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Sets of dice which spell out the words I Love You and I Hate You being balanced between the words love and hate.

Fill in the Blank: Valentine’s Day is…

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Senior Opinion Columnist | February 14, 2023

… Special Valentine’s Day is a day of love. As cringeworthy as that sounds, it’s the truth. The holiday is dedicated to expressing your love and appreciation for others. A common misconception about Valentine’s Day is that it's only for...

A red velvet cookie with white frosting with a chunk broken off and crumbles on the table.

Love at first bite: Valentine’s Day recipes to try

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | February 8, 2023

Roses are red, violets are blue, here are some sweet recipes to gain those holiday woos.  Raspberry Lemon Cake A cake can certainly be one of the most time-consuming desserts to make; however, it’s worth it in the end. This raspberry lemon cake is...

Stars of My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard and William Powell pose in a promotional photo for the film.

Movies to watch this Valentine’s Day

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | January 31, 2023

So you’re looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day that doesn’t star Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Maybe you’re tired of watching cliche, unimaginative love stories that you feel like you’ve seen hundreds of times before.  It can be difficult...

Valentines Day is not only for romance

Valentine’s Day is not only for romance

By Ally Formeller | February 7, 2022
Valentine’s Day celebrations can include friends and family.
Rae’s Amazing Creations sells desserts and treats and is owned by Raven Proctor, a junior health and human science major at NIU (Raven Proctor | Courtesy)

Valentine’s Day gifts made by local Black-owned businesses

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 3, 2022

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time of year for couples as they scramble to plan dates and get the perfect gifts for their partners. If you need a last-minute gift and don’t want to pay the expedited shipping fee, check out these three local Black-owned...

Valentines Day decor hangs up inside of Grant Towers on Saturday, January 30th. Many people think this holiday is very unnecessarily rushed.

Valentine’s Day is overhyped

By Parker Otto | January 31, 2022
Valentine's Day buildup can drive people insane when it's really not necessary.

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

By YANAN WANG | February 14, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door.The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of...

Ginsburg to present award named for her to philanthropist

February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg usually is on the receiving end of awards, but she'll be handing out one in her name next week to a prominent philanthropist.Agnes Gund, who has given millions of dollars to support criminal...

6 Things Better Than Chocolate or Flowers

By Samantha Manahan | February 12, 2018

As Valentine's Day approaches, many guys and gals sit and wait for their significant other to buy them vast amounts of chocolate or flowers. I, on the other hand, dream of giant stuffed elephants and long-john donuts.There's a stigma surrounding the holiday...

Valentines Day allows love and life

Valentine’s Day allows love and life

By Tony Abrego | February 15, 2017

Dancers from Studio M Dance Company in Sycamore perform a dance during halftime of the NIU versus Ball State men’s basketball game on Tuesday at the Convocation Center. 

Pass/Fail: Day after Valentine’s Day best time for cheap candy; NIU Athletics too indecisive

By Kaylyn Zielisnki | February 15, 2016

Pass:Day after Valentine's Day best time for cheap candyValentine’s Day is a great holiday, not only for those in relationships but also everyone else. Valentine’s Day itself is not the best part of the Hallmark holiday, actually the days following...