Sorority hosts a week of AIDS events

By Linda Luk

Delta Sigma Theta service sorority will dedicate a week’s worth of events to AIDS awareness.

The week is full of a variety of activities including a poetry reading, free HIV testing, a speaker and bowling.

“Every year, the national organization makes it mandatory for undergraduate chapters to host a day of AIDS awareness,” said Jarquetta Egeston, vice president of Delta Sigma Theta. “We had ideas to do throughout the week, so we decided to make it a full week.”

One of the events of the week includes a poetry reading that encourages participants to speak about health issues at Neptune Central by the fireplace.

“We like the setting of Neptune Central,” said Meagan Lumpkin, financial secretary of Delta Sigma Theta. “People feel really comfortable and people would rather go somewhere comfortable.”

On Tuesday, a representative from the DeKalb County Health Department will speak on more AIDS issues.

“The speaker will talk about contraception,” Egeston said. “We are not saying abstinence, what we are saying is protect yourself. It seems like AIDS is a hidden topic and people don’t speak about it. We try to bring the campus together and tell people there are ways to prevent the disease.”

For information, call Meagan Lumpkin at 753-3495.