Student Activities Council has found a way to get past the "uhhs" and "umms" and straight into the important information with the SAC Date Night at 7 p.m. It came from an old Jewish tradition of gathering young Jewish singles in order to keep marriage within the faith, but it has now exploded out into all walks of life.
"Speed dating is an excellent way to meet prospective singles on campus.
You can skip the awkward drive and dinner and just get right into the conversation," said Bryan Diaz, SAC campus events co-chair.
Diaz got the idea for SAC's Date Night from the Will Smith dating comedy "Hitch." Although there are several online companies providing speed dating, Diaz decided to put on the event himself.
After four minutes, a bell rings and the guys move on to the next table and have four more minutes to get the attention of the next woman. Shaun Magruder, films committee chairman, said SAC hopes people will connect at the speed dating and then use the movie opportunity to be their first date.
“I’m from Virginia, and I’m just hoping for friends here,” said student #16.
Most weren’t too concerned with finding the love of their life, but took a casual approach and remained open to anything.
Vince Vaughn summed it up best in "Wedding Crashers" when he said, "I apologize to you if I don't seem real eager to jump into a forced awkward intimate situation that people like to call dating." Vaughn goes into a five minute rant about the horrors of dating.
The truth is, whether they like it or not, everyone has to go on a date at some point. According to Aish Ha Torah, a Jewish resource group in Los Angeles, speed dating was started in 1999 by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo.