Valentine’s Day is almost here. Boyfriends begin to budget while girlfriends make sure the perfect outfit is in attendance. Though a cultural similarity, the holiday is unique to everyone.
Ethan Zambrano, dance pedagogy sophomore, said he already planned the day for girlfriend.
“I plan to start off her day with flowers, chocolates, and a nice teddy bear,” he said. “Then after the day is over, homemade enchiladas and a good movie night will wrap it all up.”
For those who leave Valentine’s Day unplanned, the university is making efforts to ensure an enjoyable holiday for young lovers as well as those who are still looking for that special someone. Two events that will be held this year are the Valentine’s Day Dinner and the Palentine’s Speed Mingle.
The Valentine’s Dinner has taken place at OCU for at least the last 8 years,” said LaVetra Ray, assistant director of student activities. “We give out prizes, candy, and guests are treated to a delicious menu, which includes a salad, an entrée and dessert. Any student currently enrolled at Oklahoma City University can attend the event. Some people like to bring their significant other; some people like to come with a group of friends.”
The Palentine’s Speed Mingle is a new event. Its purpose is to allow anyone the chance to come and meet new people while enjoying some sweet treats, Ray said.
The dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the Great Hall in Tom and Brenda University Center, while the Speed Mingle will be from 6-7 p.m. on the same day in the Student Lounge in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.
Reservations must be made for the dinner by Feb. 10 to Tami Lisher at firstname.lastname@example.org. The dinner costs two meal swipes per person.
OCU’s Relay for Life team is also making an appearance on Valentine’s Day. They will be selling Valentine’s Day cards with a lollipop in support of cancer research.
“So far they’re all going to be food puns. ‘I love you a latte,’ ‘You’re my butter half’ and ‘I’m donuts about you,’ are examples,” said Sarah Cason, psychology senior and co-chair for OCU Relay. “
Relay for Life will be selling the cards from 12-2 p.m. from Feb. 8-14 outside the caf during. Premade cards are $1 and they come with a lollipop, while blank cards, which can either be heart-shaped or regular, are $0.75 with a lollipop or $0.50 without one.