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Press Release: Pace University Students Share Experiences Working for the Associated Press on Election Night


Press Release: Pace University Students Share Experiences Working for the Associated Press on Election Night

Pace’s downtown campus was one of four AP election results tally centers around the country allowing students to participate in historic night

NEW YORK (December 3, 2018)—Pace University’s downtown campus became a hub of election newsgathering activity in New York on November 6 for the Associated Press (AP). Pace was one of four sites around the country selected by the AP to tally results. Pace students had the unique chance to train and work election night alongside AP staffers. They tabulated and verified results from 15 states, including Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Indiana, and Kentucky, among others.

News outlets in the United States and around the world rely on the AP to monitor and receive verified election results through a subscription. The Associated Press, with help from Pace students, pulled results from 230 different stations across the 15 states.

Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, visited students on election night and shared his thoughts. “Working for the Associated Press on election night is a perfect Pace University experience. We give our students the opportunity to combine real-world experiences with their academic instruction, so they’re prepared for the evolving job market when the graduate—and they get to do that in the most exciting metropolitan area in the world, with extraordinary access to great organizations like the AP.”

Voter turnout soared around the country which made this election particularly momentous. Pace students assisted in event tabulation, verification and election coordinator assistance. Specific duties included copy editing, taking calls from AP stringers across the nation and inputting information into databases, and placing and answering calls to county clerk offices around the nation for up-to-date results.

“I started off doing the election results tabulation process and the election coordinator assistance job,” said Pace Lubin School of Business student, Siena Schraml. “All of the states I got were purple states so it was a really cool experience because we didn’t know what was going to happen with the results. We were on our toes the whole time!”

Dyson College of Arts and Science student Carlos J. Pacheco-Lentz worked as an election coordinator assistant and loved seeing democracy in action. “It’s amazing to have a first-hand look at democracy. It makes you appreciate more the importance of freedom and democracy in this country. It was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I come from a small town called Yauco in Puerto Rico and never in my dreams did I think I was going to be working for the Associated Press in New York City.”

Lulu Chu of Pace’s Lubin School of Business said the experience helped her with future career pursuits. “In terms of my career path, I actually do plan on pursuing a career in public administration and politics. Currently, I'm working with non-profits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City to further my knowledge about local communities and charity work, but someday I hope to work on a political campaign as a manager or work in a sector of the government that gives back to communities in countries that are struggling with poverty. I think that this experience will help me further these pursuits because it helps me understand on a deeper level how our government works.”

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials.