Volume 90, Issue 10
University of San Francisco
December 1, 1993
AIDS: Are you aware of the threat?
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Kelly Sullivan & Patricia Dolphin
Today, December 1, has been internationally recognized as
World AIDS Day. Observed for the past six years, beginning
in 1985, it serves to strengthen the global effort to face the
challenges of the AIDS pandemic.
USF is certainly not immune to this cruel, undiscriminating
disease. In an effort to raise awareness and enlighten USF
students, the AIDS task force, coordinated by David Bush,
directorofstudent leadership and outreach services, has planned
several educational events throughout the day. Bush said that
the task force is taking an interdisciplinary approach to
educating, using students as peer educatots to build a more
aware student body.
Presently, the 15 to 24 age group is the fastest growing group
to be infected by the HIV virus. Bush said that this means that
students are becoming infected in college or have come to
college already infected with the virus.
"Students are not invincible. They are truly a target group,"
The task force, comprised of four faculty members and three
students, took off this semester. They are encouraging students
to get involved with USF Peers, student leaders who are
committed to educating other students in one of five areas.
These are HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual assault and gender
communication, substance abuse prevention, eating disorder
awareness and "peace partners." The fifth involves students
acting as mentors to new students of color. The Peers undergo
either a basic or specialized training process depending on
which area they wish to become informed about. The basic
training will take place one week before spring semester. The
specialized training focuses solely on HIV and will take place
in February or early March. The task force hopes to recruit 40
committed members for all five areas.
Bush said that people who are involved in a club or fraternity
may choose to get involved with USF Peers.
"The HIV program will really depend on student
involvement," Bush said. "Nothing is more effective than
students teaching other students."
USF visited by president of China
Special to the Foghorn
As a gesture of friendship and goodwill, the president of
China, Jiang Zemin visited the San Francisco-Shanghai
Friendship Library at the Univetsity of San Ftancisco on
Thursday, November 18.
Jiang, the second most powerful official after Deng Xioaping
stopped in San Francisco for a two day visit on his way to the
Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Seatde.
A brief ceremony was held in honor of Jiang's visit. Father
Edwatd Malatesta, S.J. in Mandarin presented Jiang with a
small token of friendship, a catalog that lists a selection of rare
Western books that the Shanghai Public Library holds. The
book was a joint effort by Shangai Public Library and the
Center for the Pacific Rim.
Jiang smiled at the small crowd as he put on a USF's Dons
baseball cap which was given to him by Father John P.
Schlegel, S.J., president ofthe university. Jiang gave his thanks
and mentioned a few words about how wonderful it was to be
back in one of his favorite cities.
"I think it's wonderful. I got to meet him and found him
to be an extremely warm and delightful petson," said Angela
Jhin, a member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Friendship
The library holds for the city an impressive
collecuon of books that covers at least 2,000 years of Chinese
classical and modern literature. The collection will remain at
USF until 1995. The boob will be housed at the new Main
Library when it opens.
Fr. Schlegel welcomes President Jiang
Although concern had been expressed by several faculty and
students regarding USF's role in playing host to a Communist
dictator, the purpose ofthe visit as emphasized by Jiang was of
friendship and building bridges between the two sister cities.
"I know that some people had doubts as to whether USF
should have played host to China, but in the long term we have
to build bridges and that is what the university is trying to do.
We need to look beyond the immediate political situation and
try to forge ties with these people," said Dean Nel.
please see President of China, page 4
A nutse practitioner at the USF Clinic located at St. Mary's
Clinic agrees that education is the key to understanding. "We
try to inform students who ask about HIV to the best of our
understanding. Often, when students ask to be tested, we refer
them to anonymous health clinics like Planned Parenthood as
to protect their privacy." The clinic also offers a list of private
physicians for HIV positive students who are seeking further
treatment. She says nurses and doctors today are much more
cautious than 10 years ago. Some precautions nurses at the USF
clinic take are always wearing gloves when examining patients,
especially for pelvic exams and when looking at open sores.
Because, she says, "You ttuly cannot tell by looking at a person
who is HIV positive and who is not."
Today's events include a diversity of speakers and activities.
There will be an information table outside of Crossroads to
answer questions and recruit peer educators. A speaker from
the Shanti Project will address the question, "Why are college
students at risk for contracting HIV," in McLaren 251 at 4:30
p.m.The entire USF community is invited to attend. Later that
evening, a film entitled "And the band played on," will be
played in McLaren at 7 p.m. It is a unique docu-drama rhat
focuses on the political and medical aspects of the disease,
chronicling the epidemic from the early 80's to the present. A
candle vigil, led by Fr. Jack Treacy, S.J., will take place in
Harney Plaza at 9:15 p.m. Campus Ministry is supplying the
Pi Kappa Phi's
journey of hope
This summer the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will be doing
much more than sight-seeing. Cos Taorimna and Nelson
Wong, members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University
of San Francisco will be doing something quite differenr from
the average college student. They're "going the extra mile" for
people with disabilities.
Pushing it to the limit, Taorimna and Wong are embarking
on a Journey of Hope whose final destination will result in
thousands raised for the fraternity's charity PUSH. The
Journey of Hope is a cross-counrry bicycling trek beginning in
San Francisco and ending in Charleston, South Carolina.
Taorimna will be a member ofthe actual cycling team who will
be cycling 3,500 miles. Wong will be a member ofthe crew
team that will drive vans beside the cycling pack, scout the
roads and prepare meals.
The team members are all members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
and are joining forces to pave the road for a better understanding
of people who are disabled. After cycling an average of 75 miles
each day, the team will take part in many presentations and
special events, often meeting with those for whom they're
riding. In addition to raising awareness, the Journey of Hope
will raise more than $250,000 for future educational projects
pleasee Hope, page 3
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