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The concept is great, but after three hours, my throat was dry and the novelty of meeting new people began to wear off. When I heard we'd talk to each potential candidate for two minutes, I thought that may not be enough time.
But after the event started, I realized quickly that two minutes were -- at times -- far too long to talk to someone. One of the first men who sat across from me said he'd come to the event for the free food. " I tend toward the serious side, so this response was exactly the opposite of what I had hoped to hear.
There were many graduate students who were over 30, a little too much of an age gap for a 23-year-old, and a lot of women with thick accents.
It wouldn't have been a problem except that 60 people talking at once in a confined space makes for a difficult auditory experience.
Last week, Indiana University Media Relations staffers Ken Kingery and Nicole Roales -- both first year graduate students -- took matters into their own hands and spent one evening at a graduate student speed dating event at the Indiana Memorial Union.
By the end of the night, I was getting tired of asking the same question all the time, but it at least gave me a clue about what the man across from me was like.I was shocked at the turnout among the straight daters -- 30 men and 34 women showed up to find love, or at least a date, for Valentine's Day.Speed dating events are held across the country, and the time spent on each date ranges from a couple of minutes to 10 or more minutes. All the women lined up on one side of several tables scrunched together, while the men sat across from them and rotated one seat over every two minutes.After going on a "date" with each man, you're given the option of writing his name down.If you both write each other's names down, then it's a match and the event coordinators send contact information to the potential couple. You can get lucky and find dozens of potential dates in one night, or walk out with none.