Tinashe Mufute ‘09 Offers First Hand Account of the Crisis in Zimbabwe

February 26, 2008

Tinashe MufuteTinashe Mufute ’09 thought he was leaving for a brief visit home when his father picked him up at boarding school in late 2001.

Mufute was 14 years old and already active in opposition politics in his native Zimbabwe. Increasingly, however, the government of Robert Mugabe was fighting dissidence with prison, beatings, torture and death. Young people were not exempt from the violence. So instead of returning to his boarding school outside of Harare, Mufute found himself on a plane to New York to live with his older brother. He enrolled at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark and because of the kindness shown by the monks there, decided to attend Saint Anselm as a politics major.

Hear him discuss his and his families’ experiences Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the NHIOP Reading Room. The event is hosted by the Center for International Affairs and sponsored by the Black Student Coalition

Today, his parents live Fairfax, Va., and continue their opposition to the dictatorial rule of Mugabe, someone they once considered a hero for ending colonial rule. His father, an accountant, is a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and returns to Zimbabwe from time to time.

Mufute still considers Zimbabwe home, although he has returned only once since leaving for New York. He majored in politics with the idea that he may someday return and help the opposition. But he is not sure when that will come to pass.

“To live in Zimbabwe today is to live in fear.” he said. “Millions of people are starving. Things are very tough.”

Jennifer Odell ‘96 on the Today Show

February 20, 2008

Jennifer Odell '96On February 12, the Today Show featured Saint Anselm alumna Jennifer Odell ‘96 in an interview with weather and feature reporter, Al Roker. Read more

Abbey Players Mark 25 Years with Shenanigans

February 8, 2008

Cast of Soap OperaSaint Anselm College’s Abbey Players proudly present this year’s 25th One Act Play Festival, entitled Shenanigans, performed February 7-9 at the Dana Center. Read more

Incarceration in New England

February 1, 2008

Thursday, Jan. 31, editor and author, Russ Immariegon, spoke to a large crowd in the Chapel Art Center. The lecture was just one of many as “The Incarceration Epidemic: Justice for Whom?” series is now in full swing.

Immarigeon’s lecture, entitled “Challenging the Overuse of Incarceration in New England” discussed the characteristics of prisons and incarceration throughout the six New England states. Although Immarigeon says that all the states differ, he stresses that often the socio-economic characteristics are similar and fairly predictable, as are the issues which tend to be mental health, poverty, housing and education, and trauma.

It seemed Immarigeon’s reoccurring question of “why are these women in prison” echoed throughout his lecture, highlighting that the New England states have more women in the system than they need. His opinion clearly lay in finding other options for incarceration such as jail diversion programs.

The speaker’s history in research and his current position as an informed editor placed him in a unique situation to offer an informed opinion of what the general public can do to help New Hampshire’s criminal justice system.

A nationally known expert on issues related to women and girls in the criminal justice system, Immarigeon is also the editor of Women, Girls, and Criminal Justice. He has served as a policy analyst for such groups as the Massachusetts Council for Public Justice, the Maine Council of Churches, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.