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Pacific in the Press | May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018


Quote of the Week

I used to have to explain what I was doing. People would giggle and go, ‘You’re a food historian?’ No one had any idea what that was. . . . The field was there long before me, but it never got attention. I rose up with the field.

-- Ken Albala, The Boston Globe, April 23, 2018

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

"Flamin' Hot Cheetos Noodle Soup? Cricket Noodle Soup? Noodle soup cocktails?," The Boston Globe, April 23, 2018: History and Food Studies' Ken Albala and his latest book, "Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession," were featured in this story. "My mantra for many years is that cooking is not drudgery, it's not pain. You should have fun doing it. It's more satisfying to feed other people when you cook your own instead of opening a can," he told the Globe. "My motivation is activism, I guess."

"UOP Releases Album to Benefit Students Affected by Wildfires," KPIX (CBS5, San Francsico), April 26, 2018: Pacific students Jada Macias, Jennifer Morrow, Hunter Reusche and Felix Cole were interviewed for this story about Pac Ave Records' latest release, "Rose Gold: Songs for Sonoma," a benefit album for the victims of the Sonoma fires in October.

"University of Pacific record label releases benefit album for Sonoma County fire relief," The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa), April 23, 2018: Pac Ave Records' latest release, "Rose Gold: Songs for Sonoma," was featured in this story and student Joe DeMars '18 was quoted. "The devastation of the fires in Sonoma County hit very close to home for us (as) two students from our Conservatory lost their homes," DeMars told The Press Democrat. "From that moment, we decided pretty quickly to pledge all the proceeds to some nonprofit that would be helping with relief efforts." The Pacifican also published a story.

"Art car project," Fox 40's Studio40 (KTXL, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), April 27, 2018: Students Mia Arostigui '19 and Leila Valencia '19 and professors Brett DeBoer and Dan Kasser were interviewed about the art car project. The team of students collaborated to paint the car donated by alumnus Dick McClure '78. The story was also put on the station's website.

"Fit for the Kings: Hundreds attend job fair for Stockton's new basketball team," The Record, April 25, 2018: Alumna, student and assistant coach Kendall Kenyon '15, '18 was quoted in this story about the Sacramento King's minor league, or G League, basketball team coming to Stockton. She was at a job fair the team held earlier in the week at Stockton Arena. About to graduate with her master's degree in sports management, Kenyon told The Record: "When I saw the G League Kings were moving here, I thought it was perfect. This could be an ideal situation."

"High Desert Museum exhibit displays Northwest's climbing legacy," Miami Herald, April 26, 2018: A 1887 journal belonging to John Muir and held by Pacific's Holt-Atherton Special Collections was mentioned in this story about a new mountaineering and rock climbing exhibit at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore. Of the journal, the story reads: "Nearby, a beat-up notebook sat on a table. It belonged to mountaineer and naturalist John Muir. In the 1887 journal, he revisits the summer of 1869. The University of the Pacific lent it to the museum." Pacific holds the largest collection in the world of Muir's journals, sketches, correspondence, photos and other material. The story was initially published in The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.) and subsequently published in other newspapers.

"6 accuse ex-youth symphony director of sexual misconduct," Desert News (Salt Lake City, Utah), April 28, 2018: McGeorge's John Myers was quoted in this story about allegations by several men of sexual abuse when they were teens by a leader of the youth symphony orchestra in Utah County. Myers said the police seem to have enough evidence, but statutes of limitations may keep authorities from filing some charges. "This was not a probable-cause issue, or a lack-of-evidence issue. That is a straightforward statute-of-limitations issue," he told the Desert News. He later added: "After a lengthy period of time goes by, it becomes difficult for a defendant to properly prepare a defense. Witnesses have died. Witnesses have moved away. Documents are lost. Witnesses can't remember. It's not fair to expect defendants to defend themselves when the evidence is so old, lost or lost to memory."

"The Enduring Struggle for Immigration Reform: Talking About Race, Class & National Myths," The Aerogram (San Francisco), April 30, 2018: Kishwer Vikaas, with McGeorge's Community Legal Services in California, was quoted in this story about immigration reform in the United States. "White America has never embraced the immigrant of color. ... While there has been a laser-sharp focus on immigration in the media the last two years, the previous administration was no less complicit in targeting immigrants," Vikaas told The Aerogram. "I think people forget that President Barack Obama was nicknamed the 'Deporter in Chief.' More than 2 million people were deported during his terms - more than under any president. And President Bill Clinton's 1996 immigration 'reform' bill essentially created the deportation machine as we know it today. Thinking an election would change the way politicians frame immigration reform is a fatal mistake."

'"Norma' Comes Complete With Druid Priestesses and Fiery Deaths," Houston Press, April 25, 2018: Alumna Yelena Dyachek '13 was featured in this story about her role in a production of "Norma" at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. "There's the excitement factor," Dyachek told the Houston Press of the performance. "I have all of these 16th notes and they're so exciting and you have that rush of adrenaline and 'I'm going to make it.'"

"BEE-yond Our Gates team wins 27th annual Trivia Bee," The Record, April 27, 2018: BEE-yond Our Gates, a trivia team made up of Pacific's Mike Wurtz, Robin Imhoff and Chris Goff, and organized by Mike Klocke, won the 27th annual Trivia Bee at Stockton Arena. The event is sponsored by the San Joaquin Library and Literacy Foundation and funds help support literacy programs within San Joaquin County, a main focus of Pacific's Beyond Our Gates initiative. More than 24 adult teams and 10 high school teams participated this year. The BEE-yond Our Gates team won in a second round of sudden death on a question about "Citizen Kane."

"Gratifying for the ears, soul," The Record, April 26, 2018: Student Ryan Villahermosa and Nicolas Waldvogel, director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, were quoted in this feature about the final concert of the academic year. "Being a part of a larger unit, especially one as large as the Pacific Symphony is really a gratifying artistic experience," Villahermosa told The Record. "Being surrounded by that much musical power is always entrancing."

"Classic science fiction movie at heart of youth symphony's Sunday performance," The Record, April 28, 2018: Student Jason Thompson and the Conservatory's Tom Derthick were quoted in an advance story ahead of a Central Valley Youth Symphony concert. Thompson, who played in the symphony as a youth and now coaches the brass section, adapted a musical score that was based on music in a silent science fiction film for the symphony to play. This is the 18th season Derthick has been director of the symphony.

"Stockton Art Scene: Mark your calendars for these local art events," The Record, April 28, 2018: The Robb Garden Party was featured in this column. "Though most of the festivities had taken place - an open mic with poetry and music and cutting of birthday cake - being in the garden and watching the sun set was magical. The Robb Garden is truly one of the most special places in Stockton," read a portion of the section on the event.

"UOP Helps Local Students Learn More About STEM Careers,", April 24, 2018: Candice Adams, associate director of Admission for diversity programs, was quoted in this story about a partnership between Pacific and Enov8 Conference, which organizes educational events throughout California. "We want all students in the (Central) Valley to know that there are great opportunities for them to pursue high level science, technology, engineering, and math majors' right here at Pacific," she told

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