Whether you are single and looking to distract yourself, or you took advantage of cuffing season and are in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can be a tricky holiday to plan for. If you don’t want to go too far or spend too much this weekend, there are plenty of events on-campus to keep both lovebirds and those who fly solo busy.
Your weekend can start out sweaty, as the wrestling team takes Brown University to the mat at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in the West Gym. This event is free for students as long as you have your ID, so it should definitely be in the running if you are looking for a bargain daytime date. If you want to actually work out with your date, take a bike ride around campus with BU’s free bike share program. They’re open every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and can be taken out for four hours at a time.
Other possible date sites include the bowling alley in the Old Union. It’s the kind of date most people would pay for off-campus, so why not take advantage of the thing your tour guide told you about, but knew you’d never use. It’s open from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re more into playing pool, try the billiards room right next door. Open during the same times as bowling, you can impress your date with mediocre shooting skills.
If you don’t have Netflix, but still want to Netflix and chill, rent a movie for free from Munchies, also located in the basement of the Old Union. Pro-tip: snacks are also sold here, which are clearly a necessity.
On Saturday night, the Binghamton Ballroom Dance Association is hosting their Valentine’s Day Social in the Mandela Room at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $3 for students and $5 for community members. Even if you don’t know how to dance, the event is a fun way to spend your Valentine’s Day Eve and a perfect excuse to get dressed up. The dance moves that the team will be teaching don’t require a partner, but if you hit it off with a fellow attendee, there will be opportunities for a two-person tango.
Also, this Saturday night is Late Nite’s Annual Drag Show, which is being held at 8:30 p.m. in the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center Multipurpose Room. Late Nite’s entire weekend of programming is Valentine’s Day-themed, complete with screenings of classic romantic comedies and lots of candy and crafts. The Drag Show will feature your fellow students dressed in drag and strutting their stuff as they compete for a cash prize.
On Sunday, the love fest continues on-campus as the music department hosts a concert, “Trilogy Trio: Among Friends.” The show will be in the Anderson Center’s Chamber Hall at 3:00 p.m., which is the perfect post-breakfast-in-bed timing. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors and $10 for the general public. As the title suggests, this is the perfect event for friends to attend together and you will definitely see the camaraderie on-stage as the intimate musical trio performs.
Things heat up on Sunday night as Diverse Cultural Xcellence hosts their “Love Uncensored” event at 7:00 p.m. in Old Union Hall. The event, which is $5 for individuals and $8 for couples, will feature dance performances from the organization’s executive board and a hip-hop performance from ProjectDCX.
No matter who you spend your Valentine’s weekend with or where you spend it, remember that the true meaning of the holiday is to show the people you love just how much you care about them.