Roses are red, violets are blue. Students at WC need love too

Dani Krabbe

Staff Writer

Love is in the air here at Wilmington College. When walking through the dorms and academic buildings there is an abundance of pink and red decorations that are sure to get the Fighting Quakers prepared for this romantic holiday. Some couples and individuals around campus had many different responses for how they are choosing to celebrate their Valentine’s Day.

Seniors Tim Pfeiffer and Melissa Amerman have been dating since their freshman year here at Wilmington College. They are both involved in athletics, Tim on the court, Melissa in the pool.  With February 14 falling on a Thursday this year, they are going to have to spend this V-day apart. Melissa will be competing at the OAC swimming conference at the University of Akron, while Tim will be practicing basketball for their upcoming game at Mount Union this Saturday. All chance of romance isn’t lost for this couple however.

Melissa said, “We will be talking on the phone for my bus ride, and when I get home I expect a teddy bear and a dozen roses.”

Wilmington College’s dean of students also has time for love.  The devotion Sigrid and her husband, Hugh, share is something to be inspired by; even in his time of recovery, being together is what they plan to celebrate this holiday. Solomon said she will be spending this Valentine ’s Day with a “quiet evening at home.”

These next love birds are not only romantically involved they are also brother and sister. This may sound odd, but being involved in Greek life here at Wilmington College forms a bond for these two to which only  Greeks can relate. Junior Benjamin Vonderhaar is a member of Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity, and Senior Stephanie Thompson is on the executive board of Delta Omega Theta. Due to being highly involved in the Spring Pledge season these two have decided to celebrate this holiday locally.

“I asked Stephanie what her favorite place to eat here in Wilmington was, and she replied the General Denver. I plan on taking her there. I know Stephanie reads The Witness so I’m not going to slip all of my secrets,” Vonderhaar explained.


“When Ben began pledging Gobbler I had no idea that I would be so lucky to have him as my sweetheart for the next two Valentine’s days. I’m really excited to have that turkey melt from the GD this Thursday,” said Thompson.

Junior Megan Phillips is involved in many things on and off campus. She volunteers at Sugar Tree Ministries, helps recycle around campus, writes for The Witness, and still has time to be “the best girlfriend a guy could ask for,” in the words of her beau, Senior Chis Heiss.

Instead of staying local, this couple chooses to venture to Dayton.

“Olive Garden is my favorite place to eat, so that’s where we will go,” explained Phillips.

This couple is not only extremely excited about this holiday; they also have a trip to Myrtle Beach planed for WC upcoming Spring Break.

“I have a lot to look forward to this year with spring break, farrowing at the hog barn, and graduation. I am so lucky to have Megan supporting me though it all,” said Heiss.

If you are choosing to stay in Wilmington, dining out of town, or obligated to travel due to a sporting event make sure you show your sweetie some love this Valentine’s Day!

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