AIDS Memorial Quilt to Visit Willamette University

A portion of the Names Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Willamette University Monday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, March 1 as part of the campus-wide week entitled "Taking On the Fight: AIDS Awareness Week." All proceeds from the week's events will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

The vigil and opening ceremonies for the Names Project Foundation AIDS Quilt will be Monday, Feb. 26 in the Cone Chapel from 8-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The AIDS quilt will be on display in the Cone Chapel Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The AIDS quilt closing ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. in the Cone Chapel on Thursday, March 1.

Other events during the week include:

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Speaker Cleve Jones, 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to attend this event and will be available starting Monday Feb. 12 from the Putnam University Center Information Desk 503-370-6300. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, was one of the first gay community activists to recognize and respond to the threat of AIDS. Jones helped found the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and has remained a passionate and articulate spokesperson for people living with AIDS and a leader in the worldwide campaign to stop the epidemic.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Faculty/administration vs. students basketball game at 7 p.m. in the Sparks Center. Entry fee $1. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, March 1
HIV testing and information/discussion with Marion County Health Services, 10:30 a.m. -­ 2:30 p.m. in the Putnam University Center. There will also be a President's Run, a one-mile run beginning at 6 p.m. around the perimeter of campus. This event is open to the public and requires a $3 entry fee. The AIDS Quilt Closing Ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. in the Cone Chapel.

Friday, March 2
Silent auction and dessert in the Alumni Lounge, 3rd floor Putnam University Center from 4-6 p.m. This event is open to the public. Auctioned items have been donated by local businesses.

For more information on these events, contact Lisa Jones, director of student activities, 503-370-6463. This event is organized by The Panhellenic Council, Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU), House Hall Representatives and Interfraternity Council.