SIFE Advances to National Competition

April 4, 2008

SIFEThe Saint Anselm College SIFE Chapter (Students in Free Enterprise) won the SIFE Northeast Regional Championship on April 1 in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more

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.

Interview with CNN’s Lucy Spiegel on Debate Preparations

May 31, 2007

Cnn Debate Set-upSaint Anselm College is buzzing with excitement as it prepares for the upcoming debates. This morning I visited the Sullivan Arena to find CNN and N.H. regional crews hard at work to create what is expected to be a beautiful set.

As I stood watching all the action, there were three rounds of lights raised to the ceiling, a podium set up, and the 40-foot backdrop frame completely assembled in front of my eyes. Several large red and white vinyl cubes sat like gigantic blocks waiting to be added to the skeleton-like frame.

While seats and platforms were also set up I managed to speak with CNN’s Vice President of Weekend Public Affairs programs, Lucy Spiegel, about the stage and her role in the debate planning process.

To hear interview with Lucy Spiegel, click on the audio file included with this post.

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Saint Anselm Runners Conquer the Boston Marathon

April 23, 2007

Saint Anselm's Boston Marathon runners

Saint Anselm student John Harran ‘08 ran the 111th Boston Marathon for the first time April 16, crossing the finish line with a highly respectable time of four and a half hours in the worst weather conditions since 1970. Boston Athletic Association president Tom Gilk said of Monday’s race, “A day that by all accounts shouldn’t have happened” reported The Boston Globe. However, 13 years ago, at the age of nine, Harran vowed to complete the Boston Marathon as a tribute to his father, a marathon runner and member of the Boston Police Runners Club, who passed away in 1993.

Harran was just one of 20 students, two alumni, and one professor who made up the annual contingent of Saint Anselm College runners. In preparation for the long haul from Hopkinton to Boston, students trained with cross country coach and psychology professor Paul Finn. For four months the group ran on pavement and trails, building up to a long, 20 mile run and then slowly tapering before the big day. Professor Finn said this year’s group had a good combination of first timers and returners, which is “great because they help one another out.”

Harran ran the 26.2 miles in the wind and rain wearing the Marine Corp Marathon jacket that his father had worn in the same race in 1987. He said he actually picked up speed at the end of the race, never even realizing that he was crossing “heartbreak” hill because he was so focused on the crowds and the feeling of incredible accomplishment that his father had told him about so many years before. “You feel exhilarated when you push your body to the level that you have to in a marathon,” said Harran.

The group’s marathon journey once again began at the home of Trustee Michael Sullivan ‘70 and his wife, Anne-Marie, who supplied the pre-race bagels. The group then assembled at the starting line in their Saint Anselm singlets ready for the challenge that lay ahead. After all was said and done, the group met again on Tuesday for post-race ice cream at the coffee shop.

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