Game Show Week offers students unique ways to spend weeknights

By Kassia Bernosky
September 28, 2011

Patrick Schneider and Alyssa Berger celebrate their win

Game Show Week, a CAP Board sponsored event, featured some of today’s most famous game shows for Cabrini students to enjoy from the comfort of campus.  “Deal or No Deal,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and “Are You Smarter Than a Cabrini Student?” were the events of the week.

Game Show Week events were planned months in advance by CAP Board.

“Deal or No Deal,” held on Monday, Sept. 26 in the Grace Hall Atrium attracted students who were looking for something to do with their Monday night.

“It was something fun to do on a Monday night but it was a small turnout,” Jake Gaspari, sophomore undecided, said.

The stage set-up was similar to that of the hit game show on FOX and to one side stood a podium for the host, Justin Sillner, senior communication major.  Bleachers were set up in the center of the stage and were filled with Cabrini students who modeled for “Deal or No Deal.”

“My favorite part was being a model because when else do you get to be a model?” Jen Persia, sophomore education major, said.

Sillner began the night by raffling off a Game Show Week T-shirt.  Contestants were selected at random by raffle tickets.  The lucky students selected to participate were freshman Victoria Gabriel, freshman Chris Knight and senior Patrick Schneider.

As the night went on, the contestants, models and audience became more energetic and involved in the game.  People in the audience began yelling, “Take the deal!” or “No deal!”  Schneider even looked toward the crowd and asked his girlfriend, junior Alyssa Berger, if he should take the deal or not.

Knight was the big winner of the night, taking home a $100 dollar gift card, while Gabriel came in second place and Schneider in third.

“Don’t Forget the Lyrics” was held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Grace Hall Atrium.  The event was run by the on-stage directors of CAP Board, senior communication major Lauren Sliva and sophomore education major Angelica Graber.

“We both saw the show before and we thought it would be interesting and fun to use a memory jogger type of game,” Graber said.

Host, singer/songwriter Matt Santry, got the audience pumped for the game by beginning the evening with a sing-a-long of Tom Petty’s hit single, “Free Fallin’.”

Host Matt Santry gets the crowd ready.

Contestants were given the option to select from the following categories: Oldies, Top 40, TV Themes, Country, Disney and Musicals. Contestants were then picked at random by raffle tickets.  Those awarded the winning tickets included freshman Brian Iocco, freshman Anna Giangiulio, freshman Lynice Caul and sophomore Olivia Collins. Each contestant won a Game Show Week T-shirt, Matt Santry CD and a gift card.

“The thing I liked about getting to be a contestant was actually knowing some of the lyrics. That was good,” Giangiulio said. “I was kind of nervous but excited.”

The contestants could even interact with the audience using lifelines.  One lifeline in particular gave the contestants the ability to ask an audience member how to finish the lyrics.  The go-to girl for completing the lyrics was freshman English major Maria Manastra.  Manastra showed strong knowledge of all songs.

She even got to sing a duet of Adele’s single “Rolling in the Deep,” with Santry.  Santry barely knew the lyrics so he called her up to help him finish the song.

“It was a great opportunity to sing with a great artist and connect with my classmates,” Manastra said.

“Anyone who didn’t go missed a really great night,” Theresa Paesani, sophomore graphic design major, said.

The third and final game show of the week was “Are You Smarter Than A Cabrini Student?” held on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Widener Lecture Hall.  Based off of FOX’s hit game show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” CAP Board’s version took students and faculty and tested them on their knowledge of Cabrini College.

“When CAP Board plans events, the game show idea comes up a lot so we decided perhaps we make a week of it.  Game Show Week 2011 was a huge success,” Amber LaJeunesse, adviser of CAP Board and asst. director of SEaL, said.

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