MARK TRUAX ’09 says some of the most important parts of his college education came outside the classroom.

Take the time he arranged a 2008 Democratic Senate Primary debate televised from the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

As president of the Politics and Law Forum at Pacific, he raised the idea to the then-vice-president for University Relations, Phil Akers.

“He told me to go right ahead,” Truax said. “So I started cold-calling news directors of TV stations.”

In the end, KATU-TV carried the debate, in which Jeff Merkley, Steve Novick and two others argued about who would be the best choice to challenge the incumbent, Gordon Smith, a Republican. In the end, Merkley won the primary and the general election that fall. He continues to

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