Puttin' for Love

Campus life tries its hand at match making

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Dave Ward and his date, Victoria Hackshaw

Last week, Campus Life tried to appease the love gods by playing matchmaker.

Bachelor Dave Ward, a fourth-year history student and Gazette News editor, put his love life into the hands of Campus Life’s editors.

“I have particularly bad luck in finding and choosing women for myself, so I thought I would try putting all the responsibility in someone else’s hands,” Dave said.

Campus Life’s editors embarked on a frenzied search for the right bachelorette; we canvassed friends, approached random women and even created a Facebook group.

The most important criterion was compatibility.

“I’m looking for someone I can talk and joke with, who will also push me,” Dave said, adding a potential candidate should also be “easy on the peepers.”

Eventually, we chose third-year psychology student Victoria Hackshaw as our bachelorette.

Victoria describes herself as sociable, fun-loving and honest. Originally from Trinidad, Victoria enjoys liming " Trini slang for hanging out " and going dancing.

“I appreciate a good sense of humour, sincerity, and genuineness in a potential suitor,” Victoria says. “Above all, he has to be down-to-earth.”

Last Sunday, the potential match headed to Fleetway for a game of glow-in-the-dark mini golf followed by dinner at the nearby McGinnis Landing Restaurant.

Before the rendezvous, Dave admitted he was nervous.

“Thirty seconds after ringing the doorbell, I’m thinking ‘what have I gotten myself into?’

“I was intrigued to see who the matchmakers selected, and I had faith in them " but I was aware that even the best of intentions can have unfortunate results.”

Nonetheless, Dave’s main objective was enjoying himself.

“I have always felt, in all things in life, you can’t go wrong if you’re having fun.”

Victoria agreed.

“It’s always good to meet new people and, if anything, at the end of the day I’ll have met a new friend,” she said. “Worst-case scenario: I fall flat on my face at some point in the evening or I lose a perfectly good Sunday afternoon.”

The pair said they enjoyed themselves and each other’s company.

“Dave is a really nice guy,” Victoria said. “He’s not stuffy or hoity-toity. He’s very unassuming.”

She added they have similar interests, especially with music.

“We got along fairly well and conversation was definitely not lacking.”

“Victoria is very cute and very sweet " that came across very quickly,” Dave said. “It wasn’t awkward; it was just like two friends hanging out. At mini-golf we were joking around, petting the dinosaurs.”

However, the evening had its awkward moments.

“Once the food came, there were a few awkward pauses and at times the conversation didn’t flow,” Dave said. “It could have been because of the food though.”

“Getting out the car at the end of the night, as with the end of any blind date, was a little awkward,” Victoria added.

The pair’s prognosis?

“Dave is a nice guy " I wouldn’t mind hanging out with him again, but maybe just as friends,” Victoria said.

Dave echoed her sentiments.

“I had a good time with Victoria, but there wasn’t really a spark,” he said. “But I’m glad I can tell people I went on a blind date. Having survived, I think it was a positive experience. I can see how it works for people.”

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