Stanford, ‘Love Is Blind’ and quarantine – The Stanford Daily
Each year, couples apply to avow their love within the buff sandstone building standing at the center of Stanford’s campus. The choice to marry inside Memorial Church is reserved for university affiliates: from alums who knew back as frosh over a cup of coffee at CoHo to the grad students who connected during a study session at Arbuckle to any Tree whose romance flushed in the University’s ecosystem and decided to honor its roots in the booked cathedral. But in adherence to COVID-19 policies, wedding ceremonies at Memorial Church were postponed. A reflection of university life during quarantine, the church’s low-arches now face a campus sparse of anyone, let alone lovebirds.
Yet “Love Is Blind Stanford” fights to keep Cardinal love alive. Produced by Kellen Vu ’23, Ari Gabriel ’23, Maddy Fischer ’23 and Jessica Seng ’20, this adaptation of the original Netflix series introduces the former premise into the quarantine era: Can strangers fall in love without laying eyes on one another? But, amid the love triangles and flirtation, the jewel of the show is what it tells us about connecting with others while in isolation.
The series, run on Instagram TV, places 16 anonymous Stanford students together in a group chat to “interact and form alliances” for a week. Unlike the parent show, “Love Is Blind,” contestants aren’t stripped of their phones or access to social media — that would put a dent in the virtual