Win a date with a 'Real World Key West' castmate
Published: Thursday, April 13, 2006
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2012 01:06
Winning a dream date with a cast member of MTV's "Real World" seems far-fetched; however, a new contest will give Ohio State students that chance.
Four "Real World" cast members will spend a night out on the town with two lucky winners and their guest.
Windows Live Expo, Microsoft's new online classified community, is sponsoring the contest as a way to launch the new site.
Those wanting to enter must post a personal ad on the site. The most real, candid and compelling male and female will win.
Brandon Evans, senior director of the marketing firm Mr. Youth, wanted to offer OSU students the opportunity to go on a date with cast members from the popular show. He offers tips on what the ad should contain.
"Be as real as possible," he said. "Post pictures and paint us an idea of who you really are and what you're all about." Evans said there has already been a good turnout of profiles and some have caught his eye.
Carrie Shorten, Expo Marketing for Microsoft, wants OSU students to take advantage of the resources that the site offers.
"Besides posting ads, students can also buy and sell their textbooks instead of going around to different book stores," she said. "Also another good feature is that students can only choose to receive messages from users with an OSU e-mail account."
Michelle Ruszkiewicz, a sophomore in communication, does not plan on entering the contest.
"I absolutely would not post an online personal ad," she said. "There's something inherently creepy about the whole thing, I feel like its almost giving up."
Ruszkiewicz said there is a difference between classified sites and popular sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
"I'm on both of those sites and I'm never there with the intention of meeting someone to be all romantic with," she said. "The sites are kind of fun, a way to maybe meet a few people here and there but it's basically for me and the friends I already have."
Brandon Sturgill, a junior in biology and predentistry, is not bothered with the idea of posting an online ad.
"I would enter the contest," he said. "It doesn't matter if you have to put a personal ad out."
Sturgill does limit himself to what he would post.
"There is no way I would put naked pictures of myself on the site and I wouldn't post personal information such as my cell phone number or my address."
The four "Real World" cast members coming to campus are part of the current Key West season.
Each cast member currently has a personal ad posted on the site.
The contest ends this week and details can be found at both expo.live.com and berealrules.com.