AIDS Awareness Events To Promote Knowledge Of Disease Feb. 9-12

Feb. 10, 2004

by Haley L. Wright

Baylor Students for Social Justice will promote AIDS Awareness Feb. 9-12 by hosting various events designed to increase campus knowledge of the disease.

There will be an AIDS information table Monday, Feb. 9, to Friday, Feb.13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Student representatives will distribute information, statistics and red ribbons as well as raffle gift certificates donated by local businesses.

"I want to bring a better awareness of what HIV/AIDS is and help students realize how it affects us and the entire world. The prevalence of AIDS has increased dramatically in our age group, and I believe the awareness level needs to increase just the same," said Leilani Ogujifor, senior and moderator for Baylor Students for Social Justice.

A film dealing with the South Africa AIDS crisis, titled "It's My Life," will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Morrison Hall 100. Filmed over a five month period, it follows Zackie Achmat, the HIV positive acting chairman for the Treatment Action Campaign, as he battles multi-national drug companies, the government and the disease itself.

An AIDS discussion panel will feature Dr. William Hillis, a Baylor immunologist, and Sissy Russin and Chris Benfer, both volunteers from Waco's local AIDS organization McCARES. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb.12, in Draper 345.

For more information, please contact Leilani Ogujiofor, moderator of Baylor Students for Social Justice, at (254) 292-4428.

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