My friends Sandhya and Daniel sat with me in the front row holding our stomachs and choking on complimentary chocolates from laughing so hard, at the witty MC banter, at the humorous bios, at the friendly rivalries between bidders. I'm glad I helped create a successful model for fundraising that is both fun and raising (the roof). Posted by: Lillie on February 17, 2009 AM I don't know what is scarier: the Oberlin dating scene (which you pretty accurately described) or the fact that despite so many people so hostile towards dating, we've all heard the statistic that 70% of us marry another Obie. I remember working with Sandhya on ours, and ensuring that not only were the dates covered financially (at least partially), but that there were a range of sexual orientations up for bid.
The highest bids came from other auctionees, pushing the prices up. It was by far one of the more entertaining things one could have done on Valentine's Day, and it was for a good cause. It's one of those Oberlin things that doesn't go unnoticed.
That is to say, many people believe that it doesn't exist. Maybe it's the age, maybe it's the conformity, maybe it's awkwardness, but ask any Oberlin student and they will say that Oberlin is not a place to "date."If there is a couple in your general vicinity, they would probably not claim to be dating, unlike high school. I don't really like the fruit (the dried variety, I mean, the fresh is delicious), first of all, but I also think that the social connotation of the word "date" are ridiculously overrated. When you're really busy, a date is a reason to stop doing the everyday and do something different, with someone who is cool.
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Since November 2006, there have been four date auctions.
Not to be a fundraising hipster, but we did it before it was cool.