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Pacific in the Press | November 8, 2016

Nov 8, 2016

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

Summaries

New York Times
Celebrate Democracy With a Weekend Voting Festival Instead of a Tuesday Election Day
Nov. 7, 2016
In an opinion piece, Dari Sylvester Tran, associate professor of political science, proposes that we switch to a multiple voting-day format held on a weekend in a festival-like setting. We'll call it the Election Festival, and this may put the party (and participation) back into politics.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/11/07/overturning-election-day-tradition/celebrate-democracy-with-a-weekend-voting-festival-instead-of-a-tuesday-election-day

Vice News
Why Bernie Sanders is taking on Big Pharma in California
Nov. 7, 2016
Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and professor of economics, provided insight and context in this story on Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act. Moving to high-deductible insurance coverage exposes just how expensive prescription drugs can be. "When people had first-dollar coverage, nobody much cared. But now that they have high deductibles, people see how high prices are," Hilsenrath said. He also said it was unclear what will happen at this point and much depends on how pharmaceutical companies will respond. He predicted that if Proposition 61 passes it will be tied up in litigation for years.
Read more: https://news.vice.com/story/why-bernie-sanders-is-taking-on-big-pharma-in-california

The Christian Science Monitor
Would it matter if either Trump or Clinton refused to concede? Yes and no.
Nov. 6, 2016
Jeffrey Becker, professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science, adds insight and context to this story on whether the defeated candidates in the Nov. 8 presidential election must accept the decision. A concession is irrelevant since the political mechanism will proceed whether a defeated candidate publicly acknowledges a loss, but a concession does much to move the nation forward after an election. "Formally, a concession doesn't matter, but perception matters tremendously in politics, and creating the common ground for people to work together towards legislation is increasingly shrinking," Becker told The Christian Science Monitor. "That's been my concern. It's not so much a formal process that's at stake, it's people's willingness to abide by the process." But Becker added that it was vital for the party in power to listen to its opponents for progress to be made in the coming four years. The story was also carried by Yahoo News, several news aggregator websites and the blog The Independent View.
Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/1106/Would-it-matter-if-either-Trump-or-Clinton-refused-to-concede-Yes-and-no

The Sacramento Bee
Why Californians have to vote on 17 ballot measures
Nov. 4, 2016
Mary-Beth Moylan, professor of law, says interest groups "viewing (the initiative process) as a good vehicle for getting things done or threatening to use the initiative process when they're not getting things done in the Legislature - is not a new phenomenon, but when you couple that with this idea we're only going to have initiatives on one general election ballot every two years, you see something like we're seeing this cycle, which is way too many things to vote on."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article112617278.html

The Sacramento Bee
Prop. 57 is a step toward reforming state's broken criminal justice sentencing system
Nov. 2, 2016
Michael Vitiello, distinguished professor of law, published an op-ed in favor of Proposition 57 on the November ballot. "In an ideal world, California would adopt wholesale reform of the criminal justice system," he wrote, arguing: "Proposition 57 is one step - but not a giant leap - toward reforming California's broken criminal justice sentencing system."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article111675147.html

KPCC-FM Southern California Public Radio (NPR Los Angeles)
Kamala Harris Adds To Huge Cash Advantage in California's U.S. Senate Race
Nov. 4, 2016
New campaign finance reports show Kamala Harris has raised more than $14.5 million in her race for California's U.S. Senate seat. That's more than three times the amount raised by her competitor, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Keith Smith, professor of political science, says Harris's huge cash advantage is critical. "It means that she has an easier time getting her message out. She can pay for ads in the L.A. media market, she can pay for ads in San Francisco medium market, she can pay for ads in San Diego and she can pay for more ads than Sanchez can because those things are expense."The interview first aired on Capital Public Radio.
Hear interview: http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=5494a105-13af-452d-a104-927f3885f3c7
Capital Public Radio: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2016/11/03/kamala-harris-adds-to-huge-cash-advantage-in-californias-us-senate-race/

The Modesto Bee
Index shows job gains in North Valley, but many still struggle
Nov. 3, 2016
This article highlights the latest economic index from the Center for Business and Policy Research, which shows that the region's jobless rate has finally recovered from the crash of 2008. The index was presented in Tracy at a State of the North San Joaquin County Conference organized by Jeff Michael, director of the center, with Valley Vision and the Bay Area Council.
Read more: http://www.modbee.com/news/article38979312.html

Capitol Weekly
So you want to be a lobbyist? Read on...
Nov. 4, 2016
Chris Micheli and Rex Frazier, adjunct professors of law, describe the "three initial issues that an individual seeking a lobbying job should consider: First, understand the types of lobbying jobs that are out there. Second, understand what you want to do in the lobbying profession. Third, target potential lobbying jobs that suit your interests and your strengths."
Read more: http://capitolweekly.net/so-you-want-to-be-a-lobbyist/

The Record
Wonderful music is a wonderful thing
Nov. 2, 2016
Tamara Phelan, professor of physical therapy, has been playing her relatively rare steel-string guitar - sometimes mistaken as a large ukulele - for 10 years. "I was having to come up with my own sound.  Tenor guitar players were very hard to find. When I'd go out jamming, there was nobody filling that spot. So I'd get more chances to play," she said.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/entertainmentlife/20161102/wonderful-music-is-wonderful-thing

KNTV-TV (NBC Bay Area)
Free Dental Checkups for Military Veterans
Oct. 27, 2016
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is offering veterans a free dental checkup. Attendees will get their oral health questions answered and receive a dental checkup, blood pressure check, oral cancer screening and a health gift bag with toothbrush and other dental items.
Read more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/community/Free-Dental-Checkups-for-Military-Veterans-398971631.html

The Record
An unlikely lifeboat for urban youth: Rowing helped one man beat the odds; now he's paying it forward
Nov. 1, 2016
Robert Oprandy, professor in the Benerd School of Education, worked to bring the inspirational speaker Arshay Cooper to our region. University of the Pacific sponsored the visit with other community organizations, including the Port of Stockton, Family Resource & Referral Center, and Delta Sculling Center.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20161101/unlikely-lifeboat-for-urban-youth-rowing-helped-one-man-beat-odds-now-hes-paying-it-forward

HollywoodChicago.com
Exclusive Portrait: A Happy 'Halloween' from Jamie Lee Curtis
Oct. 31, 2016
It was 38 years ago that the seminal horror film "Halloween" was released, and its impact made a star out of the heroine in the film, Jamie Lee Curtis. This story notes that Curtis "lasted one semester" at Pacific before pursuing a career in acting. Curtis' mother is Janet Leigh '47.
Read more: http://www.hollywoodchicago.com/news/26946/exclusive-portrait-a-happy-halloween-from-jamie-lee-curtis

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