‘Good Day Philadelphia’ wakes up campus

By Ryan Mulloy
February 27, 2003


In the late hours of the night and the early hours of the morning, campus remains almost pitch black. Learning centers are locked tight with no sign of light inside. The Widener Center Food Court does not normally open until 7:30 a.m., but the lights and cameras of Fox News were shining brightly as early as 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Fox News arrived in the early morning for the location filming of “Sue’s Clues,” a popular segment featuring Sue Serio, Fox weather reporter. The segment follows a guessing game pattern with Serio appearing at random mystery locations, giving clues to the audience about her location.

The crew set up their van, cables and camera under the early morning moon waiting for Serio to arrive. At 5:30 a.m., Serio burst through the doors of the food court to begin broadcasting the local weather and giving the audience clues about the college campus she was on.

As the sun began to rise, students packed into tables in the food court, all vying for their chance to appear on “Good Day Philadelphia.” Some students were still decked out in the pajamas, giving the sense of a college atmosphere. Other students, attempting to look their best, managed to wake and dress up for their attempt at that one camera shot their families may have been waiting for.

Once Serio was situated in the food court, she made time to speak with students who had sacrificed their morning to see her. “She was very gracious and seemed genuinely excited to meet the students,” sophomore Kristan Bush said. Serio moved her location from the food court to the steps outside the rear of Founder’s Hall, but invited the crowd to join her outside.

“She was great,” senior Bernadette Hazel said. “She had a great personality and was very bubbly.” Serio gave her clues which included the size of the school, the clubs at the school and the radio and video stations.

“She really got the little details too,” freshman Chris Friel said. “She knew about Campbell’s soup, the ghost stories and the king and queen of the school, Laura Cover and John Verdi.” Over the filming breaks, the Fox crew took the time to thank students and answer any questions they had about the production of the show.

At around 8:30 a.m., Serio and the participating students revealed the location of the shoot. Students waved pom-poms and held signs about Cabrini, and even had one saying “Sue Rules.” Dr. Antoinette Iadarola appeared on the show with Serio, talking about the future plans of the school as students cheered in the background.

After a closing scene at 8:45 a.m., the Fox crew packed up their things, as students signed the “Sue Rules” poster and presented it to Serio, asking her to come back to campus whenever she wanted.

“Everything was very Cabrini,” Friel said. Though the event was scheduled earlier than the first classes of the day, students turned out to show their school spirit, ready, willing and able to simply say “Good Day Philadelphia.”

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