The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of… People

June 3, 2007

Satellite Trucks Outside of Stoutenburgh GymnasiumT-4 hours until it all begins, and already the sights and sounds of hundreds of supporters marching around campus and shouting for their candidate are piercing through the cold rain. Yes, Saint Anselm College has come alive and finds itself, once again, smack dab in the middle of the International spotlight.

There are more wires, paper, people, signs, shouting, and cheering than I’ve ever seen on campus. There is mayhem on the Hilltop, but then again, this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.


Follow Saint Anselm Students on Archaeological Dig in Orvieto, Italy

June 3, 2007

dig photoStudents from Saint Anselm College join the University of Oklahoma Center for Classical Archaeology and Civilizations in Italy this May and June. You can follow the progress of the excavation by visiting Students will be blogging, podcasting, and posting photos regularly during the time of the dig.

The excavation project is near Castel Viscardo, a town located at the southwest edge of Umbria approximately 8 miles northwest of Orvieto. Preliminary inspection of the area indicated the remains of what seems to be a Roman villa. This ‘villa’ lies immediately at the base of the immanence on which Castel Viscardo is located.

Last season (2006) uncovered many intriguing finds which posed more questions than answers. This 2007 season will focus on expanding trenches and unearthing clues which we hope will help us to unlock the mystery of the site.

Included below are links to some recent blog posts and podcasts.

Links ›› About the Project • Podcasts • Photo Gallery • Project Blog



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Ready, Set, Go

June 3, 2007

Debate day is upon us, and in less than 24 hours the Democrats will have had their turn, and it will be time for the Republicans to take the stage.

We’ve all seen an amazing transformation executed by some pretty incredible people.  The staffs from both the college and CNN, side-by-side with some students, have worked tirelessly to make this go off without a hitch.  Well, at least without a noticeable one :-).  The grunt work has been tiresome and sometimes tedious.  We’ve worked through the blistering heat and the brutal hail.  We’ve made signs, photocopies, delivered food, picked up food, set up stages, posed as candidates, given directions, been chauffeurs, made phone calls, typed emails, and done everything in between.  We’re exhausted.  But we will continue to press on, because it will all be worth it when tomorrow we hear those much anticipated words: “Live from Saint Anselm College…”

Saint Anselm College Debate News for 2007-06-02

June 2, 2007

  • - “Campaigns Ready for New Hampshire Debates” -
  • U.S. News & World Report - “New Hampshire Fights to Keep Ahead” -
  • - “Foreign Reporters See ‘Star Power’ in Democrats” -
  • - ” New Hampshire Boasts Proud, Personal Political Tradition” -
  • - “New Hampshire GOP Battle Each Other” w/ Great photo of debate setup -
  • Seacoast Online (Portsmouth, NH) - Prof. Dean Spiliotes Quoted in article “Will Dems Play Nice at Debate?” -
  • Eagle Tribune (Mass.) - Emily Rocheleau ‘07 and Saint Anselm professor Dean Spiliotes are quoted in this article -

“Running” for CNN - Day 2

June 2, 2007

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 083.jpgOnce again, a number of Saint Anselm College students donned their “CNN - ALL ACCESS” credentials today and headed out onto campus to assist the network with their debate preparations. Several students were assigned to the debate hall while others helped guide campaign staffers through the maze of campus buildings that are being utilized for the debates. More students were utilized later in the evening for a rehearsal of the Democratic Debate to be held Sunday night.

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 014.jpgMy job today was to help staff the Quad, where two CNN satellite trucks were parked to send out stories to both CNN as we see it here in the country, and the international feed seen around the world. With Alumni Hall as a backdrop, two of CNN’s reporters broadcast live to the world as I looked on. Before each live shot, the crew would ask that I step in front of the camera, to allow for the adjusting of lighting and to frame the shot appropriately.

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 049.jpgLater in the day, the “CNN ELECTION EXPRESS” arrived on the Quad. This brand new bus will be utilized by the network in the remainder of this election cycle to serve as a mobile newsroom, visiting political hot spots around the country. In what seems like a natural fit, the bus began its trek around the country here at Saint Anselm College. It was a privilege to be one of the first people onto the bus, along with a number of CNN executives who are here on site for the debates to have a first look at what will be seen by millions in the upcoming campaign coverage.

As the work day came to a close, many of us who are working the debates returned to Sullivan Arena to check out the nearly finished set. Students were brought on stage to stand in for candidates, testing the camera angles, audio, and lighting. With ten cameras working around the set, Saint Anselm students literally took a center stage roll in the primary process.

From Hockey To Presidential Debates

June 2, 2007

Two weeks ago, Saint Anselm College hosted their commencement in the Thomas Sullivan Ice Arena. The arena was packed with graduates and their friends and family. As their walked across the stage it was hard to imagine the transformation the arena would undergo.

Perhaps, for students it is even harder to imagine that the place where many go to cheer on their favorite hockey teams, will now be used to stage a critical political event.

A small bit of irony in all this, is that the place where teams body check each other into boards, will now host an event in which candidates are sure to body check their opponents.

Note: It is Saint Anselm College, NOT Saint Anselm’s College.

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