Crosswords and Economics: An Alumni Proposal Story

Justin and Daphne standing in front of an ancient community

If you happened to pick up Imprint’s first edition of the new school year, and stumbled across the crossword puzzle, don’t be fooled.  That was not a regular puzzle, hence the little “disclaimer” underneath the creator credits.  A secret message was hidden in it - and if you’re a sucker for romantic university stories, get ready for this one.

Arts alumnus Justin Chan contacted Imprint to assist him with an incredibly important project – a proposal to his partner Daphne!  Imprint crosswords brought them together in the first place, he said, so there was no better way to propose than to let Imprint work its magic once more. 

Justin and Daphne were both a part of the graduating class of 2011, having studied Applied Economics in the Faculty of Arts.  During their business finance class, they were introduced to each other through a mutual friend, and that’s how their adventure began. 

When they were still in school, Daphne was the VP Internal for the Healthy Active Promotion Network (HAPN) at UWaterloo.  She was conducting interviews for an executive position in the organization, and what do you know – Justin was one of the interviewees!  After the interview ended, Daphne was working on a crossword puzzle, and asked aloud what the capital of Nepal is.  Luckily for Justin, he knew the answer – “Kathmandu”.  That’s when they discovered their mutual interest and began doing Imprint crosswords in class together!

(In case you were wondering, Justin’s exec interview went well.  Needless to say, he got the gig.)

Now, fast forward to September 2017.

It was a casual Sunday afternoon, and Justin was feeling a little nervous and under the weather.  He’d been trying not to spoil the surprise, and waiting for the right opportunity to start doing the crossword puzzle with Daphne so he could pop the question!

The crossword Justin used to propose to Daphne, circling the letters which string together “WILL YOU MARRY ME”

He had the Imprint with him, under the guise that he went to Waterloo for work, and decided to drop by campus to pick up a newspaper for, you know, old times sake.  Daphne came home after a volunteer gig to have lunch,  Justin began asking for clues, and she couldn't resist jumping right into try and solve it with him.  She figured out the puzzle after a while, but didn’t notice the message…so Justin pointed it out, circling the letters which spelled out, “WILL YOU MARRY ME”.  Then, he got down on one knee, and she said yes! Now, you’re probably wondering: what’s next for Justin and Daphne?

The diamond ring Justin got DaphneJustin’s moving to Malawi in Africa to volunteer for a full year, starting October 2017.  Daphne is completing her MBA at Western, and she’ll be finished in March 2018.  Once she gets her MBA, they will both be travelling to South Africa to get married.

Congratulations, Justin and Daphne! Best of luck with all the adventures (and crossword puzzles) ahead of you.

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