The Buried Life returns to bring love to campus
The cast of MTVs The Buried Life hope to fall in love among the palm trees of the MLK Plaza when they make their return to campus Wednesday.
The Buried Life follows Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn as they try to complete a list of lifetime goals, such as breaking a Guinness World Record. The cast will attempt to conquer that feat Wednesday at 11 a.m.
In an interview with The Oracle, Jonnie Penn said the cast will set a record for the worlds largest-ever speed mixer, which is like speed dating with a couple tweaks, with as many of USF Tampas 37,879 students as possible.
We like doing crazy stuff, so when we found out no one had done this before and we could set this super-high record, we thought this made sense to do, he said. The point is to have the most people on a date at one point in the history of reality. So, if youre single maybe you can come on down and maybe you wont leave single. Maybe youll meet the love of your life.
Penn said all of the cast members will be participating in the event and are each open to falling in love on campus. He said all four are simultaneously single for one of the few times theyve been friends, and if they do fall in love, theyd be able to mark off two items at once.
No. 78 on the list is fall in love, so we were hoping to cross that off, he said. Weve been wanting to cross that one off for a long time. We thought maybe wed be able to cross that off by doing it with you guys.
There is also a chance that participating students could wind up on television, as the event will be taped for a future broadcast of the show, Penn said. The show had been put on hiatus by MTV in October, but he said they have since signed a new deal.
The Buried Life cast made their first visit to USF in February as a part of the University Lecture Series (ULS) and chose to break the world record at USF rather than other schools theyve toured at. This was because USF chose us, Penn said, by posting 1,600 posts about what students would cross from their bucket lists to a Facebook contest and making a strong impression during the casts ULS visit.
We wanted to work with whatever school is going to make it the rowdiest, and you guys seem to get rowdy, so there you go, he said. Everyone seems really nice and ready to party. I remember we said on stage, You guys know were (possibly) going to come back? and there was some sort of electricity in the room where everyone was like, F--- yeah, were doing this, this is happening.
Penn said Lingwood and a representative from Verizon Wireless Careers, which is sponsoring the event, are going to have a salsa dance-off championship.
Theres going to be a lot of love, a lot of salsa music and a lot of booty-shaking, he said.
The event will include food trucks, music and prizes, Penn said. The cast is also teaming with Jet-Puffed marshmallows to raise money for the Florida-based nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, which helps students overcome depression, anxiety, eating disorders and cutting.
USF Bookstore Manager Nick Fagnoni said in an email to The Oracle that the bookstore will be selling copies of The Buried Lifes book, What Do You Want to Do Before you Die? but are still finalizing details.
Penn said students should come out to the event whether they are straight, LGBT, in a relationship or otherwise.
Bring your singleness, he said. This is a thing (where) if people want to come out and maybe make friends, they can do that too. We just want to get people face-to-face with each other.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE NEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- Cosplayers to suit up for Tampa Bay Comic Con
- Search continues for graves at Dozier
- USF Athletics: What you might have missed this summer
- Pujol represents Bulls in FIBA World Cup
- The health consequences of a night with Netflix
- Colleges should worry about losing funding over Title IX violations
- Renovations revitalize USF Bookstore
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Don't Get Blindsided by the Sticker Shock of College
- Your Online Reputation: Handle With Care
- Carrageenan: Sustainability From Farm to Table
- For Dwight Clark, the Catch Is Chiropractic Care
- Reducing the Likeliness of Back Surgery With Chiropractic...
- Enhancing the Curb Appeal of Your Home
- Maximize Your Teleconferences With Better Tools
- Two Sides of Curb Appeal: Beauty and Performance
- Using Subtypes to Guide Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer
- 10 Things to Know About the New HiSET High School...