MU vies to host reality TV show

The university is one of the three finalists for “Big Man on Campus.”
Friday, May 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:32 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

“Big Man on Campus,” a new reality TV show from the producers of “The Bachelor,” is trying to bring back “a sense of storybook romance to college life.” And it could end up using the MU campus as the site for the made-for-TV fairy tale.

MU is one of three finalist universities vying for the opportunity to be featured in the show. For the past week, a team of student production assistants has been helping Hollywood get a feel for the Midwest in preparation for the reality program’s casting.

Applications were collected Wednesday and Thursday. Casting will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the lower level of Pershing Hall.

Mark Long, who works in University Affairs, said about 15 to 20 students have been assistants to the casting call.

Casting director Luke Conklin said the university’s help has been appreciated. “They have bent over backwards,” he said.

MU spokesman Mary Jo Banken said the university hopes the visit and the entire selection process will bring “national recognition” to the university. MU will not receive any money from the casting call, she said.

“Big Man on Campus” is missing one ingredient found in “The Bachelor.”

“The main difference — there is not a proposal at the end of the show,” Conklin said.

The show will involve several bachelorettes maneuvering to win the affections of the Big Man on Campus.

“We hope we get some great numbers,” Conklin said. “The more students that show up, the greater the chances of us coming back.”

However, there has been some concern within MU’s Greek community about participation by its membership.

“The discussion that we’ve had, and we met with the chapter presidents, was about the paperwork that they may or may not have to have,” said Interfraternity Council Vice President of Publicity Ryan Glowczewski.

“Some international organizations require their members to get permission because some organizations may or not want to be depicted a certain way.”

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