Senior Class Hosts Trick-or-Treat for Anselmian Families

A Very "Anselmian" Halloween

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Children of faculty, staff, and local alumni of Saint Anselm College showed their Halloween spirit by dressing up in their most creative costumes, and participating in the annual Halloween Festival in Father Bernard Court on Thursday, October 29.

The event kicked off at 5 p.m. with a parade and costume contest, then visitors were free to walk around the courtyard, trick-or-treating and collecting candy from student residents. Other activities including painting pumpkins, drawing with chalk, making their own S’mores, and enjoying other Halloween-themed snacks.

Alex Bamford and Ashley Bradley '16Seniors Alex Bamford and Ashley Bradley, knowing how much this event means to the children every year, showed their enthusiasm by dressing up in costumes of their own. “I’ve been a few years in a row,” said Bradley. “I’ve been waiting for my chance to be a senior and open my door to the trick-or-treaters.”

Parents and their children were equally as delighted to participate in the event. Saint Anselm alumna Marjana Ancic ‘03 and her two children attended the event for the first time and said they will definitely be back next year. French professor Nicole Leapley, noted that it was her first time participating in the festival with her two children, ages 6 and 2, dressed as Batman and Cleopatra respectively, who were busy enjoying themselves, and the candy. Leapley also vowed that she would bring her children to the event next year.

Story by Lauren Wanless '17

Photo Gallery: A Very "Anselmian" Halloween

College Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary

Students sing the National Anthem with Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham

On the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Saint Anselm students, faculty, and staff gathered to remember and pray for those who lost and risked their lives. In commemoration, the Office of Campus Ministry and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics led a series of events including a prayer service and National Anthem sing-along.

Students sing the National Anthem with Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey GrahamIn preparation of the day, Campus Ministry encouraged the community to participate in “11 Days of Reflection,” which included readings from the Bible, prompts for reflections, and accompanying prayers and service ideas leading up to the annual vigil.

“We hoped this reflection would bring people together,” said Sarah Catherine Haines, Campus Minister at the college.

“When Paul wrote to the Romans, there was a lot of rioting, fear, and violence within the church. These passages from Paul are relatable because we can remember those same experiences from 9/11. With these particular passages, Paul is offering ways to be a solid Christian, someone who is peaceful and caring,” said Haines.

“We often think of religious violence, revenge, and new forms of protection and this helps promote a more peaceful outlook.”

The annual prayer vigil took place at noon in the North Lounge of Cushing Center, led by members of Campus Ministry. Students, faculty, and staff gathered for prayers, songs, and reflection. Students Zizo Alsharaway ’16, Mary Pat Devine ’16, Kayla Patten ’15, and Amy Clancy ’16 read Holy Scripture passages from Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist traditions. Members of the college choir sang “America the Beautiful” followed by a closing prayer read by senior Elaina DeMello.

“I think it was important to gather together and reflect on this day because mourning can be hard to do in private. We are now able to not only express our feelings to remember, but also celebrate the good that came from this tragedy,” said junior choir member Brigid Donovan.

Senator John McCain speaks at the NHIOPFollowing the vigil, the NHIOP was the site of the second annual National Anthem Sing-Along, which included special guests U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Boston bombing survivor Denise Spenard. The national event was created two years ago by the American Public Education Foundation and brings together 80,000 students countrywide to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at 1 p.m.

Denise Spenard was a spectator at the 2013 Boston Marathon when she was hit by a piece of shrapnel. Despite her injuries, she participated in the 2014 race, finished the 2015 race, and has been invited to run again in 2016. She emphasized that despite the horrible events of that day, all of this has been a positive experience.

“I have never looked back. I will not let those two brothers bring me down,” said Spenard.

This was a point that both Senators emphasized during their remarks. Each expressed how students should not forget the events of 9/11 or they will occur again.

Senator Graham noted how impressed he was by the number of young men and women who joined the military following the terrorist attacked. He also gave advice for students about moving forward.

He said, “the best way to honor those who died is to move forward together. You represent the hope of America. Live your dreams, seek your destiny, and stand up to evil.”

As one o’clock drew near, students joined the Senators on stage for the sing-along led by senior Billy Endicott.

It proved to be a moving experience for many students. Senior Karen Ejiofor, an NHIOP student ambassador, said the event was really empowering.

“It was great that a lot of students came together as a community and sang the anthem. It was an amazing way to remember those who died on that day and those overseas.”

Katelyn Ellision, NHIOP communications specialist said the sing-along was a huge success. “The goal was to show unity. It was great that the Senators were here because they both served in the military. This represents how we came together the following days and months after 9/11. It shows hope and it was great for students of all majors to come and reflect.”

As President DiSalvo expressed during the NHIOP event, “Love is stronger than hate. We need to remember those who lost their lives, and pay it forward with acts of kindness.”

Editor's note: This story was submitted by College Communications and Marketing student-intern Rosemary Lausier '16.

Move In Day Instructions: "It Takes A Village…"

An iconic campus view

Dear Class of 2019 and Transfer Students,

You’ve heard the old proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.”  At Saint Anselm College it takes a community to check-in and move in our new students!  We also have a saying among our Orientation Leaders, “TTP” or “trust the process.”  We ask that you trust the system we have created in order to make move in as smooth as possible for everyone.

A very ANSELMIAN welcome! See you soon, #SAC18!

A very ANSELMIAN welcome! See you soon, #SAC19!

On August 27th we will have orientation leaders, resident assistants, student athletes, peer mentors, administrators and staff prepared to make your move in experience a positive one.  It will be important for everyone to bring some patience, follow the signs and follow directions provided by student leaders and college employees.

Below is information intended to make your move in experience easier (so you might want to print this email and bring it with you on Thursday, August 27th):

Dominic Hall Residents

You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. They will get you to the large parking lot nearest your residence hall.  Please park your car as directed and proceed to the check-in tables in front of the residence hall.

Joan of Arc and Baroody Hall Residents

You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance) and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. You will be directed to proceed to the parking lot behind Sullivan Arena. The process you will enter into is similar to what you might see at a large ferry terminal where cars are lined up, in side-by-side rows for loading the ferry. We use this similar process, allowing us to efficiently manage the large number of students moving into Joan of Arc and Baroody Halls due to the lack of a large parking lot. Please be patient, there may be a wait, but once you arrive at the front of Joan of Arc and Baroody Halls, there will be many hands to quickly unload and move your belongings into your new home! In this process, we ask that the driver remain with the vehicle, much like at an airport terminal pick-up and drop-off.

2nd & 3rd Streets Alumni Hall Residents

You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, please enter at the main entrance to the college and follow instructions given by students and employees managing traffic. Our team will get you to the Visitors’ Lot near Alumni Hall. Please follow all instructions provided at this location.

Saint Mary Hall Residents

You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. This hall is located across the street from the main campus. Depending on the direction you are coming from as you drive along Saint Anselm Drive (from Rt. 114 or from Rockland Ave./Mast Rd.), the entrance will be about 50 yards before or after the main entrance to campus, but on the opposite side of the street. We will have signs that say Saint Mary Hall. Please park your car as directed and proceed to the check-in tables in front of the residence hall.

Residential Transfer Students

You should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. If your residence hall is one of the halls listed above, please follow the instructions provided for that hall as stated above. If your hall is not specified above, please follow the instructions for Saint Mary Hall as stated above. This is where you will need to check-in before proceeding to your residence hall.

Commuting Students

You should arrive between 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  You will register at Cushing Center starting at 10:30 a.m.  As you come up Saint Anselm Drive, you will want to use the lower entrance to the campus (down the hill from the main entrance).  Use the parking lots across from the Carr Center and Stoutenburgh Gymnasium or near the athletic fields.

**Checking-In and Moving-In**

All residential students will need to check-in before proceeding to their assigned room. We encourage you to have taken care of all tuition payments and health forms before you arrive to campus. These details must be taken care of before you will be allowed access to your residential hall.

Residence Life has already sent you an email providing instructions for accessing your room code by signing into the College Portal on a computer or smart phone. You will have access to your code on the morning you’ve been approved to come to campus. If you have a “hold” from the Business Office, you will not be able to see your code. You will be directed to communicate with the Business Office. You will have access to your code once you’ve been cleared by the Business Office.

We encourage you to have checked for your code before you depart for campus. Please be certain to have your code with you or the ability to access it from your phone for when you check-in. At check-in we will make certain you have completed all the necessary documentation from the Business Office and Health Services; we will let you know if anything is missing in your file that demands immediate attention before you proceed to your room. Once cleared, you will be given an envelope with your Orientation Group Assignment and the Orientation Schedule. Please keep this information accessible for later in the day.

We would encourage you to have a copy of your fall academic schedule for your department meeting on Friday morning. Please consider printing a copy of your schedule prior to move-in and bringing it with you.

If you have questions about missing documentation, please call the Business office (603 641-7105) or Health Services (603 641-7028) before you arrive on campus. If you have any questions about accessing your room code, please contact Residence Life (603 222-4006).

Feel free to contact us with any questions, and once again, welcome!

Dr. Anne Harrington and Ms. Jean Couture
New Student Orientation Committee
And your Orientation Leader Chair and Committee

Kelsey Kurtz '19: "Ready To Make My Mark"

2019 Adirondacks "Passages" participants

What a MARVELOUS "Passages" trip we all had!! Wow, what a week.

There wasn't much time on the trip to truly reflect on what was happening because our leaders always had something fun planned for us! Most of us didn't begin to reflect until the ride back to Saint A's or on the ride home with our parents

Read Kelsey's first reflection: "Let The Adventure Begin"

On the way back to campus I had a series of mixed emotions running through my body. I felt sad to be heading home, thankful for being given the opportunity to try so many new things in one week, excited for the school year to begin with all my new friends, and anxious to share my thoughts on the trip with my family.
2019 Adirondacks "Passages" participantsI could not be happier that I signed up for this Saint Anselm "Passages" trip because I was given the opportunity to meet an amazing group of people before I step foot on campus as an official student at the Hilltop. I learned SO MUCH about myself this week. I learned that I have the ability to do a lot more than I often let myself believe. I know now that I should try new things that are thrown my way at school and fully embrace the experience. I learned that I really need to test things out before I can just categorize them as something I like or dislike.

This trip reassured me that being yourself is the most important thing you can do. I am a firm believer in being yourself, and this week helped to remind me of that. I was my goofy, outgoing self on the trip, and that worked out just fine. I got along with the whole group and made some wonderful friends. I could see a lot of the other students on the trip truly coming out of their shells. There were a few students who were as crazy as myself (I got along with them great), and then there were a few who were quiet at first but by the end of the week you couldn't get them to sit quietly!

I am now READY to head to Manchester and make my mark on the Saint Anselm Community! I wish everyone the best of luck with their new college experiences! I hope yours are as wonderful as I know mine is going to be.

Editor's note: This post has been edited from the original posts on Kelsey's blog: College & Kindness.

Kelsey Kurtz '19: "Let the Adventure Begin"

Kelsey Kurtz '19

My name is Kelsey! I grew up in a small town in central Massachusetts. I am currently a freshman at Saint Anselm College and am studying to become an Elementary School Teacher. Other than majoring in Education, I am also working towards a Theatre minor.  I like to spend my free time in the gym, relaxing at yoga classes, going to school events, and meeting new people!

Kelsey Kurtz '19I recently spent a week in the Adirondacks in New York with 16 of my new college classmates and two upperclassmen who were our guides and leaders for the week! Saint Anselm offers four different "Passages" Trips to incoming freshmen each summer to allow them to meet some of their classmates before moving in, and to grow as leaders! When I heard about this opportunity, you can bet I jumped right on it! I signed up for the first Passages Trip to the Adirondacks, and may I say my life completely changed in this one week!

When I first arrived at school on Tuesday for the trip to begin, I was nervous and trying to figure out what my classmates would be like. There was no need for any icebreakers because we all got along great and didn't have any trouble introducing ourselves!

Adirondacks "Passages" participantsTwo fully stuffed 12-passenger vans took off from the college and headed to New York! Our first stop was to the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course! The park consisted of rope climbing, zip lining, and many high-up obstacles! I was both nervous and excited to try out the course, and as I started I realized how scary it actually was and almost gave up. A new friend of mine smiled at me and jokingly said "come on, you can't quit yet."

Kelsey on a high-ropes elementThis comment made me realize that I could complete way more of the course than just the "practice obstacle," and that if I gave up now I would absolutely regret it later! My friend stayed by my side through the whole course (laughing at me but also helping me across), through me freezing mid-way across an obstacle, to me having to sing the "Books of the Bible" song to take my mind off of how high up I was. I am proud to say that after what seemed like several hours, I completed the whole course!! I couldn't have done it without all of the support and cheering of my newest AMAZING friends!

We stayed at the Pyramid Life Center in the Adirondacks in one big cabin! There were many rooms, three small bathrooms, and doors that creaked every time you opened them. I really liked how we all got to stay together in one cabin because it really helped us to bond quickly and make many memories! We would have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a dining hall down by the water where the food was all cooked for us when we arrived for each meal. Occasionally we would pack a lunch and eat it at a nice scenic site. Even though not too many showers seemed to be taken during this trip, the showers were in a small cabin down the path, and yes there was even hot water!

Part II: A Leap of Faith

The view of Paradox LakeEach Morning on the trip we got up between 8:00-8:30 and went down to breakfast as a group. No need for me to set my alarm to wake up because as long as one person downstairs set theirs on their phone, I would be able to hear it upstairs and get up on time.

The walks down to breakfast were nice and relaxing, and great to see everyone looking their morning best! One of the student leaders on the trip, who is a senior at Saint A's and my adopted big brother now, would always greet me by saying "good morning sunshine!" This made me feel at home and also made me smile because I really do try to be "a little bit of sunshine" for those around me!

Each activity we did on the trip always started off as a surprise! Our group leaders would tell us what to pack for the day and would rally us all into our two vans. I loved having no idea where we were going, and trying to guess what was in store for us! Here are some of the awesome things we did

Passages participants at Shelving Rock FallsI climbed a waterfall! I even sat UNDER the waterfall with some of my friends and took in the excitement of the activity. The way up wasn't as slippery as the way down, but both were pretty scary for me. I almost stayed at the bottom and just watched, but again I was pushed to try something new. This time I was the one motivating myself to take a chance. I told myself that I would regret it if I didn't try it, and that I would be alright. I am so happy that I climbed the waterfall and got to sit under it because that is something not everyone gets a chance to do!

One of my favorite surprises ended up being just down the road! Our leaders took us out at night to LINE DANCING with the locals in town! I had so much fun doing this because I love to dance around and laugh while doing it. I guess my group was laughing a little too much because we ended up getting a "yellow card" and had to sit out. Of course that would happen to me! It was still so much fun and I learned some wonderful dances (that I'll be sure to break out at school) with my friends!

Another main event that we did as a group was cliff jumping. Yes, I said CLIFF JUMPING! As you can tell from all of the other activities I have talked about, I'm not too fond of heights or I guess being adventurous. But again, I PROMISED myself that I would do it because I knew I would regret it later. After watching several people jump off the cliff into the water, I finally made my way to to end of the cliff. My friend Dan (my new senior-big-brother) grabbed my hand and told me to jump.

Kelsey and Dan jumpThe first time I ended up letting go and he jumped off by himself… but the second time I actually JUMPED!! I was so proud of myself for trying something crazy and glad I had the support of my new friends. I only jumped off once, but that was enough of a rush for me.

Part III

 Stay tuned for a little bit more about my trip and a REFLECTION on how it really changed me!

Editor's note: This post has been edited for continuity from the original posts on Kelsey's blog: College & Kindness.

Women's Rugby Battles for National 7's Championship

Saint Anselm College women's rugby

The Saint Anselm College Women’s Rugby Team is traveling to West Point, New York to challenge for the American Collegiate Rugby Association’s National 7’s Championship. The eight-team tournament is being held at the United States Military Academy May 2-3.

Saint Anselm College women's rugbyLed by senior captains Haley Mount and Brooke Judd, Saint Anselm is looking to capitalize on its successful Spring 7’s campaign.

Sixteen members of the forty member squad have been selected to travel and compete. Despite losing key members Kaitlyn Fisher and Elisha Griffin to injury, the women boast an experienced squad that includes All-Conference players including seniors Elizabeth Duffy and Basirat Sanni; as well as sophomores Taylor Bergstrom and Mary “Frankie” Mullen.

In order to qualify for the national tournament, the team participated in their regional tournament hosted by Stonehill College, on April 11. There, the Hawks remained undefeated throughout, until dropping a close, hard fought championship match to Stonehill.

Thanks to an impressive tournament performance that caught the attention of the Selection Committee, Saint Anselm was invited to join the “Field of Eight.”

The Women will play three matches on Saturday. The schedule has Saint Anselm in Pool Play facing Davenport University at 10 a.m., Stony Brook University at 12:40 p.m., and Bloomsburg University at 3 p.m. Sunday matches will be determined based on Pool Play results.

The tournament can be viewed via livestream on YouTube. Saint Anselm College vs. Stony Brook University will be shown live at 12:40 p.m.

Campus Activities Board Announces "Spring Week" Events

fireworks over Alumni Hall

Campus Activities Board has announced several new additions to the Spring Week celebration, offering up events over a several-day period. The annual end-of-year party includes the always-popular Party Your Classes Off event, the Spring Concert, headlined by country artist Frankie Ballard, and, new this year, SACFest: Painted.

Comedian Dave Coulier (perhaps best known as "Joey" from Full House), will also offer his stand-up comedy routine to the Saint Anselm College community.

Tickets will be required to attend several events, and will be offered for "early-bird" incentive pricing of $5 per event to current students through Sunday, April 19. Student tickets will then increase to $10 per event, and $20 if purchased at the door.

Wednesday, April 22

Stay tuned for a surprise CAB event (to be announced)!

Thursday, April 23

Comedian Dave Coulier – SOLD OUT!

  • 8:30 p.m., Dana Center

Dave CoulierDave is perhaps best known as “Joey” from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, America's Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons.

Dave's performed his stand-up on The Tonight Show, HBO's Detroit Comedy Jam and HBO's Comic Relief at Radio City Music Hall. Dave continues to sell out shows at colleges, corporate events, casinos, nightclubs and theaters.

Ticket information – SOLD OUT!

This event is ONLY open to Saint Anselm College Students. Students must display a valid SAC ID with their ticket at the door. Due to Dana’s limited capacity guests will not be permitted, get your tickets before the show sells out!

Friday, April 24

CAB presents the "Anselm 125: Student Grande Finale!"
fireworks over Alumni Hall

  • 5 – 8 p.m. Party Your Classes Off on the Campus Green
  • 7:30 p.m. Anselm 125 Time Capsule ceremony
  • 8:30 p.m. Fireworks
  • After fireworks: Performer in the Coffee Shop

Watch for more information about how to “Party Your Classes Off” with free food, inflatables, give-a-ways, and more – there will be a special surprise! Stick around for fireworks later in the evening!

Ticket information

Tickets are NOT required for any of today's events!

Saturday, April 25

There are no CAB events today, but please join members of the graduating nursing class at Nurse Pinning, stop by Floralia for a Classics celebration, and celebrate the Class of 2015 as they enjoy an evening of festivities at Senior Formal in Davison Hall!

  • Nurse Pinning
  • Floralia – Classics Society Celebration
  • Senior Formal

Tuesday, April 28

Spring Concert

  • Doors open at 7 p.m., Sullivan Arena

Saint Anselm College Spring Concert
Saint Anselm’s own Ryan Sanford ’15 will kick-off the show before up-and-coming Nashville recording artist Alec MacGillivray opens for Frankie Ballard!

Frankie BallardBallard's breakthrough number one hit, "Helluva Life" is the opener from Sunshine & Whiskey, an album that announces Ballard as one of the genre's most nuanced singers and writers, someone whose long road history and wide musical taste add substance to his obvious surface appeal. He first hit the public spotlight with two Top 30 singles, "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "A Buncha Girls," appearing on the Grand Ole Opry and playing packed arenas opening for Kenny Chesney and on major tours with Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger. But he took a different musical approach for Sunshine & Whiskey.

Ticket information

Saint Anselm College students must display a valid SAC ID with their ticket at the door.

This event IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The public may purchase tickets in advance for $15, or at the door for $20. Those with public tickets must display a valid government ID with their ticket at the door.

Public ticket holders will be required to sign a waiver; if the signee is under the age of 18, their waiver must be signed by their parent or guardian.

Wednesday, April 29

SACFest: Painted

  • 8 p.m., Sullivan Arena

The annual spring dance party, SACFest, is getting “painted” this year at the college’s first-ever “paint party” featuring DJs, lots of PAINT & more!

Ticket information

This event is NOT open to the public. Saint Anselm College student tickets are the only tickets that may be purchased in advance. Guests may purchase tickets at the door for $20

Saint Anselm College students must display a SAC ID with their ticket at the door.

Guests must be accompanied by a SAC student, bring a valid government ID, and sign a waiver. (Guests must be 18 years of age to sign a waiver at the door; if a guest is under 18 they will need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I purchase tickets & how much are they?

Please note that these are prices for Saint Anselm College students only. Details for guests and members of the public are noted in the event listings, above.

  • Purchase your Spring Weekend tickets by April 19 for the cheapest prices (only $5 per event!)
  • Prices double on Monday, April 20! ($10/ticket)
  • Prices double again at the door! ($20/ticket)

Note: Comedian Dave Coulier, Spring Concert, & SACFest: Painted are ticketed events. P.Y.C.O. is not a ticketed event.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Can I bring a guest? Are events "open to the public?"

Spring Concert

Guests: Yes
Open to the public: Yes

This is the ONLY event open to the public.

The public may purchase tickets in advance for $15, or at the door for $20

  1. Students must display a valid SAC ID with their ticket at the door.
  2. Public must display a valid government ID with their ticket at the door.
  3. Public ticketholders will be required to sign a waiver; if signee is under the age of 18, their waiver must be signed by their parent or guardian.

Comedian Dave Coulier

Guests: No
Open to the public: No

  1. This event is ONLY open to SAC Students.
  2. Students must display a valid SAC ID with their ticket at the door.
  3. Due to Dana’s limited capacity guests will not be permitted, get your tickets before the show sells out!


Guests: Yes
Open to the public: No

  1. This event is NOT open to the public and student tickets are the only tickets that may be purchased in advance.
  2. Guests may purchase tickets at the door for $20.
  3. Students must display a SAC ID with their ticket at the door.
  4. Guests must be accompanied by a SAC student, bring a valid government ID, and sign a waiver.

Guests must be 18 years of age to sign a waiver at the door; if a guest is under 18 they will need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Students Reflect on March For Life Experience

Saint Anselm College, March for Life 2015 participants

Last week, some twenty-five Anselmians journeyed to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March For Life. Organized by the Office of Campus Ministry, participants departed campus on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 21, and arrived in Washington on Thursday morning. The group attended Mass, participated in the March, and spent a bit of time exploring Washington, before returning to the Hilltop early on Friday morning.

Three student-participants have provided reflections on their experiences. You can read each of them, below.

Saint Anselm College, March for Life 2015 participants

The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973.

Hundreds of thousands of people crowed against each other. Some people held signs, some sang cheers, while still others prayed or simply walked along in silent contemplation. The diversity of the crowd was astounding, ranging from teens, young adults, elderly, monks, nuns, young children, and even babies being pushed along in strollers by their parents. The day was mild, and, although the participants had traveled for hours through the night, the enthusiasm was high.

I was participating along with fellow Anselmians in the national March for Life held annually in Washington D.C. – an event that will leave its mark upon the history of our country forever. Each year the event seemed to grow in strength not only in numbers but also in energy. Each step taken, prayer silently whispered, and joyful deed selflessly given by the hundreds of thousands across America was one stride closer to the freedom of life that we all were striving for that had been so grievously taken away in the court case of Roe v Wade in 1973.

As I looked out upon the hundreds of thousands that were also marching alongside me, I reflected on the reasons as to why I also march. I march because of how important this gift of life truly is, not just for the strong of mind and body, but also for the weak, vulnerable, elderly, and unborn alike. This gift of life is so precious that even the slightest tampering can destroy it.

I realize that, yes, while we do encounter difficulties that sometimes seem too strong to bear, in the end life is truly a joy, and no one has the right to take that joy of life away from another. Every breath we take, laugh we release, tear we let fall, and smile that happens across our face is a sign of life – a life worth living.

As Mother Teresa once said, “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.” Yes, I know why I march, and I will continue to march until this life we live is protected for all people great and small. I march because life is a joy worth living.

Dominique R. Lesieur '17

As the wind swirled over the crowd estimated to be around 600, 000, its whistle became one voice in unison with the voices of those in the crowd.  From the Washington monument to the Capital Building a group of Simon’s marched for the 42nd time carrying on their back the cross of the unborn praying that there would not need to be a 43rd. Nothing more than a spec in the crowd, I trudged forth deliberately. With each step I held in my heart and in my prayers the brothers or sisters I never had the pleasure of knowing in this life.

Life is an incredible gift; an unalienable right, entrusted to us by God; by the Creator. To honor life and to be thankful for such an incredible gift is the first and most prodigious step for our society that holds as norms so many things contrary to what ought to be.

Turning the final corner and reaching the end of the march, a group of Saint Anselm students, and many other devoted marchers were compelled to sing “God bless America, land that I love” in one voice. We live in a beautiful country, and we are all truly blessed. In order to receive any of the blessings that this worldly life can offer to us, we must first be entrusted with the gift of life. Let us continue to pray for the dignity of all human beings from conception to natural death as the Catholic Benedictine community that we are.

Christopher David Madden '16

On the way to Washington, we watched the movie October Baby. The pro-life film is about a nineteen year old woman who finds out that her mother attempted to abort her as a child in the womb. The movie touched me deeply and I feel like it helped to prepare us further for the journey at hand.

The bus ride was long, but I prayed all the way down. I knew that I was with a group of my peers who were faithful to the Lord and his path. I was nervous, for I did not know what to expect of the march itself.

In the middle of the night we stopped at what looked like a bus terminal. There must have been twenty other coach buses full of people at this place. I took a look at the people getting off and on the bus next to us. To my surprise, I saw Catholic sisters in the mix of people.

I then realized the March to be more than a walk for life: it is a Catholic pilgrimage. I felt blessed to be on the journey and I released my worries.

There were thousands of people at the Mass of Life in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception's upper church. The entire place was buzzing with spirituality and prayers lifted up to God. Priests and deacons from all over the nation were in attendance. Archbishop of Louisville and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Joseph E. Kurtz was the homilist for the day.

The most amazing part of every mass for me is the transformation, and consumption of the Body of Christ. Taking in the Body of Christ during this mass was absolutely incredible. The only other communion in my life that I can compare this one to is my first communion. During my first communion I felt the most immense joy I have ever felt in my entire life and the feeling brought me into a fit of uncontrollable tears. This is similar to how I felt while consuming the Eucharist during the Mass of Life.

The March itself began at 14th Street in the National Mall. Some of the speakers we listened to pre-march were: Rev. Joseph Kurtz, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, and Rev. Sammy Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Hundreds of thousands of people were marching with us. Songs of grace were sung and chants of pro-life were said. But the most amazing part of the March for Life was the journey: our Catholic pilgrimage.

Hannah Pirozzoli '18

2014 In Review: Saint Anselm Athletics

Saint Anselm College men's basketball

The spring semester was an exciting one on the Hilltop as two teams punched tickets to the NCAA Tournament, with three others in the running for Northeast-10 Championships. Men’s basketball earned its 18th NCAA berth in program history and used wins against Le Moyne and Bloomfield to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000. The Hawks, who netted their second straight Northeast-10 Northeast Division title and No. 1 seed, led host and top seed Southern Connecticut by seven at halftime of the regional final, but lost by six to see their run come to a close.

Saint Anselm College men's basketball

Women’s lacrosse engineered the best season in program history as it set a program record for wins (13), won a Northeast-10 Championship tournament game for the first time ever and earned its first trip to the NCAA postseason in the 15-year history of the program, falling to eventual National Champion, Adelphi.

Saint Anselm College softballSoftball narrowly missed out on the NCAA Tournament after recording their largest number of victories (27) since the 2002 campaign. The Hawks captured a share of the Northeast-10 Northeast Division Regular Season Championship and made it all the way to the NE-10 semifinals before bowing out with a loss to runner-up and eventual NCAA Tournament team, New Haven

In addition, women’s basketball posted its highest win total (15) since the 2003-04 campaign and advanced to the Northeast-10 Championship for the first time since 2010-11, falling in a tightly-contested battle at Le Moyne in the quarterfinal round. Men’s lacrosse booked its third straight to the NE-10 Championship and saw its season come to a close in the quarterfinals at Le Moyne.

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Women’s ice hockey completed the three-peat with a 2-1 win at Holy Cross in the ECAC Open title game. Men's hockey fell to crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire in the NE-10 semis.

Saint Anselm College footballThe excitement picked up in the fall where it left off in the spring as football jumped out to a 5-0 start for the first time ever and wound up submitting its first winning season in 14 years as it knocked off Bentley for the first time in 15 tries, turned away Merrimack for the first time since 2008 and used a last-second, 48-yard pass to vanquish New Haven on the road for the second time in three attempts. Senior WR Justin Bernard set a new NCAA Division II record for catches with his 326th reception at Merrimack on Oct. 4.

Field hockey also started fast, opening 5-1 with wins against a pair of fourth-ranked teams, LIU Post and Stonehill. Volleyball crafted its first winning season since 2000 as it won seven of its final 10 matches, including one that gave the program its first ever win against national power, New Haven. Women’s soccer missed out on its second consecutive NE-10 Championship by just one game, but knocked off top-ranked Saint Rose, 2-0, as part of a midseason stretch where it went 4-1-3.

Finals Week: Our Guide To Success

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Best of luck to all Anselmians as final exams commence! Below, please find a helpful list of resources, and activities offered to help ensure you successfully conquer finals week.

Exam Schedule

Evening classes that meet twice a week may hold exam on either night.

Examination Date Class and Hour Time of Exam
Saturday, December 13 8:00/8:30/9:00 TR 9:00 AM
2:30 MW 1:00 PM
Monday, December 15 2:30 TR 9:00 AM
10:30 MWF 1:00 PM
4:00 MW 5:30 MW 5:30 PM
Monday evening Regular hour
Tuesday, December 16 10:00 TR 9:00 AM
1:30 MWF 1:00 PM
5:30 TR 5:30 PM
Tuesday evening Regular hour
Wednesday, December 17 11:30 MWF 9:00 AM
1:00 TR 1:00 PM
Wednesday evening Regular hour
Thursday, December 18 9:30 MWF 9:00 AM
4:00 TR 1:00 PM
Thursday evening Regular hour
Friday, December 19 11:30 TR 9:00 AM
8:30 MWF 1:00 PM


King Edward Society is bringing the puppies back for another day of playing and cuddling on Saturday, December 13 (beginning at 10 a.m.) and Sunday December 14 (beginning at noon). Stop by Cushing Student Center to enjoy a stress-free study break!

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Geisel Library's "Frazzle-Free-Finals"

Once again, Geisel Library is offering some fun and relaxing activities to help reduce the stress of finals week. Join us for any or all of our activities, including the always popular Yoga classes, Java Jolt, (enhanced with a group Primal Scream on the Quad just prior), a Hawk Walk, and holiday themed Storytime. Making a much anticipated return is our popular Snack Attacks!

Friday, Dec. 12:
  • Library Selfies Contest all day (prize: study room time slot!)
  • Relaxation Activity Station
  • 8:50 p.m. Primal Scream on Quad with Melinda
  • 9 p.m. Java Jolt with Charles

Saturday, Dec. 13:

  • Hawk Walk – sometime between 2 & 4 p.m.
  • Relaxation Activity Station

Sunday, Dec. 14:

  • 3:30-4:30 & 5-6 p.m. Yoga
  • Relaxation Activity Station

Monday, Dec. 15:

  • 8 – 9 p.m. Holiday Storytime: stories and crafts with a holiday theme
  • Relaxation Activity Station

Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 16-19:

  • Relaxation Activity Station

Geisel Library Hours

  • Friday, Dec. 12: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 15:  8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Davison "Study Hall"

The Davison Hall dining room is available as a study hall throughout the exam period.

Study Hall Hours: 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

The study hall is available daily, beginning Friday, December 12 until Thursday, December 18 with the exception of Saturday, December 13.