Discovering a New You
November 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – With the flurry of research projects, final essays and exams looming
before both students and faculty, Student Senate is offering a chance for temporary
respite with the health awareness week “Discovering a New You.” Beginning Monday,
Nov. 26 and concluding Monday, Dec. 3 with a keynote address by famed psychosexual
therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer at 8:00 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center, the weeklong
series promises the campus a wide range of activities to promote awareness of personal
health and social responsibility.
In addition to the keynote address, all members of the campus community are welcome
to attend activities that include a night of free manicures and pedicures and a seminar
on winterizing cars. “Discovering a New You” arose as an attempt to broaden the health
topics encompassed by the AIDS awareness week that had been traditionally planned
and sponsored by Student Senate. The program maintains its strong connection to its
roots in AIDS awareness through activities such as the sale of AIDS awareness ribbons.
This year will also feature a panel on AIDS education and prevention, and Titan TV
will show the acclaimed film Philadelphia, which follows the life of a man with AIDS after he is fired by a conservative law
firm because of his condition.
“Discovering a New You” is co-sponsored by the Student Senate Charity and Welfare
Committee, IWU Student Fitness, IWU Pride Alliance, the Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance (FMLA), and the Division of Student Affairs.
The full schedule for the week is as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 27:
• 8:00 p.m. Does HIV Look Like Me? Hope’s Voice AIDS Awareness Panel, Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). Hope’s Voice is a national
HIV and AIDS organization that promotes AIDS and HIV education and prevention among
young adults. The organization uses open dialogue and peer-to-peer education to send
the crucial message that HIV and AIDS do not discriminate. Three speakers will lecture
and host a question and answer session addressing their experiences as young adults
with HIV or AIDS.
Wednesday, Nov. 28:
• Love Your Body Day—All day, Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington). Sponsored by the Feminist Majority
Leadership Alliance, this event invites all to stop by the information tables by the
Sodexho steps in Memorial Center during meal times to “celebrate your favorite body
part” and learn more about personal health.
Thursday, Nov. 29:
• 7:00 p.m. Winter Car Clinic, Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). This free clinic, sponsored
by the Division of Student Affairs, will offer advice on how to winterize your car,
change a tire, detail easy car maintenance, and will give tips for driving in winter
weather. Prizes from local auto merchants will be awarded to drivers and their vehicles.
Friday, Nov. 30:
•A Day Without Art. An annual observance intended to highlight the global effects of the AIDS pandemic,
A Day Without Art will involve a campuswide, day-long demonstration sponsored by the
art honor society Kappa Pi.
• 8:00-11:00 p.m. Transvestite Debutante Ball, Main Lounge, Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington). An alternative dance
giving students the chance to celebrate queer culture, engage in wholesome family
drag, and confront transphobia and gender dichotomy, this event invites all to come
dressed as any gender (be it hir own or another’s), drag or not. All proceeds will
go to the McLean County AIDS Taskforce. Questions should be directed to the Illinois
Wesleyan University Pride Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monday, Dec. 3:
• 8:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Ruth Westheimer
, “An Evening with Dr. Ruth,” Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). A fixture of popular culture
since the 1980s, Dr. Ruth’s open and frank discussions about sex were popularized
in her radio program Sexually Speaking. She is a pioneer in the field of psychosexual therapy and has worked to remove
the stigma from subjects like the link between sex and media, women’s health issues,
condom use, and relationships.
• Sponsor an AIDS Ribbon, at the Sodexho steps, Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington). AIDS awareness
ribbons will be sold for $1 during mealtimes throughout the week. All proceeds will
be donated to Partners in Health, the organization co-founded by the innovative physician
Paul Farmer and discussed within Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, which was the selection for this year’s Summer Reading Program. The ribbons will
be displayed in the Memorial Center.
•Philadelphia, on Titan TV Channel 4. This acclaimed film featuring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington
will be playing at noon during the last two weeks of November on the campus television
service Titan TV.
For additional information, please contact Student Senate’s Student Welfare and Human
Relations Commissioner Andrea Ambrosia at (309) 556-1371 or by email (email@example.com).
Contact: Renee K. Scherer, (309) 556-3181