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Pacific in the Press | Feb. 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

quote of the week:It's a life-changing experience, and it affects everyone involved --Joe Serra, The Record, Feb. 11, 2017
Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

Summaries

The Daily Beast
Are Archaeologists About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?
Feb. 18, 2017
Caroline Schroeder, professor of religious studies at Pacific, was quoted in a story about a team of Italian archeologists who plan to enter the tomb of Tutankhamun in an effort to find secret chambers and ultimately the resting place of Queen Nefertiti, the Egyptian Queen who helped to lead a religious revolution. Schroeder said the discovery might tell researchers if Nefertiti ruled Egypt on her own, which would have made her one of the most powerful leaders of the time.
Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/19/are-archaeologists-about-to-find-nefertiti-s-tomb.html

The Sacramento Bee
Man charged with killing Sacramento, Placer deputies can't get fair trial in capital, lawyers say
Feb. 22, 2017
McGeorge's Michael Vitiello and John Cary Sims were interviewed for a story on the efforts by public defenders to have a death penalty murder trial moved to another county because of the amount of media coverage of the 2014 slaying of two Sacramento-area deputies and the national debate on President Trump's immigration policies. Both legal experts questioned the methods used by a research firm used by the defense attorneys to prove that they could not find an impartial jury in Sacramento County. "You're making every darn motion you can to make as many issues as possible reviewable on appeal," Vitiello said. "They've got to try everything, but it's not John Hinckley, it's not even the Kings getting rid of DeMarcus Cousins." He also said he thought they would be able to find enough people who did not know about the case to sit on the jury.
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article134327849.html

KTXL (Fox 40, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
UOP Gospelfest 2017
Feb. 16, 2017
Randall Ogans, a co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month Committee, and Destiny Robbins '12 appeared on this morning show to promote Gospelfest 2017 at the Bob Hope Theatre. Nationally acclaimed Gospel artist and Stellar Award winner Donald Lawrence headlined this year's annual concert held during Pacific's Black History Month celebration in collaboration with San Joaquin Delta College. The event also featured Lena Byrd-Miles and Ascension.
View the story: http://mms.tveyes.com/MediaCenterPlayer.aspx?u=aHR0cDovL21lZGlhY2VudGVyLnR2ZXllcy5jb20vZG93bmxvYWRnYXRld2F5LmFzcHg%2FVXNlcklEPTI3MTQ5MiZNRElEPTc0MjkzMTImTURTZWVkPTg0MjEmVHlwZT1NZWRpYQ%3D%3D

Capitol Weekly
In the Capitol, myth vs. reality
Feb. 13, 2017
Chris Micheli, adjunct professor of law, wrote about the common misconceptions and realities of state lawmaking. "So let's hold our breath, take a deep dive into the Capitol and separate the myths from the reality," he wrote. His piece looked at more than a dozen misconceptions about California lawmaking.
Read more: http://capitolweekly.net/myths-reality-capitol/

Sacramento Business Journal
An improving climate for small businesses
Feb. 24, 2017
Jeff Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this story on the surging economy in the Sacramento region and rise in its ranking for small business vitality. While it had been slow to recover after the Great Recession, the Sacramento region is now in the fastest part of its economic cycle, Michael said. "Sacramento's economy is in a strong growth trajectory so it makes sense that the region is moving up the ladder in its small-business ranking," he told the Sacramento Business Journal.
Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2017/02/24/an-improving-climate-for-small-businesses.html

The Record
Fitzgerald: Coach, family robbed of belongings, but community steps forward
Feb. 16, 2017
This heartwarming piece by metro columnist Mike Fitzgerald tells how assistant men's basketball coach JayDee Luster, girlfriend Tai Massey, and their toddler Kaisu lost everything to thieves just as they were relocating to Stockton from San Diego for Luster's job at Pacific. An email from Stefanie Leland, wife of Athletic Director Ted Leland, to the athletic department and Pacific boosters resulted in a flood of donations of baby clothing, furniture, kitchen items and cash. "The amount of just positive vibes and good energy from the people we were able to meet has been amazing," Massey said. "We literally went from having everything to having nothing to having everything in 48 hours. Such a roller coaster. I'm just so grateful."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170216/fitzgerald-coach-family-robbed-of-belongings-but-community-steps-forward
The community response was also the first "cheer" of The Record's weekly Cheers and Jeers editorial: http://www.recordnet.com/opinion/20170220/cheers-and-jeers-cheers-community-steps-forward

The Record
Unsung Hero: Joe Serra
Feb. 11, 2017
Joe Serra, a visiting lecturer in Pacific's Department of Physical Therapy, was featured in The Record's "Unsung Hero" feature for his work with Hope Haven West, a nonprofit group that collects used and discarded wheelchairs to be refurbished and distributed primarily in South and Central America and Mexico. He first heard about it through his involvement with Rotary International. Cathy Peterson, a professor in the same department, also volunteers for the group and said of Serra: "This is also fueled by his passion and commitment to Rotary," Peterson said. "Rotary's motto is 'Service Above Self' and he really epitomizes that. ... Everything he touches is that much better for it."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170211/unsung-hero-joe-serra

The Record
Rumors of raids rampant
Feb. 18, 2017
Qingwen Dong, professor and chair of Pacific's Department of Communication, helped to make sense of recent false rumors that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were setting up local checkpoints to arrest undocumented immigrants and how social media played a role in spreading the rumors. Part of the problem, Dong told The Record, is that the country is in an immigration crisis and people do not fully understand the Trump Administration's positions and policies. Fear plays a role in shaping how people react to the situation and social media is reaffirming immigrants' fears.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170218/rumors-of-raids-rampant

The Record
Restaurants helping literacy efforts
Feb. 18, 2017
Jennifer Torres Siders, Pacific's community relations director, was quoted in a story about a Beyond Our Gates program that, with the Downtown Stockton Alliance and First 5 San Joaquin, provides downtown Stockton restaurants with literacy-themed placemats. The placemats provide ways for parents and their children to play, talk and draw together while building literacy skills.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170218/restaurants-helping-literacy-efforts

The Record
Edison a bright light in education, college readiness
Feb. 20, 2017
Chris Krzak, Pacific's director of admissions, was interviewed for a story on what it takes for high school students to transition to college. He told The Record that it is the work that students do in high school that goes a long way toward success in college. "Take advantage of everything high school has to offer," Krzak said. "Take advantage of a college prep curriculum, follow the A-G requirements, take honors or Advanced Placement courses, and raise your hand." Student clubs, sports and student government help to build leadership and social skills and a solid college application.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/special/20170220/edison-bright-light-in-education-college-readiness

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The Record
Talented competition winners to step in front of orchestra and solo
Feb. 23, 2017
Bennett Lopez and Robert Brown Jr., winners of Pacific's annual concerto competition, were featured in a story advancing the University Symphony Orchestra performance at which they performed as soloists. Nicolas Waldvogel, professor in the Conservatory of Music, the symphony conductor and one of the judges for the competition, was quoted in the story: "It's a big feather in their caps. They don't get very many chances to play as soloists. That's important. They look forward to it for many years. They plan a long time ahead. It's the most prestigious thing for them. It's really a big deal."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/entertainmentlife/20170222/talented-competition-winners-to-step-in-front-of-orchestra-and-solo

The Record
'Farmers are optimistic people'
Feb. 20, 2017
Jeff Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in a story about the future of the region's biggest industry - agriculture. Farmers are concerned about how shifts in trade policies by the Trump Administration will affect their livelihood. "If the U.S. gets very aggressive in its trade stance, will China retaliate?" asked Michael. "I'm not necessarily predicting a trade war, but it's a real risk and it does make people nervous." He said he expects the ag economy to stabilize and that long-term water restrictions may cause it to diminish somewhat.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170220/farmers-are-optimistic-people

The Record
Growth trend continues for local financial industry
Feb. 20, 2017
Jeff Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided insight and context for this story on the state and future of the regional financial industry. He said local banks, such as the Bank of Stockton, tend to react differently than large national institutions. "Local banks tend to be a little more oriented toward agricultural lending and small-business type lending," Michael said. "It's a little bit different of a portfolio from some of the big national banks. The agriculture side has been very strong for those local banks, but there might be some challenges ahead in that area. It might be a little weaker than it has in recent years, but overall it's a positive situation." Alumni Douglass Eberhardt and Douglass Eberhardt II were also interviewed for the story.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170220/growth-trend-continues-for-local-financial-industry

The Record
At $340M, marijuana may be top industry in Calaveras County
Feb. 17, 2017
A study by Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research was a central part of a story on the commercial medical marijuana industry in Calaveras County. The study found that it was worth about $340 million last year, possibly making it the county's No. 1 industry and about 19 percent of the county's regional economy. It also found that the industry created 3,400 or so jobs last year.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170217/at-340m-marijuana-may-be-top-industry-in-calaveras-county
A version of the story also appeared in the Calaveras Enterprise: http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_ae6a1436-fa00-11e6-a2cc-2f322e7c7034.html

AbeBooks.com
Eight Pancake Books Worth Stacking on Your Shelf
Feb. 20, 2017
A book by Ken Albala, a history professor and founding director of the Food Studies Program, was listed as a bonus book for this blog entry. "Pancake: A Global History" was listed for those wishing to "explore the development of pancakes since Greek and Roman times."
Read more: https://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2017/02/20/eight-pancake-books-worth-stacking-on-your-shelf/

SchoolConstructionNews.com
University of the Pacific Embarks on Housing Master Plan
Feb. 21, 2017
Pacific's construction of the Upper Division Housing project made this online trade publication. The story linked to the university's statement on the project.
Read more:
 http://schoolconstructionnews.com/2017/02/21/university-pacific-embarks-housing-master-plan/

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Comic and sci-fi fans convene at Comic Fest, the quieter con
Feb. 18, 2017
One of the highlights of this year's San Diego Comic Fest was a mock trial involving McGeorge School of Law students arguing motions on whether it is legal - in the X-Men world - for the federal government to register mutants. (No word in the story on the outcome of the mock trial.)
Read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/technology/sd-me-comic-fest-20170217-story.html