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Cupid’s arrow whizzed through the heart of campus during Valentine’s Day week, bringing a warm supply of affection and attention to a variety of activities: a girls’ night out in the Thompson Professional Development Center, a holiday-themed buffet in Capitol Eatery and a women’s basketball game in Bardo Gym that spotlighted the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. The “Galentine’s Day” slumber party on Tuesday included delicious snacks from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, crafts, games, prizes and priceless camaraderie. “It seemed like everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed having a space just for women to hang out,” said Community Peer Educator Nina L. Walk, who co-organized the PDC event with Resident Assistant Bryonna A. Aldubayan. “It was so great seeing these two students work so hard to create a really fun event that focused on positive female friendship,” added Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. From 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dining Services presented a Valentine’s Buffet that featured such mouth-watering treats as grilled steak, pasta with vodka sauce and salted caramel mousse. Valentine’s Day wrapped up with a “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness, with colorfully clad hoops fans sharing their admiration and advocacy.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann and J.J. Boettcher, student photographers

Positive reviews for a positive experience
Positive reviews for a positive experience

With a cozy fire glowing in the near distance, students enjoy a craft project with their "galentines."
With a cozy fire glowing in the near distance, students enjoy a craft project with their “galentines.”

Sweetly encouraging campus involvement
Sweetly encouraging campus involvement

Gathering in the PDC atrium (from left) are Alexis R. Price, a pre-nursing major from Huntingdon; Madison L. DiPasquale, a pre-dental hygiene student from Pipersville; and Lauren Allison, of Elizabethtown, enrolled in nursing.
Gathering in the PDC atrium (from left) are Alexis R. Price, a pre-nursing major from Huntingdon; Madison L. DiPasquale, a pre-dental hygiene student from Pipersville; and Lauren Allison, of Elizabethtown, enrolled in nursing.

Among the friendly faces at the buffet table: Dining Services' Danielle L. Parker.
Among the friendly faces at the buffet table: Dining Services’ Danielle L. Parker.

And who wouldn't want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?
And who wouldn’t want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?

Crème brûlée adds golden deliciousness to the evening's fare.
Crème brûlée adds golden deliciousness to the evening’s fare.

Decorations provide a perfect accessory to the heartwarming menu.
Decorations provide a perfect accessory to the heartwarming menu.

Dishing up a labor of love
Dishing up a labor of love

Student leaders and other faithful fans (including the parents of Wildcat guard Erin N. Shaffer) lend their support.
Student leaders and other faithful fans (including the parents of Wildcat guard Erin N. Shaffer) lend their support.

Guard Jane M. Herman, who led the home team's scorers with 10 points that night, dribbles past a Keuka defender.
Guard Jane M. Herman, who led the home team’s scorers with 10 points that night, dribbles past a Keuka defender.

Members of the Wildcat Dance Team bloom at midcourt.
Members of the Wildcat Dance Team bloom at midcourt.

 

 

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