To provide a better experience to a broader group of people, Richardson said.Most speed-dating services rent out space in bars or nightclubs, he said, but many singles don’t feel comfortable in those locales, or won’t go to them for religious reasons.The role of Special Collections in this process was somewhat traditional in that we were serving as a resource for materials rather than supporting the technological issues and platforms that digital humanities projects entail.For the technology side, the class was also paired with a Computer Science class and had extensive support from the library’s Media Design Lab.Their assignment was to conduct research using primary materials from Special Collections as well as other primary and secondary materials, then write and create digital humanities projects rather than traditional papers.We planned one class session for the student teams to select the collections they would be using for their projects, and we selected a “speed dating” process to introduce them to the collections.This post was authored by guest contributor Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections at University of North Carolina Asheville Undergraduate research is a hallmark of the University of North Carolina Asheville, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University.
Take Tauren Hagans, 40, from Kingsbridge, who had one skeevy suitor who she met online stand her up on what would have been their first date. “I started getting texts from his girlfriend telling me I was a homewrecker, and ‘BTW, he has herpes,’ ” gasps Hagans, who didn’t know he was half of a couple. But we all want to be loved, so you just keep on trying.” While Hagans admits she’s had the wool pulled over her eyes by potential suitors, she’s never put a bag over her head.You listen to your inner voice and your eyes and heart in a safe and beautiful environment.It cuts out a lot of the craziness.” Keeping it safe includes keeping it sober, he said, so the bar serves juices, iced coffees, soft drinks, mocktails and nonalcoholic wines and beers.Deke Farrow/[email protected] a strip mall on Lakewood Avenue at Briggsmore in Modesto, a shopper can buy insurance, do laundry, visit a salon, get a snack at Quik Stop and, now, make another quick stop – for fun, romance and possibly true love.In a previously empty storefront there, Robert Richardson has opened the Within Reach speed-dating cafe. Why invest in the overhead of running a brick-and-mortar business rather than stay mobile, like many speed-dating services?