V-Day bug hits CSC

Valentine’s Day is a day of ambivalence. It is a “holiday” that is either appreciated or loathed. Some couples celebrate it, others do not. Some girls count the days until its arrival, others count the hours until it’s over.With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday this February, it is a wonder what the vast amount of couples at Castleton will be doing to celebrate the holiday, or if they will be celebrating it all.

“I’m thinking about making [Hannah] dinner. I have no idea what, though, getting flowers, and making a card possibly,” said Castleton sophomore Trevor Kotrady. “Since I live at home, my mom will be out at her own dinner, so I’ll be able to cook at my house. I’m trying to make it as romantic as possible.”

Hannah Josselyn, a freshman, was unaware of her boyfriend’s plans, but was very excited for the upcoming surprise.

Most couples on campus seemed to just be taking the easy route by going out to dinner with one another due to the lack of options in the area.

“Well there’s not much to do around here anyways,” said Castleton Junior Britney Baron, who said she and her boyfriend Bobby Burge were just planning on going out to eat.

Other couples, like Castleton Senior John Shramek, and girlfriend Shannon Ellis, will not be celebrating the holiday at all.

“If anything, we will be having an anti-Valentine’s day celebration,” said Shramek with a laugh. “We celebrated the first year we were going out, but that’s about it.”

To help ease the stress of having to worry about finding a gift for their loved one, two groups on campus held fundraisers this year in hopes of making it easier for them to purchase something for their loved one.

“Somebody threw out the idea for giving out Crush bottles as sort of just a ‘ha-ha- get it, crush idea.’ But then we started thinking, ‘Crush, yeah that’s pretty funny,'” said Area Coordinator Marrisa Derdarian, who is part of the Castleton Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break group.

The group is raising money for its Alternative Spring Break trip. After paying for the trip, any extra cash that the club raises goes straight to Habitat for Humanity. On the first day, the group had sold 12 crush bottles alone, however, most of them were purchased as a gift from one friend to another or from co-worker to co-worker.

The Social Issues Club had a similar idea, but sold “Candy-grams” for a dollar a piece.

“This money will go to our club so we can organize future activities that create awareness about social issues on and off campus,” said Castleton Junior Samantha Barrale, member of The Social Issues Club.

Regardless of their motives, both groups provided an easily accessible outlet for loved ones, friends, and even coworkers to express their affection to one another-just what Valentine’s Day is for.

“I think that the basic message with events like this is to show that everybody is loved. It is not just for those who have a boyfriend or girlfriend, but any significant other, whether it be a friend or a co-worker,” said Barrale.

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