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Sex Week events spread awareness and entertainment on campus

In ode to Saint Valentine's passion for lovin', multiple Ohio University student organizations will host events that explore important relationship and sexual issues during the week of Valentine's Day.

Student Senate kicks off its third annual Sex Week on Monday, Feb. 11 while University Program Council has a range of V-Day treats planned, including an interactive comedy show.

"UPC wanted to cater to both students in relationships and single with our Valentine's Week events," said Kari Nickell, the organization's special events executive. "They should be a lot of fun!"

Student Senate aims to combine holiday cheer and education with its Sex Week events.

Historically, sex weeks at universities are designed to decrease the lack of knowledge and stigma surrounding sex in hopes of creating an honest dialogue about issues that affect everyone. Sex weeks are meant to pick up where your high school's (potential) sexual education class and your parents' embarrassing "the birds and the bees" chat left off. Institutions including Yale, Harvard, Brown and Northeastern universities have held the instructive weeklong affairs.

"It's about empowering women sexually on campus, encouraging safe sex and teaching more about sex," said Emma Wright, Student Senate's women's affairs commissioner. "I hope it opens the conversation more about sex and destigmatizes it."

Here's a list of the week's events:

  • UPC's Live Group Sex Therapy Show: An Interactive Comedy
    Relationship guru and self-proclaimed "Love Acupuncturist" Daniel Packard combines comedy with love and sex to help participants take responsibility of their own dating lives. Packard He welcomes participants to ask anonymous questions via text message.
    Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom
  • Sex Week's Tabling
    Receive free Valentine's Day Blow Pops, condoms and hot chocolate and learn about the rest of Sex Week's events.
    Monday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of Baker University Center
  • Sex Week's "Let's Talk Sex!" Panel
    Presentation and discussion panel featuring Sue Simon-Westendorf of the Department of Biological Sciences and Patricia Stokes of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Following the presentations, participants are welcome to ask anonymous questions.
    Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. in Bentley Hall 124
  • Sex Week's Anti-Valentine's Day Party!
    Free party with surprise Valentine's Day presents and a screening of the film "Valentine's Day."
    Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom A
  • UPC's Couple's Day
    Last-minute gift givers rejoice! The completely free event will feature Build-A-Bear Workshop and flower bouquet stations as well as supplies for crafting DIY cards. Participants can snack on hot chocolate and cookies as they browse.
    Thursday, Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the fourth floor atrium of Baker University Center
  • UPC's Single's Night
    Celebrate independence with drink specials and free food.
    Thursday, Feb. 14 from 9 to 11 p.m. at The J Bar