Volume 95, Issue 41

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
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W-kids battle WIN in "pimping" showdown

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

"W-boys" and "W-girls" from all 12 months of the year hawked their wares to students yesterday in the University Community Centre atrium.

The two calendars, featuring Western students in semi-clad pictures, are being sold to raise money for Fire Donations, a charity that raises money the families of New York's firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The launch of the calendars was successful, said Lucas Atkins, a second-year honours business administration student and organizer of the calendars.

Approximately 150 calendars were sold yesterday, he said, adding about 2,000 calendars are currently being sold by calendar models and local businesses.

At a table across from the calendar sales, members of the Women's Issues Network presented their viewpoints to Atkins' customers.

Hot dog samples were offered as an "alternative meat," said Nicole Nelson, WIN co-ordinator, standing in front of a sign reading, "WIN's pimping hot dogs. They're pimping you!"

Members of WIN collected signatures on petitions to be sent to local sponsors of the calendars, expressing concern with their support of the calendars as a fund-raising venture.

Greeting cards were sold to offer an alternative method of donating to charity, Nelson said. Proceeds from the cards will go to the New York Firefighters Association and the London Abused Women Centre.

While Atkins said he was concerned last week about the possibility of petitioning and picketing by women's rights groups, activities by WIN did not concern him yesterday.

"If anything, it drew more attention to us and sold more calendars," he said.

"Pictures sell," said Amanda Bawn, a third-year environmental science student and the November "W-girl." While Bawn said she considered issues of objectification before deciding to pose in the calendar, she decided it was a good way to help out the victims of Sept 11.

The models got to choose their outfits and the picture they felt most comfortable with, she added.

The calendars are an interesting way of raising money, said Jennifer Burgess, a third-year English student. "I don't mind the fact that people think Western has beautiful people here."

The calendars will be on sale throughout November and into December in the atrium, Atkins said.

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