Due to the unprecedented ice storm that struck New Hampshire December 11 and 12, 2008, Saint Anselm College postponed final exams scheduled for Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13. The regular exam schedule resumed on Monday, December 15. [Read more...]
During one of the coldest nights of the season, a number of Saint Anselm College students gathered on the college quad to raise awareness on the plight of homelessness. Huddled around a small fire for warmth, and taking refuge in wood-framed plastic covered shelters, the students braved temperatures that fell through the teens as the night progressed.
Although the event has traditionally been an opportunity for students to spend a night sleeping outside on the quad in the shelters, the extreme cold forced organizers to change their plans. After spending several hours on the quad, plans were to move inside the Cushing Student Center for the remainder of the night.
Stefanie Iannalfo, a junior who founded the Hunger and Homelessness Coalition reminded participants that many citizens in New Hampshire and beyond were indeed spending the night on the streets. Many without the luxury of the warm jackets and sleeping bags utilized by the students.
The Wednesday night sleep out was one of several events hosted by Saint Anselm College through the Hunger and Homelessness Coalition, the Meelia Center for Community Service, and Campus Ministry. Saint Anselm College is observing National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week this week with events to raise understanding of poverty and offer ways to help.
According to the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, on any given day, there are between 2,000 and 2,500 people who are without a home in the Granite State.
Other events included a Faces of Poverty Panel, in which residents of greater Manchester shared experiences of living in poverty and being homeless.
A micro-lending “Stamp Out Poverty” symposium, sponsored by the Saint Anselm chapter of Students In Free Enterprise offered participants the opportunity to donate $5 that would in turn be offered to small-business entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The week will conclude with an opportunity for student volunteers to host a guest from Girls Inc. The students will treat their guests to dinner in Davison Hall.
History major Lauren Chooljian and politics major Gregory Wallace joined the world of political bloggers this campaign season as contributors to the WMUR Presidential Blog. The two juniors offer dispatches from election-related events on campus, such as the political image-making panel recently held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in conjunction with the Currier Museum of Art. They assess the news and provide links to items that catch their interest.
Lauren covered the McCain rally held on campus Oct. 22, and Greg – who cut his teeth on political blogging this summer as an intern with ABC's The Note – broke the news that three Saint Anselm students are running for a seat on the New Hampshire Legislature.
"Kate Kerins ‘09 is running on the Democratic ticket for one of eight seats in Hillsborough's seventh district. Connor O'Brien, a junior from Windham, is one of 13 Democrats vying for a seat in Rockingham's fourth district. Sophomore Brian Poznanski, also a Democrat, lives in Nashua and is running from Hillsborough's 26th district. All three are politics majors, and cite their courses in the humanities, English, and philosophy as credits to their judgment," Greg wrote.