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Page 14-Thursday, September 9, 1982-The Michigan Daily
80 long shots try out
for Playgirl magazine

By JULIE HINDS
After paying tuition bills, most
students feel as though they've lost
their shirts. In June, however, eight
University males got a chance to lose
their shirts-and much, much
more-for the cameras of Playgirl
magazine.
The magazine came t6 campus this
summer seeking models for its
"Playgirl Comes to the Big Ten"
spread, which will appear in its October
issue. Models from Ohio State Univer-
sity and the University of Wisconsin
will also be featured.
"WE'RE LOOKING for a Midwestern
type, a casual, healthy look," said
Playgirl coordinator Linda Horwitz.
"Of course, we also check them out
physically."
More than 80 student hopefuls showed
up at Campus Inn to strut their stuff for
a three-woman judging committee.
During the audition, males were asked
how they felt about posing nude and,

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why they wanted to appear in the
magazine. They also posed for a bare-
chested photo.
After the tryouts were narrowed
down to eight healthy specimens, cam-
pus landmarks were picked for clothed
shots-while more secluded locations
were chosen for the buff photos.
Playgirl, which already has presen-
ted men from the Ivy League, drew lit-
tle protest for its campus appearance.
"POSING NUDE is much more
nationally accepted. You're no longer
an outcast," said Horwitz.
When asked what type of men showed
up for the audition, she replied, "Hot
dogs mostly-exhibitionists."
Students, however, wanted to step out
of their academic role-and their
shorts-for a variety of reasons. Some
did it on a dare.
"To be honest," said Andy Huffman,
a graduate engineering student, "my
roommate gave me $15, and if I make it

into the top eight, he'll give me another
$ 5."
OTHERS FOUND that the appearan-
ce had an adverse effect on their per-
sonal lives.
"My girlfriend was extraordinarily
upset. She thought (posing) was
shallow and a reflection of my deep-
seated emotional problems," said
graduate political science student Mark
Gibney, who was selected as a finalist.
Gibney had no inhibitions about his
appearance.
"I'M DECIDEDLY against exploita-
tion in girlie magazines, especially
raunchy ones," he said, calling his ap-
pearance "just nudity. It wasn't por-
nography."
Gibney, who said he posed as "a
release from exams," placed little
significance on his Playgirl experience.
"It's probably one of the most
miniscule actions I've ever perfor-
med," he said. "If this is a highlight of
my life, I'm in trouble."

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Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
A PLAYGIR L assistant photographs one of the 80 hopefuls who dared to bare his body for the magazine.

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Michigan," he said. "This has been a
long-standing goal of the union."
The precise details of the contract
have not been released, but copies of
the contract are expected to be on
reserve in the Graduate Library in Sep-
tember.
According to some members of the
union, GEO soon might start to go after
University teaching assistants who
haven't paid their union dues. The
"agency shop" status the GEO won in
the MERC ruling gives the GEO the
authority to demand that all the
teaching assistants and student
assistants it represents during

bargaining pay either union dues or a
representation service fee. If TAs or
SAs refuse, the GEO can ask the
University to fire them.
SO FAR, about 50 percent of the 1,500
graduate students represented by the
union have either signed up as mem-
bers or have paid the service fee, ac-
cording to steering committee member
Roxanne Friedenfels. She said the
union has chosen to wait a while before
it takes any action on those who haven't
paid. "We've chosen not to do that until
we're somewhat stronger," she said.
"It's conceivable that in the next year
we could go after those who haven't
paid."

She said interest and membership
have increased since the state ruling.
"We've had many more members.
People are a lot more interested in the
issues which come up," she said.
Harris said he thinks the University
administration's attitude has changed
recently. During the past year's
negotiations, he said, "I saw no eviden-
ce thattthe University was taking a
stance to break the union." He said he
was "pleasantly surprised" by the
University's attitude.
"But they might have something stifg
up their sleeve, but I wouldn't want to
say anything about that," he added.

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