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Volume 23, No. 5       October 16, 2000

Panels from AIDS Memorial Quilt to Be Displayed in Emerson Suites

One hundred twenty-eight panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Emerson Suites from October 29 to November 2. Each three-by-six-foot panel was sewn by friends and loved ones in memory of a person whose life was lost to AIDS.

The display opens with a ceremony and reception at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and a closing ceremony is scheduled for noon on Thursday. The public is invited to walk quietly among the panels and reflect on the lives of those who have died of AIDS. Volunteers will continuously read the names of AIDS victims during the course of the exhibit.

"Bringing the AIDS quilt to campus is a rewarding experience," says Andrea Cecconi ’02, who volunteered at last year’s display. "It always has such an impact on people who come to see it, both students and people from the community. The quilt makes AIDS and its victims such a reality. It’s sobering, but at the same time it creates hope for the future."

Classes and other groups are encouraged to attend, with group facilitators available at the site. For more information or to arrange for a facilitator, call Duane Westhoff of the Ithaca College AIDS Working Group at 274-1092. Requests for facilitators will be taken until Monday, October 23.

Begun in San Francisco in 1987 by the NAMES Project Foundation, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a way to increase public awareness of AIDS and provide a creative means for remembrance and healing. The quilt — which has been visited by over 12 million people in displays worldwide — currently has nearly 43,000 panels. The AIDS Working Group and the Names Project of Syracuse are sponsoring the display at Ithaca College.



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Andrejs Ozolins, Ithaca College Office of Publications. 27. Oct. 2000