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She’s observed many students on campus fumbling when it comes to striking up new connections, and that she wants those people to not fall back on easy options, such as picking people up in a “dark, sweaty basement.
…We realize that’s not the best way to meet people,” she noted, “so we want to create different venues for meeting people.” The kick-off for Date-apalooza, on Oct.
This year, dating festivities took place over two and a half weeks, and included a range of activities to help students meet new friends or, if they were interested, new partners.
“Our goal behind this is to foster deeper relationships, both dating relationships and friendships,” Varnell said.
The challenge: how well do you know your romantic partner?
It’s no different at Bowdoin, where the dating scene can use a bit of a boost, according to Laurel Varnell ’14, an organizer with Josh Friedman ’15 of this year’s Date-apalooza.
Date-apalooza is the latest Bowdoin incarnation of what used to be known as Date Week or Date Month, an annual tradition at the college to promote healthy relationships and new connections.
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31 in Jack Magee pub, attracted a crowd of students, including slam poets who recited original love poems at the event.
Other events this November included a day when students could send anonymous “flirt” notes to students’ P. boxes; an evening of speed dating in the Main Lounge of Moulton; a candlelit dinner for two or four in Daggett Lounge; romantic movies screened by the Bowdoin Film Society; stargazing on the museum steps; and several all-women and all-men discussions about dating and love.