Category: V-Day Issue 2014

February 23, 2014 Nita Mauigoa

Jevante Mcalister, a biological sciences student, vividly remembers the day he got his heart broken for the first time. The anticipation led up to that fateful Valentine’s Day. All the hard work and preparation he put into his gift for his crush was going to culminate into something beautiful. “I made my crush a Valentine’s…

February 23, 2014 Valerie Hudson

Valentine’s Day is only three days away. Chocolate sales are rising, restaurants are booked and florists are working their fingers to the bone in preparation. But even this close to the big day, a romantic date night can be achieved without spending a fortune.

Bombay Deluxe, located at 555 W. Northern Lights Blvd., is offering a special at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The special costs a flat rate of $69 for two people and will include a four-course dinner menu, including champagne. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Ashley Lewis, a barista at the Union Station Café, said her ideal Valentine’s Day date “doesn’t have to be expensive or anything, just something fun that both people can enjoy.”

One cheap and easy date night idea that a significant other may enjoy is a Valentine-themed breakfast in bed. This idea can cost as little as $25, and with a little bit of creative thinking can start the day off right.

A fun Valentine’s Day breakfast feature is heart-shaped toast. To do this, get heart-shaped cookie cutter, which costs less than a dollar at Wal-Mart, and press it into the toast. Accompany the toast with a breakfast meat, scrambled eggs and a small bowl of fruit. Arrange the breakfast items on a plate, then put it on a breakfast tray along with a rose. Roses can be purchased at a Holiday gas station at a maximum of $4, depending on what kind of rose (real or feather). Then you’re done — the perfect simple date idea for under $25.

On Valentine’s Day, Alaska Wild Berry Products is showing the movie “Chocolat.”  The film is about a mysterious stranger who moves to a tranquil French town with her daughter and opens a chocolate shop. The movie centers on the battle between the comfort of the past and moving in an exciting future.

Carolyn Tague, coordinator of the event and founder of the Lemong’o Project, said this event “has no fee, just donations. So if you choose to donate, great! But if not, that’s OK too.”

Proceeds will go to the Lemong’o Project, a non-profit organization that supports the education, nutrition, health and employment needs of the Maasai people in Lemong’o, Kenya. Single red roses will be available for purchase during the event.

The Anchorage Museum is also offering a free showing of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” at 9 p.m. the night of Valentine’s Day. This event is completely free and participants can enjoy hot chocolate courtesy of Muse. Concessions include a special Valentine’s Day beer from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. and chocolate from Modern Dwellers.

February 23, 2014 Nita Mauigoa

Some folks just want friends — no sex, no romance — just pure, unadulterated, platonic fun. However, not everyone is a socialite. Craigslist Anchorage takes a break from the conventional personal ads and offers a “strictly platonic” section, where strangers age 18 and over can solicit friendships. Upon reading the posts, they run the gamut…

February 23, 2014 Valerie Hudson

UAA’s Student Activities will present Singles Night from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Union Den. Sponsors include KRUA, Seawolf Catering, Concert Board and the Black Student Union. Single’s night is a free event.

“They (students) can expect something different than any of the other mingle or meet and greet events that they have been to on campus before. It is nothing like speed dating. We don’t have any of those … pressures, games or activities or events,” said Alexis Rasley, Student Activities programming team member and co-creator of the Singles Night event.

The event will feature music by KRUA and a “mock-tail” bar. It will also feature games, including a raffle where participants have the chance to win concert tickets to the Cults, tickets to Black Student Union’s Valentine’s dance or a surprise date night package that will be revealed at the event.

Programming manager Matthew Glenn said the idea clicked one day during a casual conversation with Rasley. He said they wanted to do this for people who are new and haven’t had the opportunity to make friends.

Rasely said although this event is specifically targeted to singles, couples are also welcome to join in on the fun. They would like to keep the atmosphere inviting and low-pressure. She said students do not necessarily have to make a love connection, but she hopes they at least make new friends.

“This event is mostly for people to meet other people, mingle, talk. Instead of like a speed dating atmosphere, it’s more like, ‘Hey, I’m new here. Let’s hang out sometime,’” Glenn said.

February 23, 2014 Jacob Holley-Kline

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” is what someone would say if they were never in love. That quote comes from the 1970 Romance, “Love Story.”

It’s hard growing up with messages like this. Surrounded by movies like “Titanic,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Serendipity” and any Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

In movies like this, love is immediate, eternal and wordless. Love at first sight is impossible to avoid and, even if tragedy separates two lovers, they will be together forever.

This scenario has been played out on movie screens for generations and it’s a damaging notion.

Researchers at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland found that relationship problems discussed in their counseling center reflected misconceptions about relationships and love, thanks to Hollywood movies.

One misconception is that, if your love is true, you will know everything about each other and what’s wrong in your relationship without talking.

Nobody’s a mind a reader and communication is key in a relationship. Some stuff is hard to talk about, sex especially.

In romantic movies, sex is something that begins (and ends) without consent or communication.

Sex can be fun and transcendent all at once, but it begins with trust and understanding, two things unachievable without talking.

Romance in movies is hyper realized, enhanced like the actors themselves. Little of what is on-screen is true. During the honeymoon phase of a relationship, it may feel like two lovers have, “crossed the oceans of time” to find each other, to quote Dracula.

But once that’s over, the real work begins and one comes to find out that that initial infatuation was only a foundation on which the real and toilsome love is built. It’s worth it, in the end, if you love that person.

It’s important to not get wrapped up in romantic movies, books and video games. The characters on-screen live in an idealized world with idealized people in idealized relationships and these ideals are important.

Real life is a struggle and getting away from that for 90 minutes or two hours at a time isn’t a bad thing, it provides an escape and catharsis. But at what cost?