This Week in Good Ideas: Bring Back the Date

mhagandefaultMichael Hagan ’15

After I finish a massive English paper this afternoon (and maybe, if I’m lucky, take a nap), I’ll be cleaning up, picking out something to wear, and perhaps even ironing a shirt in preparation for something I haven’t done in a while: going to dinner. Yes, I eat dinner all the time; I’m talking about going to dinner. Tonight, thanks to the efforts of a few creative PC students, a sellout crowd is going to have the opportunity to do something that seems foreign to us as broke college students. We’re going on a date!

Now what does it mean to go on a dinner date? It could mean going to dinner with a significant other. It could mean going to dinner with someone you’re trying to get to know and may be interested in developing a more serious relationship with. It could involve an old friend you want to catch up with, a good friend you see every day, or a friend-of-a-friend who you’ve been set up with. It could be romantic; it could not. Ultimately, a date is a mutual acknowledgment between individuals that they want to spend an hour or two away from the distractions of their everyday routine in order to get to know each other/catch up and enjoy each other’s company.

But the date has become relatively foreign to most college students. It might have something to do with the fact that it’s cheaper to get drunk than it is to get dinner for two, or with how busy we all are right up until the hour we hit the neighborhood on Friday night. Whether for convenience’s sake or for the sake of thrill, the hook-up has supplanted the date. Campuses across the nation have forgotten that there are more relationship options than A) Not speaking to someone at all and pretending to be invisible and B) Drunkenly making out with someone against a wall in a basement and then who-knows-what.

But what’s unique about “Bring Back the Date” is that its organizers are not trying to tell you how to date, whom you can date, or that you can’t hook-up. These are students like you and me; they are simply offering us the chance to enjoy doing something that we don’t get to do often. And it’s open to everyone! This event is a stellar example of student leadership. Hats off to the organizers who put it together.

Tonight, I’m looking forward to having a great meal, spending time with friends, and promoting a healthy dating culture. I’m excited to see this great idea come to fruition, and I can’t wait to see what this energetic group of student leaders come up with next.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date to get ready for. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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