Billboard Highlights College’s Role in Presidential Politics

April 27, 2007

Saint Anselm College's New Billboard at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

The next time you visit the baggage claim area at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, keep an eye out for Saint Anselm College’s new billboard.

As is typical during a presidential primary season, we have chosen to capitalize on the college’s access and expertise with regard to candidates and campaigns. We hope that this design captures the theme of “political theater” and invites the public to join the excitement on campus.

The new billboard will be in place in May.

Debate Team Earns 7th Place Showing in National Tournament, Keeps 10-Year Streak Alive

April 26, 2007

Saint Anselm College Debate TeamThe Saint Anselm College Debate Team earned a seventh place showing out of 23 schools at this year’s Lincoln Douglas Debate held during the National Forensic Tournament, April 19-23, at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia.

All told, 575 students from 80 schools from across the nation participated in the tournament, which included multiple events in addition to the Lincoln Douglas Debate.

Saint Anselm sophomore Daniel Scholfield (Albuquerque, N.M.) was the third seed after the six preliminary rounds out of 110 debaters, before losing in the octafinals (round of 16). For his efforts, Scholfield was also awarded a ninth place speaker award. Speaker awards are based on speaker points, while the overall seeding is based on wins and losses.

After reaching the round of 32, Scolfield defeated Joyce Meng from the University of Pennsylvania. Then in the round of 16, he lost on a 3-0 decision to Joel Heschmeyer of Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas.

Saint Anselm College has had at least one debater reach the round of 32 for the past 10 years — an impressive accomplishment.

The other debaters representing Saint Anselm included Ryan Ollis ’08, Michael Pirrello ’07, and Nicole Thorspecken ’09. Given the team’s great showing, they are very excited as they look ahead to next year.

The team was accompanied by alumna Jessica Foster ’06, who assisted with judging at the tournament. Foster is a legal assistant in Boston at a patents law firm and spent the whole week with the team.

Saint Anselm Debate Coach Dave Trumble, in addition to coaching his team to another great showing, was one of five judges for the final round panel, which judged a 3-2 decision for Creighton University over Western Kentucky University.

Photo: Saint Anselm Debate Team (L to R): Daniel Scholfield ‘09, Michael Pirrello ‘07, Jessica Foster ‘06 (aluma assistant), Dave Trumble (coach), Nikki Thorspecken ‘09, and Ryan Ollis ‘08

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Gov. Mike Huckabee Discusses Health Care With Nursing Students

April 23, 2007

Gov. Mike HuckabeeAfter starting his day with a 5K “fun run” with supporters in downtown Manchester, republican presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee discussed health care with nursing students. He visited Saint Anselm College on April 17.

Gov. Huckabee spoke about the nation’s health crisis as well as his own experience losing 110 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes. “If I can regain my own health, so can this country, but this country better do it in a hurry,” said Huckabee, who wrote about his experience in his book Quit Digging Your Own Grave With a Knife and Fork.

Huckabee spoke about a healthcare system that is broken. “We have a completely upside-down healthcare system in this country where we train doctors to treat disease, not prevent it, and reimburse people to be sick, not well.”

He also focused on childhood obesity and what he called a pandemic that is killing kids. “We’re raising the first generation of kids who won’t live as long as their parents or grandparents,” said Huckabee.

He urged students to “go change the stinking system and make it right,” but cautioned that real change would happen over a generation, not in a four-year presidential term. Huckabee cited changing attitudes toward seat-belt use, litter, smoking, and drunk driving as examples of how societal views have change over time.

In the short term, he advocates making health care less expensive by enacting medical liability reform, shifting to electronic medical records, making health insurance policies more portable, and helping people open health savings accounts.

Often displaying a great sense of humor and wit, Huckabee described his own efforts to stay healthy by offering two nutrition rules: “If it comes through a car window, it’s not food. And if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food, it’s a product.”

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Causes and Consequences: Douglas Brinkley’s Overview of Hurricane Katrina and the Emergency Response

April 23, 2007

In this podcast we feature a recent lecture delivered by Dr. Douglas Brinkley, professor at Tulane University and author of the book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Brinkley spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 11.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley at Saint Anselm CollegeDr. Douglas Brinkley did not plan to write The Great Deluge nor did he plan to be an eye-witness to one of the greatest natural disasters that the United States has ever experienced: Hurricane Katrina. Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, shared his first-hand account of surviving the wrath and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Detailing all aspects of the hurricane, from the warnings issued prior to its catastrophic hit, to the initial reactions, to the rescue and cleanup missions-of which the nation is still in the midst-Brinkley proclaimed that “the breakdown in New Orleans was New Orleans.” Some residents simply ignored the warnings while others could not afford to acknowledge them.

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Saint Anselm Runners Conquer the Boston Marathon

April 23, 2007

Saint Anselm's Boston Marathon runners

Saint Anselm student John Harran ‘08 ran the 111th Boston Marathon for the first time April 16, crossing the finish line with a highly respectable time of four and a half hours in the worst weather conditions since 1970. Boston Athletic Association president Tom Gilk said of Monday’s race, “A day that by all accounts shouldn’t have happened” reported The Boston Globe. However, 13 years ago, at the age of nine, Harran vowed to complete the Boston Marathon as a tribute to his father, a marathon runner and member of the Boston Police Runners Club, who passed away in 1993.

Harran was just one of 20 students, two alumni, and one professor who made up the annual contingent of Saint Anselm College runners. In preparation for the long haul from Hopkinton to Boston, students trained with cross country coach and psychology professor Paul Finn. For four months the group ran on pavement and trails, building up to a long, 20 mile run and then slowly tapering before the big day. Professor Finn said this year’s group had a good combination of first timers and returners, which is “great because they help one another out.”

Harran ran the 26.2 miles in the wind and rain wearing the Marine Corp Marathon jacket that his father had worn in the same race in 1987. He said he actually picked up speed at the end of the race, never even realizing that he was crossing “heartbreak” hill because he was so focused on the crowds and the feeling of incredible accomplishment that his father had told him about so many years before. “You feel exhilarated when you push your body to the level that you have to in a marathon,” said Harran.

The group’s marathon journey once again began at the home of Trustee Michael Sullivan ‘70 and his wife, Anne-Marie, who supplied the pre-race bagels. The group then assembled at the starting line in their Saint Anselm singlets ready for the challenge that lay ahead. After all was said and done, the group met again on Tuesday for post-race ice cream at the coffee shop.

Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd Speaks with Students

April 19, 2007

Sen. Chris DoddSen. Chris Dodd joined politics and international relations students at Saint Anselm College for the NHIOP’s Primary Roast Coffee with the Candidates, on April 4.

The senior senator from Connecticut had a roundtable discussion with students about current issues and his bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Following the discussion Dodd taught Professor Fitzpatrick’s business and society class. Local media along with Connecticut news channel 8 and 30 reported on Dodd’s stop at Saint Anselm College.

Dodd shared his appreciation for New Hampshire and its voters. “I am grateful to New Hampshire and Iowa, so my voice can be heard,” Dodd said. With his fundraising low compared to Democratic frontrunners, he said New Hampshire is the place where he can relay his message to voters.

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