Saint Anselm Monks Take Part in Pope’s Visit

May 2, 2008

Fr. Anselm, Abbott Matthew, and Fr. Benard attended the Papal mass in Washington, D.C. in mid-April.Four monks from Saint Anselm took part in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI when he came to the United States for six days in mid-April. Read more

New Residence, Fitness Center Coming

April 18, 2008

fitness centerSaint Anselm College will build a new residence hall, fitness center and academic space in a $14 million construction and renovation program that will begin this spring, announced college President Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. Read more

Tinashe Mufute ’09 Discusses the Crisis in His Native Zimbabwe

March 4, 2008

Tinashe MufuteRobert Mugabe came to power in 1980, a hero of the guerilla war that won his new country of Zimbabwe independence from white rule. For politics major Tinashe Mufute ‘09, Mugabe was “my Dr. King, my Gandhi, my Nelson Mandela.”

In a recent talk at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, however, Mufute recounted how the freedom Mugabe promised was an illusion and the man “we loved so much would be the cause of pain for my family and all of Zimbabwe.”

After winning its independence, Zimbabwe was welcomed by the international community as “a beacon of democracy in Africa,” Mufute said. Its agriculture helped feed the region, whites were embraced as fellow citizens by the black-led government, and the country enjoyed a sense of purpose and optimism.

Mufute’s parents worked in the new government, along with his aunt, who had fought in the war for liberation while she was pregnant. It was a proud part of Mufute family lore that Mugabe took Tinashe in his arms as a baby during a rally in 1988. Tinashe’s father attended state dinners, and the prime minister attended family weddings.

But the promise of democracy vanished as Mugabe seized greater power. Accounts of brutality and corruption began coming to light, and life became dangerous for white Zimbabweans and anyone who publicly disagreed with Mugabe. Eventually, white farmers were forced violently from their land, and the agriculture and economy failed. Millions of people are starving in Zimbabwe today.

“To live in Zimbabwe is to live in fear,” Mufute said.

Mufute and his parents joined the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, putting themselves at risk of beatings and worse by the thugs who enforce Mugabe’s ban on dissidence.

Tinashe himself was beaten after he donned an MDC t-shirt at his boarding school, and he and his friends blew the whistles that are a symbol of the opposition party. Attackers put bars of soap in socks and beat the students in the middle of the night.

Mufute was 14 years old when his parents brought him to New York to live with his brother. He enrolled at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark and then Saint Anselm. His parents now live in Fairfax, Va.

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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.”

Student Mock Primary Makes Obama, Romney Winners

November 28, 2007

Watch the WBZ-TV Mock Primary VideoIf Saint Anselm students were to choose the parties’ presidential contenders, the 2008 race would be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That was the result of a campus-wide mock primary that drew 562 student ballots Nov. 28. It was the earliest known, large-scale mock primary vote to occur in the state.

Obama was the biggest overall winner with 151 votes. Hillary Clinton came in third overall and second among Democrats with 80 votes. Romney was the second-best vote getter overall with 83 votes. Rudy Guiliani was the runner up Republican, taking 72 votes.

In all, 176 student voters indicated they intend to participate in the New Hampshire Primary on Jan. 8.

New Hampshire’s First “First-in-the-Nation-Primary” Student Primary was organized by the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors at the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Mock NH Primary VotePrior to the voting, students had the opportunity to meet many of the candidates in person. The Institute of Politics is a stop on the campaign trail for many presidential contenders, and CNN held presidential debates on campus in June. ABC will air back-to-back debates from the college Jan. 5.

Results from the Saint Anselm College Mock Primary are:

Republican Candidates

Democratic Candidates:

Photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08

Media Coverage: WBZ-TV | Union Leader

Paul Manuel Talks Politics on CBS

September 4, 2007

Paul Manuel on CBS Evening News and The Early ShowPaul Manuel, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, helped put presidential politics in perspective for CBS News, which was in New Hampshire covering the heavy campaign traffic over the Labor Day weekend.

He appeared the CBS News Sunday evening, Sept. 2, and on The Early Show Monday morning, Sept. 3.

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