MTV made its way to Bellingham this year when the stars of the show “The Buried Life” came to Western’s campus in early February. The cast shared their experiences and helped showcase the “Fears vs. Dreams” exhibit in the Viking Union Gallery.
Hosted by the Associated Students Productions Special Events, The Buried Life cast was brought to campus with the help of the Western chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms and the VU Gallery. TWLOHA is an organization that helps people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide.
“The Buried Life” is not just for fans of the show, but for anyone and everyone to come and have a good time, said Jordan Renshaw, ASP Special Events coordinator.
“You don’t need to be a fan of the show to enjoy ‘The Buried Life’ live,” Renshaw said. “They’re hilarious guys on stage as well, and their passion for what they do it blatantly genuine.”
The MTV show depicts Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn traveling across North America completing their own bucket list, and helping strangers fulfill their dreams. During their presentation in the Performing Arts Center, they told the audience of never-before-seen adventures they went on as a part of the show and how they go about tackling the dreams of others.
The “Fears vs. Dreams” exhibition began in late January, three weeks before “The Buried Life” cast came to Western. The exhibit displayed cards with community members’ biggest fears or dreams, and was open to anyone who wanted to fill out a card with his or her thoughts, VU Gallery Director Ashley Hollender said.
“By filling the gallery with our fears and dreams, we hope to provide a safe, welcoming atmosphere where people can be comforted and inspired by the words of others,” Hollender said.
Carrying on TWLOHA’s mission to spread hope and awareness of depression and conveying to Western’s campus that no one is alone in the issues they deal with on a day-to-day basis, Renshaw said. The two events working in conjunction with each other sought a universal goal.