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Pacific in the Press | April 11, 2017

Apr 11, 2017

quote of the week:A degree of vast, unchecked power on either side also unites the two --Qingwen Dong, Pacific Standard, April 6, 2017
Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:


Politifact California
Jerry Brown's Mostly True claim about 'tremendous job growth' in Inland Empire, Central Valley
April 4, 2017
Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was asked to help verify claims by Gov. Jerry Brown about overall job growth in California. Michael also provided a table used in the story that showed the job growth in California's metro areas. Politifact found Brown's claims "mostly true" and requiring key clarification since job growth in the Central Valley hasn't kept up with the overall state average.
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A version of the story was on Capital Public Radio News and KPCC-FM in Los Angeles. Listen to the story:

Pacific Standard
What Exactly Will Trump and Xi Discuss at Mar-a-Lago?: Analysts describe the two as an Odd Couple of world leadership
April 6, 2017
Qingwen Dong, a professor and chair of communication, commented on story covering the summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Dong noted that power unites them. "To some degree both of them are similar in character and in their behaviors. They have the power and they want to use the power to complete a huge task," Dong told Pacific Standard.
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The Bay Area Reporter
Besties 2017 results are in
April 6, 2017
A reader poll by The Bay Area Reporter recognized the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as the Best Dentist for its care for people living with HIV. Dugoni won the newspaper's LGBTQ Best of the Bay Awards for being "a lifeline to maintaining good oral health. Its CARE (HIV) Dental Services is funded by the city of San Francisco through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act. According to its website, dental services include preventive treatment, same-day emergency dental care, fillings, root canals, dentures, and oral surgery for people with HIV who qualify for this special program."
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Central Valley Business Journal
High-tech holdups: the rising threat of ransomware
April 6, 2017
Jeff Shafer, associate professor of Engineering and Computer Science, commented on the successful business practices of ransomware. "They've managed to make this whole business ecosystem ... with a division of labor and different groups specializing in different areas, and I think that makes it easy to grow this," Shafer said.
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The Record
Fitzgerald: A blues song for Delta asparagus
April 5, 2017
Alison Alkon, an associate professor of sociology and food studies, and Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, comment for this column on the demise of the asparagus industry in the Delta. The North American Free Trade Agreement, minimum wage, overtime laws, food handling regulations, and land reform in Mexico that gives farmers there more access to capital in order to be competitive were reasons given in the column. The column also asked what should be done about Stockton's annual Asparagus Festival - Keep it or find something else? "I think food makes sense," Alkon told The Record. "Food is universal, something people like, and representative of culture and place. ... Some of the best Mexican food, Central American food, Vietnamese food, I've ever had has been in Stockton and I study food for a living and travel all over the world."
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KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
Mumps cases confirmed
April 7, 2017
Area news media covered the story about two Pacific students being diagnosed with mumps, the contagious viral infection, and the steps San Joaquin County and the university were taking to stop the spread of the disease, including recommending that students, faculty and staff who are feeling flu-like symptoms see their primary care provider for advice and a possible vaccine booster. Patrick Day, vice president of Student Life, and several students were interviewed for some of the stories.
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Here's a sampling of other coverage:
"San Joaquin County health officials confirm cases of mumps," KFBK-AM, April 7, 2017:
"Two Pacific students diagnosed with mumps," Fox 40, April 7, 2017:
California universities gained the highest amount of donations by wealthy donors, data shows
April 7, 2017
Pacific was mentioned in an article about wealthy donors giving to California schools. The article explains that universities and colleges in California received more gifts of at least $10 million in 2016 than any other state.
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Recipe Reminiscing blog
Cooking With The Bard: Sussing Out Shakespeare's Forgotten Foods
April 9, 2017
Ken Albala, a professor of history and chair of the Food Studies program, gave insight into the culinary terms of Shakespeare's time. Albala explains that the "funeral baked meats" mentioned in Hamlet actually refers to a pastry coffin, "a coffer to keep dead people or to keep meat in."
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Capitol Weekly
A peek under the Capitol's hood
April 5, 2017
Chris Micheli, professor of law, concluded his Capitol Weekly series in this final installment dealing with the procedural myths and realities of the California Legislature.
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