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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Good Morning Saint Anselm

January 5, 2008

Cory True '09 gives an assessment of the state of the campus of Saint Anselm College on the morning of Debate Day, Jan. 5. Cory was up bright and early at 7 a.m. to bring you this special report from various locations around the campus.

Oh Say Can You See…

January 5, 2008

Img1537.jpgIt happens at every sporting event. It is the greatest expression of American patriotism — singing the U.S. National Anthem. Those who perform it carry the honor and glory of their performance for a lifetime. While it will not be televised, Saturday's presidential debates will begin with the singing of the National Anthem by Saint Anselm student David Kimbell '09 (Nashua, N.H.). A founding member of The Acafellas, the premiere Saint Anselm College barbershop quartet, Kimbell is a tenor in the Saint Anselm College Choir and a philosophy major. Our very own Katelyn Tustin '09 had an opportunity to sit down with him. Music is by The Acafellas: David Kimbell '09, Anthony Vercollone '08, Joseph Bissonnette '08, and Greg Macksoud '08.

Ron Paul Was In My Humanities Class

January 4, 2008

"Mr. Romney, please look at Mr. Giuliani," resounded a god-like voice throughout the Saint Anselm College Koonz Theater. Hillary Clinton stood illuminated backstage by a floor light in front of her, and Charles Gibson made his final comments in not so typical debate attire. The 2008 presidential hopefuls stood in front of me, and yet each of them had been in one of my classes during my years here at Saint Anselm College.

Ok… So maybe these weren't the actual candidates. These are Saint Anselm College student stand-ins for the ABC/Facebook Debates. They are as close to candidates as can be with their practiced mannerisms and scripts that each student had practiced prior to the debate rehearsal Friday night. Throughout the rehearsal, even the smallest gestures and movements were practiced time and time again, from desk movements to the very handshakes that the candidates would share following their debate sessions.

As tech crews and production managers called directions, the students experienced what very few will ever know. What had been limited for so long to that small box sitting in your living room was now exploding in front of them. The political world was uncovered from start to finish, and the students became an integral part of the debate process.

Though the excitement is building exponentially now, the students are maintaining the utmost professionalism and representing Saint Anselm College in a way that is involved and representative of the ideals that the college's Benedictine community prides most.

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Gregory Wallace '10, The New Barack Obama

January 3, 2008

Student Debate StandinsGregory Wallace, a sophomore politics major at Saint Anselm College, finds himself taking on a brand new role; that of playing presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama. As ABC continues to prepare for the candidates' arrival, Wallace will stand-in as Sen. Obama as ABC News technicians prepare the stage for the Jan. 5 N.H. Primary Debates.

This is not going to be a simple stand in for lighting and placement though. Wallace, along with other students standing-in for the candidates, has been asked to take on the same mannerisms, voice styles, and placements of the candidates, using actual scripts that represent similar discussions that could be held during the live debate broadcast.

The interest in the debates amongst the entire campus community has been incredible, and the opportunities for the students have exceeded all expectations. The campus has been transformed from that of a liberal arts college to one that is the world stage for one of the most covered events by the media. Wallace and other students have been able to see this transformation come to life.

"Last week I was in the Dana Center and not a single set piece was installed or even on campus. And today, it is almost done. It's fantastic to see how ABC and Fox cover an event start to finish," comments Wallace.

Wallace has yet to fulfill his first duty as an actor on stage. After doing so, he will find himself as a personal runner for Sen. Obama. Such is the case for each stand-in during the rehearsals. We will continue to follow Wallace as he becomes closer with the candidate and immerses himself even further into the debate process.

We are pleased to bring a student's perspective to the coverage of the the N.H. Primary Debates. Stay tuned for more debate coverage.

A Semester in Paris

December 12, 2007

Lauren Weybrew '08, a frequent blogger and podcaster on this site, studied abroad in Paris, France during her spring 2007 semester. During her five months in Paris, she blogged about her experiences for our admitted student online community. She recently produced an audio slideshow about her Paris experience and has made all of her photos and blog posts available through the college Web site at

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