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Pacific in the Press | May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018


Quote of the Week

It’s really special to me to see them enjoy this moment and know all their sacrifice and devotion pays off because that’s a great lesson for life.

-- James Graham,, May 10, 2018

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

"Former Sports Star Battling Stage 4 Cancer Finally Walks Across the Stage at UOP," Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 12, 2018: Alumnus Willie Tatum Jr. '91, a former Pacific baseball and basketball player, was featured in this story. Tatum was drafted by the Red Sox in 1988 and didn't get the chance to attend commencement. Over the next few summers Tatum completed his degree, but still didn't walk. He now has stage-4 cancer and wanted to mark commencement off his bucket list and he got the chance on May 12. The story aired twice that evening.

"Former Pacific athlete walking by faith," ABC 10, May 12, 2018: Alumnus Willie Tatum Jr. '91 was featured in this story about his return to Pacific to finally participate in commencement. Tatum was drafted by the Red Sox and didn't have a chance to take part in commencement. He now has stage-4 cancer and wanted to attend May 12. His wife, Jeneen, told ABC 10 that the Pacific Family has been there throughout his illness.

"Pacific commences graduation celebration," The Record, May 13, 2018: The Class of 2018 was featured in this online photo gallery on Commencement 2018 on May 12.

"Former UOP Athlete To Get Diploma Nearly 30 Years after Graduating," Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 9, 2018: Alumnus Willie Tatum Jr. '91 spoke in this story about his time at Pacific and his desire to walk across the stage at commencement. Tatum, who earned his degree in 1991, was drafted by the Red Sox in 1988 and never had the opportunity to participate in commencement ceremonies. Tatum now has stage-4 cancer and participated in several ceremonies on May 12.

"University of the Pacific graduation," ABC 10 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 12, 2018: The Class of 2018 was featured in this short story about commencement.

"Athletics Unlimited Sports Standout: Pacific women's water polo making waves," (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), May 10, 2018: Student-athlete Rachel Krieger '18 and women's water polo coach James Graham were featured in this story about the team's chances in the NCAA tournament. Of the team, the online version of the story reads: "When water polo coach James Graham took over the women's team in 2013, the Tigers finished with a 16-16 record and ranked 20th in the nation. This year, the Tigers closed out the regular season with an 18-7 record, going 7-0 in GCC play, and sitting behind some of the legacy programs in the women's water polo rankings at seventh. This was a year of improvement for the Pacific women's water polo team. Not only did the Tigers go undefeated in their league for the first time in program history, they beat perennial power Michigan in all three matchups this season."

"Dr. Davida Coady, Medical Missionary, Is Dead at 80," The New York Times, May 11, 2018: The obituary of alumna Davida Coady '60 noted that she attended then College of the Pacific, studying music at first and then changing to chemistry. She was an activist pediatrician with a passion for public health that led her to treat impoverished people in Africa, Central America and Asia, and then helping addicts recover from substance abuse. Her memoir was quoted: "One thing about third-world medicine is that there isn't a lot of fuss made over specialties and credentials. If you're a doctor, you're every kind of doctor." The obituary was printed in newspapers around the world.

"What drives people to make wine?," Decanter, June 2018: History's Ken Albala and his "Food: A Cultural Culinary History" podcast were featured in this commentary. Of Albala the author writes: "In it he describes how food, and our drive to obtain it, has been a catalyst to pretty much every stage of human development, from our earliest moves towards speech and standing upright, to the growth of modern warfare. Yeast makes an early entry, as you can imagine, with Albala telling us that the recent obsession with bacteria-free households is completely at odds with how we've developed." The story appeared on other online outlets.

"The Great Kalespiracy,", May 9, 2018: A quote attributed to History's Ken Albala was reused in this story about kale and how it became so popular, despite a few flaws. "The story is really simple," Albala originally told National Geographic about how it became such a hot seller so quickly. "One woman said, 'I'll get everyone to eat kale.'"

"Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From?," Atlas Obscura, May 10, 2018: History's Ken Albala is quoted in this story about seafood and cheese. A ban on mixing the two was a medical prohibition long ago and food was used to balance the four humors, or bodily fluids of black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood. "Cheese digests very slowly and would hamper the transformation of the fish, which very easily corrupts," Albala told Atlas Obscura. "That is, it would go bad long before it could be fully broken down. And then that corrupt fish would be forced into the liver, be transformed into corrupt blood and ruin the entire digestive process."

"Students run health fairs," Fox 40's Studio40, May 7, 2018: Pharmacy's Raj Patel and student-pharmacist Emily Hou '19 appeared on this morning show for a segment on the student-run Medicare Part D health fairs across Northern California and a partnership with Kaiser Permanente. Hou spoke about the importance of using what she learns at Pacific at her job with Kaiser.

"Ode to a deadly highway," The Record, May 13: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this commentary about state Highway 99 and its importance to the region. He said the north-south freeway is important to Stockton and the rest of San Joaquin County, but not as important as it once was since the region tends to look to the west. "The connectivity to other areas has become more important to Stockton and San Joaquin County than to the rest of the San Joaquin Valley," Michael told The Record. "So maybe 99's not as vital as it was a generation ago. But it's still important."

"Alex Obert (USA): 'This kid is a unique player',", May 8, 2018: Alumnus Alex Obert '16 and water polo coach James Graham were interviewed for this feature about Obert's rise as a top water player in the world. "It was a huge milestone for everyone, a huge sense of pride," Graham told of Obert's appearance in the Olympics along with fellow Pacific grad Balazs Erdelyi. "It's a great story. It's one of those stories you enjoy hearing about in the Olympics - the player who came from humble beginnings, maybe overlooked, then through his own determination takes an unlikely route to the top. It makes us feel very proud we were a part of that journey. I know Alex was extremely proud to represent UOP at the Olympics." The story was shared on other sports websites and blogs.

"Local Roundup: Pacific's Graham named Golden Coast coach of the year," The Record, May 11, 2018: James Graham, coach of the women's and men's water polo team, for the second year straight was named the Golden Coast Conference Women's Water Polo Coach of the Year. A portion of the story reads: "This is Graham's second coach of the year award as he led the Tigers to back-to-back GCC tournament championships as well as the program's first undefeated streak in conference with a record of 7-0."

"UOP commencement ceremonies to include nearly 2,000 graduates," Central Valley Business Journal, May 11, 2018: Pam Eibeck and graduating student Nasser Saleh '18 were quoted in this story about this year's graduating class. "The education I received and experience I gained at Pacific helped me discover a passion that I did not know existed in a field where I can directly improve people's lives," said Saleh, of Stockton, whose career will be in research and development engineering, designing heart valve therapies. "I used to dream of pointing to parts on cars that I designed, but now I dream of someday pointing to someone's heart and knowing that I worked on the device that keeps it beating."

"German puffs," Rare Cooking blog, May 11, 2018: History's Ken Albala was mentioned in this entry about German puffs and Dutch Baby pancakes. Albala's book "Pancake: A Global History" was citied and a passage used: "Another distinction must be made with the variety of souffle known as Yorkshire pudding, or in the U.S., popovers, which is made with a batter very smilier to that of the pancake, but usually with a greater proportion of eggs, This is always baked in a mould to achieve supreme puffiness rather than the flatness of a pancake. Yorkshire pudding anointed by drippings, and the perversely named 'Dutch Baby' or German pancakes (Dutch here meaning Deutsch) must be set aside."

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