Singles can celebrate, too

Furious with the holiday, junior Lauren Ligenza tears apart a Valentine’s Day card. However, there are several campus events for single students to enjoy on Feb. 14.By Marie Baker

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many students can be seen making plans for elaborate dates and planning the perfect gifts for that special someone in their lives. Couples definitely enjoy the spotlight of the holiday, but what about the rest of us?

There are two main ways that couples tend to plan their nights: They can try for simple and low key or they could go all out and have a flashy, impressive night. Here at Rider, the single students on campus are lucky enough to have the same kind of options.

Low Key
For some of us, Valentine’s Day is just like any other day of the year, so we don’t feel a need to make a particularly big deal out of it. It’s just a holiday made up by greeting card companies to turn a bigger profit, right? If that sounds like you, you might want to check out Enchanted, the Student Entertainment Council’s (SEC) movie for Valentine’s Day weekend. Enchanted is a cross between the classic Disney-style fairy tales and a modern comedy.

“Basically it’s just a cute movie that students can go see with their friends, roommates or significant other,” said senior McKenzie Goldsmith, one of the film chairs of SEC.

Enchanted will be playing in the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) theater at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14-16, which should give everyone plenty of time to go see it — even the students who already made plans on the actual holiday.

More Action
Students who are looking for more activity can take the approach of the couples who spend money for a big night, but they won’t have to spend a dime. The Student Government Association (SGA) Class Councils have it covered. They thought big and will be throwing a Valentine’s Day Dance.

“We felt that there was a void of things to do on campus on Valentine’s Day, and it’s definitely a holiday where you want to go out and have fun whether you’re with someone or not,” senior Michele Domalewski, the organizational affairs team leader for SGA, said.

If you’re not swayed to come out just for the good times, there are always giveaways to consider. There will be T-shirts for the first 125 students to arrive, as well as raffles for all the classic gifts that people have come to expect on Valentine’s Day, such as chocolates and flowers.

The menu, designed with the single students in mind, covers comfort foods, such as mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers, as well as assorted desserts to match the Valentine’s Day theme.

The dance will be held in the Cavalla Room on Valentine’s Day. The doors will open at 9 p.m. and the party will go until midnight. Make sure to bring your Rider I.D. to show at the door.

There’s more good news: Because Enchanted will let out just 10 minutes after the SGA Class Council Dance starts, students can enjoy the best of both worlds by just walking across the hall. Enjoy a story about a girl who finds her prince, then take a chance and go find your own.

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