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Pepperdine Hosted AIDS Awareness Week
Pepperdine University hosted AIDS Awareness Week from Mar. 26 through Mar. 30. Throughout the week, members of the Pepperdine and local communities learned about the ever-changing, worldwide fight against the AIDS virus at a number of informative events.
On Mar. 27 students were invited to sign their name to a pre-drafted letter about the HIV/AIDS crisis that was sent to Congressional representatives. Also on Tuesday, artists of all kinds were invited to leave their mark on a painting at the fountain in Joslyn Plaza to raise awareness about AIDS.
Princess Zulu spoke at Convocation on Mar. 28. YIFTU shared information about ongoing U.S. and global responses to the AIDS crisis at tables after Convocation. Members sold greeting cards created by art students; proceeds went to building a high school in Nairobi, Kenya, for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Later that day, the group hosted "Dining with Thousands." Attendees were served a bowl of porridge similar to the food World Vision typically serves at refugee camps around the world. This one bowl is often the only food a refugee eats in a day.
There were free, anonymous HIV testing offered on Mar. 29 in the Student Health Center. Also on Thursday, Pepperdine musicians took the stage at the Sandbar and used their talents to raise awareness. On Mar. 30 Kappa Kappa Gamma held its annual philanthropic event, when a student was named "Kappa King." All money raised was given to benefit those infected by the AIDS virus. Later that night, there was a Battle of the Bands featuring Pepperdine musicians in support of AIDS Awareness Week.
AIDS Awareness Week is sponsored by World Vision, The Pepperdine Voyage, Office of Intercultural Affairs, and Convocation Services.