January 5, 2008
It 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.
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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January 3, 2008
Gregory 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.
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 www.anselm.edu/parisblog.
November 28, 2007
If Saint Anselm students were to choose the parties’ presidential contenders, the 2008 race would be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That was the result of a campus-wide mock primary that drew 562 student ballots Nov. 28. It was the earliest known, large-scale mock primary vote to occur in the state.
Obama was the biggest overall winner with 151 votes. Hillary Clinton came in third overall and second among Democrats with 80 votes. Romney was the second-best vote getter overall with 83 votes. Rudy Guiliani was the runner up Republican, taking 72 votes.
In all, 176 student voters indicated they intend to participate in the New Hampshire Primary on Jan. 8.
New Hampshire’s First “First-in-the-Nation-Primary” Student Primary was organized by the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassadors at the college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Prior to the voting, students had the opportunity to meet many of the candidates in person. The Institute of Politics is a stop on the campaign trail for many presidential contenders, and CNN held presidential debates on campus in June. ABC will air back-to-back debates from the college Jan. 5.
Results from the Saint Anselm College Mock Primary are:
MITT ROMNEY: 83
RUDY GIULIANI: 72
JOHN McCAIN: 41
MIKE HUCKABEE: 26
RON PAUL: 26
FRED THOMPSON: 5
DUNCAN HUNTER: 1
TOM TANCREDO: 0
BARACK OBAMA: 151
HILLARY CLINTON: 80
JOHN EDWARDS: 30
JOE BIDEN: 23
BILL RICHARDSON: 17
DENNIS KUCINICH: 4
CHRIS DODD: 2
MIKE GRAVEL: 1
Photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08
Media Coverage: WBZ-TV | Union Leader
November 21, 2007
On a crisp November morning, bloggers from across the region convened at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics for a conversation with Elizabeth Edwards. As a long time blogger and the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards, she had a lot to say to the group of 30 or so bloggers that morning. Elizabeth casually walked into the room, saying hello to the bloggers she was familiar with, knowing most of them by name. The way she came into the room, without any cameras or staffers following her, surprised the group, and she instantly received the applause she deserves.
Before she sat down, a few young campaign staffers hung up a sea-foam green sign behind her seat with cursive “New Hampshire ‘Hearts’ Elizabeth” — a perfect reflection of the feelings of her audience that morning.
Elizabeth was very down-to-earth, and very relatable, drinking her Diet Coke and making sure all the bloggers were ready and their equipment was set up correctly. She began the meeting by saying a little bit about technology, and the large impact it has on society, especially the upcoming presidential race. Elizabeth mentioned how she has been using the internet ever since it’s first appearance, and was a veteran to the blogging community. I had never realized how much blogs impacted the political community, so this was interesting for me to hear. She even talked about how she likes to post on the lesser known blogs, to show her appreciation for their support.
After a short speech about blogging, she opened it up to questions. Many of the questions pertained to the blogosphere, but others talked about her husband’s campaign. Elizabeth talked about her love for blogs, as it allowed anyone and everyone to have a voice about the presidential race. She also discussed blogs that focused on education, which lead to a chat about home schooling her youngest children, Jack and Emma Claire. The examples she gave of their home schooling regimen shed light on her hands-on approach to educating her children, and the strong emphasis on parenting from both her and Senator Edwards.
At the close of the event, Elizabeth graciously thanked everyone for coming and stayed around for additional questions, photos, and anything else the blogging community needed. She was a blogger’s dream, catering to each of our questions, and she likely returned home to her own computer to respond to each of them.
Other Coverage: Huffington Post | Front Row Seat (Blog) | YouTube (Poetry Reading