Live from Alumni Hall: “Face the Nation”

August 26, 2007

Bob Schieffer and Sen. John EdwardsSaint Anselm College served as host today for a live broadcast of CBS’s Face the Nation. The first-floor of Alumni Hall was abuzz this morning with excitement as the Face the Nation crew took over the main lobby of the Admission Office for the show’s production.

The day began shortly after 7 a.m. as Bob Schieffer shot the program’s morning promo, show intro, and commentary from the Quad with Alumni Hall as the backdrop.

Watch the Face the Nation VideoAll this took place as students returned to campus for the start of the academic year on Monday.

To give you a sense of all that took place during CBS’s time on campus, we’ve uploaded photos to our Flickr photo stream. Thanks to student photographer Alex Witkowicz for supplying us with photos of the day’s event.

If you missed the airing of today’s Face the Nation, video of the program is available on the CBS News Web site.

Top photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08

An “Only at Saint Anselm College” Moment…

August 25, 2007

School hasn’t even begun yet, but the on campus activity has already picked up, both with students, and Presidential aspirants.

 Sunday, CBS News will broadcast a live interview from Alumni Hall with Senator John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth. Although the interview will take place while a majority of the student population of Saint A’s is just returning to campus and starting to move into their residence for the academic year, a number of students have arrived early to assist with the broadcast - myself included.

After speaking with CBS News producers in Washington on Friday, I met with Saint Anselm staff, and other students to set our schedules for the weekend. Although the CBS crew would be setting up on Saturday, students were not scheduled to report for duties until Sunday morning. With this plan, I went about my day, greeting new students during a round-robin orientation in the morning, and helping my roommate move in early in the afternoon.

And then my cell phone rang.

Bob Schieffer and his producer were on the road in Manchester, but had become lost in Manchester with some confusing directions provided by their hotel to get to the college. After speaking on the phone with Mr. Schieffer’s producer, I was able to figure out where they were, and drive to their location. Upon locating their car, and escorting them onto the Saint Anselm College campus, we met briefly with the on-site technical crew before I returned them to their hotel for a busy afternoon of preparations.

I soon arrived back on campus, and reported to the Alumni Hall office where the interview would be set. The crew had placed their cameras, lights and audio equipment but were lacking a few pieces of furniture needed to “fill out” the shot. With a shopping list in hand of: academic books, a lamp, a few end tables and flowers, I set out to do my best. My first stop was none other than the Presidents office where not only did I find our College President working, but also found everything on my list! With the assistance of the crew, Father Jonathan and I relocated several items from his office to the interview set which will be seen in the background during the broadcast on Sunday morning.

…And so goes just another day in the amazing experience that is the Presidential Primary season; only at Saint Anselm college…

CBS’s “Face the Nation” to Broadcast Live From Saint Anselm College This Sunday, Aug. 26

August 23, 2007

Face the Nation at Saint Anselm CollegeSaint Anselm College is pleased to host Bob Schieffer and the CBS News crew for a special live broadcast of Face the Nation, this Sunday, August 26.

Sen. John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth are this week’s guests on the program that will air from Alumni Hall beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Check your local CBS listings for schedule information and be sure to tune in! Then visit the Saint Anselm College Blog for behind-the-scenes photos and reports following the program.

Sen. John Edwards and His Wife ElizabethFor viewers in the Manchester, N.H. or Boston area, Face the Nation can be seen on WBZ-TV 4.

* This will be a closed broadcast and not filmed with a live audience; no tickets will be issued.

Jennifer Donahue: McCain Understands the Granite State

August 23, 2007

Jennifer Donahue on CNNIn a recent opt-ed published in the Boston Globe, Jennifer Donahue, NHIOP senior advisor for political affairs, wrote about Sen. John McCain’s chances in New Hampshire given the recent shake up in his campaign staff.

“Senator John McCain just spent two weekends in a row in New Hampshire. Unlike some of the candidates who didn’t run in 2000, he understands two important things about the state’s presidential primary contest. One is the importance of the August before the primary. In August 1999, McCain solidified his base in New Hampshire, while George W. Bush all but ignored the state. McCain won the primary, though not the nomination.

The other thing McCain knows is that New Hampshire gives supposedly faltering front-runners a chance to come back. By campaigning intensely in the state, Al Gore effectively stamped Bill Bradley out in August 1999. Similarly, as insurgent Howard Dean focused on Iowa over New Hampshire in August 2003, John Kerry faced frustrated voters in New Hampshire — and ended up winning.

What McCain has in common this year with Gore and Kerry is that the press anointed all three as front-runners before the campaign began. The expectations for such “early favorites” are often based on polls taken so early that only the candidates with existing name recognition place well.

These expectations are also impossible to meet. As obscure candidates become known and gain a little ground in the polls, it suddenly looks as though the front-runner is in free fall. The money race is then affected by the press coverage and poll numbers, which make it harder for the “early favorites” to raise funds.”

To read Jennifer Donahue’s opt-ed in its entirety, visit www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/08/21/mccain_understands_granite_state.

Photo by Doug Minor

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