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clarion Brevard College, Brevard, NC Volume 54 Number 10 Wednesday, March 4, 1987 SAFE SEX: college students facing new facts of life by Bonnie Davis The great poet Virgil once said, “Love conquers all.” But what he didn’t know then is that someday his words would be a prophecy come true. It’s not love itself that is conquering people today, but sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and most im portantly, AIDS (Acquired Immune Defi ciency Syndrome). According to a recent Newsweek magazine article (Feb. 16, 1987), “Public health experts worry openly that sexually active teenagers will be the next AIDS ‘high risk’ group.” AIDS is finding its way into all aspects of the population, not just among homosexuals, and it is a growing threat to heterosexuals as well. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll cited in Time (March 2, 1987), stated that AIDS has no effect on the way “92 percent of the population conducts their lives. This is especially true on the nation’s college campuses where sex tends to be impulsive.” One freshman expressed this opinion: “I feel that there is not much concern from students at BC because they seem to think that AIDS will not affect us because our. campus is so small. Just because we all feel like we’re one big happy family doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned. As college students we should be, probably even more so.” Besides the obvious lack of knowledge and education concerning AIDS and other STD, the attitude of most young adults is one of immortality—nothing can ever harm them. So, in thinking they’re im mune to death, they forget about precau tions and begin taking risks. The threat of AIDS has already been felt by BC students who have expressed their concern about the fatal disease. One sophomore said, “I think the teens today are scared to death to put it bluntly—and they are starting to take precautions.” What can be done to prevent the spread of AIDS and other STD? Health officials claim abstinence is the best precaution of all, but a highly unlikely one for today’s sexually active society. The next best thing is the use of condoms. People should also moderate their sexual promiscuity and not be afraid to ask questions of their partners. With tales of horror being heard about AIDS every day, and a recorded 30,000-plus cases in the US, the public is slowly becoming more conscientious about the life-claiming disease. The nation’s educational systems have been among the first to take steps toward the education of the population about AIDS by starting with the children. Since the condom has proven to be the most effective protection from STD, a widespread campaign has been instigated by the manufacturers of condoms and health officials to spread the word. Many controversies have arisen lately over the advertisements of condom sales and whether or not they should be seen on the networks, in newspapers and in magazines, some of which have already shown such ads. The public needs to be in formed and the media is one way to ac complish this. Even the Surgeon General C. Everett Koop who is known for his con servative view on birth control and abor tion, came forth last October and strongly advocated the use of condoms as a protec tive measure against AIDS. Though considered serious health pro blems in past times, syphilis and gonor rhea don’t receive as much attention in the media since both are curable with penicillin. Gonorrhea is more common, striking 2 million Americans, while only 325,000 are infected with syphilis. Chlamydia is another STD that has sur passed even gonorrhea in the last decade as the number one sexually transmitted disease in the US. The best protection against any of these STD is the condom. Another freshman said, “I called my dad and he told me to go by a box of con doms.” AIDS is quickly becoming the bubonic or black plague of the 20th century and until a cure or a vaccine is found, then the only way to combat its spread is through educa tion. One BC sophomore said, “Nobody wants to get AIDS, so if they don’t want to contract it they should take the proper steps in preventing it.” And the first step is through education and knowledge. U.S. Senator Terry Sanford to speak at Commencement United States Senator Terry Sanford will deliver this year’s Commencement ad dress at Brevard College May 3. In making the announcement last week, Brevard College President Billy Greer said, “I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s speaker. Terry Sanford is one of the South’s great leaders.” Sanford will deliver the commencement address at 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon. May 3, in Boshamer Gymnasium. Sanford, 70, defeated Jim Broyhill in November to secure a seat in the U.S. Senate. He is the past president of Duke Univer sity, l%9-85, during which time he was credited by U.S. News and World Report for raising the university to national pro minence. The former Governor of North Carolina from 1961-65, Sanford was ranked by Har vard University as one of the country’s 10 best of this century. A native of Laurinburg, N.C., he attend ed Presbyterian Junior College, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UNC-CH Law School. He is a past N.C. State Senator, the author of three books, and the recipient of 23 honorary degrees. U.S. Senator Terry Sanford The junior senator from North Carolina is serving on numerous committees in Washington, including Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Committee on the Budget, Select Committee on Ethics, and the Committee on Foreign Relations. Dr. Nancy Hardesty to give Staley Series Lectures Dr. Nancy Hardesty, an expert on the subject of the history of women in Chris tianity, will deliver this year’s Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series at Brevard College, March 24 and 25. Hardesty, a biblical feminist, will speak on “Inclusive Language, Why?” and “In clusive Language: God.” Her lectures sponsored by the Life and Culture Series, will be given Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Dunham Auditorium. The author of “Inclusive Language in the Church” (1987 John Knox), Hardesty is an independent scholar, free-lance book writer and editor from Atlanta. She earned her bachelor’s degree in writing from Wheaton College, her master’s degree in journalism from Nor thwestern University, and her doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Who’s Who in the South.” Staley lecturer Nancy Hardesty. It's flu time again by Steve Reich It’s that time of year again...flu-time, that is. According to Brevard College nurse Bar bara White, R.N., the present flu epidemic is slightly heavier than what is typically expected for this time of year. Nurse White said she has been taking up to 10 students a day to the Newland Medical Clinic and seeing another 30 per day in her office on campus. “It’s slowing down now,” she said. She’s down to taking five or six students to the doctor’s office and seeing 25 more in her office. The nurse said that the symptoms started with aches, pains, fever, and then turn into bronchitis and respiratory pro blems. She suggests that students keep their hands clean, not to eat or drink after someone else, and not to let others who are sick cough or sneeze in their direction. If that’s not enough and the flu bug still bites you, drink a lot of fluids, get plenty of rest, and eat a well-balanced diet. With a few simple precautions, you can avoid the flu and the misery that accom panies it, White says.