
April 23, 2015
This story in the sports section of The Record announced outside the Pacific community that Bradley Davis, associate head coach for the women's basketball team, would be replacing Lynne Roberts, who earlier in the week announced that she was leaving Pacific to be the head coach of women's basketball at University of Utah. "Well, we love him to death. We're glad he made the decision to stay," junior guard Hailie Eackles said of Davis.
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The Record reported Lynne Roberts' departure in a April 21, 2015, front-page story:

Contra Costa Times
Bay Area posts strong job gains during March
April 17, 2015
Jeffrey Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, is quoted in this story on the economy in Santa Clara County. He is quoted: "There are many positive signs about what is happening in Santa Clara County. It's not just the duration of the employment expansion in the South Bay, it's also been strong growth throughout this stretch."
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A similar story focusing on San Joaquin County numbers appeared in The Record:

KCRA (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
Assemblywoman pushes for CSU in Stockton
April 23, 2015
The Sacramento NBC affiliate did a story on Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman's efforts to bring a California State University to Stockton. Pacific was used as an example of what institutions of higher learning are located in the city. The story was shown several times on April 23 and again on April 24.
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