Prof. Elizabeth Ossoff Quoted by Australian Media

Prof. Elizabeth Ossoff Quoted by Australian Media

Prof. Elizabeth Ossoff Quoted by Australian MediaSaint Anselm College Professor Elizabeth Ossoff was quoted by the Australia Broadcasting Corp. (ABC News) in an article that appeared on their Web site on October 17. In the article, she says she is not surprised Sen. Hillary Clinton is now directly appealing to female voters.

An excerpt of the article appears below. To read the article in its entirety, visit the ABC News Web site.

"I think she's done everything she can to appeal to male voters in terms of packaging herself as very strong and decisive," Dr. Ossoff said.

"I think she's smart to work off of the fact that she has a large support base amongst women, why not play off of that?

"Because I think she knows where she is going to get a lot of traction, come the general election as well as in the primary."

Dr. Ossoff says the fact that Sen. Clinton is the first woman candidate with a realistic shot of becoming president could have a strong impact on the presidential race.

"We've been talking about the role of the first prominent female candidate here in this presidential election, [but] I don't hear that much talk about it amongst the American press," she said.

"Every once in a while it will get mentioned when she does things like she's doing today, which is moving around the state of New Hampshire and talking about women and women's issues, but only then.

"I think its sort of the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.

"The gender does play a role in the way that we perceive people and we like to think we're beyond that, but we really aren't, and we haven't really been paying attention to that very much."

Isabela Echeverry '06 on How "Dreamers Thrive"

Isabela Echeverry '06One of the highlights of this year's President's Society dinner was a moving speech delivered by Isabela Echeverry, a 2006 graduate of Saint Anselm College. Isabella described her dream of leaving Mexico to study in the United States upon her high school graduation. She was repeatedly told by people that her aspirations were too high and that "dreamers don't survive."

Despite this, she held out hope and applied to Saint Anselm College. Not only was she admitted to the college, but she was able to attend due to the generous support of college benefactors. Isabela greatly values her time spent on the hilltop in Manchester, N.H. She went from a little girl in Mexico who wondered "What if" to a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City who now asks "What's next"?

Always Be Nearby, Never Be in the Way

Face the Nation Crew Prepares For Morning Promos and Bob Schieffer's CommentaryThe Saint Anselm campus was seemingly deserted as I left my dorm at 6:15 Sunday morning to meet Bob Schieffer and his producer at their hotel to bring them back to campus for the interview with Senator John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. I served as the runner for the crew for the day, a job that requires one always to be close at hand for an assignment, but never in the way of the action.

And such was the case: from locating a variety of local and national newspapers before 7 a.m to tracking down a few bottles of Diet Coke minutes before the Edwards campaign caravan arrived on campus, I was afforded a front row seat to the action, and a truly unique understanding of what goes into producing the interview that you may have seen on your television Sunday morning.

Face the Nation Set - A Transformed Admission Office Served as the Location for the ProgramI joined the crew outside Alumni Hall during the 7 a.m. hour to pre-tape the introduction and closing commentary to the program. I stood alongside the crew behind the camera as Bob Schieffer read his narration, introducing the broadcast from "historic Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire." During the 8 a.m. hour, I was called upon to sit in for a camera check, and was placed in the seat that Senator Edwards would occupy shortly thereafter. By 9 a.m. we welcomed Senator Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards, and were making final preparations for the live broadcast. Shortly after 10:30 a.m. I walked from the site of the live interview and into Father Jonathan's office where campaign and college staff had gathered around a TV to watch the interview being seen around the country.

In a slightly surreal atmosphere, we watched the interview as it occurred only 20 feet away. Thirty minutes passed quickly, and the show came to a close. Ushering the senator and his wife outside with other staff, we prepared for our final challenge: getting the Edwards motorcade back to Saint Anselm Drive against the flow of traffic entering the campus for move-in day. With a little luck, and a suggestion that the Edwards van drive onto the lawn, we were able to get them back to their campaign bus, and on their way to the next campaign event to be held minutes later in Manchester.

And in less than an hour the cameras were gone, the cables were coiled back into the satellite truck, and the crew was on their way to the airport. As they departed we exchanged handshakes, business cards, and the expectation that we would all see each other again soon.

Photos by Cory True '09

A Job Well Done

Bob Schieffer and Saint Anselm College StudentsThanks to all the students and staff for an early start on this particular Sunday morning, and yet another example of Benedictine hospitality being extended to the media and presidential candidates. Traffic at the main entrance of the college looked a bit like rush hour congestion on an interstate as returning students jostled for momentum in between the Edwards campaign bus and local community members headed to Mass in the Abbey Church.

The John Edwards Campaign Bus Leaving CampusFather Jonathan's office was converted to the CBS green room, and students were successful in rounding up a few bottles of Diet Coke for Senator Edwards on a campus that is otherwise fully committed to Pepsi products. The morning's most memorable moment came when a parent walked into the admission office where Bob Schieffer was working at the reception desk before the broadcast and tried to hand over a check for tuition. Schieffer directed the parent to the business office on the second floor of Alumni Hall, and later commented that he hoped he'd sent that parent in the right direction.

The cables, cameras, and the lights were carefully packed up before CBS producers and Bob Schieffer headed back to Washington. I had not yet made it home when a CBS producer in Washington called to tell me that they were thrilled with Saint Anselm College as a venue for political coverage from New Hampshire, and that she'll definitely be looking to hire our students for their 2008 election coverage. Who could blame them?

Photos by Alex Witkowicz '08

An "Only at Saint Anselm College" Moment…

School hasn't even begun yet, but the on campus activity has already picked up, both with students, and Presidential aspirants.

 Sunday, CBS News will broadcast a live interview from Alumni Hall with Senator John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth. Although the interview will take place while a majority of the student population of Saint A's is just returning to campus and starting to move into their residence for the academic year, a number of students have arrived early to assist with the broadcast – myself included.

After speaking with CBS News producers in Washington on Friday, I met with Saint Anselm staff, and other students to set our schedules for the weekend. Although the CBS crew would be setting up on Saturday, students were not scheduled to report for duties until Sunday morning. With this plan, I went about my day, greeting new students during a round-robin orientation in the morning, and helping my roommate move in early in the afternoon.

And then my cell phone rang.

Bob Schieffer and his producer were on the road in Manchester, but had become lost in Manchester with some confusing directions provided by their hotel to get to the college. After speaking on the phone with Mr. Schieffer's producer, I was able to figure out where they were, and drive to their location. Upon locating their car, and escorting them onto the Saint Anselm College campus, we met briefly with the on-site technical crew before I returned them to their hotel for a busy afternoon of preparations.

I soon arrived back on campus, and reported to the Alumni Hall office where the interview would be set. The crew had placed their cameras, lights and audio equipment but were lacking a few pieces of furniture needed to "fill out" the shot. With a shopping list in hand of: academic books, a lamp, a few end tables and flowers, I set out to do my best. My first stop was none other than the Presidents office where not only did I find our College President working, but also found everything on my list! With the assistance of the crew, Father Jonathan and I relocated several items from his office to the interview set which will be seen in the background during the broadcast on Sunday morning.

…And so goes just another day in the amazing experience that is the Presidential Primary season; only at Saint Anselm college…

Peace Colloquium in the News

The Union Leader has published two articles about the college's Colloquium on Peace, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Global Citizenship. The colloquium, which runs July 1-13, is a two-week, intensive, interdisciplinary, residential program in peace-making, non-violence, and global citizenship, rooted in the teachings of social justice. The colloquium is being held at Saint Anselm College with students participating from both Saint Anselm College and St. Mary's University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In a June 30 article titled, "Give Peace a Chance," the Union Leader reported:

"As Catholic colleges, both St. Mary's and Saint Anselm, have a particular interest in promoting peace, nonviolence, reconciliation, and greater awareness of social justice," said [Saint Anselm Professor Elaine Rizzo].

At the colloquium, students will meet with a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, learn more about Muslim perspectives on pacifism from an imam, and hear about the Irish peace process from some of the people who made it happen.

Outside of the classroom, they are planning to tour the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and attend a town meeting in Goffstown.

The four-part program begins with a unit on diversity, multiculturalism, and democracy. Saint Anselm Professor Dale Kuehne will kick it off with a lecture on "Racism: America's Original Sin: Why Can't We All Get Along?" In successive units, students will be immersed in the theologies and philosophies of violence and nonviolence, global citizenship, women as peacemakers, and strategies and techniques for conflict resolution.

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BBC News Interviews Prof. Dean Spiliotes and Matt St. John '09

IMG_1996.JPGDuring last week's CNN debates, nearly 600 media descended upon Saint Anselm College, including a global contingent of reporters from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among others.

Prof. Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Matt St. John '09 were both quoted in a BBC News story over the weekend. A photograph of St. John was included with the story. You can read an excerpt below and view the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

Want to meet the next president of the United States? Move to New Hampshire and you stand a good chance.

In a country of some 300 million people, the state's 1.3 million residents are perhaps the most heavily-canvassed and targeted voters of any in the nation, bar Iowa.

Last week each party's candidates flocked to New Hampshire for the latest televised debates, as they seek the all-important nomination to run for president in 2008.

It's not for lack of attention on the part of the candidates, however.

Rather, such is the buzz surrounding some of the frontrunners that instead of meeting them at a cosy coffee morning, people have found themselves in a crowd of hundreds or even thousands.

Senators Clinton and Obama have attracted large crowds to events

Dean Spiliotes, director of research at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, says this has been particularly true of some events held by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

"Early on some of Obama's advisors suggested in the media they would do something a bit differently from the traditional New Hampshire model," he says.

"They are still doing some of these larger events – but also the smaller ones. But it's difficult. Part of it is that they are popular candidates."

He warns it is important not to underestimate the power of retail, or face-to-face, politicking – especially in a state where the residents are very switched-on.

"Voters meet the candidates directly and in general, what we have found is that voters seek out candidates that they already have an affinity for," he says.

"Then they get more excited and so bring in their friends and their families and it has a multiplying effect. It helps the candidates mobilize networks of supporters."

Both the Clinton and Obama campaign teams have said they intend to organize more small-scale events.

That should come as a relief to 19-year-old Matt St. John, who moved to New Hampshire to study precisely because he wanted to meet the political movers and shakers.

"I realized it was a different world," he says. "I've seen every presidential candidate at least once or twice, I've seen Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove, President and Laura Bush."

"There are 18 candidates. If I go to 18 events and ask the same questions of them all, I will be able to ask the next president of the United States something that is important to me."

"It's an amazing opportunity to have as a 19-year-old."

For the full story, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728595.stm.

Follow Saint Anselm Students on Archaeological Dig in Orvieto, Italy

dig photoStudents from Saint Anselm College join the University of Oklahoma Center for Classical Archaeology and Civilizations in Italy this May and June. You can follow the progress of the excavation by visiting www.anselmclassics.com. Students will be blogging, podcasting, and posting photos regularly during the time of the dig.

The excavation project is near Castel Viscardo, a town located at the southwest edge of Umbria approximately 8 miles northwest of Orvieto. Preliminary inspection of the area indicated the remains of what seems to be a Roman villa. This ‘villa’ lies immediately at the base of the immanence on which Castel Viscardo is located.

Last season (2006) uncovered many intriguing finds which posed more questions than answers. This 2007 season will focus on expanding trenches and unearthing clues which we hope will help us to unlock the mystery of the site.

Included below are links to some recent blog posts and podcasts.

Links ›› About the ProjectPodcastsPhoto GalleryProject Blog

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Mark Sullivan Delivers 2007 Commencement Address

Mark SullivanMark Sullivan '77, director of the U.S. Secret Service, told members of the Class of 2007 at Saint Anselm College Saturday to set goals and aim high, but to be flexible enough to take important detours.

"Class of 2007, go do something big with your education," said Sullivan, who is a 1977 graduate of Saint Anselm, where he studied criminal justice. "Follow your passions. Take risks. Walk through the doors that open for you. Be flexible. Guard your character and your reputation."

Sullivan recalled how he applied twice to the Secret Service before being accepted, but only if he would take an assignment in Detroit. He considered turning down the offer, but the detour led him to rich professional experiences and something more important, he said – he met his wife, Laurie, and saw two of his three daughters born in Detroit. His later assignments included protecting Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Clinton. He was sworn in as Secret Service director a year ago.

To hear Mark Sullivan's speech to the Class of 2007, click on the audio file included with this post.

Fr. Jonathan's Commencement Address to the Class of 2007

Saint Anselm College CommencementFather Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., college president, talked of the lessons and moments of profound insight that students encountered during their four years at Saint Anselm.

“I ask that you take what you have learned here to assist you in allowing yourselves to see God’s presence everywhere in your lives, to develop a profound respect for all human life and to bring that kind of understanding to your families and friends and to the world of which you become part today in a new and exciting way,” he said.

“Even though when you leave this building today you will not return to live on this campus, you can remain by your choice a vital member of this Saint Anselm Community,” he said. “You can continue to be guided in life by the principles you learned here. Time and distance are not obstacles to remaining connected, to living well, to pursuing the good of others, to acknowledging gratefully the goodness of others and the good that others have done for us.”

To hear Fr. Jonathan's speech to the Class of 2007, click on the audio file included with this post.