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Love sweeps college campuses

Jenna Johnson

Happy belated Valentine's Day! As I was putting together my daily news overload, I came across tons of love-themed stories. Here are some of my favorites:

Uncomfortable love
Think your Vday was awkward? The University of Minnesota embraced that awkwardness in its 5th annual Awkward Dance on Friday night. Check out the Minnesota Daily's photo gallery of the awkward costumes and awkward dancing.

College sex ed
There's some romantic chemistry between the two sociology professors who jointly teach human sexuality courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After all, Janice and John Baldwin have been married for 42 years. He likes that she "creates so many wonderful moments for us." She likes "his cute little face" and how "he fits in some cute little jeans," the Daily Nexus reports.

He's not unromantic, he's just cheap
The "217" blog at the University of Illinois offers some cheap Valentine's Day date ideas, like having an indoor picnic or playing strip Twister.

Click for his e-mail addy
All single ladies at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas: The Daily Campus columnist John Paul Green wants to date you. He promises that he's young, handsome, talented and charming -- but he gets shy in front of girls.

Star-crossed lovers
George Mason University students Yesica Suarez and Akshaan Arora were an unlikely couple from the start: She's from Venezuela; he's from India. She's a devout Catholic; he's a Hindu-turned-atheist. She grew up speaking Spanish and watching telenovelas; he grew up speaking Hindi and watching Bollywood musicals. The Post's Tara Bahrampour tells their love story.

Mutual friends
What's the best way to meet someone? USA Today says it's through your friends.

Alum love
The Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering is compiling the love stories of Tufts alum. There's a couple who met when the lived on the same dorm floor. A couple that was in the choir together. One couple met when he wandered into the store where she worked, in search of a pair of chinos that would let him fit in better with Tufts' preppy crowd. And make sure to watch the campus a cappella group, The Bubs, singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered".

American University's Kogod School of Business has put together a similar collection of alum love stories. One couple met during MBA orientation then met for a drink at Nanny O'Briens in Cleveland Park. Another met the first week of class and has been married for 26 years.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: George Mason, Southern Methodist University, Tufts, University of California, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota  
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