More Than Snow Covers Campus
January 3, 2008
The Fox Box appeared on the Saint Anselm College Quad as students were finishing their finals last semester. As I left school not much had changed. However, when I returned a few days ago the campus is now playing host to ABC and Fox. This does not mean that these news teams were simply using our buildings. Students and staff all have roles to play.
In the Dana Center, Marcia Burns, Bob Shea, and Joe Deleault are hard at work getting ready for the ABC debates on Saturday. Tickets need to be sorted. When the audience arrives the tickets need to get to the right people.
Security has to control parking. Usually around this time of year the security crew considers these weeks a break. With all of the students home for the holidays, the campus is quiet. With the New Hampshire Primary this year that all changes. Some security guards who normally work overnights switch to working days. Some may even have the chance to work with Secret Service.
The Dining Services staff has the important role of keeping the work crews well fed. And with that, turning on a dime with grace to fulfill unexpected requests like pulling together a buffet-style dinner today for the ABC crew with just two hours notice. Even the president’s private dining room in Davison is being utilized as temporary ABC office space.
Students are working as stand-ins and runners for ABC. As stand-ins they must learn the traits of the candidate they are playing. After the rehearsals each student will become a personal runner for the same candidate. Other students are busy working for Fox News preparing for their New Hampshire Primary coverage much of which will originate from the college beginning this weekend. The normally quiet Cushing Center is now abuzz with Fox technicians and production crews as we wait for the Iowa Caucus to conclude and the for the arrival on January 4 of Fox News’ on-air talent.
Everyone at Saint Anselm College is working hard to be the best host to these news teams. I look forward to the future excitement to come.