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Pacific in the Press | Oct. 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

Quote of the week: Pacific is for everyone that is willing to be persistent, to work, to be focused. --Burnie Atterbury, The Record, Oct. 22, 2017

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

"Varsity Billionaires: These Forbes 400 Members Played Sports In College," Forbes, Oct. 17, 2017: Alumnus and former Regent Alex Spanos is included on this Forbes list of billionaires who were student-athletes. Spanos lettered in swimming and diving during his time at Pacific. In his autobiography, "Sharing the Wealth," he wrote: "I enjoyed life, lettered in swimming and diving, worked as a baker in the student cafeteria, and was on my way to earning that lofty engineering degree that my dad had preordained for me."

"Tiger Pride: Pacific kicks off homecoming weekend," The Record, Oct. 22, 2017: Burnie Atterbury, vice president of university development, and McGeorge student Emily Sullivan were interviewed for this story on Homecoming and the launch of the Leading with Purpose campaign. "Pacific is for everyone who is willing to be persistent, to work, to be focused," Atterbury told The Record. "The dollars aren't what is critical, it's the personal motivation and drive. If you'll do that, you'll find opportunity and I can unequivocally say: this is the place where you can do that." The story also featured a gallery of photos taken Saturday.
Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto) also aired a story leading up to the event: "Homecoming returns with a roar," Oct. 20, 2017

"Medicare Scams On The Rise During Open Enrollment," "Insight With Beth Ruyak" (Capital Public Radio, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 18, 2017: Melissa Brown, director of legal clinics at McGeorge, was on this morning show to talk about the common risks confronting the elderly when it comes to scams. The McGeorge Elder and Health Law Clinic and Capitol Stage are presenting '"No' is a Complete Sentence," a theatrical presentation to teach about financial elder abuse.

"Scams against the elderly on the rise during open enrollment," ABC10 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 19, 2017: Melissa Brown, director of McGeorge Legal Clinics, and Nicole Egan, a clinical legal fellow at McGeorge's Elder and Health Law Clinic are mentioned in this story about '"No" is a complete sentence" theatrical presentation on elder abuse fraud that they wrote. Open enrollment for Medicare gives scammers an opportunity to prey on the elderly, with reported fraud in Sacramento County alone hitting $9.1 million last year.

"As water agencies cast votes, future of Delta tunnels remains unclear,", Oct. 16, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. "There's never been a viable financial plan for the tunnels," he told the news agency. "It's been known for some time that the project is much too costly for agriculture."

"Bay Area hammered by loss of 4,700 jobs," The Mercury News, Oct. 20, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, comment in this story about the job market in the Bay Area. For the second straight month, the Bay Area lost thousands of jobs, the worst month for employment since early 2010. According to the story, some employers are slashing positions, while others are unable to hire because of the high cost of housing in the region. "The economy in the Bay Area has pushed up against the physical limits of a lack of housing and a lack of places for workers to live," Michael told The Mercury News. He added that the long-term jobs picture is not completely dark: "It's a dynamic economy in the Bay Area; it is fueled by a strong technology industry. While growth has definitely gotten choppy, a consistent pattern of job losses will not emerge in the Bay Area." The story also appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Reporter (Vacaville).

"California bill would ban secret sexual assault, harassment lawsuits," KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 20, 2017: McGeorge School of Law Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg commented in this story about a bill that would ban secret sexual assault and harassment settlements in California. "It could, in some cases, discourage settlement because the employers might think, 'Well, if we go to trial, we can win this case, and show that we are not liable for harassment,'" Landsberg told KCRA."

'HQ2' in SJC? Anything's possible," The Record, Oct. 17, 2017: The Center for Business and Policy Research's Jeff Michael provided context in this story about San Joaquin County's bid to draw Amazon's second headquarters. "The prospect of engineers in corporate management being in San Joaquin County is, I think, pretty remote," Michael told The Record. But Amazon already has distributions centers nearby that may prove useful for Amazon when it comes to testing new technology. "I suppose it's worth showing what we have to offer," he added.

"How Eggnog Came to Be the Ultimate Holiday Drink," Martha Ken Albala, food history professor, was interviewed for this story on the history of eggnog. "There's so much alcohol in it, it's completely safe," he told "It mellows over time and gets better every year."

"Speaker says animals grasp death," The Record, Oct. 22, 2017: Colliver Lecture speaker Jessica Pierce was featured in this commentary about the bioethicist's visit last week.

"Consider partnering your SWOT with TOWS for better outcomes," Central Valley Business Journal, Oct. 16, 2017: Eberhardt alumnus Dan Natividad writes in this commentary about the influence of Cynthia Wagner Weick, professor emeritus, on his academic and professional. "The lessons that Dr. Weick taught me then still guide me today," wrote Natividad.

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