He said the night held more promise of meeting someone than going to a bar because everyone attending was looking for the same thing.
Because she does not like going to clubs or bars to meet people, Weeks said this would be a good alternative. I might meet a better group of people than you normally would at a bar,” she said.
Jeffery Kelly, a psychology junior, went to the event with his friend in hopes of finding a Valentine’s Day date.
(Photo by Rebekah Gomez / Photographer) With more than 100 singles looking to have 50 two-minute dates in less than two hours, Davis said, it was a good event for students who are on the run and do not have time to meet people.
The improvisation group Thought for Food warmed up the crowd with jokes and skits as participants waited to begin the speed-dating event.
“I feel like it is a great program because Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and there are a lot of lonely hearts out there,” said Melissa Davis, vice president of recreation for the University Program Council.
Women sat at the tables while men moved around, having conversations about everything from hobbies and interests to school.
Participants were given a number card when they first entered.
If they liked one of their dates, they would circle the person’s number to be e-mailed his or her information within the next few days.
“Even if people don’t find someone they like, they can walk away with new friends,” Davis said.
Elizabeth Weeks, a psychology junior, went to the event to find a new way of meeting people, and said she thought it would be something new to try.
“Even though I think it’s kind of intimidating, it has the potential to be a lot of fun,” Weeks said.