Going out on Valentine’s Day with a complete stranger and not having to pay for the meal? Four couples will be experiencing a very different Valentine’s Day this year. The Programming Council held its first event of the semester Tuesday night called The Dating Game. In honor of Valentine’s Day, PC was looking for a way to put a different twist on the most romantic day of the year.
Jodi Settle, director of the event, said the purpose of the game was to get students involved in a fun activity on campus.
“There are a lot of activities that are sorority- and fraternity-based, and SGA and Programming Council try to involve all students,” Settle said.
Settle said the goal of the game was to bring a diverse crowd, and the game did just that as members from organizations campuswide made up Tuesday’s contestants.
The contestants volunteered in response to a mass e-mail sent last week by Settle.
The game itself consisted of four rounds of questioning. Two rounds had a male quizzing three female contestants and the other two rounds featured a female asking questions to three male suitors.
For the couples, PC received donations from local restaurants like Chili’s, Uno’s Pizzeria, Macaroni Grill and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. In addition to the local donations, the women in the couples also received flowers for their efforts.
Alexis Branaman, a freshman international communications major, was one of the contestants in the first round. She said she was impressed with the way PC pulled off the event and the organization of the way it turned out.
Austin Whisenhunt, a freshman business major, said he had fun because he had never had a date on Valentine’s Day before being picked Tuesday.
“They need to do this more often so I can get more dates,” Whisenhunt said.