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Fall 2016

Video Voter Series. By the time you read this, Californians already will have decided how to vote on 17 statewide ballot propositions. Hopefully, at least some of them tuned-in to the helpful “Video Voter” series produced by students at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC. In under 3 minutes, each video presented a measure’s basic purpose, major supporters and opponents, and arguments pro and con.

Why do you love CMC? A new video spotlights sound bytes from current students describing what they most enjoy about Claremont McKenna. See it on CMC’s YouTube

New Videos from CMCtv. Get to know CMC better from students’ perspectives by dialing up CMCtv, which presents video produced, shot, and edited by students. The latest? 120 seconds with freshman President Bryan Carlen ’20 and presidential debate watch parties. See it all on CMC’s YouTube channel.

A version of graduating senior Bryn Bandt-Law ’16’s senior thesis was accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal. The article, “The Effect of Mortality Salience on Death Penalty Sentencing Decisions When the Defendant Is Severely Mentally Ill,” is co-authored by Professor of Psychology Dan Kraus, and will be published in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

Vivan Marwaha ’17 wrote an incisive opinion piece for the popular website The Hill about the rising political power of Indian-Americans. In it, Marwaha notes that Indian-Americans, who make up about 1 percent of the United States’ population according to a recent census, have been consolidating both efforts and dollars behind causes both political and social.

Alejandra Vázquez Baur ’17, co-founder of ¡Mi Gente!, a club celebrating the Latinx heritage, was interviewed on CMCtv. The club, founded last year, has hosted several events, including La Bomba de Claremont, a celebration of Latinx heritage. The video, and other videos of student life at CMC, can be viewed on CMC’s YouTube channel.

Rose Institute students Skip Wiltshire-Gordon ’19, Ellen Lempres ’18, and Caroline Peck ’18 have collaborated on a recent post exploring how federalism could affect policy for the next U.S. president, “from upcoming Supreme Court cases to contradictory state and federal laws,” Gordon writes. Links to papers by Lempres and Peck propose four possible scenarios: Should the federal government impose strict carbon standards on the states? Do Common Core Standards go too far in taking away state and local autonomy in education? Should states be allowed to legalize marijuana despite its federal status as a controlled substance? What role should the states play in health care policy?