Pacific in the Press | Nov. 6, 2018

Pacific in the Press | Nov. 6, 2018

Quote of the Week

"The food court gives them a sense of what cities used to be, a place to interact with vendors when businesses were mom and pop." 

Ken Albala, Vox, Oct. 30, 2018

"Film shows George Moscone opening door to a new San Francisco,"  San Francisco Chronicle, Oct, 29, 2018: Pacific alumnus, former state senator and former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone '53 and Pacific President Pamela Eibeck were mentioned in this commentary highlighting the documentary film Pacific produced honoring Moscone, "Moscone: A Legacy in of Change." The film was screened on each of Pacific's campuses and this commentary was about the second showing that was held on the San Francisco Campus. Eibeck gave the welcoming remarks that highlighted Moscone's activism as a student.

"George Moscone was a trailblazer. A new documentary reminds California just how much," The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 2, 2018: Pacific President Pamela Eibeck and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg co-authored a commentary about alumnus, former state senator and former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone '53. "We must learn from Moscone's example and work to right the injustices that are still present in our world," they wrote in The Bee. "With political bickering and gamesmanship flooding the national dialogue today, it is time for Moscone to be recognized for the statesman and voice for diversity he was."

"Challenging Dianne Feinstein from the left, Kevin de León has struggled. But is he just ahead of his time?," The San Diego Union-Tribune," Nov. 2, 2018: Political science's Keith Smith was quoted in this Los Angeles Times story distributed to several news outlets, including The Virginian-Pilot. "He is emblematic of where activists in the Democratic Party are at this moment, and where voters in the Democratic Party are likely to be in the future," Smith said of de León. Smith added that Feinstein would have to become incredibly unpopular with her base for de León to win. "If it wasn't for them being dissatisfied, we wouldn't even have Kevin de León," Smith said.

"Food halls are everywhere now. It's because we crave 'authenticity'," Vox, Oct. 30, 2018: History's Ken Albala was quoted in this story about the growing popularity of food halls. Unlike food courts, the halls provide a taste of the city's best food. "People are generally fed up with American culture writ large, which is corporate and absurdly homogenized," Albala told Vox. "Today you can go to a Whole Foods anywhere in the country and it's exactly the same. Food halls give people a sense of place in a country that's increasingly felt uprooted and lost. The food court gives them a sense of what cities used to be, a place to interact with vendors when businesses were mom and pop."  

"Q&A: Can president end birthright citizenship by executive order?" KCRA3, Oct. 30, 2018: McGeorge's Leslie Gielow Jacobs participated in this Q&A about President Trump's authority when it comes to the U.S. Constitution. In response to whether he can change the 14th Amendment, she said, "He doesn't have the authority, unilaterally, to issue an executive order that changes either what's in a statute or what's in the Constitution."  

"Former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Marv Levy to Receive AFCA's Amos Alonzo Stagg Award," KCENTV, Oct. 30, 2018: Former College of the Pacific football head coach Amos Alonzo Stagg was mentioned in this article about the next winner of an award named in his honor. The award "is named in honor of a man who was instrumental in founding the (American Football Coaches Association) in the 1920s. He is considered one of the great innovators and motivating forces in the early development of the game of football. The plaque given to each recipient is a replica of the one given to Stagg at the 1939 AFCA Convention in tribute to his 50 years of service to football."  

"Cracking the Corwin Conundrum and Other Mysteries Regarding Shareholder Approval of Mergers and Acquisitions," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Oct. 31, 2018: This post is based on McGeorge's Franklin Gevurtz's paper about the litigation that may occur between shareholders and board members over mergers and acquisitions and the problems that may arise. He writes, "Simple policy might suggest that shareholders okaying a corporate merger or sale should radically reduce, if not eliminate, the willingness of a court to say that directors breached their duty to the shareholders in saying yes to the deal."  

"United Way names Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle as new president/CEO," The Record, Oct.31, 2018: Alumna and an organizer of the Advancing Women's Leadership forum held at Pacific Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle '81, '88 was featured in this article about her new position as the president and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County. "It seemed like the right fit for me," she told The Record. "I have long been inspired by the United Way because it has such a broad reach in the community. It serves a number of nonprofits." Andy Prokop, a Pacific supporter and predecessor, was also mentioned.

"How California initiatives went from "power to the people" to a big money game," WVIK, Oct. 31, 2018: McGeorge's Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in this story about the difficulties of getting an initiative on the ballot. "The realities of the initiative process today are that if you don't have money, you won't be able to get a statute or a constitutional amendment through," said Moylan. "It really is so expensive."  

"Pacific Opera Follies to showcase songs from America's songbook," The Record, Oct. 31, 2018: Voice performance major Taylor Carnes '19 and the Conservatory's Jim Haffner was quoted in this story about how the Pacific Opera Follies allow students to explore their talent as singers and actors. "It's a very strong pedagogical tool for us," Hafner said. "We're able to teach a style and have significant conversations about acting and how to perform a song in theater without taking on the whole production. ... The focus is on the musical style and dramatic choices. We give them an opportunity to hone those skills without the extra stress of costumes and makeup."  

"Community Spirit: Douglass Eberhardt,", Nov. 1, 2018: Alumnus and former Regent Douglass Eberhardt '59 and the Eberhardt School of Business' Student Investment Fund were featured in this story. Eberhardt, chairman and CEO of Bank of Stockton, the Eberhardt family and the Bank of Stockton started the fund in 2007 with a $1 million donation so that students would have real-world experience investing money in the U.S. stock market. "When I was young, I only wish someone had let me have the chance to invest money and had a class in it," Eberhardt told "There are classes that may teach you about all kinds of investments, but they don't teach you about how to invest." The fund also teaches students about philanthropy with a requirement that the fund donate to specific Pacific programs each year. Since 2007 it has given back $1 million to the university.