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Emory students take time out to remember World AIDS Day

AIDS Quilt on display at Emory University

Caroline Stokes and her friend, Tonni Blount, sat on the top floor of the Dobbs Student Center at Emory University, finishing up their lunch of soup and chatting about the end of the school year.

The noise of dozens of other students could be heard in the background as they all carried on intimate conversations. But listening closely, a monotone voice could be heard through the others reading a list of dozens and dozens of names.

The names were of people who had died of AIDS, part of the university's World AIDS Day program on Dec. 1, that included a display of some 40 AIDS Quilt panels in the student center. A total of 80 panels were on view throughout the campus in various buildings.

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World AIDS Day calls for state reform, vaccine research

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at Atlanta AIDS Walk

As hundreds of Georgians wait for life-saving HIV medications, AIDS activists will hold a press conference and rally at the State Capitol on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

The rally aims to bring awareness to the state’s growing number of people being put on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting list. Georgia Equality, through its Georgia HIV Advocacy Network, also plans to deliver Gov.-elect Nathan Deal postcards asking him to increase funding for ADAP to eliminate the waiting list.

As of the end of October, nearly 700 people are on the Georgia ADAP waiting list since it was started on July 1. It is estimated the waiting list will grow to some 1,300 people within the next several months. The program is now serving approximately 5,500 people in Georgia, according to the campaign.

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Emory student organizations release statement on alleged anti-gay altercation

Leaders from Emory University’s LGBT student organizations and the Greek community came together Tuesday to discuss recent allegations of a student who claimed to have been forcibly removed from an off-campus gathering held by members of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

The unnamed student was involved in an altercation with Emory alum Adam Smith and claimed to have been dragged out of the party by his neck amid anti-gay slurs from other attendees of the party.

The story drew strong reaction from national media outlets and university student groups.

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Emory student alleges anti-gay physical altercation

According to the Emory University newspaper, The Emory Wheel, a student claims he was forcibly removed from an off-campus fraternity party over the weekend after admitting he was gay.

The student, who wished to remain anonymous, alleged that he was dragged out of a party held at the residence of several Sigma Nu fraternity members on Saturday night. The article reports Adam Smith, a recent graduate, choked and dragged the unnamed student out of the residence by his neck.

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Help the AV 200 celebrate success

The AIDS Vaccine 200, the annual HIV fundraising bike ride, holds a closing party to present checks to Emory Vaccine Center, Jerusalem House and Positive Impact

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AV 200 — welcome them home at Emory

Emory fundraiser to combat HIV / AIDS

For Debra Snell, riding in the AIDS Vaccine 200 isn’t just a fundraiser for a good cause, but a way to reclaim a level of freedom and mobility she almost lost.