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Hearts, Homework Fill Valentine’s Day for MIT

By Qian Wang

STAFF REPORTER

The day of cupids, conversation hearts, chocolate candies and furry stuffed animals is fast approaching. Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day, a day that makes lovers gush and others hurl, will soon be on everyone’s mind, like it or not.

Burning the midnight oil

Some MIT students do not have much planned for this Thursday. Complex differential equations, fluid mechanics problem sets and long-winded philosophical essays will be at the heart of many students’ Valentines’ Day.

“My social psychology study group might be meeting,” said Rachana D. Oza ’04, looking nonplussed about her evening on the day of love.

Not surprisingly at MIT, she is not alone in her plans to toil away at a desk to complete her assignments. “I’ll be studying and working in the lab,” said Herman L. Lelie ’03 as his friend laughed at his misfortune.

Showing your love

Luckily for many of MIT students and administrators, Valentine’s Day means more than problem sets and study sessions. Kale D. McNaney ’05 is flying to Florida to visit his girlfriend. Also to pamper his girl, McNaney has bought two tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, as well as rented a hotel room in New York for a night in March.

“I just do a continuous stream of nice things,” he joked.

Many MIT administrators also have events planned for Valentine’s Day. Daniel Trujillo, the associate dean for alcohol education and community development is planning a romantic dinner for his wife and himself. “My in-laws are babysitting, so my wife and I will get to have dinner alone, the first time in two years,” he said happily.

Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict also has an elaborate evening planned. He is taking his wife to her favorite restaurant. “My wife calls the shots on Valentine’s Day. This week is also her birthday, so we really have to be extravagant,” he explained.

Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75 is flying to sunny Florida with his wife for the weekend. “We’re taking a winter break,” he said.

Singles plan for fun

Even those who do not have significant others plan on having fun on Feb. 14. Ryan S. Chavez ’02 and his friends have plans for a full night. “I’m going out for magaritas and Mexican food with all my single friends, which I guess is actually all my friends,” he laughed, unaffected by his single status.

Audrey M. Schaffer ’05 is arranging a night of excitement with just the girls. “We’re going to eat pizza and ice cream, then go frat hopping,” explained Schaffer, not letting her single status on Valentine’s Day dampen her spirits and prevent her from partying and meeting guys.

MIT gifts to send your love

For those students who are still trying to figure out what to do on Feb. 14, many MIT clubs are offering great Valentine’s Day services.

The Shakespeare Ensemble is new on the list of clubs performing Valentine acts. They will allow you to send a sweet, moving, or even bitter, nasty sonnet to anyone you love or detest. “A couple of the Ensemble’s members have actually been dumped on Valentine’s Day so we though it would be nice to have the option of a harsh poem,” Ensemble Treasurer Brandy L. Evans ’01 explained.

Singing groups, including the Logarhythms, the Toons, and the Muses, will serenade your loved one anywhere on campus. The Toons can even sing to that lucky Wellesley girl you so adore.

“We can embarrass any loved one in any lecture hall, over the phone, or even in the girls’ bathroom on the 3rd floor,” advertised Logs member P. Tyler Johnson ’05. Last year, the Logs even sang to man in LaVerde’s.

Roadkill Buffet will perform improvised serenades, loving or angry to whomever you desire.

Those more adventures types can purchase Vagina lollipops for that special someone and help a good cause at the same time. “How often can you buy a vagina for $1.00? And even better, it’s made out of chocolate. By buying a vagina you are helping charity,” explained Ruth M. Perlmutter ’04, one of the producers for The Vagina Monologues.

Finding the perfect match

Finally, for those of you yearning to find that perfect mate, the Undergraduate Association and Class of 2004 are offering matchmaking services. By answering survey questions about yourself and your mate on the UA’s Heart to Heart at or on the Class of 2004’s Let’s Get It On: Valentine’s Day Lovematcher at , you could potentially find the man or woman of your dreams. Your closest matches will be e-mailed to you and hopefully love will come knocking (or e-mailing) in no time.