AIDS Day observed on campus

Celebrating the 14th annual World AIDS day, which was Saturday, Student Senate and Peer Health Educators are sponsoring AIDS-related activities throughout campus today.

Students can stop in the east lobby by Burger King in Davies Center to receive free red AIDS ribbons, along with cards filled with statistics, said senior Trisha Schmid, the Environmental Affairs chair for Student Senate.

AIDS related movies will also be played in the Equality Resource Center, which is across from the bookstore, Schmid said.

At 10 a.m. “The Ryan White Story” will be shown in the ERC. Following that at 12:30 p.m., “How AIDS Came About” will feature an all-star cast about the progression of AIDS. The movie “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks will begin at 3 p.m., Schmid said.

For students looking to find out more information about AIDS, “Condom Sundae” will be held at 9 p.m. in the Towers Hall TV lounge.

“We’ll have free ice cream for anyone. Peer Health Educators are leading an informal, interactive presentation,” said Sarah Harvieux, health educator for Health Services. “It’s going to be a real fun activity.”

The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “I Care … Do You? Youth and AIDS in the 21st Century.”

Through the activities sponsored on campus, Student Senate and Peer Health Educators hope to bring awareness and information to students.

“We hope to create awareness that HIV is a risk in the Eau Claire community that students need to consider. Abstinence is the only way to protect you and your partner from any diseases,” Harvieux said.

Safer-sex kits and supplies will also be available at the table in Davies.

“If a couple chooses to become sexually active, we want to provide them with the necessary tools to protect themselves,” Harvieux said.

Students were also encouraged to attend the local World AIDS Day service which was held on Saturday at the First Congregational Church.

A reception at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Community Center followed the service.