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Life And Art FEBRUARY 1989

'Bitch dinner' The club scene 'Story of My Life' New Bohemians
College women hold their Unusual clubs show Another foray into New Long familiar to Texans,
own gripe forum. college life extends beyond York's social scene by Jay Edie Brickell is now hot
the classroom. McInerney. nationwide.
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By Cheryl Peterson
. The North Wind
Northern Michigan U.
It finally happened - the guy
I've been drooling over finally
noticed that I was alive and asked
me out. Me! I called my best friend,
Maureen, immediately.
We quickly made plans. She and
another friend, Jan, would come
over three hours before Mr. Studo-
la was to arrive and help me pick
out clothes, do my nails and
makeup, and most of all, do my
At exactly 6 p.m. my friends ar-
rived with piles of clothes. The
metamorphosis commenced.
White skirt and periwinkle top.
"Wait, God no - you'd have to
wear white shoes. It's after Labor
Day and you certainly can't do
that!" Maureen cried.
"Okay," I said. "No white." Be-
sides, I didn't want him to get the
wrong idea-you only think of two
things when you see someone in
white, either they are getting mar-
ried or she's a virgin. And I don't
want him to think I want to get
After two hours of changing and
mixing and matching, we came up
with the perfect combination - a
black silk blouse with a scoop
neckline (not too low) and a gold
skirt cut just below the knee, black
stockings and shoes, gold earrings.
While I was in the shower, my
friends worked like a precision pit
crew during a stock car race. Jan
took "the outfit" to the ironing sta-
tion and Maureen set out the
essentials that every down-to-
earth-natural-looking woman
needs for a date: hairspray, gel,
mousse, spritzer, perfume, baby
powder, lotion, deodorant, founda-
tion, face powder, blush, mascara,
cover up, eyeshadow, eyeliner, li-
pliner and lipstick.
Just as I slipped into my skirt
the doorbell rang and my friends
dashed out the back door. My
heart was racing wildly as I
walked to the door. Would he
notice all the trouble I went
through for him?
I swung the door open and the
light from the hallway illuminated
his face and hair. There stood Mr.
Wonder-hunk-of-the-evening in
jeans, tennis shoes and a T-shirt.
See STUDOLA, Page 13

Single working mother and Washington State U. student Carmel Minogue with daughter.
Single-Mother Students

Living their lives on1
By Francine Strickwerda
The Evergreen
Washington State U.
Each morning, Carmel Minogue
rushes off to school with her daughter,
Chelsea, a diaper bag and her account-
ing books.
She holds a job, she's a mother and
she's a student at Washington State U.
(WSU) - and she does it alone.
Single parents are among the largest
growing group of students re-entering
universities, said WSU President Sam
Though figures showing the actual
number of single parents at WSU are
unavailable, Smith said, there are ab-
out 1,400 undergraduate students older
than 25 at WSU campuses.
Minogue, 26, was working as a sales-
person and taking classes part time at a
Seattle community college when she
discovered she was pregnant. "I decided
I'd better finish my degree fast. I knew I
had to make myself into a professional

the edge with jobs, books and oftentimes, babies

"They (single parents) are
often older than most
college students and feel
like they don't fit in with
19- and 20-year-olds."
so I could serve as a good role model for
my daughter," Minogue said.
Minogue takes her child to a local
day-care center, but she says the issue
of child care is particularly frustrating,
especially for sick-child care and infant
Mary Ellen Ellsworth, director for
WSU's Child Care Center, agreed that
local services are lacking, and said that
she's working on a proposal to include
infant care at the center.
About one third of all children cared
for at the WSU center are from single-
parent homes.
Ellsworth agreed that it can be tough

being a single parent. "The pressure is
tremendous," she said.
"One of the biggest things a single
parent is missing is the support. They
are often older than most college stu-
dents and they feel like they don't fit in
with 19- and 20-year-olds," Ellsworth
Nationally, the number of non-
traditional students is on the rise.
Undergraduates 25 years of age and
older are usually considered non-
According to U.S. Department of
Education figures, there were about 2.8
million women over the age of 25 who
attended college in 1975, compared to
about 1.8 million men. The projected
total for 1988 is 3 million women to 2.5
million men.
Mary Jean Tamplin is a 39-year-old
single mother and a WSU junior. She
says managing her time hasn't been
See STUDENTS, Page 9

First-time author foils critics with $50,000 advance *

By Mary Pearson
. The Gamecock
U. of South Carolina
She went from hairdresser to college
student to novelist - despite professors
telling her that she wouldn't succeed.
In fact, one of her professors said she
did not have enough energy to complete
a novel, and another told her that she
should have stayed in beauty school.
But English graduate student Sarah
Gilbert set out to prove them wrong. Not
only did she finish her first novel in
1987, but she also has been offered a
$50,000 advance for the book from War-
ner Books Publishing Co. of New York.
English professor Bill Fox, once a dis-
believer and now a fan, said it's rare for
a beginning novelist to receive $50,000
for her first book, and Gilbert may be
the first U. of South Carolina student to
ever have done so.
"Most first novels only receive $3,000

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final year as an undergraduate. It took
more than three years to complete, she
said, and wasn't an easy thing to do
while taking a full load of classes.
"Every time I wanted to work on a
paper I would have to work on my novel,
and every time I wanted to work on my
novel, I had a paper to do," Gilbert said.
Hairdo is the story of hair stylists
who work at the Celebrity Styling Shop
in a small Southern town.
"The way I summarize the story is
this: the old shampoo and set crowd are
being pushed out by the new gay blow-
dry group. How the old crowd holds up is
the crux of the story," Gilbert said.
Fox said that Gilbert has succeeded
very well with her first novel. "The book
has a very different edge to it," he said.
"Simply stated, you have to have been
a beauty operator to write about beauty
operators. It is a rare case when some-
one is smart enough to see beyond the
surface to what it all means," he said.

Sarah Gilbert

to $4,000 advances. The fact that Sarah
received a $50,000 advance tells you
this is a very different book with its own
The book, entitled Hairdo, will be on
the bookshelves in August 1989. Fox
said there may also be the possibility of
a movie contract.
Gilbert finished the book during her

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