A Journey Through the Career, Internship, and Graduate Fair

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The Siena College Spring Career, Internship and Graduate Fair was held on March 15th, 2016 in the MAC. I, fortunately, had the opportunity to attend this years’ fair for the first time in my college career. With over 120 organizations attending, I knew some preparation had to take place to aid me in standing out among the crowd. The first extra precaution I took to train for this event came a week prior through the services at Career Center. The Siena College Career Center took it into their own hands to create and host a night for mock interviews and résumé critiques. Upon attending this event, I dressed appropriately and brought several copies of my résumé, as there were representatives from seven different organizations present to provide advice. This event proved extremely beneficial, as it was very helpful to sit with an individual whose job it is to look at résumés. Leaving this event, I felt confident enough to hand my resume to any professional at the career fair. Not to mention the importance of the connections made with those individuals at the critique night that would later be present at the fair.

With the résumé refined, it was time to learn a little bit about internships and careers. The Student Internship Panel allowed for just that. This panel brought together six students from various disciplines to describe their different experiences and journeys. Their advice and knowledge was extremely valuable and their ability to completely answer audience questions made for a full/well-rounded panel. Being a Marketing major myself with an English minor, this panel shed some light on some opportunities and transferrable skills I was previously not aware of. This panel ultimately gave me more confidence in my academic focuses and taught me how to better market myself within both Business and Liberal Arts realms.

The night before the fair had come and I made it my mission to study a few companies in order to have something to converse about, as one of my largest fears was a daunting silence between a potential employer and me. After I felt knowledgeable about companies of my interest, I set out to have a good nights rest. The day of the fair had arrived and I could not help to feel a little nervous. After putting on my best professional wear and studying my qualifications, the time had come to make some connections. The first introduction is always the hardest and as I approached mine, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d say. However, my education in liberal arts gave me the communication skills to hold a natural conversation while my business skills boosted my professionalism. This combination gave me the tools and confidence to approach any booth and communicate with ease to anyone. Similarly, when these representatives asked about my academic background, it was not exactly my marketing focus that caught their attention but, instead, my liberal arts one that sparked their interest. With business knowledge but also the appropriate knowhow in communication, learning, and writing, these individuals could not wait to take a glance at my résumé. This is also, I’m assuming, one of the reasons a lot of these companies were also prompted to email me following the event. The transferrable skills I have acquired through my education at Siena College have adapted me into quite the asset for a company.

In all, the networking experience of such an event gave me the tools necessary to be confident in my own abilities/skills and helped me to make some great connections. If nothing comes of any of this, I will still be forever grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such a grand networking event. Walking up to a complete stranger and sparking up a riveting conversation was never something I’d call a strength of mine but this event surely turned that around. This career fair was helpful beyond anything I had imagined and simulated a very professional environment that I recognize will help me in the near future. For any of those thinking about attending a future career fair, I would definitely recommend taking all the precautionary measures possible to succeed at the highest level.

Trilogy of Opportunity: Student Internship Panel

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If the Student Internship Panel happened to slip through your fingers this semester, it would be highly beneficial to catch the next one. This first exciting installment of the School of Liberal Arts Spring “Trilogy of Opportunity” was conducted on Wednesday, March 9th.  The Career Center, School of Liberal Arts, and Community Living graciously constructed this event for students to learn more about having internships throughout college. This panel, gathered in the Norm, gave six students the opportunity to discuss their experiences as interns at a number of very different organizations/companies. The internship diversity within these students was very notable and greatly appreciated. These differences in academic disciplines gave all those in attendance some type of relevance and familiarity to the point where everyone in attendance left with some more extensive knowledge of their field or focus.

The intern and academic focuses covered among these six individuals included Psychology, Computer Science, Management, Economics, and Political Science. As each field is drastically different from the next, each internship experience was also drastically different. So, as the mediators fired questions at these six students, each answer had something very specific and interesting to their situation that others could not exactly speak to. They all had an opportunity to talk about their knowledge and experiences within their personal internship placements and the inner workings of the processes they went through. The combination of answers these six students provided to each question delivered a well-rounded and diverse response, which in return more adequately prepared the audience for any situation they may find themselves in.

These respectable, successful student panelist’s included Nick Roden, Mary Kate Thompson, Augustin J. (AJ) Lianzo, Anthony Bjelke, Koushik Pernati, and Dina DiCarlo. While each of these students worked at an entry-level position (with the exception of a couple), their experiences were all subject to the corporate cultures and responsibilities thrust upon them. However, each panelist’s advice is just as esteemed as the next irrespective of his or her placement. Advice was shared on a number of subjects that an individual applying to internships would be dying to know. This included guidelines on how to effectively secure an internship position, the interview process, networking, and everything down to the proper work attire. They also comprehensively communicated the importance of LinkedIn and using the resources available at the school to make connections and get information.

As a college student, it is easy to get in the mindset that real life has not started yet, but after attending this student internship panel, just the opposite is proven. Hearing about these experiences and opportunities secures the notion that the future is, in fact, now and there are those who are already ahead of the curve. On this internship panel were six incredible students that have already started to pave a path to their future and took full advantages of the opportunities presented to them now rather than hoping for the best after graduation.

Networking: SoLA Lecture Series

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The school has made it a habit of inviting exciting guest speakers back to the campus to hear about their experiences and understand their paths from Siena College onwards. However, most individuals do not realize there is another purpose for these events beyond sheer entertainment and life lessons. Networking is one of the most vital teachings that any institution can instill in their students. Each professional invited to speak at the college is an already established, practiced person who has found success in their particular field. Therefore, there is no better time to engage in connection building than at one of these guest-speaking events. Finding a way to get some face-time with these speakers can pay off in an enormous fashion as well as potentially lead to otherwise unlikely internship or job opportunities. Students are often under the impression that their future is waiting for them as soon as they graduate, but it is very possible to start a future tomorrow by simply connecting with the right people. All of this can start right here on campus and, in fact, has started on numerous occasions for students over the past decades years of networking at the college.

Don’t believe it? Last semester Tom Mazzarelli, the Co-Executive Producer of the Today Show graced the Siena community with his presence. Invited here for the Siena College School of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, Tom spoke about his career after schooling and how his education aided his career path on a greater scale. After an inspiring, impressive and very entertaining presentation, it became very clear how this individual found his success. One student, Emily Carideo, recognized just that and took it into her own hands to seek out the connection. Fortunately, Emily had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Mazzarelli afterwards at a luncheon wherein she was able to keep an open dialogue and learn a little more about Tom.

Emily is grateful for these types of events and explains that, “as a Broadcast and Society minor, this event was something I truly valued, as I was able to hear from someone who not only went to Siena like myself, but was able to land what I consider my dream job.” Emily continued to stay in touch with Tom and the Today show to create a working and strong relationship. Finally, her networking and connection paid off as she was offered an internship at the studio. Emily proudly admits “if it were not for this Key Speaker event, it is possible I would never have been able to make a personal connection with someone at the Today show.” Emily now has the opportunity to thrust her career in broadcast beyond anything she could have imagined at this age.

Students often to tend to think that a story like this is anecdotal or rare but this is an interaction that actually has occurred for decades here on campus. All it takes is the students’ participation and willingness to take control of their future. Opportunities like this do not come around everyday but Siena College is doing what they can to make them more frequent and accessible. This semester, the School of Liberal Arts Lecture Series is proud to feature Michael Zarcone, the Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Metlife. This event is set to take place on Monday, March 14th in the Key Auditorium (RB 202) from 12:30-1:30. Try to stop by and participate in some networking because, who knows, it could be the start of something life-changing.

The Power of Liberal Arts Disciplines for Employment

On November 10th, Siena College welcomed five featured guests into the Maloney Great Room as the last installment of the “Trilogy of Opportunity”. Each guest had the chance to discuss his or her real world employment experiences. This panel of professionals focused on the power of a Liberal Arts Discipline as it pertains to employment opportunities. All the guests were strongly in favor of a liberal arts background and presented the advantages it provided them as they entered the business world. The individual honored guest speakers had a variety of backgrounds and experiences from which they could share. For example, Mallory Baringer is currently a Legislative Director of the New York State Senate as well as a member of the Siena Board of Trustees. Another speaker, Tricia Hertz, is a Senior Director for Human Resources, Communications and Training for NYSARC. Jerry DeFrancisco was the Former President of Red Cross Humanitarian Services, Deb Kelly, a professor of Management and Human Resources here at Siena College and finally, Deb Delbelso who is the Director of Career Resource Center here on campus.

Liberal arts, as many of these individuals mentioned, instills a number of lifelong, crucial skills that can help any graduate secure a job. It can help create a great background in communication skills that prove to be vitally important in the business world, encourage the use of critical thinking, and provide a general knowledge about a variety of topics as the basis for analysis and decision making. Some other advice they had pertained to proper interview etiquette and how this differs whether it is utilizing face-to-face interaction or through a phone or Skype platform. It is important to understand how each platform lends itself to different behavior or strategic performance. Before these interviews, the panelists also highly suggested taking the time to learn about the company and culture in order to be knowledgeable of their procedures and customs. In order to express serious interest for a company through means of an interview, it is can be often impressionable to ask insightful questions following the initial questioning. Also, the process of selling/presenting oneself as a liberal arts student and catering a résumé to specific job positions were also strong points of emphasis for all these panelists.

One of the most insightful pieces of information presented at this panel was the notion of specificity. The wonderful thing about a liberal arts background is that it is not all that specific. By engaging in a liberal arts education at the collegiate level, students are able to obtain information from a variety of different disciplines that allow for a more well-rounded and knowledgeable person. That is why many of these panelists suggested the idea of a liberal arts education as an undergrad and then to focus on a more specific discipline in a graduate school setting. From an employers standpoint, these different values are both impressive and notable to a point of separation above other potential candidates.

The Drowsy Chaperone

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Siena College’s Creative Arts Department and Stage III collaborate once more to bring the community yet another brilliant and respectable production. This year, the stage focused their efforts on the production of The Drowsy Chaperone. This musical within a comedy directed by Sharon Paluch with musical direction from Tom Reno surely did not disappoint. The acting and musical talent of the students combined with the compelling set and technical support transported the audience to the home of an elderly man and even further into the play he was narrating. The fundamental execution of this play says wonders about all who were involved in its creation and about the program in general. Furthermore, the outstanding turnout enhances and proves that if there is a good show, people will be in attendance.

This play, set in the 1920’s, includes plenty of uplifting Jazz tunes and demonstrates the stirring effect it had (and is still having) on individuals. The inception of this play portrays a man sitting in a chair in his lonely apartment. To cure a case of the blues, this man decides to listen to his record of The Drowsy Chaperone. Almost instantly, the audience is transported into the midst of a Broadway musical. The man’s apartment takes on a whole new life as new props and characters demand the stage. This show within a show then finds its focus on a showgirl, Janet Van De Graaff, who is to marry Robert Martin. However, marriage does not come without sacrifice in Janet’s case. After her wedding, Janet plans on giving up her career in show business, as she no longer is in need of it. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for her producer who finds himself in deep with some gangsters that require further work from Janet. It is at that point that the producer, Feldzieg, begins devising an elaborate plan to cancel the wedding. He recruits the help of Aldolpho, a European self-proclaimed ladies man, to seduce Janet and ruin the marriage.

The marriage may not need outside intervention though, as Janet finds herself with cold feet and rethinking her decision to get married to Robert. Those scary notions of regret push Janet into do something outside the ordinary. On the day of the wedding, Janet disguises herself through means of a French accent and confronts Robert out in the garden. Robert proceeds to kiss this French woman after a short conversation and musical number, which sends Janet off in a fit, cancelling the wedding. Eventually however, after a series of quirky and eccentric events, these two characters find their way back to each other to finally be wed among a number of secondary characters.

Throughout this entire unfolding of events, the elderly man still sits and narrates. Yet, there is a sense of loneliness and discomfort on his face as he struggles to act as a passive audience member rather than a part of the play. This internal struggle and hopelessness constantly disrupts the flow of the record in a comedic yet gloomy way that forces the audience to feel sympathy for the man. At the end, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred and the audience is left with a feeling of satisfaction knowing the old man has found happiness and belonging in this record he holds so dearly.

The directors, cast members, producers, technical staff, and musical support did an outstanding job recreating this production and the extensive rehearsal period leading up to this show was extremely present. This play was both meaningful and quirky in the most entertaining and delightful way. It would seem implausible that anyone left that theater unsatisfied in the past two weekends and, if anything, these viewers were wishing it had lasted longer than it did.

Student Internship Panel

As a part of the School of Liberal Arts “Trilogy of Opportunity”, a student internship panel was held on Wednesday, November 4th. This internship panel allowed five students to discuss their experiences as interns at a number of various organizations. This diversity was greatly appreciated as it allowed students from several disciplines to attend and experience some type of relevance and familiarity. The majors covered among these five interns included Economics, Computer Science, Social Work, Political Science, Finance and History. This event, held by the School of Liberal Arts in conjunction with the Career Center and the Community Living Sophomore Year Experience, was extremely valuable to all those in attendance, especially as a result of the mixtures of positions. As the administrators fired questions at the panel of students, they each had an opportunity to speak about their individual knowledge and experiences within the internship world.

While all of these students worked at an internship or entry-level position, their experiences were subject to the corporate cultures and job duties that they were thrust into. However, each individual’s advice is just as valuable as the next regardless of what type of internship they acquired. These internships included Zakir Hussain’s internship as an Analytics and Business Strategist at JP Morgan Chase, David Etkin’s extensive computer science internship, Stephanie Schoonmaker’s position at the Albany Medical Hospital Critical Care Unit, Kaitlyn Krolik’s White House as well as NYS Senate internship’s, Erik Bereshein’s demanding internship at Ayco and finally Matt O’Keefe’s international internship in Australia as a U.S. Consulate. These immense differences in positions lead to immense differences in advice, however that is not to say that one persons advice was more valuable than another’s. It all depended on what field interested the audience the most. Advice was given on a variety of subjects that a student attempting to get an internship would be dying to know. This included instructions on how to efficiently secure an internship, the interview process, following up, as well as standing out above other interns. They also thoroughly discussed the after thought of an internship and the importance of staying in touch with people and bosses at previous jobs. The connections made at an internship may, in fact, lead to a full time secure job in the future so it is important to be noticed and hardworking at whatever position one is given.

The panelists continued on about how instrumental these experiences were to their growth personally and as professionals. They also discussed how these same experiences have given them enormous opportunities as they graduate from college and search for a career. As a college student, it is easy to assume that life has not even started, but attending this internship panel proves just the opposite and secures the notion that the future is now. Sitting on an internship panel were physically five students that started to pave a path to their future and took full advantages of the opportunities presented to them now rather than waiting.

Tom Mazzarelli: The Today Show

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Tom Mazzarelli, Sr. Producer of The Early Show.CBS PHOTO BY JOHN PAUL FILO©2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

It was Siena College’s distinct honor to welcome back Tom and Caryn Mazzarelli to Siena’s Campus on Monday, November 2nd for the School of Liberal Arts Lecture Series event. Now a husband and father of two daughters, Tom graduated from Siena College in 1993 with a major in History. However, he did not let this specific major dictate his occupational path. Instead, Tom drew from his extensive liberal arts knowledge that he acquired at Siena College to move forward in his career. Tom is currently a three-time Emmy Award winner as the Co-Executive Producer of NBC News’ “Today” Show. As the Co-Executive Producer, he oversees the first two hours (7-9am) of the show by coordinating with the anchors and workers from a control room each morning. Tom has had the privilege of covering hundreds of breaking news events over the duration of his career, some more uplifting than others. A number of these stories include five presidential elections, ten Olympic Games, the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the capture of Osama Bin Laden. This fast pace, demanding job is not for everyone but Tom Mazzarelli is a man who clearly knows what he is doing.

However, Tom, much like a majority of college students, was not exactly sure what career he wanted to embrace at the time. At first, he tried his hand at teaching but quickly realized this job was not exactly to his liking, so he was on the hunt once again for a new profession. Then, one day, Siena College invited back Susan Bennett, who at the time was a producer at CNN, to give a presentation pertaining to her job. Tom, already being somewhat interested in broadcasting, was instantly drawn into this presentation and ended up connecting with Susan Bennett following her visit. After staying in touch with Susan for a while, Tom was able to secure his own internship at CNN. It was then that Tom knew this was the career he would embrace for the rest of his life. Tom went on to work for a number of different broadcasting stations including an internship at CNN’s “Larry King Live”, a producer role at MSNBC working alongside Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, a segment producer role at “Today”, he helped launch “CBS This Morning” with Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnel on CBS, and finally returned to the “Today” Show in 2013 where he continues to work extensively with Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, and Carson Daly.

Throughout his speech, entitled “A Career in Television with a Liberal Arts Degree”, Tom put a large amount of emphasis on opportunity and how his Liberal Arts background was the perfect stepping stone when it came to finding a fulfilling career. He went on to explain how experiences, internships and an individuals’ passion for a subject are the driving forces of employment, not so much the degree in which one acquires at the end of their schooling. However, one of the most valuable ideas that Tom pushed in his presentation, which seemed to strongly resonate with all those in attendance, was the notion of “getting to yes”. As an intern, Tom explains, there will be tasks that no one particularly wants to do or even tasks that are challenging or outside the norm. If someone has the ability to get to yes and do whatever he or she is asked of without hesitation, they will easily stand out above the rest. That is not to say that getting to yes is easy, quite the opposite in some cases actually, but the ability to push through and meet expectations is a skill set of tremendous value. Tom gives his personal examples of trekking through blinding snowstorms to do the school reports or squeezing Larry King’s cashew chicken until it was dry. While these tasks may seem ridiculous and extreme for an internship position, it is those who accomplish these exact tasks that move upward in their careers.

Tom Mazzarelli’s hilarious anecdotes, encouraging triumphs and relatable experiences easily put him at the top of Siena’s most valuable and informative visitors. The advice that students were able to take away from this lecture was priceless and the VIP NBC Tour tickets raffled off were not too shabby either. Students who attended were able to make an amazing new connection as he graciously provided his email address and offered a helping hand to those in need much like Susan Bennett did before him. It is in high hopes that Siena College has the privilege of welcoming Tom back to campus at some point in the future.

Vocomotion: A Beautiful Success

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On Wednesday, October 21st Siena College’s Creative Arts Department showcased a number of different disciplines and talents within a single event known as Vocomotion. This annual performance beautifully combined the unbelievable singing talents of the Siena College Chamber Singers and Chorus with the creative artistic talents of Siena College Drawing 1 students. The turnout for this event was overwhelming as proud parents, students and friends rushed through the doors of Foy Hall to support these students in their passionate endeavors (as well as indulge in free apple cider and donuts). This combination of art and live performance, at first seemed to be rather curious but once the event began, that curiosity quickly dissipated and did wonders for the notion of human experience.

The live performance and music selection of this event worked in perfect conjunction with the artwork and notion of movement. This musical selection consisted of two separate, yet related, sets written by both George F. Handel (1685-1759) and Aaron Copland (1900-1990). George F. Handel is credited and honored in this case with his set entitled As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams, while Aaron Copland’s performed set was named Old American Songs. This repertoire of songs is also the same set the Siena Chamber Students took with them to perform in Rochester for the NY State Fall Conference of the American Choir Directors Association at the Eastman School of Music. With Tim Reno up front as the Conductor, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga as the pianist and Petia Kassarova on the cello, this performance transcended the preconceived barriers between music and art.

However, this music would potentially convey a completely different atmospheric tone had the paintings not encompassed the performers. Suspended on the wall in every direction were beautiful renderings of the human image depicted by Scott Fosters Drawing 1 Students. This class worked intensively with the notion of spontaneous marks through critical observation and individual sensitivity of the subject and materials. This class also worked closely with Dr. Reno’s Chamber Singers, as they rehearsed in the studio so the drawing students could understand and conceptualize form on a more active and engaging level.

Individually, the song and art aspects of this interdisciplinary event were beyond impressive but when combined, they were a force to be reckoned with. The way in which the song selection complimented the art was moving to a point of complete transfixion. However, while this music had the audience enthralled and motionless with intrigue, it gave the surrounding art life and action. With the students singing and artwork dancing, it became extremely clear why these two disciplines teamed up.

Symposium for Living Philosophers: Adriana Cavarero

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Photograph of Adriana Cavarero at Siena College (2015)

Philosophy has long been known as the study of the fundamental knowledge, reality and existence that reaches far beyond mere logic. It does not seem too far of a stretch in assuming that everyone, at some point in their lives and especially their collegiate careers, have been exposed to some type of philosophical literature or excerpt. However, while the majority of people have read something of philosophical background, there probably are not too many that have had the opportunity to hear one speak personally. Recently, Siena College was blessed with the opportunity to do just that. On September 24th, much of the Siena community gathered in the Maloney Great Room for the Symposium on Living Philosophers in order to listen to Adriana Cavarero speak out in her presentation entitled, “Horrorist Violence from the Holocaust to our Present”. As Adriana Cavaereo originates from Italy, this exciting and noble event marks the first in which the Symposium honored an international Philosopher.

While the title “Horrorist Violence from the Holocaust to our Present” is rather vague and ominous, the topic of conversation as Adriana started to speak became extremely clear. However, the way in which Adriana went about presenting her information and philosophical findings was anything but obvious. By tying in events from both the past and present simultaneously, Adriana was able to draw serious connections and prove to the listeners that history may not repeat itself, but it is certainly not learning much from its actions either. The main focal points that Adriana seem to touch upon included violence, the dehumanization of defenseless victims through drastic actions in the 20th and 21st century and the patterns of chaos and injustice repeated throughout history. From touching on events including the Holocaust to dissecting horrors such as viral hostage videos, Cavarero was able to make a few strong and valid points pertaining to the shame humans should share in the participation of such terrible events. The response to such horrors, in Cavarero’s opinion, manifests itself in a state of paralysis of each victim. Whether this paralysis restricts the victims’ emotions, speech, or body, it is the concept of this obstruction that constitutes this notion of “horrorism” as Cavarero puts it.

Cavarero, as those who attended this event know, was able to subtly provoke the audience into reflect on their own actions as well as the actions of the human race and, in a way, take on the shame that should have been present throughout history. She goes on to explain that this lack of shame is a direct result of technology and exposure, which ultimately end up normalizing the injustices currently occurring in society. Cavarero clearly draws a lot from the works of Hannah Arendt, William Shakespeare and Plato and has the incredible ability to implement all of these renowned philosophers into a single speech in a cohesive and organized way. Siena College was beyond honored to have someone as well versed as Adriana Cavarero come and speak to the student body and will be able to share in this great honor once more in the Spring Semester as she will be returning to give another lecture.

God of Carnage

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From October 1st to the 4th, the Siena College Creative Arts Department put on an all student production of God of Carnage in Foy Hall in the Beaudion Theatre. This play, originally written by Yazmina Reza, was fortunate enough to have one of Siena College’s very own students direct it here on campus. Thanks to Shayne Peris, this play about manners without the manners truly came to life on stage. This production no doubt proved to be brilliantly hilarious and well rehearsed due to enormous comedic relief and acting skills of Samantha Burke, Petro Lilikas, Imani Miller, and Michael Sinkora. As a member of the audience, one could be tricked into thinking they were watching a movie as the lines and actions were executed flawlessly.

For a play with only four characters and one setting, the entertainment factor was through the roof. The play revolved around two very opposite sets of parents, Michael and Veronica Novak and Annette and Alan Raleigh. These parents decide to meet at the home of the Novak’s to discuss an issue that their children were having at school. It just so happens that the Raleigh’s child, in spite of not being accepted into a school gang, attacked the Novak’s child with a stick, knocking out a number of his teeth. The sole purpose of this gathering between parents was to find a way to resolve this matter in a civil and modest fashion. However, as the night progressed, this notion is quickly disregarded. Ironically, as the parents meet about the immature behaviors of their children, they simultaneously begin acting more and more childish with each word they divulge. Interestingly enough, it seems that throughout the entire night and pugnacious attitudes of all involved, the dynamics of the teams constantly changed. At first one parent would side with their spouse and next they would stand behind another and this went on until they had all virtually agreed with each character at some point in time.

Not only did this chaos bring the maturity of each character down a few pegs, each marriage was slowly unraveling at the seams as well. While the actors that portrayed these characters were each well below the average age of marriage, their performance transported the audience to a place that set them each at one end of a failed and hopeless relationship. A lot of this evocation of emotion was also in great part an unconditioned response to the savvy technical work behind the scenes and the extremely well built set. With each turn of events, it appeared that the dynamic or color scheme of the setting, lights and characters followed. This showing of the God of Carnage was truly delightful and the Siena College School of Creative Arts deserves deep recognition and praise for their efforts and execution.