Fiona Moran & Ayumi Davis
Valentine’s Day is a day of love and happiness, of hearts and kisses, for one to spend some special time with their significant other. But how did it get its start? The day is originally supposedly meant to commemorate the death of St. Valentine. St. Valentine who some believed was executed by the Emperor of Rome.
Since then, it has developed into the day of love, and the giving of gifts to express that love. Of course, Roosevelt University is no exception, as some students gear up for the romantic holiday.
When asked what they were doing this upcoming Valentine’s Day, Cameron Mayo, a junior education major, said, “Facetime my husband and have a meal together.”
Another student was still in the process of planning as James Dold, a junior acting major, said, “Wish I knew…maybe just go out with my girlfriend. Might get her a plant… go out to eat, maybe cook or something.”
Some people have their traditions when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Ryleigh Buckingham, a freshman musical theatre major, talked about her traditions with her family. “We all get each other cute Valentine’s Day gifts in our family. My dad always gets me a card and a teddy bear,” Buckingham said. “He gets my mom a card and a teddy bear and he shows up to work and gives her flowers. My nana always gives me something, like cards, teddy bears, flowers, and candy.”
Chijioke Williams, a junior journalism major, hoped to break his “tradition” of having bad Valentine’s Days. “This year it’s going to be perfect. Need everything good to happen,” Williams said.
When asked what Valentine’s Day meant to them, some students’ answers varied from a normal day to the gestures that come with the holiday. “For me it’s never been about what other people do…buying extravagant things…for me, it’s honestly just spending time with the person whom I love and doing something special for them. Poem song painting, out of the ordinary,,doing something from the heart,” Dold said.
“Honestly, it’s just another day, but it makes me realize to appreciate my partner a little more than I usually do on days other than Valentine’s Day,” Mayo said.
Campus wide, some organizations are hosting Valentine’s Day themed events. On Feb. 7, Multicultural Student Support Services invited Chicago Police Department officers NeCole Bryson and Jamal Williams to discuss domestic violence amongst college students in relationships.
On Valentine’s Day, Peace and Love Fest will also take place in Congress Lounge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.