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Unirsrtiy march 31.2011 • ww\'wuyonlin(‘,ca 

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Students study life with HIV through art 


News Staff 

First-year nursing students chose coloured pen¬ 
cils over scalpels last week in an activity designed 
to teach them about HIV in their community. 

In a session hosted by HIV Edmonton, a local 
support group for those suffering from HIV. 
more than thirty Nursing students spent their 
Friday afternoon tracing outlines of each other 
and expressing their personal stories with a 
variety of markers, pastels, and crayons in a pro¬ 
cess called body mapping. After removing their 
shoes and sitting on the floor, the students were 
encouraged to be freely creative in the body 
mapping activity. 

"There are no barriers. You can’t make a mis¬ 
take in this process.” said Lynn Sutankayo, a U 
of A alumni who led the session, "it’s really just 
fuu and play and just going with it. letting your 
guard down. Which I know is different [from] 
university classrooms " 

On three-by-seven foot pieces of paper, stu¬ 
dents drew several outlines of different people in 
their groups, and then drew symbols that repre¬ 
sented their background. The students were told aaron yeo 

to open up to their peers about what's important THAT AIN'T NO ETCH-A-SKETCH First-year nurses drew body maps in a self-exploration exercise, 
to them, and not to hide their past. Short- and 

long-term goals of the students were portrayed Sutankayo thinks it's important to get those in what to expect when she first went into the 
as well, in an effort to put the entire lives of nursing to understand HIV and to get rid of any session, and said that it changed the way she 

students in an artistic display. stereotypes, especially as they will see patients looked at the ailment. 

Sutankayo, community education coordinator infected with the virus on a regular basis. "1 wasn't really sure about HIV. 1 didn't really 

at HIV Edmonton, said body mapping started out "Often as healthcare providers, we feel that know a lot about tlie disease, so I was kind 
in South Africa as an art project to help women we're entitled to know everything about our of oblivious to it and ignorant to it.” she said, 
to live with HiV It was used as a method to help patients' body, but we have to appreciate how "Now I feel like 1 understand a lot more and 

those infected to open up to their communities much trust is required for a person to feel safe have gained a lot of knowledge towards it. and 

and to live life without fear. enough to disclose their history to us." said I'm much more accepting, and have gotten rid 

"There’s a lot of stigma to go along with this Sutankayo. "What we’re here to do is to de-srig- of all those stereotypes that 1 did have before." 
disease; people don't like to disclose that they matize HIV and people living with HIV.” Sutankayo aLso mentioned that body mapping 

have it. and people don't like to talk about it Two HIV Fdmonton volunteers with HIV were could be used as a tool to help people with all 
if their friends or family members have been present to help tlie students with their body sortsofissuesorproblemsinlife.notjustchronic 
affected. For many reasons, AIDS and HIV is maps, as well as tell their personal stories of how illnesses such as HIV. 
related to death, drugs, sex; stuff that's hard to the activity helped them in their struggles. SEE M0RE PHO TOS ONLINE IN AN AUDIO SUDE- 

talk about." One student. Kairlyn Gorman, didn't know SHOW AT WWW.THEGATEWAYONUNE.CA 


Compiled by Aaron Yeo 


At 3 p.m on March 21, a car owner reported that 
their vehicle had been broken into while parked in 
the Education building car park The thief gained 
access by 'punching" the driver's side door lock and 
subsequently stole a speaker. UAPS want to remind 
drivers not to leave valuables in their vehicles in plain 
view and to contact UAi’S if they notice any suspi¬ 
cious personsaround vehicles. 


UAPS officers observed a male loitering around 
a bike rack near the University Terrace building at 
1:30 p.m on March 22 The male has an extensive 
cnminal record including theft and trespassing He 
was given a new trespass notice and photographed 
before being told to leave campus. 


Staff from the Book Cellar in HUB reported a male 
had stolen two textbooks on March 23 at 2:30 p m 
The male had consigned the books and when staff 
did an inventory, they realized the male had taken 
the books. He was described as Caucasian and slim 
with dark hair, weanng a dark baseball cap, navy blue 
hoodie, and blue jeans, UAPS officers checked the 
ares but were not able to locate the male 


A: 3:45 a m on March 24, UAPS received a call from 
security at the HINT building that a male was at their 
front desk reporting he had |ust been robbed at gun¬ 
point in Windsor car park The robber stole the vic¬ 
tim's car and wallet. All UAPS units were dispatched 
to the area and EPS were contacted. EPS advised this 
had been the third such incident that day and asked 
UAPS to be on the lookout lor a grey Oldsmobile that 
had been stolen earlier from a casino on Argyll Road 
The first vehicle had been stolen from the River C.ree 
Casino. The stolen Oldsmobile was recovered on the 
top level of Windsor car park. The victim was inter¬ 
viewed by EPS and given a ride home by UAPS 


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