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Pacific in the Press | Nov. 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017

Quote of the week: American culture is very anthropophagic. It eats cultures. Then transforms it into something else. --Martin Camps, The Record, Nov. 1, 2017

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

"Extreme Commuting: Roseville Man's 3-Hour Trip to Work Part of Larger Trend," Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Oct. 30, 2017: Thomas Pogue, associate director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided context and insight in this story about "extreme commuting," or traveling more than two hours a day to get to a job. Pogue said the high cost of Bay Area housing, social factors and family all come into play in a person's decision to take on extreme commuting. The story was shared by in Hartford, Conn., and by at least one news aggregator website.

"Dia de los Muertos blows up," The Record, Nov. 1, 2017: Martin Camps, Pacific's director of Latin American Studies, provides context in this column by Mike Fitzgerald about the commercialization of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, an important holiday to Latinos. As with Cinco de Mayo, Dia de los Muertos is being blended with California culture and themed items are being sold in stores.  "American culture is very anthropophagic. ... It eats cultures. Then transforms it into something else," Camps told The Record. The column was shared by at least one news aggregator website.

"Inaugural patriot's ball," Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 3, 2017: The inaugural Patriot's Ball presented by Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County at the DeRosa University Center Ballroom was featured in this story.

"In America's sandwiches, the story of a nation: 'The combination is delicious and original'," The Conversation, Nov. 2, 2017: Ken Albala, history professor, is one of five food historians tapped to write about a sandwich of their choosing. Albala wrote about the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Writes Albala: "The sandwich moved from garden parties to lunchboxes in the 1920s, when peanut butter started to be mass produced with hydrogenated vegetable oil and sugar. Marketers of the Skippy brand targeted children as a potential new audience, and thus the association with school lunches was forged." The story was shared by The Associated Press,, WTOP (Washington, D.C.), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, (Byron Bay, Australia), Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.), New Haven (Conn.) Register and other news outlet.

"Handling ethical dilemmas in dentistry: How U.S. dental schools prevent, resolve bad behavior," Contour, the American Student Dental Association magazine, October 2017: Dugoni Dean Nader Nadershahi commented in this cover story on the school's approach to presenting ethics. "We maintain a humanistic environment with plenty of options for feedback and communications between students, faculty and administration in order to share updates and clear up any confusion about issues before they grow into problems," Nadershahi told Contour. "This is accomplished through a series of structured and unstructured meeting opportunities between students, staff, faculty and administrators. Open, respectful communications can help reduce the gossip mill throughout any organization." (Story begins on Page 8.)

"Medicare fairs a godsend for some seniors," The Record, Nov. 3, 2017: Rajul Patel of Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and student-pharmacist David Carranza commented in this story about a recent Medicare Health Fair at  the LOEL Senior Center in Lodi. Carranza called the experiential learning opportunity "invaluable." He told The Record, "I knew very little about Medicare before this. This has made me a lot more observant of patient needs."

"From the Editor: Sweet music," The Record, Nov. 4, 2017: The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and the Brubeck Jazz Festival were part of this column about jazz violinist Regina Carter's performance during the festival. Of the festival, Reporter editor Don Blount wrote: "If you have not attended the Brubeck Festival, keep an eye out for it next time around. Too often we take for granted those things that are right under our nose." Of the quintet, he wrote: "And it includes homegrown talent. For example, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, the group that opened for Carter, included Xach Wagner of Manteca on guitar. Although they are students, their performance would be worthy of any paying gig."

"Playing what they teach," The Record, Nov. 2, 2017: Members of the Conservatory's Trio 180, Sonia Leong, Ann Miller and Vicky Wang, were interviewed for a story ahead of the group's first campus performance of the year on Nov. 2 in the recital hall. "That's why I love playing with this trio. I like to be challenged and exposed to new ideas, new ways of presenting the instrument. Working with Sonia and Ann, they are very strong musicians. ... So far I've learned so much from both of them," Wang, the newest member of the trio, told The Record.

"Our View: Arizona foster care isn't working, but we can change that," (Part of the USA Today network, Nov. 3, 2017: The work of McGeorge's John E.B. Myers was mentioned in this editorial on foster care in Arizona. His "A Short History of Child Protection in America" was used as an example of how far back child protection laws go in our national history. A 1642 Massachusetts law allowed magistrates to step in if parents failed to "train up" children.

"Paper watchdogs: Lawyers, lobbyists dominates applications for Sacramento's new ethics commission," Sacramento News and Review, Nov. 2, 2017: McGeorge's Mary-Beth Moylan is mentioned is story as an applicant for the Sacramento Ethics Commission. The story also mentions council members Angelique Ashby and Steve Hansen, both McGeorge graduates and former students of Moylan.

"One factor that may help schools close racial achievement gap," Ohio State News, Nov. 1, 2017: Linda Skrla, a Benerd professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Leadership, was a co-author of a study involving 13,472 students and 2,041 teachers in a Texas school district that showed that the best way to close the education achievement gap between black and white students was to make sure teachers believed that they had the capability and necessary support to educate their students. The story was shared on the Education Research Report blog.

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