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Chick Flick Friday aimed at singles

Written By Miriah Auth

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On Friday, Feb. 16, students came to the JVH auditorium to attend the Chick Flick Friday event.

Carmella Cuomo planned this event as the Special Events Coordinator for the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

“We know February is Black History Month, so we wanted to choose a fun movie that was prevalent to this month,” Cuomo said. ‘Girls Trip’ was recently released so we know a lot of people haven’t seen it yet.”

Senior dance major Emma Page, who had attended the event, enjoyed it much more than her actual Valentine’s Day, which was not so favorable.

“Valentine’s Day was just a really long day between school and things that happened in the world, and I got attacked by a cat, so you know it was just really a bad day,” Page said.

The notion of a day to celebrate love seems to separate single people from couples.

“I saw a lot of social media posts and people going out and I think it’s a common reaction for single people to see that on Valentine’s Day and get bitter and say screw you for being happy,” junior dance major Amelia Reuss said. “I don’t think there’s a point in getting angry at someone for having a healthy relationship. It isn’t going to help anyone.”

This event was held to give students an opportunity to come together at a time when society’s attention is focused on love and, specifically, romantic love.

“Being that it is Valentine’s day week, we wanted to do something that wasn’t geared necessarily towards the holiday, but just kind of a fun night out,” said Cuomo. “We also didn’t want to gear it specifically towards girls because anyone can enjoy a good chick flick.”

The event had a mostly female audience.

“I think it’s because there’s the stigma that women are more emotional than men and that stigma allows for it to be more of a thing for women to do social events such as Chick Flick Friday,” junior cinema production major Sam Reynolds said.

The event had Pittsburgh Popcorn, Campus Cursive and goodie bags. It was successful overall in bringing people together to laugh and celebrate all kinds of love.

“I definitely was not expecting many people, but for a Friday and close to 20 people, I will take it,” Cuomo said.

CAB hosts many Valentine’s Day events, such as the Galentine’s Day event, which was held on Monday.

“There’s no term for guys getting together on Valentine’s Day,” Sam Reynolds said. “There’s no ‘Brolentine’s’ Day event, but for a lot of dudes every day is bro day.”

On a Friday night, as the couples of the world celebrate their love, a movie night with friends can be a good way to avoid the negative aspects of going on extravagant dates.

“Certainly, within our society there are notions that if a person pays for your dinner, you owe them something,” Point Park’s Title IX Coordinator Elizabeth Rosemeyer said. “I think most people understand that that’s not appropriate and I would hate to see someone fall victim to feeling like they need to do something because someone bought them dinner or flowers.”

Reuss is a member of what she calls The String of Letters Community (LGBTQA+). In this community, she believes that it’s more common for people to approach the holiday, and dating in general, as equals.

In a progressive society, men like Reynolds have tried to develop a more sophisticated mindset to this unspoken payment system.

“I don’t think you should expect anything out of somebody because you give them something,” Reynolds said. “It’s your choice to give someone something.”

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