Since the beginning of this school year we have been thinking about the reconstruction under the arch. We wanted to take on new projects, such as releasing a mini-special edition that we had never done before. So here we are.
Valentine’s Day is, in essence, an occasion to accept, celebrate and share love, whether you spend it with such a special person or celebrate on your own. Instead of cynically criticizing the exhibition of flowers and huge teddy bears, we decided to take the light fun that this holiday brings in the midst of a sad winter. This issue presents love stories from all over the Mediterranean on New York University campuses abroad and here in New York, from the editors of our editorial office.
We wanted our readers to be as involved in this issue as we are, so we gathered their opinions on the bizarre attributes of Valentine’s Day. And we wanted our own UTA staff to share their stories, which we did in the form of failures in the dating program and other awkward romantic attempts.
Everyone gathered so spectacularly for this issue – our author Melak Abduelal, our Identity & Equity editor Mai Ye and our editor-in-chief Alex Tay, as well as all of our exciting Under the Arch editors. Special thanks to our new editors – Alexandra Goldberg, Jules Roscoe and Sunny Sequeira – for their excellent work on the first special issue.
As usual, our creative directors – Susan Berends Valenzuela and Charitsa Stone – and their team of illustrators have created wonderful works of art that you will see throughout the issue. And as usual, we can’t thank them enough.
We also want to especially mention our web director Ryan Kawaharu and the web team of Jane Hae, Adelaide Miller and Megan Kim for their amazing work on the web layout.
If you look closely at the cover of this issue, you will probably wonder: is love dead? We certainly won’t answer that question for you, but we hope that this question will help you draw a conclusion.