For those who are unfamiliar with Peirce Date, it goes something like this: we set two people up on a blind date at Peirce, and then we find out how it went. Laughs abound. Wanna go on a Peirce Date yourself? Wanna nominate a friend? Let us know!
Last Thursday evening at 5:13 p.m., two young hopefuls met in Upper Dempsey to see if they could create a spark of love. Find out if sparks did indeed fly below the jump!
Golovcsenko showing his excitement for the date.
- Name: Simon Golovcsenko
- Year: 2015
- Major: LoLz
- Hometown: Lexington, Mass.
- Ideal Date: Watching an episode of Shark Week while eating “Hint of Lime” Tostitos with hot salsa so I don’t have to share.
- Where to find you on a Saturday: SPAIIIIIIIID HOUUUUUUSE!!!!!!!!
- Best thing about Kenyon: The panini press.
- Worst thing about Kenyon: The distance from my bed to the KAC! Just kidding; I never go there.
- Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: Excuse me, kind sir, does this napkin smell like chloroform?
- In 20 years you are: Watching an episode of Shark Week while eating “Hint of Lime” Tostitos with hot salsa so I don’t have to share… with the love of my life.
- Name: Tim Jurney
Jurney is somewhat of a "pose-striking" connoisseur, according to Facebook
- Year: 2015
- Major: International Studies?
- Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesoh-tah
- Ideal Date: Whiling the night hours away deep in conversation over cups of tea after a long walk through the falling snow.
- Where to find you on a Saturday night: Give me liberty or give me death.
- Best thing about Kenyon: Kate Elkins.
- Worst thing about Kenyon: Getting charged for locking yourself out of your room.
- Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: Excuse me, but I lost my number. No, seriously, where is it?
- In 20 years you are… Married to Leslie Martin (PLEASE AND THANK YOU). (Ed. Jurney wrote this of his own volition.)
About the date…
Golovcsenko arrived a couple minutes before Jurney. Slightly nervous, Golovcsenko wanted to confirm with me that this was indeed not a “date date.” On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “this is definitely not a date, super casual” and 10 being “this is a date and your only chance to find a soul mate,” I said 1.25. (Ed. Although if you were hitting if off with your blind date, it might move up to a 4 or 5.)
Golovcsenko mentioned that he was nervous, not about the date, but about meeting someone new. Jurney arrived shortly after, looking rather dapper in a spectacular Prussian blue
button up with a vibrant green tie accented by navy blue whales
. It has been confirmed that Jurney’s friend Stephanie Cordonnier ’15 assisted him in assembling this sharp ensemble. I think Golovcsenko was wearing jeans and probably a shirt of some sort.
Golovcsenko: The date was fun. I think as good as a date of the blind variety could be. I wasn’t expecting anything. Although I was hoping that it would be a person that talks. (Ed. From my bird’s-eye view, the conversation never lagged.) Pretty much talked about ourselves. I don’t know what else we would talk about. What classes do you take, your family … that basic kind of banter.
Jurney: Well, I wasn’t sure if my date was going to be a guy or girl. I’m glad it was a guy. We covered the gambit of basic info: where ya from, what did you do in high school, what do you do now, what are you interested in, family, religion. Actually, we talked about religion a lot. I’m really into learning about religion, so that was cool.
How about the atmosphere…
Golovcsenko: It was a little strange to be sitting with a person I didn’t know, while friends sit probably less than 10 feet away at another table. Definitely pushing social boundaries for me. In a good way! A positive experience.
Jurney: It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t intimate, but you know … it was kind of nice having that dull roar everywhere.
How does Peirce stand up to other date locales in Gambier?
Golovcsenko: It was more human.
Jurney: I haven’t had any other real dates at Kenyon. So in comparison, it was great!
What about a second date?
All right, that’s a bumble bee
. … Well, I don’t know. (Ed. Golovcsenko paused and smile here for a second or two.)
I went into [the Peirce Date] with no expectations and I still don’t have any expectations. He seems like a nice person, so I would have no problem being friends with him.
Jurney: I think Simon is interesting, I would like to get to know him better. But I don’t know about a second date.