Volume 95, Issue 36

Tuesday, November 6, 2001
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Western pin-ups ready to hit UCC

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Pin-up calendars featuring Western students will be on sale this week to benefit New York's firefighters, though not all members of the Western community are supportive of the idea.

Four thousand calendars have been printed and will be sold in the University Community Centre atrium starting Nov. 8, said Lucas Atkins, a second-year honours business administration student and organizer of the "W-boys" and "W-girls" calendars.

Models from the calendars will assist with sales, which will continue throughout November and into December.

The goal is to raise $40,000 through the calendars, he said. Profits from calendar sales will go to Fire Donations, a Washington-based relief fund for the families of firefighters killed on Sept. 11.

Atkins said he has heard mainly positive feedback about the calendars, which feature photographs of semi-clad students.

"I tried to make [the W-girls calendar] as diverse as possible – it's not all tall blondes, not all brunettes, not all white girls," Atkins added.

Women's groups should not have a problem with the calendars because the models picked their own outfits and selected what pictures be published, Atkins said.

"Right now this war that is being fought is about freedom – of choice, of views – it is every man and woman's choice to support this charity [by purchasing a calendar]," he said

"An experience that can be empowering for a woman may have negative effects on other women because of the framework in which it will be interpreted," said Nicole Nelson, co-ordinator for the Women's Issues Network.

"It's even funnier that women chose their own outfits – choose your own degradation," she said. "No blame can be laid because the women have done it to themselves."

Atkins has been provided with a space in the UCC atrium at no cost, confirmed Steve Allen, University Students' Council services manager.

Charitable organizations normally pay a small fee for space, however Allen said, the fee has been waived for fundraising related to the events of Sept. 11.

USC VP-campus issues Sera Vavala said she has not received any student feedback about the calendar, apart from when the issue was first raised.

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