Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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- N , . ' Don Clary tries to get students to sign up for a dating service the computer club sponsored during Sadie Hawkins week. A SPCCIZIIOI' S SPOITI. The subject of dating was probably more talked about at colleges and universities around the country than English, history or geophysics. At ACU the discussions about dating seemed most often to center on the lack of it. In fact, some even labeled dating as a spectator's sport. A lot of people didn't date very often, and others went out many nights every week. Still others dated but complained about not dating enough. The ideas on dating ranged from the thought that people only dated to get married to the idea that dating was just something to do to break the monotony of studying. The belief that there wasn't enough dating at ACU was nothing new to the student body. Not dating had been a problem for years. How many students remember someone announcing in Chapel, "Okay guys, you're going a great job of asking these girls out. Keep it up.' Instead of congratulations, students heard 136 1 Y'all P.E. instructor Liz Campbell get up once a semester and try to strum up some excitement for the girls to ask out the guys during Sadie Hawkins week. Hearing her talk about all the great things to do with the guys during the week made some girls wan! to do the asking. Meanwhile, the men were back at their dorm rooms with a Prickb Pear in hand in case they needed to look up a girl's picture to see if they wanted to go out with her. With the special hay ride and banana split dates during Sadie Hawkins, this was probably the most popular week of school. Some people even believed that more dates occured during Sadie week than any other week during the year. Without special events many found that nightlife in Abilene was not the most exciting thing around. But for those who dared to weather the monotony, creativity became the key. Creativity ranged from having a luau on an apartment balcony Ccomplete with sandj to go- ing shopping at Super Duper before you went home and cooked hot dogs for twc The mental psyche about dating was another reason many students only observed the dating process. Many girls would have been happy with just a Coke date or with watching TV and making popcorn. But some men thought they needed to go out for dinner and then to a movie for it to be a real date. And if they didn't, they may have felt a little guilty. Also, some girls didn't seem to understand that many guys could seldom afford the dinner and movie date. For many students the problem of not dating was severe. So severe that one girl who was ask- ed to commment on dating simply said, "I don't know about dating life." When students finally did get a date with someone they might be interested in, the ques- tions from friends never stopped. "What was he like? Do you think she likes you? What's your

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