The Future of MCTV

By: Caroline Fiske and Michelle DeMartino

“Remember to always keep that seat warm, everyone. We’ll hopefully see you all in the movies.”

Andrew Auger, president of Marist College Television (MCTV), spoke those words in a choked-up voice during the series finale of MCTV’s longest running show, The Middle Seats, on Thursday.

Brought to life in his second semester of freshman year with freshman year roommate Jake Hensler, Middle Seats is based off of two 90’s film critiques from Chicago doing film reviews. Auger has always been a film fanatic ever since he was a child. In order for him to pursue his dreams in the film world, Auger approached Hensler about making his dream of The Middle Seats a reality. Developing their connection, from roommates to film critics, they were soon able to call The Middle Seats their own.

“We really hit our stride second semester sophomore year to beginning of junior year for me,” said Auger.

Although he admits now that their episodes are not always prepared to record on time due to the amount of content their collaborative team plan to produce, during their sophomore and junior year, they were able to run and produce this content at a good pace.

“The first half of the Middle Seats was about Jake and I finding our bearings…developing our chemistry. The second half has been getting more people involved… this was an initiative that Kevin [Kleinschmidt], Dani Horbiak, Jamie Caniglia, Molly Gamache, and I have all been kind of developing, giving people more opportunities on camera; giving people the confidence that they can do things like that,” said Auger.

This year, Auger says, The Middle Seats had very talented and dedicated individuals, but it was more challenging, since there is more content to produce, and Auger and Hensler were less committed than before with senior responsibilities, including internships. With the label of MCTV’s longest running show and Auger and Hensler getting ready to graduate,though, all good things must come to an end.

Regarding the transition of power for the new year of MCTV, the amount of passion and hard work that is put towards this club makes it a lot more difficult for the old president Auger to give up his throne to new president Kevin Kleinschmidt.

“I’m having a little bit of a problem sacrificing the power a bit, just cause I love it so much. Not that I love the power, but I love leading a team of these great, talented individuals. Kevin is going to do a great job with that because he’s taken the steps needed to develop this.”

He even remembered a comical exchange, in which he was having difficulty giving Kleinschmidt his closet.

“‘It’s hard…Kevin messaged me the other day…he goes, ‘I need your key to the closet!’ I said, ‘You will get your key on May 12th,’” Auger said.

Auger then summed up his feelings for the club’s future in some closing words.

“I think it’s certainly bittersweet to go, but I am very confident where the club is going to go in the future.”

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After show talk by Auger & Hensler

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Bittersweet goodbyes

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Auger & Hensler

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