this is actually useful; I'm assuming you're passing null for the log message here, I wonder if the logger will actually do something with a null message. Make it a habit of just logging "SomethingOrAnother didn't work so well!" when you only want to log a caught exception, just in case.
Logger.getLogger(DatabaseInit.class.getName()).log(Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
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