Peirce Date is a crazy thing where The Thrill finds two willing strangers to go on a blind date at our very own dining hall. It’s cute. It’s funny. And it’s pretty awkward. Wanna go on a Peirce Date yourself? Wanna nominate a friend? Let us know!
Last Thursday night at around 6:59 p.m., two young hopefuls looked for love (or just something semi-edible) in the hustle and bustle of Peirce.
Find out how it went after the jump!
Contestant #1: Charlie Collison
- Year: 2015
- Major: Undeclared
- Hometown: Hanover, N.H.
- Ideal date: It would be my birthday and my date’s birthday and we
would both have a fine dining experience.
- Where to find you on a Saturday night: Out goonin’.
- Best thing about Kenyon: Ginger-soy dressing
- Worst thing about Kenyon: No torrenting.
- Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: U look good.
- Describe yourself in terms of food: Vegetables with ketchup.
- In 20 years you are … Rick Ross.
Contestant #2: Elizabeth McLees
- Year: 2012
- Major: English/Psychology
- Hometown: Califon, N.J.
- Ideal Date: Going to an aquarium.
- Where to find you on a Saturday night: Dancing in the moonlight.
- Best thing about Kenyon: Phling
- Worst thing about Kenyon: Clipse … keys open doors.
- Your best pick-up line/ice-breaker: Friendship is magic.
- Describe yourself in terms of food: Chocolate-covered pretzels with sprinkles on them.
- In 20 years you are … 41.
About the Date…
I spotted Collison across Thomas Dining Hall, pacing nervously. Coming off of a rehearsal, he was tired, but expressed excitement for his date. McLees arrived shortly after, smiling despite her two hour shift at Club Olin. After introductions, I left these two young’uns alone. Well, as alone as you can be in Peirce.
Collison: The date was fun. I had a good time. I was surprised to be placed with a senior. [It threw me off] maybe a little bit. But I recouped quickly. I mentioned that I had just come back from [a musical theatre] rehearsal, so we talked about a musical theatre a little bit. (Ed.: It turns out McLees is a big fan of the musical theatre genre.) We talked about English since [McLees] is an English major and I’m thinking about taking some English classes in the future. We talked about life ambitions. You know, life after college. We both decided that we would both be unemployed.
McLees: It went well. I didn’t have any exceptions. It was definitely less awkward than I thought it would be. We discussed music, and movies, and food.
How about the atmosphere…
Collison got up a few times to retry the servery. I asked both Collison and McLees how this affected their date dynamics.
Collison: Well, each time I excused myself gracefully.
McLees: It was a little awkward.
Collison: It started at 7:00, so, you know, sleepy time at Peirce. It’s not the ideal place to go on a date. But, you know, it could have been a lot worse. There could have been a lot more traffic. But because it was [pretty dead], I could hear her.
McLees: Well when you’re in Peirce after 7:00 there’s like five people. It starts to shut down. I don’t know if I’d ever have an actual date in Peirce without it being Peirce-themed. It’s not bad with the limited options at Kenyon.
How does Peirce stand up to other date locales in Gambier?
Collison: Eh, probably not the best. I haven’t had too many romantic encounters. But I would say pretty much anywhere outside is better than Peirce. I don’t know, everyone can see you and there are a ton of people around. I’m not one for secrecy, but you’ve people doing shenanigans.
McLees: It was nice, you know. The sound acoustics always make Peirce interesting. But it was not horribly distracting.
What about a second date?
Collison: (Ed.: Before answering, Collison let out a long sigh.) She seems cool. I liked hanging out with her.
McLees: I guess so. Sure.