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The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of… People

Satellite Trucks Outside of Stoutenburgh GymnasiumT-4 hours until it all begins, and already the sights and sounds of hundreds of supporters marching around campus and shouting for their candidate are piercing through the cold rain. Yes, Saint Anselm College has come alive and finds itself, once again, smack dab in the middle of the International spotlight.

There are more wires, paper, people, signs, shouting, and cheering than I've ever seen on campus. There is mayhem on the Hilltop, but then again, this is the moment we've all been waiting for.


June 3, 2007

Ready, Set, Go

Debate day is upon us, and in less than 24 hours the Democrats will have had their turn, and it will be time for the Republicans to take the stage.

We’ve all seen an amazing transformation executed by some pretty incredible people.  The staffs from both the college and CNN, side-by-side with some students, have worked tirelessly to make this go off without a hitch.  Well, at least without a noticeable one :-).  The grunt work has been tiresome and sometimes tedious.  We’ve worked through the blistering heat and the brutal hail.  We’ve made signs, photocopies, delivered food, picked up food, set up stages, posed as candidates, given directions, been chauffeurs, made phone calls, typed emails, and done everything in between.  We’re exhausted.  But we will continue to press on, because it will all be worth it when tomorrow we hear those much anticipated words: “Live from Saint Anselm College…”

June 3, 2007

Saint Anselm College Debate News for 2007-06-02

  • - "Campaigns Ready for New Hampshire Debates" -
  • U.S. News & World Report - "New Hampshire Fights to Keep Ahead" -
  • - "Foreign Reporters See 'Star Power' in Democrats" -
  • - " New Hampshire Boasts Proud, Personal Political Tradition" -
  • - "New Hampshire GOP Battle Each Other" w/ Great photo of debate setup -
  • Seacoast Online (Portsmouth, NH) - Prof. Dean Spiliotes Quoted in article "Will Dems Play Nice at Debate?" -
  • Eagle Tribune (Mass.) - Emily Rocheleau '07 and Saint Anselm professor Dean Spiliotes are quoted in this article -

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"Running" for CNN - Day 2

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 083.jpgOnce again, a number of Saint Anselm College students donned their "CNN - ALL ACCESS" credentials today and headed out onto campus to assist the network with their debate preparations. Several students were assigned to the debate hall while others helped guide campaign staffers through the maze of campus buildings that are being utilized for the debates. More students were utilized later in the evening for a rehearsal of the Democratic Debate to be held Sunday night.

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 014.jpgMy job today was to help staff the Quad, where two CNN satellite trucks were parked to send out stories to both CNN as we see it here in the country, and the international feed seen around the world. With Alumni Hall as a backdrop, two of CNN's reporters broadcast live to the world as I looked on. Before each live shot, the crew would ask that I step in front of the camera, to allow for the adjusting of lighting and to frame the shot appropriately.

CNN DEBATES (SAT, JUNE 2) 049.jpgLater in the day, the "CNN ELECTION EXPRESS" arrived on the Quad. This brand new bus will be utilized by the network in the remainder of this election cycle to serve as a mobile newsroom, visiting political hot spots around the country. In what seems like a natural fit, the bus began its trek around the country here at Saint Anselm College. It was a privilege to be one of the first people onto the bus, along with a number of CNN executives who are here on site for the debates to have a first look at what will be seen by millions in the upcoming campaign coverage.

As the work day came to a close, many of us who are working the debates returned to Sullivan Arena to check out the nearly finished set. Students were brought on stage to stand in for candidates, testing the camera angles, audio, and lighting. With ten cameras working around the set, Saint Anselm students literally took a center stage roll in the primary process.

June 2, 2007

From Hockey To Presidential Debates

Two weeks ago, Saint Anselm College hosted their commencement in the Thomas Sullivan Ice Arena. The arena was packed with graduates and their friends and family. As their walked across the stage it was hard to imagine the transformation the arena would undergo.

Perhaps, for students it is even harder to imagine that the place where many go to cheer on their favorite hockey teams, will now be used to stage a critical political event.

A small bit of irony in all this, is that the place where teams body check each other into boards, will now host an event in which candidates are sure to body check their opponents.

Note: It is Saint Anselm College, NOT Saint Anselm's College.

June 2, 2007

"Running" for CNN - Day 1

A number of Saint Anselm College students arrived on campus today to serve as "runners" for CNN. After a quick introduction, students were whisked off to a number of locations around campus, I was sent to Sullivan Arena, where the debates will be held, with two other students.

Working alongside the behind-the-scenes staff of CNN who have spent months planning the logistics of the operation, we all quickly came to realize how invested the network had become in producing this event. Our interaction with the set designers, technicians and producers — among many others — began to give us a sense of just how large of a production this will be.

After our shift ended, a tour of campus gave all of us a preview of what to expect in the coming days: satellite trucks are parked around the quad, prepared to broadcast with Alumni Hall in the background. The Carr Center, a multipurpose sports and recreation building has been transformed by what seems like miles of wires, and hundreds of chairs into what will be the press file center. Crews worked late into the night, preparing for what promises to be a busy weekend.

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