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

The Power of a Dream

January 25, 2008

Rev. HamiltonRev. Hurmond Hamilton was just a small boy sitting in a little, red rocking chair when the image of a man flashed across the television screen. The man was giving a speech and sharing his dream. Hamilton didn’t know it then, but the image he was watching was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his famous “I have a dream” speech. Young Hamilton was also unaware that this man and his vision would be the backdrop to his entire life.

Rev. Hamilton gave a moving speech to members of the Saint Anselm College community on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, in which he shared his own personal “Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Rev. Hamilton’s inspirational life story was heavily influenced by Dr. King and the power of integration which he experienced as a boy growing up in Louisiana.

Hamilton struggled as a child, both physically with his scarred face, and socially, by acting out in school. He soon combined the inspirational power of Dr. King with that of faith, and since that moment, his life has been on an “upward dreaming track.”

Hamilton’s inspirational story includes a remarkable turn-around from a kid always in trouble to a person with real potential and the power to affect change. He won national essay contests and a trip to China. He went to college where he became student body president. He attended seminary and became the pastor of a Roxbury, Mass. parish.

His small parish combined their dreaming power and raised enough money to complete major renovations on the building. He is also the president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, which works across race and class to bring people together to fight for the good of the community.

And the inspiration for it all? That’s easy. Hamilton says, “With the backdrop of Martin Luther King, Jr., miracles can happen.” Dr. King’s actions as a backdrop fundamentally changed Hamilton’s life for the better. His parallel vision to that of Dr, King allowed him to achieve beyond what he thought possible.

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.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Win Big

January 23, 2008

sife at bc The Saint Anselm College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Chapter won third place at the Boston College Duel on the Heights Competition on January 19. Read more

Back To Reality

January 23, 2008

It’s a little surreal that the Primary is over. In the first week of January, I was weaving in and out of satellite trucks parked on the Quad and avoiding walking through a live shot in Cushing Student Center. No longer are credentials required to pass through police to gain access to campus. The protesters and supporters are gone, the hundreds of international journalists have dispersed and the candidates have all moved on. It’s almost too quiet right now, even with 2,000 students going about their day heading to and from classes.

Earlier this week I thought back on some of the events that I’ve found myself in over the past two and a half years: I’ve worked for CNN, ABC and CBS. I’ve met - at least twice - and in most instances several times - all of the candidates, one of whom will become the next President of the United States. I’ve been inside lectures, speeches and at rallies that most American’s see on their televisions, or read about in their newspapers. And I’ve gained an understanding of, and appreciation for a unique New Hampshire event, it’s Primary.

Four years ago, during the 2004 New Hampshire Primary, as I contemplated my big decision: where to attend college? I remember seeing Fox News broadcasting live from a quaint snowy campus on the outskirts of Manchester. Every once in a while, the camera would pan across some ivy covered brick, with the television personality noting they were “broadcasting live from Saint Anselm College.” Little did I know at the time in 2004, but four years later, I’d find myself in countless situations where Charles Gibson, Shepherd Smith, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Bob Schieffer and dozens of others would say that - as I stood within earshot.

I’ve watched my campus morph for five nationally televised debates. I’ve had front row seats for policy addresses, and I’ve been in the background of so many live shots that my parents don’t even bother calling anymore to alert me that they just saw me on the Nightly News or Larry King Live. In the past two years, it has become such commonplace to bump into a candidate or media personality that I’ve almost started to take it all for granted.

And so it ends, for now. Time to get reacquainted with our quiet campus, to develop the dozens of photographs, and to recount the stories with friends about the crazy things we saw and did as part of the unique tradition that is the New Hampshire Primary.

The Connections Between Hip-Hop and Social Justice

January 18, 2008

Hip-Hop music’s pounding beats and pumping lyrics have become highly regarded by nearly every student in the county. On a chilly January afternoon, Saint Anselm College students, staff, and faculty filled the Cushing Center to hear Dr. Erika Dalya Muhammad present a new spin on this popular topic.

Dr. Muhammad gave a lecture entitled “No Borders: Social Justice, Hip Hop, and Pop” in which she described the strong and enduring connections between hip hop and youth culture. She also discussed how the powerful relationship between them can translate into social activism among today’s youth. She credits her efforts to those who came before her, especially Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who himself often used contemporary cultural references in order to create change.

Calling herself a “cultural worker” and a “creative hybrid,” Muhammad has worked in the Mount Vernon, New York area for years. The town, located just north of the Bronx, has close ties to the hip-hop community; it saw the beginnings of hip-hop and pop culture legends such as Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and Denzel Washington. Therefore, it was the perfect location to “employ the arts as a catalyst for economic development in the area.” And so, the Mount Vernon Hip-Hop Arts Center was born.

Muhammad described her work at the center and her desire to use hip-hop as a medium to encourage more participation in the arts along with civic engagement. She stated that one of her goals is to show young people today that “the world is bigger than they can even imagine.”

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