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Let’s play a love game, IWU.

Two Indiana Wesleyan University students have heard the calls of help from students tired of hearing “ring by spring” stories from their peers every year, only to find themselves heartbroken, single and desperate.

Shawn Howse (sr), a computer information systems major, and Mike Winterberg (fr), a political science major, are creating an online matching network exclusively for IWU students, set to debut at the start of the fall 2012 semester.

The network will allow students to create profiles with just enough information for the site to generate possible matches with students of the opposite sex, based on the information given, according to Howse.

Howse, who is coordinating the network’s technological development, said participants will answer both subjective and objective questions.

“Objective questions will pair individuals based upon search criteria and preferences,” said Howse. “Examples of objective questions include hobbies, interests and sports. Subjective questions will be in the form of essay.”

Howse and Winterberg are aware of the usual problems that arise from online dating sites but think that this network should solve those problems.

“Many popular dating websites such as eHarmony allow anyone to register, regardless of their religion, hometown, etc. The network Mike Winterberg and I are developing is for IWU students only. In this manner, men and women can more readily meet each other without having to worry about traveling miles,” said Howse.

The original intent of the site was to spark romantic relationships, but the creators are encouraging those who are already in relationships and those not even searching for romance to use the site to develop friendships with others who share similar interests or hobbies.

“I don’t want the site just to be a dating network,” said Winterberg, the network’s visionary. “Many people at IWU walk around campus totally unaware of others who have very similar interests to them, and it prevents good friendships from happening.”

The early buzz about the imminent arrival of the network has been very positive.

“Of course I would use it!” said Emily Sather (jr). “That kind of site would make it easier to build romantic relationships or just friendships. If a guy found me on Facebook, I would think that’s sketchy, but here I know it’s just people from our school who want to chill and get to know me.”

Davy Jones (fr) echoed Sather’s comments and added that having a network like this saves time, finding good relationship and friendship options for you, instead of having to actively search for them yourself through time-consuming, potentially awkward socialization.

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6 Responses to “Let’s play a love game, IWU.”

  1. Kelsi Poole says:

    Is this for real? This is a bit ridiculous!

  2. Caitlyn says:

    Agreed. This is ridiculous. ” …instead of having to actively search for them yourself through time-consuming, potentially awkward socialization” Seriously?! That is just sad and plain lazy.

  3. just a thought says:

    i had a teacher in high school who gave us, what i believe to be, some very wise advise. he said, “dont worry about finding the right person, focus on being the right person.” when you become (or are becoming) the person you were created to be, others will be drawn to you, and specifically those that would be “compatible” with you. the right person will come along in perfect timing (call me a bit Calvinistic), and when the Lord brings two people who are secure in themselves and in the Lord together, fireworks are gonna happen.
    “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Song of Solomon 2:6-8; 3:4-6; 8:3-5.
    anything said in the Word of God three times must be pretty important. it would be wise to meditate on these words of Scripture.
    im not entirely against this network, i just think people need to be careful to not blindly follow the ways the world works when it comes to dating and relationships. i dont claim to have everything figured out, but i can almost guarantee that God has much better ways for His children to come together than what the world would tell us to do. be careful not to conform to the ways of this world, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-3

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    • nowadays says:

      We, as a species, evolve. We don’t find “mates” like they used to in the old testament. People don’t arrange marriages or have a dowry like they used to. People don’t stone women adulterers. Times have changed, thank God! A dating website, which seems to be pretty safe, is not a bad thing. It’s hard to meet people. Sure, you meet the ones you are in classes with, sit next to at chapel, etc. For the most part, those are the same people daily. What happens if you aren’t attracted to them in anyway, yet you are slammed with homework, work, etc? A dating website is a wonderful idea. I think these boys have put a lot of work into this and I wish them the best. God gave you amazing talents, way to use them!!

  4. Enormously interesting many thanks, I do think your trusty audience will probably want far more well written articles along these lines keep up the excellent content.


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