Students Work in Media Filing Center

Student Assist in Media Filing Center

If having presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley on your college campus wasn’t exciting enough, five Saint Anselm students were given the opportunity to work for ABC News in the Media Filing Center ahead of Saturday night’s Democratic Debate.

Working in the filing center and spin room, students Stefan Skalimski ’18, Courtney Pelletier ’18, Phoebe Ferraiolo ’17, Abby Smith ’17, and Emily Dewey ’17, have been watching the political process in action.

“It’s a really good opportunity to see behind the scenes, watch the debate set up, and also network,” said politics major and communication minor Ferraiolo.

Throughout the afternoon, the students checked-in the media and gave out press credentials. More than 400 reporters, photographers, and members of the associated press are expected to check-in by the start of the debate.

For many of the students, having the presidential debates on campus was a main reason for choosing Saint Anselm College. Politics major Skalimski was deciding between Catholic University in Washington D.C and Saint Anselm, but ultimately decided on Saint Anselm because of his interest in political campaigns and the political presence at the college.

“The debates on campus are definitely a reason why I came here,” he said.

For the past two days, Skalimski has set-up the filing center: folding place cards, putting out chairs and hanging banners. Through the course of the day, he has directed the media personnel to their tables and in the process met representatives from Fox News, CNN, and other news organizations.

By the end of the night, Skalimski hopes one of the candidates makes an appearance in the spin room. However, the experience alone has made his time worthwhile, regardless of whether he sees Hillary or Bernie in the building,

“Working at the debates alone is a dream come true for a college politics major and I’m excited to have this opportunity,” said Skalimski.

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Students Work Behind the Scenes at the Democratic Debate

Saint Anselm students assist in debate preparation

Behind the scenes at the ABC News Democratic Presidential Debate, Saint Anselm College students have been working around the clock in preparation for tonight’s event. More than 50 Saint Anselm College students are working for ABC. They’re standing-in for candidates during test shots, acting as ushers, meeting and greeting the media, and even acting as Martha Raddatz’s personal student-assistant.

Saint Anselm students assist in debate preparationSince Monday business major and politics minor Brian Pickowicz '16 has been working as the ABC News production manager’s assistant running errands, assisting with set production, and providing any necessary support to the ABC team. “The cool thing about being his shadow is how much I saw and learned,” says Pickowicz.

“I learned first-hand how everything in production works,” he says.

Politics major Ashley Motta '17 has also been assisting in the debate preparation as a runner for the engineering team. She unloaded trucks, ran cables, and set up the debate hall—all while also taking her final exams. She’s attending the debate tonight, seeing all her work come together during the live broadcast.

“I didn’t imagine all the roles that needed to come together to make this happen,” she says.

2014 In Review: New Hampshire's Home For Politics

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History is made every day at New Hampshire's home for politics. Anyone who wants to be a participant, not merely a bystander, can do it at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College. 2014 brought several events and announcements that garnered national attention for the College.

Donald Trump came to campus for a memorable "Politics & Eggs" breakfast with The New England Council late in January. As the midterm elections heated up, campaign visits and speeches were commonplace in the NHIOP auditorium. ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos was on campus October 30 to co-moderate a closely-watched debate between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown.

With the year drawing to a close, and as interest ramped up heading into the state's pivotal presidential primary and 2016 election, Bloomberg Politics and the NHIOP announced a partnership on polls, events and student journalism, as well as a joint commitment to civic activism.


New College Commercial Debuts; Highlights NHIOP


Donald Trump Speaks at "Politics and Eggs" Event


January 21, 2014

The New England Council, in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College, hosted real estate entrepreneur and television star Donald Trump on January 21 at the "Politics & Eggs" breakfast speaker event.

Donald Trump poses with students for a photoMore than 250 guests, including students, staff, regional business leaders, and the media gathered in Davison Hall. Trump took the stage and spoke on personal business ventures and political issues including the Affordable Care Act and 2016 presidential candidates. He also admitted that it was because of an early appearance in the Granite State that his political aspirations began to take shape. In late 1980s, Trump was asked to deliver a motivational speech on success. "All of a sudden because it was New Hampshire, I heard for the first time that I was running for president."

The breakfast opened with remarks from Saint Anselm College President Steven R. DiSalvo. "Saint Anselm College, and our New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library is a premiere forum – and frequently the first stop – for those interested in our storied primary and New Hampshire's tried-and-tested political process," DiSalvo noted. "With the 2016 election on the horizon, Saint Anselm College and the NHIOP will once again take a leading role in hosting town hall conversations, nationally broadcast debates and gatherings like this one, where New Hampshire citizens, the media, and our students can reap the benefits of being first in the nation."

Institute of Politics Hosts Final Debates Before Election

Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics

October 31, 2014

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College hosted the "Granite State Debates," sponsored by WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader October 27-30.

Monday, October 27: First Congressional District Debate

The "Granite State Debates" kicked off Monday night at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library. The First Congressional District debate was held between incumbent Carol Shea-Porter and challenger Frank Guinta. Throughout the night, they discussed major issues such as gun control laws, ISIS, and immigration reform.

Tuesday, October 28: Second Congressional District Debate

The second night of the "Granite State Debates" brought Second Congressional District candidates Annie Kuster and Marilinda Garcia to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Kuster and Garcia battled on equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, and whether the Affordable Care Act should be repealed or repaired.

Wednesday, October 29: Gubernatorial Debate

On Wednesday night, Gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein faced off in the third debate of the "Granite State Debates" series. They covered topics including right-to-work legislation, real estate taxes, and repealing the death penalty, among others.

Thursday, October 30: U.S. Senate Debate

The "Granite State Debates" concluded Thursday night with U.S. Senate candidates Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown. The debate was co-anchored by WMUR-TV Political Director Josh McElveen and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. Shaheen and Brown discussed casino gambling in the state, the appropriate response to Ebola threats, and gun control laws.

Saint Anselm Partners with Bloomberg Politics

Mark Halperin & John Heileman

November 19, 2014

Bloomberg Politics and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College announced a partnership on polls, events and student journalism, as well as a joint commitment to civic activism heading into the state's pivotal presidential primary and 2016 election.

To kick off the partnership, both outlets released their first joint 2016 New Hampshire poll November 24. The polls are conducted by the bipartisan firm Purple Strategies, which was named one of the most accurate national and swing-state pollsters of 2012 by Fordham University.

New Hampshire Primary Poll: Read the results of the poll, as well as the questionnaire and responses of the full sample to questions asked.

As part of the collaboration, Bloomberg Politics will work with over a hundred Saint Anselm student journalists to deliver expansive reporting on the concerns of Granite State voters. Bloomberg Politics and the NHIOP will also co-sponsor town halls and political events in New Hampshire as part of their commitment to engage local groups and institutions in the political process.

Fr. Jonathan's Remarks: ABC Presidential Primary Debate

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.

Good evening and welcome to Saint Anselm College! Our community of Benedictines, trustees, faculty, staff, and students is privileged to host you here tonight for this important event in our American democracy. There are far too many dignitaries here tonight to name them all, but I do want to offer a special welcome to the members of our New Hampshire Congressional Delegation: Senator Kelly Ayotte, and representatives Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass. We are honored tonight to have with us New Hampshire’s senior statesman, Senator Judd Gregg and his wife Kathy Gregg, both of whom have been great friends of Saint Anselm College and especially our New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

We are pleased to be working once again with ABC and WMUR to offer a forum for presidential candidates to present their views just days before New Hampshire’s voters go to the polls in the first-in-the-nation primary. I offer them very special thanks for arranging this Republican Presidential Primary Debate, and to you for being here in the audience.

During the school year, the seats you occupy tonight are filled with Saint Anselm freshmen and sophomores who are listening to lectures about humanity’s great thinkers, leaders and creators. Our students are asked to engage with these minds, to listen, to question, to challenge and consider – and ultimately to determine what they think and believe.

Tonight, we are all students, not only those of us here in the Dana Center, but the millions of viewers across New Hampshire, the country and the world. We will listen carefully, engage with what is said, question and consider – and ultimately decide who we believe is the person best suited to lead our dear nation in this complicated and contentious time.

We in New Hampshire take seriously our responsibility as the country’s first primary voters. We know that civic engagement is essential to patriotism, and that our democracy cannot and will not survive without the participation of its citizens.

At Saint Anselm, it is part of our educational mission to help students develop the skills and wisdom they need to live in and help lead our nation. Our New Hampshire Institute of Politics, founded more than 10 years ago, embodies that mission not only for our students but also the citizens of our state.

Tonight, we are pleased to once again serve as America’s classroom on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. Hosting debates is an Anselmian tradition. Welcome again, and please join me in a brief prayer:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation.

You are the creator of all life, and the source of all wisdom.

We are grateful for the many gifts you have given us especially grateful tonight for the gift we have to live in the freedom of the United States of America, and we pray for those who are defending that freedom in the armed services.

Send the help of your Spirit on President Obama and on all who would hope to hold our nation’s highest office, that they may be capable of serving with wisdom and prudence, with justice and compassion.

Give us the help we need to discern who will best serve our nation and your plan.

Keep all of the candidates and all of us gathered here at Saint Anselm College ever safe in your love.

Blessed are you, Lord God, for ever and ever.

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.
President
Saint Anselm College

LIVE from Saint Anselm College

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In the Granite State, it's all politics, all the time. Home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire citizens and Saint Anselm students are presented with extraordinary opportunities to interact with the men and women who seek our nation's highest office.

Leading up to the January 10 New Hampshire presidential primary, many networks will originate programming from the campus of Saint Anselm College, and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

We will post additional broadcasts, as they are announced.

Wednesday, January 4

  • (Fox News) – various live shots throughout the day
  • (NECN) 6 p.m. – Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, live from NHIOP
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from NHIOP
  • (NECN) 9 p.m. – The Only news at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King

Thursday, January 5

  • (Fox News) – various live shots throughout the day
  • (NECN) 9 a.m. – The Morning Show featuring live NH reports
  • (NECN) 6 p.m. – Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, live from NHIOP
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from NHIOP
  • (NECN) 9 p.m. – The Only news at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King

Friday, January 6

  • (Fox News) – various live shots throughout the day
  • (WMUR) Morning report, live outside Dana Center
  • (NECN) 9 a.m. – The Morning Show featuring live NH reports
  • (WMUR) noon – Live inside Dana Center
  • (WMUR) 5/6 p.m. – Live inside and outside Dana Center
  • (NECN) 6 p.m. – Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, live from NHIOP
  • (ABC) 6:30 p.m. – World News with Diane Sawyer, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from NHIOP
  • (NECN) 9 p.m. – The Only news at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King
  • (WMUR) 11 p.m. – Live inside Dana Center

Saturday, January 7

  • (Fox News) – various live shots throughout the day, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (WMUR) – morning report, live inside Dana Center
  • (WMUR) 6 p.m. – Live from Dana Center, spin room, and visibility area
  • (ABC) 6:30 p.m. – World News with David Muir, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 8 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from NHIOP
  • (ABC/WMUR) 9 p.m. - ABC News, Yahoo! News, WMUR Republican Presidential Debate, live from the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, moderated by Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh McElveen
  • (NENC) 9 p.m. – The Only News at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King
  • (WMUR) 11 p.m. – Live from Dana Center, spin room, and visibility area

Sunday, January 8

  • (WMUR) – Morning show, live from Dana Center
  • (NECN) 8:30 a.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire debate preview, live from the NHIOP
  • (ABC/WMUR) 9 a.m. – This Week with George Stephanopoulos, live from the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College (check your local listings; airs at noon on WMUR; 10 a.m. on WCVB, Boston)
  • (Fox News) 6 p.m. – Special Report with Bret Baier, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 7 p.m. – Fox Report with Shepard Smith, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from the NHIOP
  • (Fox News) 8 p.m. – America's Election Headquarters with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 9 p.m. – The Only News at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King

Monday, January 9

  • (NECN) 9 a.m. – The Morning Show, featuring live NH reports
  • (Fox News) 1 p.m. – America Live, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 3 p.m. – Studio B with Shepard Smith, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 6 p.m. – Special Report with Bret Baier, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 6 p.m. – Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, live from NHIOP
  • (Fox News) 7 p.m. – Fox Report with Shepard Smith, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Countdown to New Hampshire, live from NHIOP
  • (Fox News) 9 p.m. – Hannity, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 9 p.m. – The Only news at 9, featuring live reports from Alison King
  • (Fox News) 10 p.m. – On The Record with Greta Van Sustern, live from Saint Anselm College

Tuesday, January 10

  • (Fox News) 1 p.m. – America Live, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 3 p.m. – Studio B with Shepard Smith, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 6 p.m. – Special Report with Bret Baier, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (Fox News) 7 p.m. – Fox Report with Shepard Smith, live from Saint Anselm College
  • (NECN) 7 p.m. – Live primary night coverage anchored by Latoya Edwards and John Daly, featuring R.D. Sahl, Alison King, and coverage from every campaign headquarters
  • (Fox News) 8 p.m. – America's Election Headquarters New Hampshire Primary Coverage, live from Saint Anselm College

Stage is Set for New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate

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We are live from the Dana Center as anticipation builds for tonight’s debate. Following a 4 p.m. dinner break, students and ABC staffers are wrapping up last-minute preparations for the broadcast: our students are participating in the last dress rehearsal, and World News will broadcast from the debate stage at 6:30.

Protesters and supporters are beginning to arrive outside, as are the media. Satellite trucks have overtaken the lawn in front of the gym, as hundreds of seats inside the Carr Center will soon be occupied by members of the national and international press.

From my workstation (located about ten feet from Diane Sawyers desk), we are preparing to upload images from our photographer who will be inside the hall tonight. After a long week of preparations, we’re all anxious to hear our five favorite words soon: “live from Saint Anselm College!”

This post was submitted by Cory True.

Faculty Experts Weigh in on New Hampshire Primary Hot Topics

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Every four years, New Hampshire serves as a magnet to politicians and the media as the nation’s first presidential primary unfolds. Saint Anselm College professors weigh in on the latest issues affecting candidates coming out of the Iowa Caucuses. Click on the videos below for their thoughts. For information on these faculty experts or for other media inquires, please contact Laura Rossi at 603-656-7242 or lrossi@anselm.edu.

See the full list of faculty experts here.

Saint Anselm College Associate Professor of History Matthew Masur, Ph.D., offers his thoughts on the importance of the New Hampshire primary and debates as well as the lack of foreign policy discussions among candidates.

 

Saint Anselm College Assistant Professor of Politics Jennifer C. Lucas, Ph.D., offers her thoughts on the role of Michele Bachmann in the presidential race and how gender issues have shaped recent media coverage.

 

Saint Anselm College Assistant Professor of Politics Chris Galdieri offers his thoughts on the GOP candidates leading up to the New Hampshire primary.

This post was submitted by Jack Morris.

GOP Debate Week: Tuesday

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Amanda Sharon '15 and Ashley Scoville '15 work as runners for ABC News at the Radisson Hotel on January 3.

With four days to go before the Republican Primary Debate on January 7, the campus is soon to become a media maelstrom. In the Dana Center, where the event will be hosted by ABC and WMUR, Christmas wreaths came down and aluminum trusses went up. Lighting technicians hung and cabled 175 lights. Cushing Student Center was becoming FOX News “command central,” and a FOX News studio set was being created in Davison Hall.

Four miles away, in Manchester’s Radisson Hotel, dozens of Saint Anselm students worked as runners for CBS and ABC, laying cable, putting up signs, and setting up chairs and tables. Tom Snow ’14, a politics major, sat in for anchor Scott Pelley on the CBS set and has also sat in for TV talk show host Charlie Rose. Tomorrow morning, he and Gabriella Servello ’14 report for work at 4:30 to work the “green room” before the 7am show airs.

It’s fairly calm right now, one runner remarked, but once the candidates and journalists arrive from Iowa, where the caucus is taking place today, they expect to be literally running.

Check out the complete photo gallery below.

 

This post was submitted by Laurie Morrissey.

Creating A Conversation

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Friday morning, following the conclusion of the Cory Booker town-hall, three Saint Anselm College staff huddled for a discussion. The campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman had approached the Saint Anselm College Republicans to sponsor (with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics serving as host) a Lincoln-Douglas style debate (we settled on calling it a conversation), and the time had come to decide where we would assemble an interested audience, the media, and the candidates.

It would be appropriate to mention at this point that by Friday morning, there were hundreds of requests for seats, and members of the foreign press from Germany, Switzerland and Japan had inquired about covering this event.

"What do you think?" asked Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the NHIOP.

We settled on relocating from the NHIOP auditorium to the Dana Center stage, and so started approximately 72 hours of phone calls, emails, meetings and countless spreadsheets and seating diagrams.

In a 12-hour marathon on Saturday, the audience was assembled, email confirmations were sent, and our media list grew to more than 50.

Sunday featured email conversations about finding matching American flags for the backdrop, buying 200 credentials at a local Staples, and figuring out how to accommodate the press list as it surged towards 100.

As we all signed off our iPhones and iPads around midnight on Sunday, we saw a story from the BBC: "Republicans Gingrich and Huntsman to hold epic debate." (No stress to live up to expectations!)

Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman plan to hold a debate styled on the historic 1858 tussles between Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas.

Their campaigns say the debate, to be held on Monday 12 December at St Anselm College in New Hampshire, will provide a detailed exploration of their positions and views for the country

As Monday dawned, Saint Anselm College did what it does best: welcome our guests with the highest of hospitality: from offering a family on an admission visit with a private tour of the hall as the set was under construction, to greeting "Campaign Carl" of Fox News Channel as an old friend who spends so much time on campus he knows us by name too.

The press assembled, the audience filled in, the candidates appeared on stage.

For 90 minutes, two candidates discussed the issues on the same stage where Humanities lectures are offered four days a week, and where in early January, the full candidate field will appear for our ABC News, WMUR debate.

Following a brief press conference, Jon Huntsman walked up to the coffee shop, entering to a round of applause, and ever-so-briefly interrupting students from their dinner, or studying (it is finals week, after all) to say hello, and ask how exams were going. The candidate walked behind the counter to greet the staff (and grab a few french fries).

And then it was over.

Campaign vehicles headed out to the next event, the media filed their video, stories and photos, and the college staff enjoyed an ever-so-brief moment of pause.

No time to rest though, the primary, and our next debate, is less than a month away. Just another day in "America's Classroom"

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker Stumps for Barack Obama

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey made a reading day stop at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College Friday, December 9 on behalf of the reelection campaign of President Obama. During his speech, recorded by C-SPAN for broadcast hours later, Booker discussed his support for the President, focusing on education, among other topics.

Anselmian Keith Charles, a member of the Saint Anselm Student Democrats provided the student introduction for Mayor Booker. He spoke to The Union Leader, at the conclusion of the event:

“Mayor Booker is very inspiring,” Charles said. “I asked him what drives him every day, and he said, ‘If you can make a difference, then that's what matters.