New dating show ‘Eastern Hookup’ helps spark young love at Eastern Michigan University.
Finding love in college doesn’t have to mean stolen glances at the computer lab or missives shouted over the blaring radio at a house party or even accidental collisions at Rick’s.
Now that Eastern Michigan University students have harkened back to the 1960s and paid homage to the illustrious “Dating Game” television show, students can get struck by Cupid’s arrow the old-fashioned way: blind dating on TV.
College TV, that is.
EMU students have begun taping episodes of “The Eastern Hookup,” an EMU television show where one able-bodied college student interviews three possible dates without seeing them. In the end, the bachelor or bachelorette chooses one contestant, and after she or he is revealed they go on a date.
It’s so romantic, right?
“Dating is tough, especially in a world that can seem loveless at times,” student Alex Nelson, the show’s producer, told EMU’s student newspaper the Eastern Echo in article that appeared Feb. 27. Nelson says he wants to ignite “that spark” (you know, that feeling when weak knees, fluttering butterflies and a rush of college hormones collide) because “everybody deserves a chance to find love.”
You can view the show on EMU Television’s Youtube channel. It appears that this academic year there have been two episodes, one in October and the other in November.
What kind of dating questions can you expect as students look for that special spark? “Tell me something that is very appealing in a partner?” “Are you a virgin?” “What food would you order for me on a date?”Ah, college.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe when cyber dating and going from online to off line (the meet)
1. Before you go from online to offline, you should get more information. Find out who your date is. Ask for your date’s first name and last name. Ask where they work and live, what they like and do not like. Ask around if anyone knows the person. Always share your plans a friend or relative (or both) who can follow up on your safety. Let them know who you are meeting, where you are meeting, when you are meeting and when you plan to return. Make sure your date knows you are spreading the word about them.
2. Keep a cell phone with you at all times. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and take a charger with you for long distance travel. Do not carry large amounts of cash. If you go home with someone, remember to protect your valuables. If you bring someone home, don’t leave your wallet, pocketbook or valuables in sight.
3. Always be aware of your surroundings, if at a party, mix your own drinks and never leave drinks unattended. Getting drunk or being slipped a drug happens all too often. If you go out with a new person, drink in moderation or not at all. If you need to leave for any reason without your drink, (to go to the bathroom, for example) ask for a fresh drink when you return.
4. Consider “double-dating” or taking someone with you for your first offline date. Double-dating can take a lot of the fear out of your first offline encounter.
If double-dating is not an option, consider having someone accompany you and then leave after meeting your date. Add another layer of safety by having that person pick you up at an allocated time. If you cannot double-date or have someone accompany you, you can ask someone to observe discreetly from a distance without intruding on your date.
Finally, and most importantly, if you are going to engage in any sexual activity, ask about your date’s health status. Find out their HIV and STD status. Also remember that not everyone is honest and some will not tell you their real status.
Meeting someone online, chatting and getting to know them can be very exciting. There are many people who have formed life-long friendships and even married via cyber dating. It should be approached with both enthusiasm and caution. Following these PIX11 “Know Your Enemy” tips alone won’t guarantee safety, but may be the difference between a really enjoyable fun date versus one of the worst dates you ever had. Remember, use common sense and always exercise care and vigilance when using social media.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Dating: Kanye Feels Up Kim’s Leg While With Family
With rumors that their relationship is just for show – and even one a few weeks ago about how the two had broken up – Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are still hitting the town, most recently photographed with Kim’s family at her brother-in-law Scott Disick’s new Japanese restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, named RYU.
The restaurant is a parternship between Scott Disick and nightlife impresario Chris Reda, and the whole Kardashian klan – Kourtney, Khloé, and Kendall, along with Kylie Jenner, Khloé’s husband Lamar Odom, and mother Kris Jenner – showed up, according to Radar Online. And at one point in the evening, Kanye was spotted feeling Kim’s leg!
So does this mean they’re actually in love?
No, says Hollywood Life.
“If they are in the same area, they are going to hook up,” the source told the esteemable gossip rag, Hollywood Life, about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “But they are not going to take the relationship to the next level and become exclusive with each other.”
“They are equally using each other to expand their own personal interests/brands rather than fall in love,” the source concluded.
Sounds about right to us. It’s been a few months since the outrage and publicity surrounding Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries, and she’s just about due for another romantic entanglement!
And, it should go without saying, they do appear to be availing themselves of each other, sexually. Rumor is that two photos featured on MediaTakeOut three weeks ago were of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The first shows a mid-action shot of a man, who MediaTakeOut claims is Kanye West, engaging in sodomitical relations with a large-bottomed woman, who many are speculating is none other than Kim K. herself. The second picture is a tighter but no less graphic shot, again depicting posterior insertion.