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The Illini columnist's 8 tips for Valentines Day success

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) gets the puck away from Montreal Canadiens center Torrey Mitchell (17) during the second period on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Kevin McCarthy

February 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day is the reason that completely healthy people drop dead of heart attacks at the age of 50. There’s no other reasonable explanation.What gifts should you buy your significant other? Where should you make the reservations? The whole day is tough.I’ve got a better alternative: watch...

“Endless Love”: not endless, not love

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By Elizabeth Dye

February 17, 2014

Shots of two insanely attractive teenagers wrapped around each other’s bodies with their tongues navigating each other’s mouths; slow motion scenes of them running around scantily clad in water-soaked swimsuits; a glimpse of the pair holding hands while jumping off a pier into a lake; and a shot o...

Valentine’s Day: A not-so-sweet origin

An envelope addressed to Benjamin Nelson on Feb. 13, 1909, containing a Valentine's Day greeting. 

February 13, 2014

The date is Feb. 14, 1817. A young man eagerly pens a Valentine’s Day poem for the young lady who has caught his fancy. Taking great care with the rhyme and the card, he hands it off to the postman and awaits her reply. Shortly thereafter, he receives a lace-covered Valentine’s response, but alas, n...

From Concrete to Cookies

Ed Brubaker, owner of The Cookie Jar, laughs with a customer while working at his shop on Monday, Feb 10. The week of Valentine's Day is one of the busiest for him.

By Mikayla Ostendorf

February 13, 2014

Ed Brubaker pours sugar into a blender, slowly whirring together ingredients. He walks across the kitchen, taking chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. A sweet chocolate-y smell fills The Cookie Jar, Brubaker’s Champaign bakery, located at 712 S. Sixth St. In the warmth of the kitchen, Brubaker bakes...

He loves me, he loves me not

He loves me, he loves me not

By David Rothmund

February 13, 2014

The phone was ringing off the hook, the line was getting longer and the orders were piling up. The sweet scent of roses and tulips wafted through the air as the front door alarm went off continuously. Among the bundles of flowers, boxes of chocolate and stuffed animals, various plaques of achievements...

Students to celebrate independence on Singles Awareness Day

By Mara Shapiro

February 13, 2014

This Friday, campus will be filled with happy couples holding hands, wearing red and pink and kissing under the eternal flame. What students may not realize is that there is another holiday around this time: Singles Awareness Day.  According to, the holiday’s exact date of celebration can be dis...