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Edwin Mendez, CAB Director Adriel Ayala, and Co-Director of Marketing Vanessa Balleza

CAB creates inclusive celebration of love and friendship

By Indira Zaldivar

Campus Activities Board tabled in the Student Activities lounge to commemorate companionship on Valentine’s Day.

The event titled “Palentine’s Day” offered Gators a station to make bracelets, cards, and goodie bags for their pals.

CAB Director of Arts and Culture Adriel Ayala explained his push to spotlight friendships in the event’s name.

Valentine’s Day “carries a romantic connotation” that makes “a lot of people uncomfortable and self-conscious.”

Ayala explained that the day often makes people too aware of their single status.

“It shouldn’t be single awareness day because you’re not alone,” Ayala said. “You always have someone to fall back on.”

The theme of the event creates a parallel with the 2021 General Social Survey. Americans are less likely than ever to have sex, partner up, or get married.

Furthermore, Ayala’s Mexican cultural heritage also inspired him to name the event with a title inclusive of platonic relationships. For example, Latin Americans refer to Feb. 14 as “Dia del Amor y la Amistad” to celebrate both love and friendship.

“Friends and family are there to have your back,” he said. “It’s a day to recognize them and acknowledge that blessing.”

The event also aimed to remind students to practice self-care and self-love, according to Co-Director of Marketing Vanessa Balleza.

“Give yourself some five minutes,” Balleza said. “Take some time. Have some fun.”

CAB President Pam Trevino wants Gators to stay tuned to upcoming events. Announcements will be made on @uhdcab on Instagram.

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Last updated 2/17/2022 4:37 AM