It’s the morning of Feb. 14 and 13 students clad in suave red jackets and khaki dress pants crowd into a small dorm room, where an enthusiastic couple is waiting. One of the singers hums a brief starting pitch before beginning the serenade — a tender rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl.”
In one of Stanford’s most established Valentine’s Day traditions, freshman boys roll out their female dormmates early in the morning of Feb. 14th and serenade them with songs, candy and flowers.
Valentine’s Evening at Cafe Wilbur, an event planned in just over a week and executed by a team of freshmen, served a free catered dinner to 200 students yesterday.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, which for people in relationships is a great opportunity to dress up, go out on a nice date and flood Instagram with evidence of their love. Meanwhile, if you’re single, you’re probably dreading a day full of reminders of your less-than-ideal relationship status.
Very seldom do those going the distance encounter a chipper optimist who might nod vigorously, saying, “Yeah, man, keep up the good fight.” For those who may not be in a long-distance relationship or remain skeptical about such a daunting fate, please take a second to humor me. Long-distance relationships aren’t meant to be these stigmatized and discouraged hindrances; they are beautiful challenges and admirable demonstrations of devotion.