Triton College marks Valentine’s Day with advice for healthy relationships
River Grove, 02/14/13--Student Marcos Torres, secretary for the Latin American Student Organization, sells Valentine's Day goodies to help raise money for LASO. Triton College's Health Services Department and various student organizations held a Love Me, Love Me Not, program on Valentine's Day to promote healthy relationships. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 22, 2013 6:19AM
RIVER GROVE — On Valentine’s Day, staff at Triton College took it upon themselves to make sure students know what being in a loving relationship is all about.
Jackie Marx, director of Triton’s Health Services Department, was busy in the school’s cafeteria handing out fliers to students and staff. On the flier was a quiz, which asked a series of questions revolving around the main theme of ‘Are you in an unhealthy relationship?’
Answering three or more questions in the affirmative could indicate a problem. “We’re trying to raise awareness of what a good relationship is and what is not,” she said.
Marx said sometimes students or staff may be in a relationship that might be a positive one and if so they have options available. A representative from Perspective, a counseling service that offers limited free counseling visits to the college’s students and staff, was on hand to answer questions as well.
Dakota Williams, 20, who is majoring in Illustration, took the quiz and did well. He’s been dating his girlfriend for almost three years. He says the most important part of any relationship is trust and he’s got it with his.
“Trust is the most important thing and feeling comfortable with who you are with,” he said. “When we do have fights we always worked it out.”
Mariana Cozaya, 19, of Maywood is working on getting her GED. She took the quiz and believes there may be some work needed. She and her boyfriend have been together about six months and they’ve been arguing a lot.
She admits she and her boyfriend may have to work on their attitude.
Glenn Duncan, 20, who is studying criminal justice and business, said he already saw the signs he was in an unhealthy relationship and has since moved on.
“It was just crazy,” he said. “There was always an argument. It was just not worth it.”
Marcia Wunderlich, who was representing Perspectives, said if a student or staff at the school needs someone to talk to they are available.
“It doesn’t have to be an earthshaking issue,” she said. “It could be a family issue.”
Marx said when students or staff are experiencing personal problems or relationship problems they usually go to her department.
“It’s really about knowledge, awareness, research and support,” she said.