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Pacific in the Press | April 3, 2018

Apr 3, 2018


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Foster youths are incredibly resilient, but need the opportunity to take that next step to help them realize their potential for a happy and productive life.

-- Xavier Mountain '17, The Sacramento Bee," March 28, 2018

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

"The story of a trans woman's face," The New Yorker, March 19, 2018: Dugoni's world-renowned Atkinson Collection of more than 1,500 human crania collected by orthodontist Spencer R. Atkinson was mentioned in this story about a woman who underwent "facial feminization." Douglas Ousterhout, a surgeon specializing in facial feminization, spent hours at the collection "taking measurements of the head from infancy to adulthood - observing, for example, how a masculine jaw developed nubbins at the corners, squaring the face, and noting the more pointed quality of a feminine chin."

"Remove financial aid roadblocks to open college doors for California's foster youths," The Sacramento Bee, March 28, 2018: Promise Scholar and alumnus Xavier Mountain '17 authored a commentary on financial aid barriers for foster children. The commentary supported Senate Bill 940 to extend the Cal Grant application deadline for foster youths who want to attend community colleges, where 85 percent begin their time in higher education. "Going to college is a life-changing experience for anyone who has been in foster care," wrote Mountain. "Foster youths are incredibly resilient, but need the opportunity to take that next step to help them realize their potential for a happy and productive life. It has given me a voice and allowed me to earn respect, rather than sympathy, from the people who know my story. I attended San Joaquin Delta Community College, received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of the Pacific and am now earning a master's degree in social work at the University of Southern California."

"Don't sock Southern California ratepayers with Delta tunnel costs," The Orange County Register, March 31, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was cited in this editorial blasting the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. The editorial noted that the state's economic analysis was reworked to reflect more favorably on the project, making it "highly biased," according to Michael. The editorial also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News, The Press-Enterprise and several other newspapers in the Southern California News Group.

"What Would A Stephon Clark Shooting Lawsuit Look Like?," CBS13 (KOVR, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), March 26, 2018: McGeorge's John Myers commented in this story about the police shooting death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. "There's a lot of moving parts involved a case like this," Myers told CBS 13. "It's very unlikely this case will go to trial. ... It appears to all the world that probably the dumbest thing those police officers did was say 'hit the mute button' because that just looks like what do we have to hide."

"Police shootings cost cities millions in settlements," KCRA3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), March 27, 2018: McGeorge's Mary-Beth Moylan commented in this story about settlements that result from lawsuits over police shootings. She said no case is the same. "For each situation, for each case that arises there are unique facts and circumstances, and any settlement that would be entered into would relate to the facts and circumstances in this instance," Moylan told KCRA. She said lawsuits can be very emotionally difficult with no guarantee of victory. Settlements are not always about money and they can include agreements to change police policies.

"Fewer refugees are coming into California, investigation finds," KCRA3 (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), March 26, 2018: McGeorge student Nematullah "Nimat" Sarvary was featured in this story about the decline of the number of refugees coming to the United States.

"Broad coalition urges LA Mayor Garcetti, City Council to pull funding from Delta Tunnels," Daily Kos, March 27, 2018: Work done by Jeff Michael and Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was cited in this story about the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project and the move by a coalition of ratepayers, taxpayer advocates, faith leaders, unions and environmentalists to urge Los Angeles leaders to pull funding for the project. Michael's report had written that data used in estimating the water benefits were "highly biased modeling scenarios and assumptions."

"Colombian attorney uses LL.M. to jumpstart U.S. law career," The International Jurist, March 28, 2018: McGeorge student Paola Ramos was featured in this story about her journey from her native Columbia to the United States and her desire to practice law in this country. "I learned from a lawyer friend of mine that I should check on LL.M. programs in the area of Sacramento, CA, since I am already an attorney," Ramos told The International Jurist. "I did my exhaustive research, finding out that McGeorge School of Law was exactly what I was looking for, and this is: High quality of education and a welcoming environment."

"A Seat at the Table: Where Are All the Female Superintendents?," Rivard Report (San Antonio, Texas), April 1, 2018: Benerd's Linda Skrla was quoted throughout this story on the vast disparity in top leadership spots in K-12 school districts in Bexar County, Texas, where only one woman serves as school district superintendent, while women make up 70 percent of the teachers and the majority of principals. "If a first-year male teacher [is asked], 'What do you want to be in 10 years?' and he says superintendent, people say, 'Oh, fabulous,'" Skrla told the news agency. "If a woman teacher says that in her first year, she gets varying versions of, 'Well, aren't you full of yourself.'"

"Ask the Experts: Get Your Masters Master's,", March 29, 2018: Sports Management's Melissa Davies provided background and context for an array of questions about golf in advance of the Master's Tournament. She provided tips for saving money playing golf, commented on the cost to communities for maintaining a course and what the biggest issues facing the industry. "During the original Tiger Woods era, interest in golf was higher than it had ever been at a time that also coincided with a strong economy," Davies told "Golf courses were being built, companies were growing their golf division, and the market was visibly thriving. Today, the industry is not at its peak, but it's still doing well and seeing growth in some areas like youth and female participation. Meanwhile, companies like Callaway and Acushnet (parent of Titleist) are still growing their market shares."

"Feminine philanthropy: Kristen Birtwhistle Rallying women Across the Region,"  San Joaquin Magazine, March 2018: Alumna Kristen Birtwhistle '81, '88, founder of The Eleanor Project, was featured in this story on her philanthropy work. Birtwhistle is also one of the organizers of Pacific's Advancing Women's Leadership, a recipient of the Athena Award, and earned the Susan B. Anthony Award for her work at the Kaiser Permanente Physicians Group.

"Bringing jazz to the community," The Villager Newspaper, March 29, 2018: The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet was highlighted in this story about two free concerts the group will perform as part of the annual DownBeat Jazz Education Days by Cuyahoga Community College and Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. "The five-member group from the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific in California holds a reputation as one of the best collegiate jazz groups in the nation," reads a portion of the story. "Their resume lists some of the most famed music festivals and jazz clubs in the United States."

"Updates on WaterFix: State Water Resources Control Board continues hearings," The Press (Brentwood), March 29, 2018: Jeff Michael,  executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this update on California's WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project. "In summary, the Brattle analysis of a one-tunnel project is highly biased and does not comply with the agencies own guidelines and professional standards for benefit-cost analysis," stated Michael. "Given the vast expense and controversy of the Delta tunnels, it is imperative that the State of California prepare an independent, peer-reviewed statewide benefit-cost analysis of the tunnels that the public can trust."

"Pacific's Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform in Carnegie Hall," Central Valley Business Journal, March 30, 2018: Pacific's Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured in this story about its March 2019 performance in Carnegie Hall. The 55-member group will share the stage with the Wind Symphony from Concordia University Chicago.

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