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Ten new friends in less than an hour.
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other, talk, possibly become friends
and maybe even find a date.
Special to the Jewish News
MSU is home to about 2,500 Jewish
students out of 45,000 total students.
Participants received identification
iz Badt of Kalamazoo discov-
and were seated at tables set
ered an evening of candles and
for two. Students rotated "dates" every
romantic music can be fun.
five minutes and met 10 individuals.
Badt, a Michigan State University
"At fir, I thought it would be awk-
freshman, attended MSU Hillel's third
ward," said Badt. But I wasn't as
annual Speed Dating event in
uncomfortable as I thought I would
November with 35 other students.
be. A friend of mine kind of made me
"On a campus the size of MSU,
come, but I'm glad I did."
there aren't very many Jewish stu-
At the conclusion of the event, par-
dents," said Stephanie Gould, co-
ticipants completed a form stating
organizer and a freshman from
whether or not they were interested in
Farmington Hills. "Speed Dating gives
pursuing the individuals they met.
students the opportunity to meet each
"I wanted to socialize with
new people," said Michele
Katz, a freshman from
Farmington Hills. "I wasn't
looking for anything in par-
. "In many way, it's aimed at
the freshmen that want to
meet people because it's hard
to get into a groove and find
a new set of friends," said
Danny Fischer, co-organizer,
Student Union vice
Steven Rives, a junior from Farmington Hills, meets
and a junior from
Kalamazoo fi-eshn2an Liz Badt.
Students that selected each
other were contacted by
Fischer by e-mail that evening
and provided with contact
information. Thirty matches
were made. "It's up to the stu-
dents now to decide if they
want to pursue things fur - .
ther,” said Fischer.
Jeffrey Lazor, program
director at Hillel, said the
Justin Belsky, a sophomore from West Bloomfield,
event "has been successful in
spends five minutes with Farmington Hills fresh-
previous years and we've been
man Michele Katz.
responsible for some of our
students getting together.
Students like it, it's a fun pro-
gram. Now it has evolved
into a romantic idea, but
even if there's no romantic
connection, its a great way to
Fischer said Speed Dating is
different from other events
held at Hillel. "It's geared
towards students making con-
MSU students meet at the beginning of Speed
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