This Valentine’s Day, students at Case Western Reserve University had several means of celebrating their warm and fuzzy feelings, including various fundraisers and events on and off campus.
Case Men’s Glee Club (CMGC) was among the organizations helping students celebrate Valentine’s Day. The group, led by James Madden, offered “Singing Valentines,” where members of CMGC either called or visited students in class and sang a song from the following selection: “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the movie “The Lion King,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel, “Guy Love” from the sitcom “Scrubs” or “Sh-Boom” by The Chords.
According to Madden, the fundraiser is a “long standing tradition” of the CMGC, and is quite popular. “We have been singing for people on campus for Valentine’s Day for decades, but we have reliably continued the tradition for the last nine years,” he said.
CMGC, which does not hold a formal audition process, has roughly 40 active members and performs as two separate groups. This Valentine’s Day, they performed Singing Valentines for 150 students, the maximum number of slots available.
On Feb. 14, the day of their musical ambushes, Madden said to “look out for the men in suits who are ready to sing.”
Writers Writing Words (WWW), CWRU’s creative writing club, also contributed to the Valentine’s Day frenzy, offering personalized poems with a complementary cookie. As part of the “Poems for your Partner, Sweets for Yourself” fundraiser, Valentine-givers had the option of choosing either sonnets, free verses, rhyming stanzas, limericks or acrostics in the style of either cincains or haikus. The poems were then personalized in tone and subject matter, and additional cookies were available for an extra cost.
WWW Vice President and second-year student Jack Dessert said that although this is the first year the club hosted “Poems for your Partner, Sweets for Yourself,” its success indicates it could very easily become an annual project.
“Someone really just wanted the cookies, so they asked us to write a poem about cookies and then bought themselves some cookies,” WWW member third-year Andrew Majoras said. “[The poems] are a good way to warm someone’s heart.”
When asked for Majoras’ best pick-up line, fellow WWW member Won Hee Kim interrupted, “He gives genuine compliments, not pick-up lines.”
Additional fundraisers included Camp Kesem’s rose sale, PERIOD’s feminine hygiene product donation drive and Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI)’s chocolate-covered pretzel sale.
Off campus, the Rink at Wade Oval was dyed pink for Valentine’s Day open skate from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, and admissions proceeds were contributed to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. The Rink also collected nonperishable food products for the same cause.