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Anti-Valentine's Day plans to put emphasis on friendship

by Courtney Deeren - Copy Editor
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 11:00 am

Brockport Student Government (BSG) is hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Day event in the Seymour College Union Main Lounge on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. The event isn’t necessarily against Valentine’s Day or love, but celebrates the friends in our life. 

There will be food at the event, including chicken wings and a loaded fry bar from Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC). Pamela Fenton said the idea behind these specific foods was to fit the theme of “fries before guys and chicken before chicks.” 

One of the activities that will be taking place during the event is friendship bracelet making. There will also be a mirror where students will be able to “write words of affirmation,” according to Fenton. There will be a fun backdrop for taking pictures as well for those who are feeling festive.  

Fenton also said the event isn’t about “hating our exes” but more just “we love our friends.” The event is being described as “more like a Palentine’s Day.”  On Valentine’s Day most people only think about romance, but fail to share the love with their platonic counter parts. 

Students across campus seem to be in high anticipation for the event. Even those who are in relationships think the event sounds like a fun way to celebrate the day in a non-traditional way. Many students who are involved in long distance relationships will also enjoy spending the day celebrating love in a friendship if they can’t be with their significant other. 

Some people don’t even think of Valentine’s Day as a big enough holiday to plan an event for. The name of the event seemed to be a source of confusion for many students. One student, Brooke Tisdale wrote, “it depends on how they are publicizing the event. If they are using the term Anti-Valentine’s Day I don’t think the turnout will be great.” Tisdale suggests using the idea of “galentine’s day” but making it more broad “to promote friendship in general.” She also said that if she lived on campus and her and her friends didn’t have anything to do she could see herself attending an event like that.  

If you are stressing about not being in a relationship this Valentine’s Day or maybe feeling lonely because your significant other is in another place and you won’t be able to be together, consider going to this event with your best friends. Aside from making fun memories with your friends, this event offers ways to take your mind off the romantic holiday and put it on loving the people in your life and yourself. 

 

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