Forget Valentine's Day. The ever-anticipated day is here, Single Awareness Day.

While all those mushy-gushy students in relationships are going out to dinner and proclaiming their love for each other, what will some of the single-student population be doing, and how do they feel about this yearly reminder of not being in a relationship?

A Groupon for a romantic dinner for two is enjoyable for some, but what if you could be attending an event that requires a mutilated photo of an ex for entry?

Howl at the Moon, located on International Drive, will be hosting their annual Love Sux Party this Saturday, where you can get in for free by simply arriving with a distorted picture of an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

"Destroying a picture of my ex to get into a bar for free sounds like the best time of my life," said Adriana Lazaro, a senior education major.

Lazaro plans on heading to Downtown Orlando with some of her mutually single girlfriends to "celebrate" being independent.

If you are looking for another way to spend this Saturday, head over to Lake Eola.

The annual Paws in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For all those students who consider their pet their soul mate, this will make for the perfect date for the two of you.

"This is 100 percent what I will be doing. My dog Leo is better than any Valentine anyone I know has," said Shannon Mcillwaine, a junior health sciences major.

Mcillwaine said choosing to cuddle with her loving pup does not bother her at all.

For those looking to toss that single status out the window, however, Stardust Video and Coffee's Nerd Nite will be held this Thursday where there will be a speed-dating event, accompanied by presentations on various topics, for $5.

Richard Sison, a senior health services administration major, has his own opinion about being single on Valentine's Day.

"I don't pay any attention to it. It is just a 'Hallmark Holiday' to make money," he said, "I'll be at the gym if any ladies want to meet me."


Anne Shirley Lewis is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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