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Pacific in the Press | May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

Quote of the Week


“You have a population that may have 14.7% unemployment, but among the youth homeless population, that’s more like a 70%, 80% or 90% unemployment rate.”

Robynne Rose-Haymer, KCRA3, May 13, 2020


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

Protecting homeless youth,” KCRA3, May 13, 2020: Robynne Rose-Haymer holds a master’s in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness from Benerd College, is a current student in the EdD in Leadership and Innovation program and is the executive director of WIND Youth Services in Sacramento, which offers homeless youth shelter, showers, Wi-Fi, food, clothes, job placement and more. Rose-Haymer was interviewed about the impact the pandemic is having on homeless youth. “Generally speaking, young people prefer to be invisible, so they’re not the type of homeless person that you would see holding a sign or sitting on the side of a road,” Rose-Haymer told the outlet. “They’re generally the young person walking down the street, holding a backpack. You wouldn’t be able to differentiate them from any other student or working individual. … You have a population that may have 14.7% unemployment, but among the youth homeless population, that’s more like a 70%, 80% or 90% unemployment rate.”

Backyard hay bale pool keeps water polo athlete training,” MSN News, May 14, 2020: Pacific student-athlete Kyra Christmas was set to compete in the Olympics with the Canadian national women’s water polo team when the games were canceled due to COVID-19. So she returned to her home in Alberta, Canada, and she and her father built a pool out of hay bales and tarps to keep her skills sharp. MSN News posted a photo gallery of Christmas using the pool.

“‘Here we go again.’ Pay cut for state workers would hammer Sacramento as it reels from shutdown,” The Sacramento Bee via the Daily Republic (Fairfield) May 14, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on the COVID-19-related economic impact on state workers. The story initially appeared in The Sacramento Bee. He said the impact will be felt the greatest in Sacramento County where the state government makes up about 20% of the total job market. “Here we go again,” Michael told The Bee. “It’s happening quick. It’s not the largest employer in town closing or mass layoffs. But this is the way recessions hit Sacramento.
“We already see households saving more and spending less,” he added. “This will reinforce that behavior. There certainly will be a decrease in discretionary spending. It’s going to make it harder on restaurants that are trying to reopen and get out of this hole. Vacations that were canceled this year won’t be made up.” The story also appeared in The Fresno Bee.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Sacramento Court Reopens for New Filings,” Courthouse News Service, May 15, 2020: McGeorge’s Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in this story on legal and governmental agencies opening up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the possible impact state budget cuts might have. “There will very likely be an avalanche of filing and that will be a challenge,” Moylan told the outlet. “Given the delays and backlogs that we’re going to already be seeing with the courts, it’s going to be particularly challenging if there is also not a sufficient budget to allow the courts to hire more people and purchase new systems.”

California siblings: 14-year-old accepted to 8 universities, 16-year-old getting his PhD,” Fox 32 (Chicago), May 12, 2020: Tiara Abraham, 14, was accepted by eight universities in California, including Pacific. The latest version of this story also mentions Pacific and includes a photo of Tiara with her parents outside Faye Spanos Concert Hall. This Fox story was used by Fox stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland, Philadelphia, Atlanta and elsewhere. Earlier versions of this story have been shared by dozens of news outlets around the world.

Good college teaching does not require sharing air with students,” SFGate.com, May 12, 2020: The Michael Hunter Schwartz Op-Ed on distance learning initially published in the San Francisco Chronicle was posted on SFGate.com. He concluded the piece with, “The bottom line is that neither in-person nor online teaching is inherently good or bad. Teachers matter. The online class I took 20 years ago was the most transformative class I have taken, and I use what I learned in that class every day. It doesn’t matter that I never met with the professor in person.” The Op-Ed piece was also shared by Paul Caron, dean of the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine, on his TaxProf Blog.

Going With the Flows: McGeorge School of Law professor Jennifer Harder on water issues, laws and uses,” Comstock’s Magazine, May 11, 2020: McGeorge’s Jennifer Harder was featured in the magazine’s water issue. “It’s also important to understand that balancing is a bit of a misnomer,” Harder told the outlet in this Q&A. “Human needs and desires are so diverse that when our decision makers — that’s either the state Water Resources Control Board, the state agency under the California Environmental Protection Agency, or a court — make a decision, we have so many desires and needs and a relative scarcity of water for certain years and certain times of years that somebody is always going to be aggrieved by the outcome. So when we say balancing, we don’t mean 50-50 outcomes, we mean that social values benefits that are supported by water have all been considered, and our accountable government institutions have made a choice about which social values to favor.”

Perfect budget storm: Virus, joblessness, weak tax receipts,” Capitol Weekly, May 13, 2020: Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was mentioned in this story that linked to an earlier Sacramento Bee story about a report written by Michael and Thomas Pogue on the expected state unemployment rate of nearly 19%.

Pete Carroll’s Greatest Moments,” Best Placed Media, May 13, 2020: The executives of a micro-targeted magazine publishing company are Pacific alumni who played football and coached with Pete Carroll ’73, ’78. In the About section, a portion of the intro reads, “Best Placed Media was founded on the principles of family, friendship and teamwork. Our executive team were all teammates at the University of the Pacific where they had the opportunity to play football for a young coach named Pete Carroll. They now have become teammates again on the Best Placed Media team.” There is an upbeat nearly 17-minute video at the bottom of the About page that appears to have been created in cooperation with the Pacific Athletic Foundation and includes images from Athletics.

Hue Jackson dismisses report about Browns, Seahawks talking Russell Wilson trade,” LarryBrownSports.com, May 15, 2020: Alumnus Hue Jackson was quoted in this story about the possibility that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson might be traded. He mentions another Pacific alumnus, Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll: “Are you kidding me? Come on now,” Jackson told the outlet. “And I know Pete Carroll pretty well. We’re both University of Pacific graduates, and we’ve talked before. I guarantee you I’ve never had that kind of conversation about his quarterback.” 

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