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East Carolina University will be featured on an MTV television project.

The university was asked to be a part of MTV’s “Savage U” that features Dan Savage, sex columnist and author of column “Savage love.” MTV spent Oct. 18-21 filming on ECU’s campus for the project.

“we look for campuses with a diverse set of opinions and a base of thoughtful, intelligent students. ECU fit those criteria,” said a spokesperson for MTV.

Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs at ECU, said the university agreed to host the production because it would provide an opportunity for ECU students to engage in an intelligent, healthy discussion about personal relationships, situations and challenges they will encounter at the university and after they graduate.

“Savage U” follows Savage and his sidekick, Lauren Hutchinson, “as they travel across the country to different college campuses, offering a crash course to students on relationships, responsibility, sex, love and life,” said the MTV spokesperson. The show is tentatively set to premiere Spring 2012.

Savage is an author, journalist, television personality and activist known for his humor and brutal honesty when it comes to sex, dating and relationships. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, “The Colbert Report” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

A lecture and question-and-answer session were held in Mendenhall Student Center on Oct. 19. Videotaped sessions and meetings were held with Savage and smaller groups of students during the rest of the week.

“The response from students on this tour has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re all very excited about the next stop at ECU,” the spokesperson said prior to the taping at ECU.

Contact Lynsey Horn at or 252-329-9574.

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