Many U students have significant others

A Minnesota Daily poll found 58 percent of students have significant others.

by Kori Koch

It’s tough to grow flowers in February, but thousands of them will be carried in the arms of the love-struck on campus today. It appears that more than half of University students have significant others to share Valentine’s Day with.

A poll done by The Minnesota Daily in the last two weeks found that 58 percent of students of a random sample of 3,226 students who were enrolled in classes last fall have significant others.

Approximately 79 percent of students celebrate Valentine’s Day, although 64 percent do not consider it an important holiday, according to the poll.

“It’s important when you have someone to share it with; otherwise, it’s just another day,” said See Vang, a third-year biology student.

The unscientific Daily poll contacted the random sample of students by e-mail. Approximately 35 percent of those contacted responded.

Of the respondents, 11 percent reported they were married. Being in a relationship increased the likelihood a respondent planned to buy a Valentine’s Day gift, according to the poll.

Valentine’s Day’s importance has decreased since she became engaged, said Talisha Sjostrand, a third-year chemistry student. Instead of making plans, she said, she is patiently waiting to see what her fiance will do for the occasion.

According to poll results, both genders agreed men typically spend more on Valentine’s Day gifts. However, poll findings reported men spent only slightly more than women.

First-year student Amarita Singh said she and her boyfriend of 18 months will go to the Olive Garden for the holiday. They’ll spend approximately $30, she said.

“I think people who’ve only been together for a short time tend to spend more on Valentine’s Day,” Singh said.

Of those who planned on buying a Valentine’s Day gift, 40 percent said they would spend $30 or less, while 8 percent said they would spend $61 or more.

“I think it’s an overcommercialized, Hallmark holiday,” said Lyndsay Goldammer, a second-year psychology student.

Instead, Goldammer said, she will stay in and celebrate with her roommates.

Some University students will be helping others with their flower needs today on campus.

The University’s Horticulture Club will sell flowers on the ground floor of Coffman Union from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Single long-stem roses cost $5, and deals are available on half and full dozens. Carnations and potted coleus plants will cost $1.50 and $5 each, respectively.

Rachel DeVries, a Horticulture Club member, said the group collected $200 from sales last Valentine’s Day from a location in St. Paul.

Profits helped send the club to national floral judging competitions and the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society conference, she said.

Many restaurants near campus also reported they will offer specials for Valentine’s Day.