Campus was colored with red last Friday to honor World AIDS Day.
On a day set aside to honor, remember and promote awareness for those affected by the AIDS virus, a moment of silence at 10 a.m. started Friday’s activities.
In addition to the moment of silence, Coordinator of Diversity Affairs Amber White tied a red ribbon around a tree in the quad and handed out red ribbons with inspirational quotes for students to wear.
“I felt like it was important because most of the people affected by AIDS are ages 13-24,” White said.
Hispanic American Leadership Organization sold red velvet cupcakes as a fundraiser and was sold out before the afternoon events.
The afternoon events started at 1:30 with students making their own signs indicating what they are doing to support the cause. Students took pictures holding their signs and White plans to upload them to the internet as part of a national project.
At 6:30 p.m. students participated in an AIDS themed Jeopardy. The categories included basic facts about AIDS, the treatment, celebrities with AIDS and the AIDS quilt
“Everyone knew Magic Johnson, but no one knew any of the other celebrities, they learned a lot and I was appreciative of that,” White said.
AIDS day is Dec. 1, but that fell on a Saturday this year and to promote involvement, White chose Friday.
“Dec. 1 is national Aids Day, but there are other days that promote AIDS awareness and I want to try and make it a point to do it not just this one time each year,” White said.
“Next year I am hopeful to have more student organizations involved as well as the health center on campus and the Health department in town and just make it a bigger effort to raise awareness,” White said.
The AIDS day was sponsored by Diversity Affairs on campus as well as HALO, The Kelly Center, Residence Life, Gay-Straight Alliance and the Black Student Union.