August 23, 2007
Saint 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.
For 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.
August 23, 2007
In 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
July 9, 2007
The Union Leader has published two articles about the college’s Colloquium on Peace, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Global Citizenship. The colloquium, which runs July 1-13, is a two-week, intensive, interdisciplinary, residential program in peace-making, non-violence, and global citizenship, rooted in the teachings of social justice. The colloquium is being held at Saint Anselm College with students participating from both Saint Anselm College and St. Mary’s University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In a June 30 article titled, “Give Peace a Chance,” the Union Leader reported:
“As Catholic colleges, both St. Mary’s and Saint Anselm, have a particular interest in promoting peace, nonviolence, reconciliation, and greater awareness of social justice,” said [Saint Anselm Professor Elaine Rizzo].
At the colloquium, students will meet with a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, learn more about Muslim perspectives on pacifism from an imam, and hear about the Irish peace process from some of the people who made it happen.
Outside of the classroom, they are planning to tour the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and attend a town meeting in Goffstown.
The four-part program begins with a unit on diversity, multiculturalism, and democracy. Saint Anselm Professor Dale Kuehne will kick it off with a lecture on “Racism: America’s Original Sin: Why Can’t We All Get Along?” In successive units, students will be immersed in the theologies and philosophies of violence and nonviolence, global citizenship, women as peacemakers, and strategies and techniques for conflict resolution.
June 18, 2007
Did you miss the original TV broadcasts of the CNN Democratic and Republican debates on June 3 and 5? CNN has made the debate coverage available to the public without restrictions - a first from a major news network.
Saint Anselm College has posted the video from the debates online for public viewing at http://saintanselm.blip.tv or you can watch the debates in the video player at the bottom of this post. Because of large file sizes, each debate is divided into four parts (Parts 1-4).
Debate Footage on CNN.com
You may also watch the debates on the CNN Web site through their video stream feed or download the debates for playback on your computer or video iPod.
- CNN Republican Debate Video - June 5, 2007
- CNN Democratic Debate Video - June 3, 2007
Saint Anselm Debate Footage
Player Directions: To skip ahead in the above player, just click the forward button. To go back, click the back button. The video starts with the democratic debates on June 3. Click the forward button four times to listen to the CNN Republican debate.
June 13, 2007
During the June 5 Republican debate, five Saint Anselm College students were interviewed in the spin room by Dick Brennan of New York City’s Fox 5 affiliate. The students (in order of appearance in the TV interview) included, Greg Wallace ‘10, Sara Kallock ‘09, Robyn Dangora ‘10, Mark Grasso ‘10, and Jen Taylor ‘10.
You can view the interview on the Fox 5 Web site at http://www.myfoxny.com. A short commercial precedes the interview.
Political Junkies: Students See What Goes on Behind the Scenes of the Debate
Elissa Rauth ‘08 and M.E. Reidy ‘07 were interviewed on June 5 by the Union Leader about their work as runners for CNN. In the article, they talk about some of the many important jobs they had during the debates from working the candidate green rooms to standing in on the CNN set for lighting, sound, and camera checks.
You can read the article at http://www.unionleader.com.
June 12, 2007
In a speech at Saint Anselm College on Monday evening, Former President Bill Clinton urged young people to address inequality by volunteering in their communities and embracing what they share in common. He spoke to more than 1,000 full-time volunteers assembled at the college for City Year’s week-long annual convention, Cyzygy 2007.
Clinton said politics needs to catch up so it can address a world that’s unequal, unstable, and unsustainable. The former president contributed some of the root causes of global inequality on stagnating wages and limited access to healthcare and instability on terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He added that the world is also on an unsustainable path with rising global temperatures and a decline in the availability of oil within the next 100 years.
On conflicts across the globe, including the genocide in Rwanda, war in Sri Lanka, and conflicts in the Middle East, Clinton stated, “the people participating in these conflicts… have decided that their differences are more important than their common humanity.” Focusing on those differences, he said, is why disagreements about oil resources or religious beliefs boil over into armed, sometimes even genocidal conflict.
Clinton spoke in Sullivan Arena, which the previous week played host to both Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls for the CNN Debates, including his wife, N.Y. Senator Hillary Clinton. A fact Clinton acknowledge in his opening remarks.
“I got a big kick out of seeing Saint Anselm splattered all over the world last week. We had the Democratic Debate here and the Republican Debate here. Now we have a guy speaking that can’t run for president anymore.”
To hear a podcast of President Bill Clinton’s speech, click on the audio file included with this post.