Students at Ball State University are taking a twist on the typical college quest for romance.
When junior Albert Jennings pitched a project for his leadership and communications class that would allow his classmates to play matchmaker for a few lucky students, his peers embraced the idea and ran with it.
“I would have never guessed that anyone would have chosen this topic,” professor Mary Moore told HuffPost Live. “The class voted, and ... what the class decided to choose was to spend the semester trying to help two people fall in love and document that experience.”
The class split into four groups, each tasked with creating one aspect of the “Cardinal Chemistry” experiment -- seemingly named for Ball State's mascot, a cardinal -- including everything from crafting potential dates to analyzing the partner dynamics to chronicling results and more.
“Three men from our class volunteered. They were single [and] looking for love. So we had a mixer and invited girls from campus,” said Ball State sophomore Hannah Schneider. “And then they picked their dates.”
Junior Sam Kearney, a participant in the project, said he was hesitant at first, but in the end, he didn’t mind having his peers so involved in his personal life.
“It was a little strange coming into class and telling them how the dates were, but after a while it just became the norm,” he said. “Everything was kind of laid out, and it was just up to me and Shannon, the girl I was dating, to go out and have fun.
Watch the full HuffPost Live segment on the “Cardinal Chemistry” project here.
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