Love is in the air
By Heather Williams, photography by Jeff Montgomery
Sending a Valentine card to that special someone gained popularity in the U.S. in the mid-1800s. Today, one billion cards are sent worldwide in honor of the Feb. 14 holiday, and, for students at the University, that tradition is no different. From heart-shaped balloons to bright pink packages to long-stemmed roses, the aroma of Valentine’s Day filled the halls on campus.
Sophomore Jordan Welch can’t decide how many carnations to buy from the girls ultimate frisbee team fundraiser in the student center.
Peggy Pierce makes sure the chocolate drips off the strawberry just right, creating an edible masterpiece. Aramark's Classic Fare Catering sold more than 800 hand-dipped chocolate strawberries this year, making it their most popular seller.
Junior Emma Poe laughs as she reads her Valentine mail. Valentine’s Day is the single busiest day of the year for Campus Mail. Approximately 12,000 pieces of mail come through for delivery during the days before Valentine’s Day, and outgoing letter mail through the Post Office doubles with as many as 3,500 letters going out daily.
What good is the most romantic holiday of the year without a marriage proposal? Pharmacy student Jake Blair and physician assistant student Jaclyn Davis celebrated Valentine’s Day by having dinner with Armstrong Hall residence life coordinators Joey and Emily Myers after church. The Myers’ children, Josey and Riley, wanted someone to read Sleeping Beauty, and Davis obliged. The story ends with Sleeping Beauty and her prince marrying and living happily ever after. As Davis finished reading, Blair pointed out that the prince forgot to do something important in the story. He then dropped to one knee and popped the question, and Davis said yes. Blair had secretly plotted with the children beforehand to persuade his girlfriend to read the bedtime tale. Fairy tales can come true with a little help from a storybook and two adorable children.