Written by on February 5, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day from Special Collections and Archives

Valentine’s Day seems to have polarized Cal Poly’s student body for decades. While some students are enthusiastic on the prospects of love, others mark its existence as the “most depressing day of the year.”

For the past 100 years, the Cal Poly student newspaper has been a vehicle to express students’ love and disdain for the day. We have included some funny anecdotes and articles from the student newspaper that express student sentiments toward Valentine’s Day.


 

Some saw Cal Poly as more than an education, and wooing seems to be an important aspect to the college experience.

Mustang Daily, February 12, 1976, Cal Poly Student Newspaper Collection, https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/studentnewspaper/2300.


Some feel the need to exude their love onto the pages of the newspaper through sweet sentiments.

Mustang Daily, February 14, 1979. Cal Poly Student Newspaper Collection, https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/studentnewspaper/2656.


Others have a humorous take on the day.

Mustang Daily, February 11, 1983. Cal Poly Student Newspaper Collection, https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/studentnewspaper/3035.


While some poke fun at lovesick students.

Mustang Daily, February 14, 1980. Cal Poly Student Newspaper Collection, https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/studentnewspaper/2776.


Others stand to abhor the day.

Mustang Daily, February 14, 1978. Cal Poly Student Newspaper Collection, https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/studentnewspaper/2537.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

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