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Braves spread awareness for Valentine's

By Pepper Jensen
Staff Writer

February 23, 2012

University theatre
Photo by Kyra Ruivo
Brittany Whitted dresses up a bear in the UC on Valentine's Day.
Saint Valentine's Day, celebrated on Feb.14, is a celebration of the martyred Christians, who were named Valentinus, during the first and second centuries A.D.

For this year's Valentine's Day, UNCP's student organizations led a host of programs fundraising, notifying and celebrating in honor of the day.

One way UNCP cele- brated Valentine's Day was by offering free Create-A-Plush stuffed animals at the Information Station.

"Sororities and fraternities come and go on campus; it's just college life," Swesey said.

It opened to a slew of students waiting in line at 10 a.m., and by 11:30 a.m. the majority of the self-stuffed plush toys were gone.

As well as containing Valentine's Day, February is Sexual Awareness month.

The Sexual Health Care committee spread awareness of sexually transmitted diseases through a series of informative poster boards, with staff prepared to explain the effects of each disease.

The poster boards spread throughtout the UC on Feb. 14 included information on birth control, STDs, spermicides, abstinence, syphilis and more.

"We want to get information out to students about sexual awareness," health administrator Cora Bullard said.

SGA, Leadership LLC and ACE committees joined together to fundraise in the UC from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10 for their Relay for Life team.

The students sold candy grams for $1, offering delivery on and off campus. The sale of these candy grams raised money to fund cancer research.

Emily Ashlee, a student and member of both SGA and Leadership LLC, said that "it's really important to get students involved in a good organization like Relay for Life. Whether it's participating or donating, anything counts."

Zeta Tau Alpha continued their breast cancer awareness platform entitled 'Kiss Away Cancer' throughout the week by selling heart-shaped foam valentines students could write on accompanied by Hershey's kisses.

Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Tau worked together to raise money to prevent child abuse in America.

The money they raised by selling roses and raffling Outback Steakhouse gift cards was put towards the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for terminally ill children. They also raised money for Relay for Life.

Delta Sigma Theta of- fered free voter registration to students.

Members gave away free homemade cookies and cupcakes hoping for donations to raise money for their sorority.

Members of Genshiken, an on-campus Japanese culture club, sold candy grams in the UC to raise money for their club.

Genshiken celebrates Japanese culture through reading Manga, enjoying Japanese fashion and playing Japanese games.

Pi Kappa Alpha sold soda grams in the UC for $1, which were delivered to the recipient's residence. Pi Kappa Alpha also sold one dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $7.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha sold love grams and homemade cards to be delivered to students.

The packages ranged from $1 to $5.

Throughout the month of February, Epsilon Sigma Alpha will support St. Jude's hospital with the ESA Heart Saint Jude Fundraiser.

Throughout the month of February, Epsilon Sigma Alpha will support St. Jude's hospital with the ESA Heart Saint Jude Fundraiser.

BCM had a special Tuesday Night Celebration on Feb. 14 entitled "Love Games."

BCM offered a free meal to students, accompanied by a series of love-themed games, including Jeopardy and other dating games.

"It's a tradition started a couple years ago. It's always been a fun and great way to bring new people in," UNCP student and BCM member Elizabeth Goins said.

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