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Valentine's Day: A day for love, or not

Teenagers may not want to Celebrate Valentine's Day this year, and they are not alone.
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City High School's Valentine's Day dance at the Mosaic Space dowtown.

City High School's Valentine's Day dance at the Mosaic Space dowtown.

By: Allen M.

Some teenagers may loathe Valentine's Day, just as many adults do, but this year there are plenty of ways teens can get the most out of Valentine's Day no matter how they feel on the subject.

The Kopper Top, for example, is a restaurant to go to this weekend to get in the mood for Valentine's Day. It is decorated basically from ceiling to floor with Valentine's decorations. City High School is hosting a Valentine's "Swirl" dance at the Mosaic Space on Division Avenue downtown Saturday night. City High also had an alternative dance for members of the Gay-Straight Alliance Friday at school. Creston High School's "Swirl" dance was also this Friday, Feb. 10th.

For a lot of teens, however, Valentine's Day may not be about "puppy love" and flowers for their mate. In a lot of cases, it is just a neat excuse to get some candy or to hang out with friends. And for the teens without any passion for love at the moment, local community radio station WYCE is hosting its "Jammies", an annual music awards night, at The Intersection. This is a free, romanceless and all ages event taking place at 5 pm on Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day.

For those same teens who do not celebrate Valentine's Day, and see it as a commercial, Hallmark and phony holiday, there is an alternative holiday just for them. This holiday is referred to as "Single's Awareness (or Appreciation) Day" (S.A.D.), and it was made so that all of the single people can celebrate being what they are--single. This alternative holiday is also on Feb. 14th and although there aren't any "Happy Single's Awareness Day" cards, you can wear green, the opposite of red, come Valentine's Day to show your support.

However, for a lot of young people this time of year, the best way to celebrate Valentine's Day is to take a day or two off from school. Winter is one of the darkest and most stressful times for school-goers. And a lot of teenagers are getting ill and staying that way for quite some time. It is very important that teens get plenty of sleep this Valentine's Day week, and don't spend all night with friends and lovers.


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