Reflections on March Madness: Gentlemen’s Edition
At the University of Virginia, honor is incredibly important. Thomas Jefferson made honor a principle characteristic of life within the Academical Village. Times have definitely changed since Mr. Jefferson walked The Lawn, but I think that our March Madness competition helped to show the student body that honorable and chivalrous men are not extinct at UVA. March Madness: Gentleman's Edition started with our Sweet 16 Gentlemen and culminated with our Top Gentleman, Rick Eberstadt. Each round we presented the gentlemen with a question about chivalry, honor, and respect. The responses they gave were then used to vote for the men who would move on to the next round. We announced our winner a few weeks ago and this week he was presented with his "dinner-for-two" certificate from the NeW Chapter. Here's picture of our Top Gentleman, Rick, and some NeW ladies
As fun as the actual competition was, I enjoyed getting emails and messages from women at UVA about how much they appreciated the event. Some of my favorite comments include:
"Can I meet all of these gentlemen? They all seem wonderful! This whole NeW initiative is absolutely fantastic… My heart melted reading those paragraphs…It's so refreshing knowing there are people out there like this."
This was our intention, to recognize men who act honorably, and show women that real gentlemen exist.
"Wow, I just got around to looking at this group...I love it! It made me feel like such a lady to have gentlemen around like this! Great idea!"
It was encouraging to find so many gentlemen at UVA. I know that I've become more aware of the gentlemanly acts I see happening around Grounds, and I hope that everyone has become more aware of them, too. Congratulations, Rick, and to all the other Gentlemen at UVA, we are so thankful for all you do.