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    Reality TV may hit UA

    Gibran Ameer, a psychology freshman living in Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, works on his desk. A new reality show would film students fixing up their living spaces.
    Gibran Ameer, a psychology freshman living in Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, works on his desk. A new reality show would film students fixing up their living spaces.

    Correction
    In Tuesday’s “”Reality TV may hit UA,”” the article stated that filming for the show “”What’s With that Crazy College Room?”” begins later this year. However, casting and shooting has already begun. The Wildcat regrets the error.

    Pizza boxes, dirty clothes, music posters and beer bottle collections.

    The contents of a typical college student’s home is generally not something they want the whole world to see, but for a few UA students, their offbeat abode could be featured on national television.

    Home and Garden Television will be producing “”What’s with that Crazy College Room?”” which will feature college residences, including some from the UA. The show is a one-hour spin-off of “”What’s with that House?””

    George Gray, the host of “”What’s with that Crazy College Room?”” is a comedian and UA alumnus.

    The original show features some of the country’s most unique homes, such as a home in California with an entire roof made of solar panels or a cottage in Texas that looks like the setting for Grimm’s fairy tales, according to the HGTV Web site.

    A one-hour special on Christmas decorating gone awry encouraged the network to investigate college housing, Gray said.

    “”I think that nobody’s really gotten to see how creative you can get inside a college dorm or off campus,”” Gray said. “”There’s people who really go out of their way to come up with their own bit of expression in the 10-by-10-foot cubicle they’ve been given for four years.””

    Filming will begin in a year, and UA dorm rooms as well as off-campus apartments and houses could be featured on the show, Gray said.

    “”Just because you got a small spot doesn’t mean you can’t live large,”” Gray said.

    Whether or not the show would be allowed to film in student apartment complexes is uncertain.

    Amy Gutzwiller, manager of University House, 1150 E. Eighth St., said permission would have to be granted by the University House corporate office in order to film.

    Filming national television shows in UA residence halls has been done in the past.

    In 2003, “”Freshman Diaries,”” a television documentary filmed for Showtime, chronicled the lives of UA freshmen for a month. The show was later cancelled by the network due to budget constraints.

    Whether or not filming would be allowed in residence halls, innovative college decor is not unusual in dorm rooms.

    Laura Tripp, complex director for La Paz Residence Hall, said she has seen “”a little bit of everything”” when it comes to students’ rooms in her six years as a director. Rooms have been decorated with everything from matching bedspreads to butterfly themes to sports memorabilia.

    It’s not only decorations that have caught her attention.

    “”I know that I’ve come across some interesting smells,”” Tripp said. “”Some rooms smell like an animal has died in there.””

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