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Pacific in the Press | June 23, 2020

Jun 23, 2020

Quote of the Week


It’s because our community and our kids need stability and they need someone in there. I know this community. I love this community.”

Brian Biedermann, The Record, June 21, 2020


Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

Biedermann jumps into deep end as SUSD interim superintendent,” The Record, June 21, 2020: Pacific alumnus Brian Biedermann, Stockton School Unified School District interim superintendent, discussed how got the position and also explained his plans for returning to school in the fall during COVID-19 pandemic.

Community comes together to create Black Lives Matter mural,” The Record, June 19, 2020: Ameer Othman, a University of the Pacific alumnus, spearheaded the commissioning of a mural to support Black Lives Matter in Stockton.

Doctors, lawyers and anti-maskers weigh in on California mandate,” ABC 10, June 18, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs was interviewed to discuss whether Governor Newsom’s face mask mandate was legal.

Not an option: Governor orders statewide mask use amid scattered pushback,” CALmatters.org, June 18, 2020: Psychology’s Matthew Normand was quoted in this story on the state mandate to wear face coverings due to COVID-19. He told the outlet that wearing face covering is like wearing workplace safety gear. “You have to do some very intentional things to promote safety behavior, like wearing safety equipment,” he told the outlet. He said wearing—or not wearing—masks have become political because people may be influenced by whether people around them are wearing masks and what they’re saying about masks. “It also is really helpful when we see people who are in positions of authority modeling appropriate behavior, and I think we know we don’t see that much right now,” Normand said. “There’s probably no more important podium than the president’s podium, and if he had a mask on and people were standing six feet away from him consistently, that could have a very strong influence at least on the people that support him.”

DACA supporters rally in cars around California Capitol,” KCRA 3, June 18, 2020: McGeorge’s Blake Nordahl explained how Supreme Court's decision gives DACA recipients a sigh of relief, but it is not permanent protection. “The decision stated that it was not done procedurally correct and that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate explanation as to why they’re ending a program where so many people had relied on without any justification,” Nordahl said. "In order to end the program, the administration would need to provide justification as to why ending it would be appropriate."

"Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry honors 2020 graduates in virtual awards ceremony," CDA.org, June 18, 2020: Story on the virtual graduation ceremony held by Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Quoted several graduates and shares the program plans to hold an in-person ceremony when it is safe and healthy.

Teresa Bergman, ‘The Commemoration of Women in the United States’ (Routledge, 2019),” New Books Network, June 18, 2020: Communication’s Teresa Bergman was interviewed for this podcast featuring her latest book, “The Commemoration of Women in the United States.” “Bergman argues that the construction, or relocation, of a series of prominent national memorials together form a significant moment of change in the ways in which women are commemorated in the U.S.,” read a portion of the online introduction to the podcast. “The historic and present-day challenges facing such commemoration are examined, with reference to broader political debates.”

From UOP To MLB: Lefty Pitcher Lucas Sweany Signs With Minnesota Twins,” CBS 13, June 17, 2020: Former student-athlete Lucas Sweany and baseball coach Chris Rodriguez were quoted in this story about Sweany being drafted by Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. “The Twins are getting a tremendous arm and individual,” Rodriguez told the outlet. “No matter what hat he wears, Lucas will always be a part of the Tiger family.”

As some law grads prepare for an online bar exam, academic support experts offer advice,” ABAJournal.com, June 16, 2020: McGeorge’s Courtney Lee was interviewed for this story on preparing for the bar exam in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that while the exam has been postponed in California, the upside is more time to study. She urged students to start now with private bar prep and focus on building a greater understanding of laws they don’t yet comprehend. “Later, when it gets to be time to really start cramming and memorizing rules, it’s going to be a lot easier,” Lee told the outlet.

SCOTUS Rulings Explained, State Budget Negotiations,” Capital Public Radio’s Insight With Beth Ruyak, June 15, 2020: Leslie Gielow Jacobs and Larry Levine were on the show to discuss the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that a federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from workplace discrimination. “The vote hands a landmark victory to millions of LGBTQ workers across the country, who argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on sex, does not extend to claims of sexual orientation or gender identity,” reads the introduction to the online version of the story. “The nation’s High Court also decided not to hear a challenge to California’s sanctuary law; we have more on the rulings today.”

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