Playboy Spread has Little Effect on University Image, Fund DriveThe "Girls of the ACC" issue of Playboy, featuring photos of female University students Cara Lee MacDonald and Lisa Winsor, does not concern University administrators, but meets with controversy in the Charlottesville community.
Playboy Spread has Little Effect on University Image, Fund Drive
By LINDA MACCOLL
Despite accelerated sales and extensive press coverage, the September â€œGirls of the ACCâ€ playboy issue is not having â€“ and will not have â€“ much effect on the Universityâ€™s image or credibility, according to University administrators.
â€œItâ€™s going to have surprisingly little effect on the University,â€ Assoc. Dean of Students Sybil Todd said. â€œThe publicity will be short-lived.â€
College Dean Robert Kellogg said the Playboy issue, which featured pictures of two University undergraduates, â€œdoesnâ€™t fall into the category of things that worry me.â€
The magazine wonâ€™t affect fundraising either, said Development Vice President Marion Peavey, adding â€œWeâ€™ve only had one documented complaint.â€
Although University administrators were generally unconcerned about the long-lasting effect of the photo spread, Todd said she was â€œdisappointedâ€ University women participated at all.
â€œI had this image that women at the University were into different things.
â€œThere were some really outraged people in the [Charlottesville] community,â€ Todd continued. â€œI heard one lady say [the girls who posed] should be suspended. But we donâ€™t suspend students for using poor judgment.â€
Todd added she was glad, â€œfor the girlsâ€™ sake,â€ the publicity coverage will end soon.
Sales of the magazine, meanwhile, differ in local shops.
At the University Bookstore, a regular carrier of Playboy, sales or "Girls of ACC" significantly surpassed those of other issues.
Some of the sluggish sales can be attributed to the magazine's early August release date, according to bookstore supply manager Jon Kates.
"We don't have much student traffic in the summer,â€ Kates said.
â€œI think Playboy made a serious mistake in their own sales in having it out too early,â€ he added. â€œThe students missed the rush of publicity.â€
And that "rush of publicity,â€ Kates said, was "a big to-do over nothing.â€
Regardless, Kates will keep the magazines in stock an extra month. "It seems like the logical thing to do," he said.
Robert Mincer, manager of Mincer's Pipe Shop, said the magazine and the publicity have been good for his store.
This issue sold about 400 more magazines than usual, he said.
"It sold like we used to before we had girls at the University," he said.
And not only the magazine's increased sales looked good to Mincer.
â€œWe were pleased to see a pair of Mincerâ€™s shorts that [the model] was holding over her arm,â€ he said.
The 10-page spread on â€œStudent Bodiesâ€ featured 19 models from the eight ACC schools.
The two University women pictured in the layout were third-year English major Cara Lee MacdDonald and fourth-year psychology major Lisa Winsor. Macdonald, an aspiring lawyer, was holding Mincerâ€™s shorts.
Law School Admissions director Jerome Stokes said MacDonaldâ€™s modeling would not affect her chances of gaining admission to law school.
|Tags||national media, student publications|
|Date Added||June 29, 2016|
|Date Modifed||December 18, 2017|
|Collection||Cavalier Daily: articles about gender discrimination|
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