February 10, 2010

Spreading the Love (in the Stacks)

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There are many kinds of love. There is “true” love, puppy love, love of puppies, lust in the guise of love — the list goes on and on. This week’s issue of Daze covers almost every facet of love that you can think of, in honor of this Sunday’s Valentine’s Day festivities.

Assistant Managing Editor Jasmine Marcus conducted extensive surveys and interviews on the time-honored tradition of turning up the heat in the stacks: the No. 1 item on the list of “161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do.” (You might have seen her specially-created questionnaire floating around Facebook — yes, it was legitimate.)

Two new columns are premiering in Daze this week, Emily Weinstein’s It’s All in Your Head and Outer Limits, written by Daze Staffer Ahsiya Kurlansky and yours truly. Both columns’ inaugural contributions discuss some of the more awkward aspects of love: the steps of a breakup and getting a prospective honey’s interest, respectively.

On the other hand, a man / woman may break your heart, but the love of an animal lasts forever. Sun Senior Writer Nikhita Parandekar channeled her pre-vet background into a Winter Break program in Cambodia helping domesticated elephants.

In fact, whether you’d heard or not, elephants are a hot topic around the Cornell community these days. Around the same time as Parandekar’s project, 60 Minutes ran a fascinating special on Cornell’s own Elephant Listening Project. And just a few weeks ago, it was leaked that Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson would be starring as a vet school dropout in the film adaptation of Water for Elephants, which is set in part at Cornell — Pattinson will be filming in Ithaca this summer.

Now here’s some food for thought: What happens if you run into Pattinson in the stacks?

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Spread the love,

Allie Perez

Original Author: Allie Perez