Volume 95, Issue 12
Thursday, September 20, 2001
Twelve months of Mustang vanity
Davenport for Mr. November?
By Erin Conway-Smith
Western "boys and girls" are being selectively invited to show some skin for charity in two student-organized, pin-up style calendars.
Luke Atkins, a second-year honors business and administration student at Western's Richard Ivey School of Business and organizer of the project, said male and female Western students will appear in the "W Boys" and "W Girls" calendars.
Profits will be donated to relief aid in New York City, with the exception of a $1,000 prize awarded to the cover girl of the "W Girls" calendar, Atkins said. Additionally, males and females appearing in the calendar will receive 20 per cent commission from each calendar they sell.
Atkins said he expects to make approximately $20,000 from the calendars, which will be sold for $10 each.
He said he is still looking for females to appear in the calendar, which will be available in November and will feature "Maxim-style photos."
He decided to donate calendar profits to the disaster relief following the events of Sept. 11, Atkins said. His original intention was not to raise money for charity, he said.
This week, Atkins, along with some of his friends, have been handing out flyers on campus, soliciting select females to try out for the calendar.
He said he did not see any reason why the calendars, in particular "W Girls," would offend students.
"The girls are not naked it's just beautiful women all dressed up," he said. "If you have a problem with a girls' calendar, buy a guy's calendar."
Sam Cole, a member of the Women's Issues Network, said while she supports the relief effort, she does not agree with the method Atkins has chosen. "The spirit of this is right the vehicle is wrong," she said, suggesting other means to contribute to the cause, like donating money directly or giving blood are more appropriate.
"If the initial motivation was to peddle flesh, it doesn't really matter what the cause is for," she said. "We are university students we should be able to come up with a more decent, legitimate way to raise money."
Joanne Moore, a third-year political science student, said she would not purchase a calendar. "Western already has a bad reputation this would just add to it," she said.
Justin Gregson, a third-year business student at Fanshawe College, said he did not have a problem with the calendars being sold to raise money for charity.
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