2023 Valentines Events at Lehigh. (Abby Vogel/B&W Graphics)

Celebrating love: a guide to Valentine’s Day at Lehigh


Whether you’re planning to see your significant other in person, calling someone long-distance, or looking for a fun way to celebrate with friends, there are plenty of ways to spend Valentine’s Day at Lehigh through events hosted by campus organizations and clubs.

Choco-dipped strawberry social

It turns out Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-related holiday in February. To celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Awareness Month, Lehigh Dining is hosting a chocolate strawberry dipping event in Lamberton Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lehigh Dining Dietitian Keri Lasky said, along with being a classic Valentine’s Day symbol, strawberries are also full of antioxidants such as vitamin C that support heart health. The toppings bar will also offer heart-healthy options including unsweetened coconut shreds, ground flax seeds and sunflower seeds.

Lasky said she and her team of Student Nutrition Ambassadors have prepared for up to 100 students to attend the event. She encourages any and all to stop by Lamberton and try the chocolate fondue fountain. 

Spanish Club speed dating

Tapping into their roots as a “Romance language,” the Spanish Club is hosting an in-Spanish speed dating event in Room 101 of the Health, Science and Technology Building on Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Tiffany Valencia, ’25, co-president of the Spanish Club, said most of their events involve celebrating the culture of the LatinX and Spanish communities, but recently people have been asking her for more opportunities to practice speaking Spanish.

The event will move people through rounds of conversation with different partners and encourage them to speak to each other in Spanish. Questions will be written on paper with Spanish on the front and English translation on the back to accommodate people who are not fluent. Participants will also be provided with Spanish candy.

“Spanish tends to be a language that tends to be associated a lot with love and romance, so being able to tap into that for Valentine’s Day is going to be really cool,” Valencia said. “We really just want to have so much fun with it.”

Valencia encourages people at all levels of Spanish proficiency to attend.

Sigma Gamma Rho cookie sale

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority will be selling cookies in E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library. For $2, anyone can buy two cookies for themselves or for whomever they may be celebrating Valentine’s Day with. 

Community members have the choice between chocolate chip and sugar cookie, both of which are handmade by the women of Sigma Gamma Rho.

President Ajah Quawiy, ‘23, said the profits from the sale will go towards their future philanthropic endeavors.

Break The Silence’s “5 Sense of Consent”

The Break the Silence Club and the Gender Violence Education and Support Office are hosting their annual “5 Senses of Consent” event from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Lamberton Hall. 

BTS peer educator Lindsay Levene, ’26, said the event is intended to help inform people about safe and consensual sex by focusing on different events relating to the five senses.

At 8 p.m., there will be a perfume-making workshop, mocktails, a mac and cheese bar and chocolate-covered strawberries to cover smell and taste.

At around 8:30 p.m., there will be a bondage demonstration, taught by guest speaker Savanna Hang, relating to the touch element of the senses.

At 9:15 p.m., there will be a porn screening and a discussion led by guest speaker Dana Callant covering sight and hearing. Levene said both guest speakers are former BTS members.

“As the night goes on the events kinda get more intense, so people can feel free to come and go as they please,” Levene said. 

Spectrum speed friending

For those seeking friendship, Spectrum is hosting an event on Feb. 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Maginnes Room 111 that puts a platonic twist on traditional speed dating.

“It’s pretty similar to typical speed dating, except it’s an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students who go to Lehigh and allies to interact with each other in a very inclusive and diverse space,” vice president Maddie DeAngelis, ‘25, said. “It’s a good way to make friends and foster some kind of intersectionality.”

DeAngelis said the event will start with people switching tables and briefly talking to each other like traditional speed dating. In between rounds pairs will be teamed up to compete in a series of LGBTQ+-themed games and challenges, where they can be awarded prizes.

Free STI testing clinic

In an effort to ensure that students are being safe on Valentine’s Day, the Health & Wellness Center will begin its biweekly STI screenings for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea on Feb. 14. 

Appointments for the free and confidential screening can be scheduled on the Student Health Portal and time slots are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other Tuesday throughout the spring semester.

Director of Nursing Karen Sicinski said regular testing is important because these two STIs often do not show symptoms but can be easily treated and cured by the Health & Wellness Center.

“We recommend screening usually once a year,” Sicinski said. “Anytime there’s a change in partners, anytime there’s suspected exposure, or anytime we offer it for free.”

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