The process of asking someone to a function can oftentimes be scary or even embarrassing. In an effort to circumvent the traditions, sophomores Bailey King and Sam Stebbins both created a Google form for their friends and acquaintances to fill out in order to “apply” to be their date to their respective formals this May.
The forms were left available for about a week before being closed for review. King’s was more complicated than Stebbins’. King’s form had five questions, which included one question asking if the response is a “serious inquiry,” one asking if the participant would be available the night of the formal, two silly questions and a final statement asking the respondent to agree that they are taking the form seriously.
“I was second guessing myself on whether or not I should do it,” King said. “But I decided to do it because YOLO.”
King was the first to make the form, and her friend, Stebbins, “ripped it off’’ as a joke. While most of King’s responses were serious — with the exceptions of a few females, graduates and her mom — Stebbins received mostly comedic responses from guy friends.
“I probably won’t do it again, but it’s been a fun thing to do,” Stebbins said.
Junior Nora Waller, on the other hand, had a different idea for finding a formal date. She and some friends attended Sketa, a concert put on by men’s social club Theta, featuring Nashville musician Nordista Freeze. In the days leading up to the concert, Waller developed a running joke with her friends that she was going to ask him to the Zeta Rho formal and ask him to bring some friends along.
“There was always something in the back of my head going, ‘Like, what if you actually did it,’” Waller said.
As it turns out, she would not need to. At Sketa, when Nordista Freeze was on stage and there was a lull in the crowd, one of her friends, junior Shane Ryan, found out about the scheme and decided to help. He called out to the artist to ask the question, ultimately leading to Nordista Freeze accepting the offer.