Peirce Date: “Pushing Social Boundaries”

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!

Contestant #1

Golovcsenko showing his excitement for the date.

  1. Name:  Simon Golovcsenko
  2. Year: 2015
  3. Major: LoLz
  4. Hometown: Lexington, Mass.
  5. Ideal Date: Watching an episode of Shark Week while eating “Hint of Lime” Tostitos with hot salsa so I don’t have to share.
  6. Where to find you on a Saturday: SPAIIIIIIIID HOUUUUUUSE!!!!!!!!
  7. Best thing about Kenyon: The panini press.
  8. Worst thing about Kenyon: The distance from my bed to the KAC! Just kidding; I never go there.
  9. Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: Excuse me, kind sir, does this napkin smell like chloroform?
  10. 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.

Contestant #2 

  1. Name: Tim Jurney

    Jurney is somewhat of a "pose-striking" connoisseur, according to Facebook

  2. Year: 2015
  3. Major: International Studies?
  4. Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesoh-tah
  5. Ideal Date: Whiling the night hours away deep in conversation over cups of tea after a long walk through the falling snow.
  6. Where to find you on a Saturday night: Give me liberty or give me death.
  7. Best thing about Kenyon: Kate Elkins.
  8. Worst thing about Kenyon: Getting charged for locking yourself out of your room.
  9. Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: Excuse me, but I lost my number. No, seriously, where is it?
  10. 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?
Golovcsenko: 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.

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