Will you be mine?

Love is definitely in the air. When the Current scoured the campus looking for the unattached and their take on Valentine’s Day, they were nowhere to be found. But we know you must be out there somewhere. No matter. Here are some suggestions from seasoned lovers on how to celebrate this day of romance.

ROBERT F. GIEGENGACK
Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Science

“[Singles should celebrate Valentine’s Day] by making sure that people who are important to them realize that they are valuable.”

CORINNA MCMACKIN
Teaching Fellow, Earth and Environmental Science

“Who cares? I hang out with myself. I go out with another single friend. You can use Valentine’s Day to celebrate love, whether it’s romantic or not.”

CAROLINE KOCH
Administrative Assistant, Academic Programs Office, School of Engineering

“[Singles should celebrate Valentine’s Day] with their pets.”

ABBY WHITTINGTON
Administrative Assistant, Academic Programs Office, School of Engineering

“[Singles should celebrate Valentine’s Day] with friends.”

ERIC SCHNEIDER
Associate Director for Academic Affairs, College at Penn

“I usually remember at the very last minute to buy my wife some flowers. I’ve always wondered why my wife never buys me flowers.”

DORIAN BORBONUS
Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant in Ancient History, Classical Studies

“I don’t celebrate it. But I am really up for anything.”

MICHAEL MURRAY
Graduate Student/Instructor, Folklore and Folklife

“I don’t celebrate. I boycott all the greeting card holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas.”

SANDY NATSON
Administrative Assistant, Philosophy

“I love sending cards. I send Valentine cards to my sisters, brothers, and nieces. I also give little packets of candies to my co-workers and the graduate students.”

PAT SMITH
Receptionist, School of Nursing

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect night to go out celebrate with the one you love. And this will be my 42nd Valentine’s Day together with my husband.”

JAY C. TREAT
IT Director, SAS Computing/Instructional Computing

“I usually take my wife out to dinner. I used to give her a gift, but she prefers dinner.”

—Eden Lin and Wei Ming Yen Dorado

NEXT ISSUE’S QUESTION: Our students get a spring break; do you take time to make one? Got an answer? Email us at current@pobox.upenn.edu or call 215-898-1426.

Originally published on February 13, 2003