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Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Flowers. Chocolates. Hugs. Or is it?

For some, the Valentine’s Day could very well be these wonderful traditions on Feb. 14. For others, it could have a more negative appeal due to their experiences.

Love should be everyday

Marty Eggleston, LCCC’s basketball coach, has mixed feelings about this holiday. He believes that love should not be celebrated on just one day and instead he “[tries] to make every day a Valentine’s Day.” Eggleston says, more than the Valentine’s Day, his wife means a lot to him. He said he might come up with a Valentine’s Day surprise “like a fun getaway. Decompress.”

A time to reconnect

Valentine’s Day is a time to not only buy flowers and candy for someone special but also to reconnect. 

Karla Tomlin, who is majoring in teaching, says that Valentine’s day is, “a time to remember why you fell in love.” Tomlin has been married to her husband, Jake, for eight years. Raising their two daughters can be a tiring job. She works for Lorain County City Schools while taking classes at LCCC. Her husband works for Lorain County as well on the police force. Their schedules don’t always align and Valentine’s Day is different when you’re married. When you’re single, you spend a lot of effort proving that you love someone. When you have been married awhile, your love is already established.” 

Na Li, who is majoring in Nursing has similar views. She has been married to her husband, Allan, for 19 years. She recalls her first Valentine’s day as a couple she received a cooking pan. After nearly two decades together, they don’t focus on the gifts as much. Li is originally from China and as a child and young adult didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in her native country. 

“It’s a good opportunity to appreciate your significant other, but it’ll be more enjoyable once I have a solid income,” says Max Lapuh, a student whose major is undecided. “I have a Valentine but at the moment we don’t have any plans, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.”

Julia Jalovec, a culinary arts student, will celebrate her first Valentine’s Day with her sweetheart. “I have no clue what we’re doing. It’s whatever he has planned for us, but I’m really excited,” Jalovec said.

Showing love & appreciation 

Jeff Bito, who is majoring in Business Administration, said, “It’s just another day for me, because my wife’s birthday is the day after. I plan to go to school that day if I have class and spend the rest of the day with my wife. I do not believe that Valentine’s day is just a day for the candy and card companies to make a profit, but a day to spend with someone you love and show your love and appreciation toward that person.” 

Austin Bullock, a Computer Gaming and Programming major, has similar views. “I don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day other than preparing for my birthday, which is three days later,” Bullock said. “I do not have a Valentine and I hate when people think you should have a Valentine on Valentine’s Day. I think Valentine’s day is like the Black Friday for buying people cards, chocolates and flowers, and although many people make a big deal about Valentine’s Day, I think the holiday is overrated.”  

Jeremy Eldred has “indifferent” feelings about Valentine’s Day in recent years so he wasn’t planning on doing anything but working. On the other hand, John Hooks, adjunct faculty, does have a Valentine: his wife Dr. Karin Hooks. He likes Valentine’s Day because, “it allows two people to take the time to be with each other.” His plans for Valentine’s Day include a nice candlelight dinner with his wife. 

Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys Valentine’s Day and it is the case with Gabe Luchkowsky. He described last year’s Valentine’s Day as a “shit show” that led to him to a temporary break up with his girlfriend. 

Josefa Collazo, Brittany Kidd, Megan Kopp, Emily Leetch, Harleyann McQuaid, Raigen Plato., Amy Roy and Nicholas Simmerly contributed to the story.

Origin of Valentine’s Day

There are several theories about the origin of this romantic day. One theory suggests that Saint Valentine, a priest, was executed by Claudius II of Rome for performing secret marriages between lovers. Marriages were outlawed in that era because Claudius believed that single young men made better soldiers than the married ones. Another theory claims that Valentine’s Day was put in place by Christians who wanted to counter the Pagan fertility festival known as Lupercalia, but it wasn’t until much later that this holiday became associated with love. 

Yet another theory suggests that in the years between 1380 to 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, wrote in his poem, Parlement of Foules, that the Saint’s Day in Feb. was for the mating and breeding of birds. As a result, noblemen started to write to their sweethearts during this bird-mating season. Quickly enough, this trend took over and with greetings cards and candy manufacturers taking the reins, Saint Valentine’s Day was turned into romance.

A fourth theory says that Emperor Gothicus, who ruled the Roman Empire between 268 and 270, had Valentinus, beheaded due to their religious beliefs. The saints known as Valentinus, or rather, Saint Valentine, were never truly represented for romance or love. It wasn’t until over a thousand years later when Saint Valentine would be first used in a romantic sense.

Senate Fundraising

The Student Senate will sell Valentines’ Day packages containing carnations and chocolates for $5.00 on Feb. 13-14 near Market Place in College Center. 

 “It’s a nice little surprise to treat your special one,” Student Senate President Udell Holmes III said.

However, the event isn’t exclusively for couples, the packages make a good present for friends and family too. The senate hopes to raise at least $250 to help fund scholarships. 

This is the first time the senate is holding a Valentine’s Day fundraiser event. If it all goes well they hope to repeat and expand next year.