Outside the window from where I’m doing work (check out my zoomed-out Photo Booth pic) Bob Saget is being filmed and slowly amassing a crowd behind Uris Library, above the cocktail lounge.
I can’t leave my desk, but what the heck is he doing here? Readers… please share!
UPDATE: Helpful commenter Michael has clued me into Saget’s upcoming A&E series Bob Saget’s Strange Days “which busts down barriers to investigate some of America’s most fascinating and mysterious worlds.” And an anonymous tipster hanging around Willard Straight Hall informed me that the mysterious world which Saget is exploring at Cornell is Seal & Serpent Society, a fraternity currently known for its lacking membership and odd name.
2nd UPDATE: Former IvyGate writer and Seal & Serpent Society (despite it’s name it’s actually a fraternity) alum Max Wasserman has got the inside scoop on Bob Saget’s presence in Ithaca. In an email he wrote,
Well as you said, he’s filming for his new A&E show about interesting subcultures. So the specific subculture he’s covering at Cornell is fraternities and the plan is that he will actually go through initiation. The reason why he’s in Ithaca following Seal & Serpent is that the producers approached national fraternities about filming, but the national chapters were reluctant to have their secret rituals filmed at any of their houses. The producers then decided to look at independent fraternities as they don’t have to deal with national chapters. They approached S&S (oldest independent fraternity in the country) who agreed. The producers were present at the frat’s initiation dinner a few weeks ago.
So that’s why Bob Saget is at Cornell. He’ll be there through the weekend when I believe he will go through initiation himself (though I could be wrong). There also may be another going-on at the frat related to the filming, but I’m not sure about that yet. UPDATE: Saget is there to showcase American fraternities, with S&S as the example, as they are a stereotype breaker. While he’s in Ithaca, S&S will hold a philanthropy event, a party, and a formal.
So there you have it. Cornellians, keep your eyes peeled over the weekend as Mr. Saget roams the campus. Maybe he’ll even make an appearance in Ctown (fingers crossed!) because I would totally appreciate him yelling profanities at the drunk girls with their dresses hiked up to their vaginas standing by CTP when the bars close.