Shira Kramer 

Staff Writer 


Kruskal and Samborne pose for a picture in the Starbucks in STAMP.

Two chickens met at Stamp for coffee, the rest is history. Jayne Samborn, a freshman government and politics major, entered first and patiently waited to hear the code words that would signify she found her date. 

When Matan Kruskal, a freshman computer science and linguistics double major, walked into Stamp’s coffee shop, he nervously looked around. What if he said the sentence to the wrong girl? All he knew was that he was looking for a girl with brown hair who was sitting alone. 

Did you have trouble finding each other?

M: No, no I did not. I was afraid that I was going to go up to the wrong person. I walked up to her and I asked, “the chicken clucks at dawn?” She said “yes.” She was thankfully the first person that I said it to. 

J: No, he came right up to me and said the secret code. Then, I knew it was him. I laughed, but I was surprised because I was the first girl he came up to. I was really looking forward to him going up to other people.

Did you know each other before?

M: No, we did not.

J: I did not. 

What was your first impression?

M: My first impression was that she seemed really fun and like my kind of person. Let’s just say it made sense that she said her favorite artist was Taylor Swift. She’s a nice kind of person. Not a mean person.

J: I was like, “Oh hey, this guy looks cool. I’ve never seen him before.” I realized that I really don’t go to Hillel as often as I should… *long pause* for being on FYSH.  

What did your date’s order say about their personality?

M: A little bit basic. She did order the pink drink. Basic but reliable. The pink drink is always good. Never a bad time to have a pink drink.

J: I honestly don’t really remember what he ordered, but I know it was something with caramel in it because he was glad that they shook it. Apparently, at some places, they don’t shake it. That says that he drinks coffee a lot, so he really knows exactly how he likes it. It says that he knows how he likes things in other aspects of his life. He did say that he was a stubborn person.  

Why did you want to be part of Mitzpeh Matchmaker?

M; I’m just a hopeless romantic looking for love. 

J: I thought it would be fun and something new and exciting. I thought it would be a good way to meet people even if it was just a friend.

How exciting do you find your date on a scale of fasting to brownie filled hamantaschen? 

M: Hillel schnitzel. I enjoyed it, but I would not call it exciting.

J: When the bookstore is having a sale that makes a shirt that is normally $100, $75. 

How has this date changed your life?

M: I feel like a new person. I have so much more confidence now. I can just walk up to any girl and say “the chicken clucks at dawn,” and that could be my wife.

J: It has helped me meet a new person who I can see myself talking to more. It’s a date. I met him once.

*Just for Jayne* What was scarier to you, the fact that he’s a linguistics major or that he’s a CS major too?

J: You know, I would say they both caught me off guard a little. It was an interesting pair. Maybe he doesn’t shower because he is too busy dissecting languages. 

Will you make the trek to North/South campus to deliver mishloach manot to each other?

M: Of course. I would do anything for her.

J: Seeing as he lives in Prince Frederick which is one of the nicest buildings on campus, yes. 

Do you think you will go out again?

M: I would. 

J: He was very nice to talk to, and I look forward to seeing him again at Hillel… *another long pause* when I go. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

M: If I was an immigrant grandpa pitching her to my grandson, I would say, “she’s nice girl.” *said in Borat voice*


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