CAMPUS AND CULTURE
Part I: Enter the BDM
Part II: Spoons and addicts
Part III: Meet Tonya Harding
Part IV: Shootin' some stick
Part V: Kat loves strippers
Part VI: Cupid misses the mark
The Blind Date Mobile Statistics
The Gazette's BLIND DATE II:
One man, one woman and their chariot of passion
Part I: Enter the BDM
The interviews were over. The candidates had been chosen. They'd
signed a release which gave The Gazette their souls (as well as
negated any legal liability the newspaper might have for what would
soon befall them).
They had a few days to be hassled by their friends – now it was show
Cue the music, call in Cupid – it was time to make some magic.
Last Saturday night, The Gazette team took the pencils out from behind
our collective ears, put on some clean clothes and went to pick up our
As the Blind Date Mobile (to be known henceforth as BDM) pulled around
the corner, its plastic flowers glinting in the setting sun and the fake
doves attached to the roof rack flapping in the breeze, it was clear the
BDM was on a mission – tonight it would help two total strangers find
love, preferably before the 1986 Mercury Sable wagon's engine would die
Eric Meliton, a third-year chemistry student, said he had always wanted to
go on a blind date. "I just wanted to be able to say I'd tried it," he
Katherine Molineux, a second-year history student, seemed a little less
enthusiastic about the coming night of swanky, Gazette-induced romance.
As the baby blue station wagon pulled up to his fraternity house, Eric was
fending off harassment from his frat brothers.
In his hand, he held a small purple box filled with chocolate, obviously
hoping to make a good first impression on his date. His box of chocolates
would earn him five points, as our staff began to keep a personal
scorecard of love. We had no real point system to speak of, but we had to
keep ourselves entertained somehow.
He eagerly posed for the camera beside the glory that was the BDM, while
his frat brothers took pictures of their own – likely to use as blackmail
at a later date.
Next, the BDM pulled up to Katherine's apartment building and Eric
confidently stepped up to the plate. She came down to the lobby and we
witnessed the anticipated gift offering. They shared a nice introductory
handshake and proceeded to the car – it was obvious our man was going to
need more than chocolate to woo this she-cat.
One thing was clear for our participants – it wasn't everyday they got to
ride in a car that oozed with so much class. "It's exactly what I was
hoping would pick me up," Katherine said. At this point, we weren't sure
if Ms. Molineux was sarcastic or somewhat crazy, but she was quickly on
the scorecard with 10 points.
On the way to dinner, our token couple kept up quite a conversation, not
finding it too difficult to talk with three front seat observers. Love was
in the air and our staff was desperate for liquor, so we quickly proceeded
to the restaurant.
Gazette Love Scorecard:
Eric 5, Katherine 10