Window to Opportunity

January 23, 2008

Coming back on campus this semester was such a strange transition. The campus no longer held the infamous Fox Box and we could no longer enter Cushing and encounter hundreds of celebrities hanging out and having coffee. It was only on returning to campus that I fell to a very intimate, bittersweet realization- I would never have the experience of working the NH Primary debates on the Saint Anselm College campus again. It was also at this moment, though, that it really hit me how incredible of an opportunity all of us had been able to have that week, and that it would most certainly be something that we would never forget.

I’m Within Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

January 6, 2008

Six DegreesTonight, I had the opportunity to meet Viggo Mortensen, an avid supporter for Dennis Kucinich and the famous Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings films. Read more

600 Seconds, 1,000 People

January 6, 2008

GAT_6558.jpgABC News’ Susan Mitchell has the formidable task of moving one 500-person audience into the Dana Center Theater while simultaneously moving another audience of the same size and energy level out, in under 10 minutes. Mitchell, along with a group of 24 Saint Anselm College students, will control these two exuberant crowds, playing a pivotal role in the success of these debates.

In this podcast, Mitchell gives an inside view of what it really takes to make such a seemingly impossible task come to life.

 
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Chauffeurs, Actors, and Window Cleaners

January 6, 2008

Students have had the opportunity to experience first-hand, every detail that goes into putting together a production like the ABC/Facebook debates. The students have done everything, from chauffeuring news talent and candidates around the local communities, to acting as stand-ins for the debate rehearsals, to cleaning the Fox Box window so that it is pristine. This podcast follows Michael Perkins ‘10, Kate Giaquinto ‘10, and Jerry Cournoyer ‘09 as they experience what it is like to make this fascinating event come together.

 
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And the World Keeps on Spinning

January 6, 2008

Img1566.jpgI stood enveloped by the aroma of seventy-five different after-shaves worn by men whose weapon of choice was a very large video camera or a twelve foot long pole and microphone. Bright lights surrounded the hundreds of people anxiously awaiting the very exciting arrivals. These people promised absolutely no mercy when it came to getting their “perfect shot.”

This was the atmosphere that so profoundly filled the Spin Room, located in Saint Anselm College’s Stoutenburgh Gym. I stood in the very heart of the hundreds of media representatives, watching through camera lenses and physically pushing my way through to the front of the mass trying to get my own picture, my own story. It was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life so far.

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I have always watched these herds of people moving about on television, but never dreamed I would be pushing just as hard back at them. Yet when you finally get in the mass that always reminds me of the stampede from The Lion King, you simply can’t help it.

Tonight’s experience in the Spin Room showed me the competitive world of the media and gave me a first hand experience at what it is to be a news reporter. It is a cutthroat business that forces you to put yourself out there. At the same time, though, you have a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from people who have made a name for themselves, such as David Westin, Kate Snow, James Pindell, and Elizabeth Edwards. It was a refreshing experience that I won’t soon forget.

Star-Struck

January 6, 2008

Hannity & Colmes With Gov Mike HuckabeeThroughout my two and a half years here at Saint Anselm College, I have spent many sleepless nights here in Cushing, finishing up papers and making lasting memories with friends as we have pushed ourselves to finish that last essay, study for that final exam. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be in that same building filled with movie stars, the most televised news anchors in the country, and possibly the future president of the United States. Read more

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