Student Activities: From Columbia, With Love

Published on Feb 02, 2016

By Jaclyn Jermyn (’16)

The office of Student Activities is happy to announce a month-long celebration of love around campus for February called From Columbia, With Love.

Student Activities, which was the office of Student Engagement up until the start of the Fall 2015 semester, already handles events like 24-Hour Night and Parents Weekend. From Columbia, With Love is the first initiative for the spring semester and will be made up of eight different events and programs.

“We came up with the general idea of wanting to celebrate love—what it means to you, what it means to love what you do,” says Carlos Diaz, a coordinator for Student Activities. “We reached out to different offices across campus [to put on events] and we provide the guidance to make sure everything has a common theme.”

Events start on February 2, with DIY Love Potions which will be hosted by the library from 12pm—2pm in the 3rd floor reading room.

“Students who show up will be able to craft their own little love potion to take home,” says Diaz, “and someone from Counseling Services will be there to talk with students and promote knowledge about [positive] relationships.”

Not to mention, there will also be free pizza for attendees!

The Student Veteran Center is partnering with Student Health and Support to start Condom Commandos, which will happen for the entire month. They will be distributing free condoms throughout the campus.

Student Stephanie Burda (’16), has partnered with the Fitness Center to produce a performance of The Vagina Monologues, to celebrate V-Day, part of a global activist movement to end violence against women.

“With this production, it is our intent to communicate stories of real experiences of those who identify as women,” says Burda. “I believe that in 2016 we need this sort of performance art activism more than ever. [It’s] important for me to create meaningful, accessible work for a community with a need for social change and education.”

The performance is February 11 at 7pm in the HAUS theatre (623 S. Wabash). The play is free for Columbia students with ID but there is a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds going to the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Other activities include a valentines making party in the workroom, a random acts of kindness week, and a Pretty in Punk themed Big Mouth put on by the Student Programming Board at the end of the month.

“Big Mouth: Pretty in Punk Edition [is] feminist punk themed and promotes loving yourself for who you are,” says Jake Dagit (’18), Director of Event Productions for the Student Programming Board.  The house band for this Big Mouth is Glamour Hotline, a feminist punk trio.

For more information about any of these events or to know how you can get involved, check out and Columbia Student Activities on Facebook.

Full Schedule of Activities:

Condom Commandos
All month long, campus wide

DIY Love Potions
February 2, 12-2pm
624 S Michigan, Library

Crush for Your Crush: Valentine's Making Party 
February 10, 11am-4pm
916 S Wabash, The Workroom

The Vagina Monologues
February 11, 7pm
623 S Wabash, HAUS

Random Acts Of Kindness Week
February 15-19, campus wide

FabuLunch: Body Positivity and Self Love
February 16, 12-1:30pm
618 S Michigan, Multicultural Affairs Center

Love Yo' Self: Fair & Fashion Show
February 24, 7-9pm
1104 S Michigan, Conaway Center

Big Mouth: Pretty N' Punk
February 25, 7pm
1104 S Michigan, Conaway Center