University to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


Sal and Pugsley’s employee pose with a heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

By Helen Stevenson

The Beatles once said all you need is love. But Lil’ Wayne said he heard love was in the air and held his breath until his face turned purple. Regardless of your own feelings, it is Valentine’s Day this Thursday, Feb. 14, and Rose Hill has a number of events to celebrate.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting two free events this Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the McGinley Lobby: Cards and Candy and Dating Profile Picture Photo Shoot.

“Every year, CAB spends the week surrounding Valentine’s Day celebrating relationships that make us better,” said Kathryn Teaney, CAB president and FCRH ’19.

The Dating Profile Picture Photo Shoot, hosted by the CAB Comedy committee, is catered toward students that are single: a photo shoot to snag the perfect first picture for a dating profile.

“Comedy wanted to give Fordham students a chance to live in the limelight and get some nice photos taken of them,” Teaney said. “Use them for your dating profiles, or just for fun.”

Emily Malacane, FCRH ’21, is planning on going to the Dating Profile Photo Shoot event and said it is a great opportunity for all the single people at the university.

“A lot of my friends are on CAB and they put on great events for the student body,” she said. “So I am going to support them but also to get a Tinder or a LinkedIn profile photo.”

Cards and Candy, hosted by the CAB Speaker Series committee, is catered toward students in a relationship who are seeking gift assistance. At the card workshop, students can come by to make a last minute Valentine’s card for their loved one.

“Speaker Series wanted to give Fordham students a chance to send an encouraging message to your valentine,” Teaney said. “Everyone deserves a little love!”

According to Teaney, CAB is expecting a large turnout for both events.

“Who wouldn’t want an easy chance to write a card and get a glamour shot?” she asked.

The Ramblers, the university’s all-male a capella group, is offering singing Valentines or “Ramblergrams” to send to your loved one on Thursday. The offer includes a choice of the following songs: “Afternoon Delight,” “Accidentally in Love,” “American Girl,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Let’s Get It On” and “Treasure.”

Kevin Koulopoulos, a member of The Ramblers and FCRH ’19, said that in-person Ramblergrams are $10 each and always sell out quickly.

He said the group also offers a pre-recorded Ramblergrams for $5, where they record a message and a song to send out on Valentine’s Day.

“This has been a tradition for the Ramblers for 15 or 20 years, maybe more,” he said. “Every Valentine’s Day we go to dorms, faculty offices, off-campus apartments and even interrupt classes to sing a quick love song. As a senior I can say it’s one of my favorite traditions in the club.”

Koulopoulos said so far, this year’s Ramblergram sale has been successful.

“I think we’ve sold around 35 so far this year, mostly to students but some to faculty members,” he said.

Fordham Marketing Association (FMA) sold carnations that are set to deliver today, Feb. 13. For a $2 donation students could send one flower to their dorm, for a $5 donation, students could send a bundle of three flowers and for a $10 donation flowers could be hand delivered by “cupid himself.”

Grace Wellman, GSB ’21 and FMA’s fundraising chair, said that the carnation sale is an annual fundraising event for the club.

“We do it every year because it has been successful and is relatively easy to organize,” she said. “A lot of students send them to friends because it is a cute, simple gesture of appreciation.”

The Bronx Zoo, just a block outside of the Rose Hill gates, offered the chance to name one of their 50,000 Madagascar cockroaches after a significant other (or ex-significant other) this Valentines day for a $15 donation.

With the purchase, buyers received a certificate with the name of the cockroach. The promotion also offered a $75 package that included the printed certificate, a beanie, a mug and a pin: all printed with images of cockroaches.

John F. Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society executive vice president of public affairs adressed the promotions in a press release.

“The Bronx Zoo’s Name-A-Roach promotion is a light-hearted, fun way to reach out to someone on Valentine’s Day to let them know that you are thinking about them.” he said. “Nothing lasts longer than a roach, so it could be sent as a symbolic gesture about how long your love will last or exactly the opposite. Some might say that love is like a roach – elusive, resilient, and sometimes very scary.”

The beloved Pugsley Pizza’s slogan is “Love is it,” so of course the joint is celebrating Valentine’s day. For $10, Pugsley’s is offering ‘love pies,’ a small pizza pie in the shape of a heart.

Sal Natale, owner and creator of the pizza shop, said this offer is a long running tradition and stems from his love for love.

“It’s Valentine’s Day!” he said. “It’s a fun way to celebrate, at Pugsley’s ‘love is it’ – it says it all over.”

And it is: the slogan is etched in the bricks on the floor, on signs all over the restaurant and even on the pizza oven peel.

Natale said whether you are single or in a relationship this Thursday, know you can always find love in Pugsley’s Pizza.