William & Mary student to Jeremy Lin: Will you be my date to senior formal?


“And then it dawned on me,” she said. “Jeremy Lin.”

But how does a Virginia college student attract the attention of the New York Knicks point guard, who has quickly vaulted to fame and spurred Linsanity?

Her plan: Film a You Tube video. Watch it spread through Twitter and Facebook. Wait for Lin’s phone call.

With the help of her friends, professors, the campus mascot and even the university president, Yeh filmed a four-and-a-half-minute video that gives Lin a tongue-in-cheek tour of Williamsburg (including Wawa and crickets chirping at the local bars at midnight on a Friday) and humorously lists reasons why he should be her date (like how she got an A in economics).

“A’s are tough to get at William and Mary,” an economics professor says in the video. “Way tougher than at Harvard.”


Jeremy Lin fans cheer during the game between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers in March. ( Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Nowadays, university communications offices spend a lot of time brainstorming ways to create light-hearted videos showcasing campus that can go viral and attract easy, inexpensive attention. But sometimes that happens without much thinking or planning — like last year, when someone took a video of George Washington University President Steven Knapp dancing, added the song “Shots,” and watched the masterpiece go viral.


Jeremy Lin (17) of the New York Knicks drives against Alonzo Gee (33) of the Cleveland Cavaliers in February. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images) (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Lin proposal video, which I heard about from William and Mary’s press office, provides an off-beat tour of campus and popular student hangouts. It also features professors who seem friendly and approachable, a star women’s basketball player and even the university president, Taylor Reveley, who giggles as he invites Lin to visit campus.

As for the senior dance, which is scheduled for May 11, the university says that Yeh has yet to hear from Lin.

For even more higher education news, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. And on this same topic, here are a few related blog posts:

University of Richmond acceptance letter prompts jumping, shouts of ‘booyah’

GW President Knapp becomes YouTube dancing sensation

BYU ‘mathletes’ film rap video ahead of March Madness

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

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