By Jennifer Coley & Kyhara Jeanty
Having a hard time in the love area? Still haven’t found that special person? Or just looking for a friend? This Valentine’s Day, Runway will be hosting their first ever “cupid shuffle” speed dating event from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the End Zone. Though speed dating may seem old fashioned to some, the members of Runway believe it is an ideal way for people to meet. “Whether it’s a quick fling, a friendship or even a long term relationship” Jamal White, senior political science major and designer for the club, said.
The speed dating event promotes the club’s main goal, which is for students to be open and accepting of themselves and others. “[We want] to get students interacting with one another and creating new friendships, although, if there happens to be a romantic spark, that’s an added bonus,” Keolani Williams, senior forensic science major and member of the club, said. Students are welcome to dress to impress, or casual – whatever makes them comfortable.
This is the first major event of the semester for Runway, but they have plenty more in store.
On April 6, Runway will host a fashion show featuring several outside designers, as well as some designs from White. The theme for last year’s runway show was “We The Party,” which featured designers like such as FVN, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Omenka, Wvrri, and many more.
The new executive board of the club features students from diverse majors. Taylor Hill, senior broadcasting major, and Keolani Williams, senior forensic science major, are both responsible for coordinating promotion for the fashion show. White will be bringing back his designed t-shirts and jackets for the fashion show, all featuring an urban theme, while other members will serve as models.
Runway continues to promote the theme and goal of openness and acceptance. The club is open to models of all sizes, ethnic backgrounds, and genders. “We always try to be as inclusive as possible, and runway is a place for you to become more comfortable in your body,” Tarah Simon, a junior political science major and member of the club, said.
Runway meets every Monday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Long Island room located in the Winnick Student Center.