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Pacific in the Press | Feb. 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Quote of the week:It’s exciting to have an entire orchestra behind you. It’s also exhilarating. You have to be 100 percent focused at all times. --Ann Miller, The Record’s TimeOut, Feb. 1, 2018

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

"How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine?," Capital Public Radio, Feb. 2, 2018: History's Ken Albala was quoted in this story for National Public Radio about salt and pepper. "It's a weird accident of history," Albala told NPR. In Europe during the Late Middle Ages, "Pepper was never on the table, nor was any other spice, for that matter. Usually spices would be added in the kitchen with a very heavy hand until the 17th century." The story was shared more than 140 times on NPR outlets across the country, as well as by the La Paz Group blog.

"How is the minimum wage increase affecting business owners, employees," KQED's The California Report, Jan. 31, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided context for a story about the impact of the state minimum wage on business owners and their employees.

"Tide pods locked up," KTXL (Fox 40, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Jan. 29, 2018: Several Pacific students were interviewed for this story about the danger of the so-called "Tide pod challenge" in which teenagers bite into a Tide pod on camera and post it on social media. The results can include vomiting and death. The story broadcast several times on Fox 40 and was distributed to other stations, including KRON (San Francisco), KTLA (Los Angeles), KSWB (San Diego), KNIN (Boise, Idaho), KMSS (Shreveport, Louisiana), WVUE (New Orleans), WGN (Chicago), KMVU (Medford, Oregon) and WNEP (Moosic, Pennsylvania). It was also picked up by news aggregator websites. The story was broadcast the following day by dozens of TV stations across the country.

"Violinist brings 'singing style' to Zion orchestra," The Record's TimeOut, Feb. 1, 2018: Ann Miller, strings director for the Conservatory, was featured in this TimeOut story in advance of the 17th Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival on Feb. 3. Miller, who also serves as the Zion Chamber Orchestra's concert master, performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. "She sounds so good," conductor Paul Kimball said after rehearsals for the performance. "She brings a singing style, a sound that can cut through a hall with beautiful colors." Miller is also a member of Pacific's Trio 180, which was mentioned in the story.

"Level playing field: University of the Pacific athletes host sports clinics for girls," The Record, Feb. 4, 2018: Kerri Scroope, Pacific's women's soccer coach, and beach volleyball player Roni Long were interviewed for a story about the National Girls and Women in Sports Day event hosted on the Stockton Campus. Stockton girls were invited on campus to learn about different sports and were coached by Pacific's student-athletes and coaches.

"Big tech's bid to control FOIA," LLODO.com, Feb. 2, 2018: McGeorge's John Cary Sims commented in this story about secretive negotiations to bring a Facebook facility to Ohio. Facebook was initially referred to by a codename. "It's a game of muscle," Sims told LLODO.com. "It's very valuable to know at the earliest time what information someone has. It may also be about tracking what stories a journalist might be doing. It's an ingenious way to try to get to the high ground, where they can assess the risk and apply pressure in a timely way so it comes out the way they want it to come out. It gives them leverage, and it may delay release for months." The story was also carried by the Columbia Journalism Review.

"McGeorge Law Offers Cannabis Law Workshop," JDJournal.com, Jan. 27, 2018: The one-day conference for those considering investing in the marijuana industry sponsored by McGeorge School of Law was highlighted in this story. Francis Mootz III was quoted in the story: "There is confusion, as things get settled. Lawyers are poring over this, figuring out how it works. Cannabis is going from state illegal to heavily state regulated, so it's this whole culture shift that has to take place." The story was also covered by the East Bay Express.

"2018 Women's Water Polo Preview: Golden Coast Conference," Swimmingworldmagazine.com, Feb. 1, 2018: The women's water polo team was picked in this preview to repeat its success of 2017 by sweeping the Golden Coast Conference. Led by head coach James Graham, the team in 2017 won its first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament. The magazine wrote there should be no surprise if Graham brings his team to the NCAA tournament once again.

"Law School offering Pot classes," KMAX (CW, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Feb. 2, 2018: McGeorge's "The Essentials For Cannabis Businesses" executive training for starting a cannabis business was highlighted in this newscast. A version of the story was also broadcast several times on sister station KOVR.

"Cost over sight? Spark's blindness cure has the industry talking," Medical Marketing and Media's website, Feb. 2, 2018: Peter Hilsenrath, Pacific's Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics, comment in this story on prescription drug costs. "It might be efficient to charge people the max value of a product, but it's not equitable," Hilsenrath told the reporter.

"Friends of Chamber Music program features intriguing Strata ensemble," The Record's TimeOut, Feb. 1, 2018: A performance at Faye Spanos Concert Hall by a group that includes two former Conservatory instructors, Nathan Williams and James Stern, was featured in this story. Strata performed Sunday afternoon as part of the Friends of Chamber Music series.

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