By Samara Garmon
HBCU love is like no other. Student organizations put together special events for couples and single students at Xavier for this year’s Valentine’s Day on campus. In the University Center each organization promoted different activities but centered the spirit of love to lure students in to their tables. Dating app Bumble joined campus organizations like Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, The Women of Xavier, and even The Financial Aid Office were all in support of the couples at Xavier.
“The purpose of our table is to make people on campus feel special, and to make them feel loved. We want people to get some roses and candy, and make them feel like they matter,” said junior Ebenezer Nyenwe, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Valentine’s Day is a way for friends and family to express their love for each other, and also it is a day for self-love. In the University Center, a company called The Happy Booth, came by with a photo booth for all the couples, and friends to express their gratitude for each other.
“Valentine’s Day is dedicated to love and happiness. It really should be celebrated everyday,” said owner Dennis Joseph, who has run the family business locally for 30 years.
Representatives from the dating platform Bumble stopped by at Xavier to promote their app, and encourage students to join. Not only does Bumble promote romantic relationships, but they also have different modes where you can form platonic friendships, and business relationships.
The Women of Xavier organization said they wanted to spread positive energy to those around campus. They set up two tables dedicated to positive affirmations. For those who may be feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day, there was an educational and positive table. Not only were they promoting positive energy, but they were informing students about what a healthy relationship should consist of.
“We encourage healthy connections in all aspects, not just dating,” said Brooke Vail, a campus ambassador for Bumble.
Getting gifts for your significant other for Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive. It is the thought that counts, staff from the Financial Aid office reminded students. As part of that office’s Financial Awareness Month, their table was dedicated to informing students about cost-effective gifts for your significant other. They shared information on cost effective gifts, and how to use money wisely and more efficiently. The Financial Aid office helped students create unique cost-effective gifts, while also informing students about budgeting.
“You don’t have to go all out for Valentine’s Day. Love doesn’t cost a thing” said Work Study coordinator, Kellie Miller.