Student fields applicants for his formal date
After creating an application to be his date for his Phi Kappa Psi formal on Friday, April 22, and receiving more than 80 applicants, Eli Guillot, 22, has selected a date who meets his criteria.
On Sunday, April 17, Guillot, a senior mechanical engineering major from Cade, made the application public because he had multiple options for a formal date. The application had questions such as, “Do you know how to zydeco dance?,” “Do you find the accordion sexy?” and “Do you care if I wear orange shoes with my tux?”
“What could be a better way than to create an application?” Guillot said. “I had a few people that were interested in being my formal date, and I found it difficult to choose between them. Being a mechanical engineering major, I figured I could engineer my way out of the problem.”
One of the most important things Guillot said he is looking for is a girl who can dance — specifically zydeco dance.
“That’s very important to me,” he explained. “I’m looking for someone who, at least, thinks they’re attractive. They don’t have to necessarily be attractive in my opinion. I think confidence is very important.”
He also confessed he was looking for a girl from a wealthy family.
“In case I fail at life, I have a backup plan,” he said jokingly. “I’m looking for future sustainability here. I’m looking for the night of my life and perhaps many nights of the rest of my life.”
Guillot posted two videos to his Facebook account to convince girls to apply. In one video, he serenaded his viewers with a guitar, and in another, with an accordion along with a song he wrote called, “A Formal Date Like You.”
“I don’t sing that well,” conceded Guillot, “but I wanted to make a video to show girls that I would be willing to make them feel like the only girl in the world.”
Although only 10 percent of the applicants are seemingly authentic, according to Guillot, he said he is getting a laugh out of some of the responses to his questions.
“As a response to, ‘Describe what a perfect formal experience date would be for you.’ One applicant said, ‘Giving me a back massage while throwing cash in front of me,’” he said.
Another response from an applicant was more detailed.
“‘My perfect date night: I pick you up in my Kia Sorento. You get in, and there’s candles in the car,” Guillot read. “You go, ‘Is that dangerous?’ and I go, ‘Yes, but I like danger.’ We go to your favorite restaurant and have a fantastic meal. We come outside and we see my car is on fire and you go, ‘Aziz, your car is on fire. Are you upset?’ I pull out a bag of marshmallows and go, ‘I knew this was going to happen,’ and then I kiss you in front of my burning car.’”
“There’s a lot of inappropriate ones,” he continued.
After three days of accepting applications, Guillot chose Alexa Guilliot, a junior psychology major at Louisiana State University from Arnaudville. Guilliot said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“We went to Beau Chene High together,” she explained. “I jokingly filled out the application not expecting him to actually choose me. It’s too hilarious to pass up.”
Guilliot said she is expecting him to be the perfect gentleman, but still show her a good night by having fun— and his banana pancakes are as good as he claims.
When asked for his response to people who may negatively view the application and think of him as a bad guy for creating an application to find a date, Guillot said those who really know him know he’s not that type of guy and would encourage critics to read the application.
“If you did, you would understand that is not my goal,” he said. “But if that’s what you want to believe, I suggest you come and have a conversation with me. Every girl is beautiful, strong and confident. They shouldn’t let any male decide their self-esteem or ability to love themselves.”
Guillot is a founding father of Phi Psi, which was chartered on campus in October. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and will graduate in December 2016. He said he will work for Bruce Foods as a project manager. Guillot is also a member of a zydeco band called Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames.