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    The other side of V-Day

    Pre-physiology freshman Kevin McCormick and international business freshman Alissa Burns cuddle on the couch while political science sophomore Brittany Kirk sits alone.
    Pre-physiology freshman Kevin McCormick and international business freshman Alissa Burns cuddle on the couch while political science sophomore Brittany Kirk sits alone.

    Reminders are everywhere, from flower and jewelry commercials on television to restaurants telling patrons to book in advance for their special dinner for two. Even TBS, normally a singleton’s best friend when it comes to weekday nights alone, is playing love-themed episodes of sitcoms.

    All of this love in the air is enough to make anyone sick. Perhaps the J-Geils Band said it best in their crushing anthem: “”Love Stinks.””

    This year, however, students and local businesses alike are getting creative with ways to celebrate the holiday without a significant other.

    The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., will be showing the 1981 horror movie “”My Bloody Valentine,”” along with a collection of ’80s power ballads about love gone wrong,and a collection of 1960s venereal-disease scare films, said J.J. Giddings, operations director for The Loft.

    “”Everyone else does the kind of stuff you expect,”” Giddings said. “”We thought we’d do something a little different.””

    Gallagher Theater will be screening the film “”Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”” for free today, according to the Gallagher Web site. The film offers an offbeat look at relationships.

    UA students are celebrating Valentine’s Day in their own ways.

    Alex German, a psychology senior, said he will be taking his girlfriend to Prescott, but he is skeptical of the holiday’s value.

    “”I don’t really buy into the whole Valentine’s Day thing,”” German said. “”I think it’s kind of a made-up holiday.””

    Because not all students have a date, some are looking at the positive aspects of being single on Valentine’s Day.

    “”I’m doing nothing because I just broke up with my boyfriend,”” said Jenna Schneider, a communication junior. “”I’m going out with friends, hopefully getting some drinks and just pretending it’s not that day.””

    Schneider added that her Valentine this year would be her sister, who is also single.

    Stephanie Jerzy, a journalism sophomore, said she will be going out to dinner with her roommate.

    “”It’s a good excuse to eat lots of chocolate, which I like,”” she said.

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