SEC hosts pub night for AIDS awareness


The UTM Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre, the UTM Students’ Union, and the UTM English and Drama Students Society jointly hosted the World Tour Pub on Thursday night to raise funds for AIDS charities.

UTM SEC is a student-run organization that provides students with information on healthy sexuality. Every year they hold a fundraising event in honour of World AIDS Day. This year, the World Tour Pub featured a live DJ, various performances, casino games, raffles, prizes, and a buffet with cuisine from around the world.

“It’s one of the most meaningful pub nights, because all the proceeds go to charities that conduct AIDS research,” said Ziadanne Lewis, the head coordinator of UTM SEC.

“There will be no studying tonight—you can find me at the Blink Duck Pub, supporting this great cause and making new friends!” said UTM student Mark Levy.

“The music was really good, the staff was friendly, and the food selection exposed me to new and exciting dishes,” said Melissa Barrientos, a first-year life sciences student. The food offered at the buffet table included pasta, lasagne, naan, and other dishes from different cultures.

Last year, UTM SEC held a masquerade, and the year before, a gala. The bar for this particular pub night was set high; this year the budget was approximately $1,500.