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Be Our Valentine

Kicking it with Q – Episode 3 – Food for Thought: Valentines Day

Quintin Mattson-Hayward and Daniel So go around asking students about their Valentines Day thoughts.

Editor: Quintin Mattson-Hayward

Logo: Jesus Contreras

Cupid’s Casino

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s Student Life office held a Cupid Casino event at the Fireside Lounge Feb. 14, 2019. The event had casino games (Roulette, Blackjack, and Craps), a mock-tail bar serving sparkling Cider and strawberry lemonade they also served sweets like chocolate covered strawberries and brownies.

**Slide 2: Shawn Penson, Pierce College Dining Hall line cook, hands sweets out during Student Life’s Cupid Casino event.

**Slide 3: Kimberly Nucum, Student Life’s Promotion Coordinator, manages the mock-tail bar. Strawberry Lemonade and sparkling cider were served during Student Life’s Cupid Casino.

**Slide 13: Student Life gave prizes to the top three earners of the event, the gift baskets totaled around $200.

World Views of Love and Relationships

A recap of the Love and Relationships Panel offered on Valentine’s Day in the Cafeteria

Neal Curtis-Duguay Staff Writer

loverelationshipAmerican society has many very modern practices, in comparison to its Eastern counterparts, born from the U.S.’s much later founding in the 17th century. Regardless, the World’s cultures are extremely diverse, especially when it comes to romance.

Friday, February 14th was the day of a cultural relationship panel during which students from various cultures spoke about their countries’ customs and practices as well as answering the audience’s questions. Topics ranged from public displays of affection to homosexual practices and their acceptance in each culture.

Marriage, for several countries, has a modern and traditional version for couples to choose from. Foreign marriage practices share some characteristics with American weddings, while still having their own unique features. Wedding dresses are common in Vietnam but Vietnam has more varied ceremony dresses than the generic white dress that the U.S. is known for, which International Student Nhi Nhigoc prefers.

Indian marriages are traditional, some are even arranged by the families, but parents may allow certain modern additions such as a trip to the nightclub for a party.

In Uganda, inter-tribal relationships are allowed, but certain tribes may associate with others in this manner, while some tribes are forbidden from prospecting singles. This type of practice is similar to other social class merges found in several cultures, including the U.S. and Pakistan. Pakistan has no trouble with any caste system and marriage, but differences in religion can pose a problem.

The U.S. can be seen more liberal than other countries in some aspects, particularly with dating. In several foreign countries like Uganda and India, PDA tends to stay light or it will attract unwanted attention. In some countries, including Vietnam, dating is difficult for teenagers.

Uzbekistan has the marriage age limit at 18, making any marriages beforehand illegal. On the contrary, South Africa shares a similar history to the U.S.: interracial marriage was illegal due to the Mixed Marriage Act, but was repealed later. Interracial marriage might be accepted in some countries, but not all. It is a very touchy topic in Vietnam—it’s legal, but socially unacceptable.

During the question and answer part of the panel, one person from the audience asked the panelists about their cultures’ stance on homosexual marriage, which lead to a jesting quip from the South African representative, who answered, “No.”

Most of the represented countries do not allow gay marriage, and most are unaccepting of it. India is the one exception—they legalized it but it’s not culturally acceptable. Homosexuality is relatively new in Vietnam as more gays come out of the closet, and some parents are fine with it, but marriage hasn’t quite settled in yet, and gays just get beat up in Uganda.

Each culture has its technicalities and traditions, modern and old, but a common theme of any marriage is romance and love. The Uganda representative, Shalom, opened her discussion by saying “True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

Don’t hate it

Mariah Foley 
Staff Writer

Valentines Day is designated to celebrate the love that people truly hand out all year around.  It is beautiful to see people taking the time to recognize their relationships and truly care about each other, whether it’s by giving gifts, throwing a party, or handing out cards and candies.

Some think that this day of love is only for people who are in a steady relationship; some even recognize it as “Singles-Awareness Day.” Although I agree that couples might appreciate this holiday more, singles can benefit from this special day in ways that couples can’t.

For those that absolutely despise the holiday, changing its name will not make them feel strong or empowered. If thinking of the oncoming holiday gives one feelings of anger or makes them upset, their issues probably show up more than one day a year. That may sound harsh, but honestly, single people should really take advantage of the benefits being single gives them.  On Valentines Day, no one expects everyone to participate, and there is nothing required of you. This is a day to remember that although having a valentine can be special, the term “love” covers more than just an intimate relationship.

Most people in love are the only ones who really get into the day to celebrate love, mostly because they want to show the other person that they cherish them above all others. When a person has a valentine, they are more likely to focus on their significant other than any other relationship in their life.  People in relationships on this coveted holiday feel obligated to spend their time and money on their significant other, and the media definitely supports this. I don’t think couples should hoard Valentines Day celebration to themselves, though.

Everyone, whether they’re single or not, should find a new way to view Valentines Day as a day to celebrate the people you love and recognize who you truly care about. I’m not saying to run out and find a date; I’m saying to take a chance to spend time with the ones you already have a relationship with.  Family and friends deserve to be recognized along with, or even take priority over a significant other.

Traditionally, people would send cards and candies to loved ones out of appreciation. This Valentines Day, maybe take some time to write love letters or thank-you notes to the ones who have helped you get through the year, the ones who have sacrificed something for you, the ones who truly love you. They don’t have to be a partner; everyone can benefit from just a small amount of appreciation from you.

valentine’s day exposed

Healani Brennan
Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is said to be derived from a Pagan ritual called Lupercalia. This ritual consisted of men spanking women with whips because they believed it increased fertility. Nowadays it is an opportunity for large companies to rake in the dollar bills with Valentine’s Day themed products. It has become a loophole for companies to wriggle in new expensive products or to raise prices on old ones.

Large corporate companies such as Hallmark will cash in this year as lovers exchange heart shaped candies and cards that come with sound effects. Small business owners will be happy as well, not only will it stimulate the economy but help boost local shops’ revenue.

Blake Sorem, an economics professor, said that “weird things happen on Valentine’s Day” in relation to the increase of prices on products. “I used to pass this flower shop all the time, noticing their sign–$5 for a dozen roses.  On Valentine’s Day, I thought ‘Perfect.  I will stop off at the flower shop on my way to [my girlfriend’s] apartment.’  However, the sign was gone.  I walked into the shop…$50 for a dozen roses!”

Around 34.3 percent of spouses will receive flowers spending an estimate of $1.9 billion worldwide.Some spouses find that this holiday is over commercialized, while others find it to be a great opportunity to celebrate love and find it to be an excuse to buy presents or eat chocolates.

Sorem admitted, “I try not to watch diamond commercials, where we learn that the real way that you show someone that you love them is through the diamond market.”

A small amount of proposals, 10 percent, occur on this day of love. Although studies have found that divorce spikes about 36 percent around Feb.14. Some lawyers suggest that couples wait to see if their better half gets a bonus or if their income gets better, leading to a split if that doesn’t happen. Other spouses just wait to see what happens on Valentine’s Day to determine whether they will stick around. The U.S. census found that 53 percent of women would dump their significant other if they failed to give a gift on Valentine’s Day.

The average amount of money spent for Valentine’s Day annually is approximately $13.19 billion. The rough sum a consumer will spend on a partner is expected to be $116. 85 percent of couples plan to save money and just do the dirty deed with their naughty bits on Valentine’s Day. Unsurprisingly, it is expected that 11,000 children will be conceived on this holiday as a result.

Greeting cards are the most popular item sold for this day of love (while jewelry is the least popular) with 52.1 percent of lovers planning to purchase a card while 180 million are expected to be exchanged.

Sales on Valentine themed items can go on for as long as a week after the actual holiday. Jewelry is an exception because it is found that the price actually increases in the first few weeks before Valentine’s Day. Thrifty shoppers can find coupons to knock off percentages from jewelry. Places like Sears, Blue Nile, and ICE.com offer big discounts on selected jewelry.

Since February is around the end of winter, huge sales on apparel start showing up. The best time to shop for a spouse would be either the day before or any day after. The day before is when businesses will be trying to clear out the Valentine themed products. Things like lingerie and candy will be marked down the day before.

Whatever gift that couples buy one another this year, all sales are estimated to contribute $18.6 billion to the economy this year. Whether this holiday is just one big consumer shindig, or really a celebration of love, it only does positive things for the economy.

Love should be an every day deal



February, the shortest month of the year. Many great things happen in February; this year happens to be a leap year, so we get that one extra day in the normally short month as well as the rich history that is Black History Month. However, we also get one more activity in this month: Valentines Day.

Usually if you mention Valentines Day, most girls will become giddy, silly and full of those lovey-dovey feelings. Perhaps the day will give them the courage they so desperately need to profess their love for their crush, or maybe they’ll dress up extra special for their spouse; even go out of their way to do something a little more special for their significant other.

While that’s all nice and well, a question should be brought to our attention: why don’t we feel any incentive to do such things on any given day of the year? What is it about February 14that makes everyone feel more tender-hearted or more “twitter-pated”?

Most would argue the media, and while that’s true to some extent, a core problem that is faced is laziness and unoriginality. Are we really so “busy” with our “busy” lives that we can only set aside one day of the whole year to be act a little more special towards our significant others? Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring your lover home flowers on a day when they least anticipate it, rather than a day where they’ve been programmed to expect it?

It would seem so, perhaps to an outsider, but sadly that is not the case anymore. Men have been brainwashed into thinking that Valentines Day is that special day to propose to their soul mate. Yeah, you weren’t the first guy who thought that one up. Girls are expecting a big box of chocolates with a giant stuffed teddy bear holding a bouquet of red roses.

Where did all the originality go? If we’re all going to be romantic on just this one day collectively, then shouldn’t we do it with a bang? Granted, your partner will already be anticipating some sort of gift, so you had better take your time in finding just the right one to fit them on this most dreaded of holidays.


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