Southern shows students some love on Valentine’s Day


Amanda CavotoArts & Entertainment Editor

Southern served up some sweets for Valentine’s Day at ProCon’s Hearts and Darts event on Thursday, Feb. 14.

“Even though my schedule is a little busy, trying to manage work, I saw free food and prizes, I got to make my way [to the event.]” said Ronahi Musa, a sophomore, social work major.

Students swarmed in for the free food provided by Three Brothers Diner, which consisted of macaroni and cheese, mozzarella sticks, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and french fries.

While some students raved about the free food, Annaleise Sabatino, a senior, psychology major, wishes they had a picked a different provider.

“I personally didn’t like the food they served, I think a different caterer would be better for future events,” Sabatino said.

Some other students did not agree.

“I’m here for the free food,” said sophomore Lauren Spencer, “and my friends told me to go.”

The ballroom in the Adanti Student Center was fully decorated with a candy bar, complete with a make-your-own mason jar that came with plenty of decorations such as stickers, a back drop for photos, and a white and red rose center piece on each table.

“It seems like a good time,” said Jessica Petry, a junior, history major, “it’s very well decorated.”

When a student first entered the event they were each asked to fill out a raffle ticket for prizes such as a Nintendo Switch, stuffed animals, chocolate filled heart-shaped boxes and t-shirts totaling $1000 worth of prizes.

To celebrate the Valentine’s Day theme, ProCon hired local musician Alice Kristiansen, a New York City based artist who gained her fame on YouTube back in 2011 by covering songs and writing some of her own.

For Sabatino, she said she enjoyed the live music instead of “just playing the radio” and the acoustic style instead of the the regular types of entertainment provided at Southern.

The efforts of the multiple student organizations involved, those being ProCon, Commuter Commission and the RHA were somewhat unnoticed as the turnout was generally lower than expected.

“I do wish they did more to advertise for the event, I didn’t know about it until briefly beforehand.” said Sabatino.

Richard Mills, a senior and member of ProCon who helped serve food at Hearts and Darts said how much he enjoys helping create these events.

“I like to make sure that everyone has some type of experience here on Southern’s campus. We like to do different events like this throughout the entire year,” Mills said. “It’s really rewarding.

Photo Credit: Amanda Cavoto

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