Category Archives: University of the Pacific

What’s in the name?

An aptronym is an apt name that is especially descriptive of or suited to a person. Like someone with the last name of Docter who’s a physician or firefighter named Blaze. My name, in its shortened form, is an aptronym. If you say it quickly, Cliff Oto, it sounds like “Cliff Photo.” I don’t think […]

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Jumping in to Fall

Fall officially arrives on September 23, but University of the Pacific music majors Carey McComeys, of Draper, Utah, and Nick Joven of Gilroy got a jump on autumn, literally. I was cruising the UOP campus looking for an enterprise feature picture, as I am wont to do, but not really finding anything. I was about […]

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Tetris

Do you remember the old computer/video game of Tetris? In the game colorful bricks in various shapes descended down a vertical screen and the player had to orient and arrange them as they fell. Aligning the bricks in a continuous row across the screen eliminated them and made room for more bricks. It sounds easier […]

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Rain or shine

Stockton Port’s Murphy Smith throws against the Inland Empire 66ers during a game at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200). “…Football is played in any kind of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, hail and mud. Can’t read numbers on the field, can’t […]

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Differences

Pacific’s Michael Nunnally goes to the hoop against Cal’s Max Zhang during a game against Cal’s at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200). University of the Pacific’s Jennifer Fath goes to the hoop against USF’s Donnisha Taylor during […]

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Blocked

Pacific’s Demetrece Young guards Cal’s Jerome Randle during a men’s basketball game at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: 70-200mm @ 150mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/4.5. ISO: 200 w/ Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200). A lunge for a steal, a swat for a block, reach for a rebound, in the game […]

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Bring on da noise

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. f/2.8 w Elinchrome strobes. ISO: 200) The University of the Pacific men’s basketball team played UC Berkeley in a game at the Stockton Arena in a game billed as the Stockton Showcase. It’s first home game outside of UOP’s own Spanos Center since 1981, […]

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Blue man group

(Camera: Nikon: D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 3200) During the University of the Pacific Women’s volleyball season finale against the U.C. Davis Aggies at UOP’s Spanos Center, the Pacific men’s volleyball team showed up to show support. Part of that backing entailed blue paint. UOP’s Natalia Tomaszewska spikes the ball […]

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Alternate universes

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 55mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) I remember the original Star Trek series where a transporter malfunction causes some of the crew of the Enterprise to exchange places with dopplegangers from an evil alternate universe. You know the one, where the bad Spock had a goatee […]

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Catch of the day

University of the Pacific students pick up trash during a clean-up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300.Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 120mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200). The University of the Pacific has a cool program called MOVE (Mountains, Oceans, Valley Experience). Incoming freshmen (more than 900 this year) participate in […]

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