Mercyhurst College students will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the cast of MTV’s reality show “The Buried Life.”
“The Buried Life” is a reality documentary series about four men from Canada who travel across North America working on completing their list of the 100 things they want to do before they die. Each time they complete an item off their list, they help a stranger complete a goal.
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) is bringing the cast of this show to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The cast will give a presentation to students for an hour.
“The Buried Life’s” speech is titled “What do you want to do before you die?” As part of their motivational speech, they will discuss their bucket list.
MSG doesn’t have many other details about the presentation.
“They didn’t really give us an agenda,” said MSG Event Coordinator Shannon Kissel. “They didn’t tell us anything they’re going to say.”
After the talk, students can line up to get the cast members’ autographs and take a photo with them.
The autograph signing will take place in the Cummings Art Gallery for one hour. At this time, MSG will take photos of students with the cast of “The Buried Life.”
Students will write down the names of everyone in the photo, and MSG will then tag these students in the photo on Facebook.
Kissel said that students are not allowed to bring their own cameras to take photos with the cast.
“Within the contract, you can’t even bring your camera in the PAC,” Kissel said.
MSG will provide paper for students to use for the autographs. The members of “The Buried Life” will sign only these papers, and they will not write personalized messages to students.
MSG PR Coordinator Jeremy Dickey said that this rule is meant to keep the line moving.
“We want as many people as can get autographs,” he said.
MSG expects there to be a large crowd for the event.
“Right now we have over 450 people attending on Facebook,” said Kissel. “We are expecting to sell out.”
The PAC seats 800 people.
MSG President Meghan Hess said she is happy about the expected turnout because it shows that MSG serves the students.
“I think student government’s focus this year is student engagement,” Hess said. “We expect a sold out place. How much more engaged can you get?”
“We’re really here for the students, and the students are really here for us,” she said.
Students who are worried about getting a good seat or who don’t want to wait in a long line for autographs should check out Louie the Laker’s Facebook page this week.
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 2, Louie the Laker’s Facebook page will announce locations around campus where VIP passes will be hidden.
He will provide the location of three passes a day through Friday, Nov. 5.
These passes will allow students to cut the autograph line and get special seating in the PAC. A total of nine passes will be announced through Facebook.
The event is part of the MSG Distinguished Speaker Series.
“This is the first installment of our speaker series, and we’re really excited for it,” said Kissel. “We just hope the students are as excited as we are.”
“I like that the first speaker we’re bringing is not only informational but entertaining and relate-able,” Dickey said.
“The Buried Life” ties in with MSG’s yearlong theme, which is “This is Reality.”
“We’re really trying to make sure things we do reflect back to the theme,” Dickey said.
Even though the event is free, students should bring money because “The Buried Life” merchandise will be sold at the event.
The event begins at 8:15 p.m. in the PAC. Only students with a Mercyhurst ID will be admitted.