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"The disease was discussed in
whispers, but it's very difficult
for students today to compre-
hendthat with a24/7 news cycle,
social media and the ability to
share opinions instantly across
the world with a mobile device,"
Despite the challenges, Ford
prevailed, and today Susan G.
Komen for the Cure is the largest
advocacy organization for can-
cer awareness in the world. Brin-
kler noted that the organization
began in 1982 with 800 members
and now has grown to include
more than 2 million people.
"Most people thought that we
would have a fundraiser or two
and then just go back to being
housewives," Brinker said.
In her address at the event,
President Coleman lauded Ford
for exemplary actions as first
"Betty Ford was a role model
- and not just for women," Cole-
man said. "She raised our con-
sciousness and helped expand
public perceptions of the roles
of women to include family and
professional careers. She showed
all of us the value and impor-
tance of integrity, honesty and
Coleman said she was able
to interact with both Ford and
President Ford in the time she's
been at the University.
"I first admired Betty Ford
from afar," Coleman said. "After
coming to the University, I had
the great honor of knowing her
and President Ford and calling
them friends. As so many people
here know, President and Mrs.
Ford were absolutely delightful
and together with their children
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Democrats, in which a weak per-
formance from Biden would have
added to Obama's poor showing
last week, but a strong perfor-
mance could provide a harsh con-
trast to Obama's shortcomings.
Heaney added that ABC News's
Martha Raddatz, the debate's
moderator, played a vital role in
making the debate more compre-
hensive than last week's debate.
"The last debate didn't seem
to have a moderator," Heaney
said. "It does affect the quality of
the debate because if you have a
strong moderator you can advance
more issues through the debate,"
they were steadfast supporters
Public Policy Dean Susan M.
Collins said while Ford had no
formal training in public policy,
she succeeded in tremendously
impacting women's rights and
influenced some of the most
important public policies of the
"She was, of course, married
to a career politician and spent
over 27 years as the wife of a
congressman, vice president and
then president," Collins said.
"But most importantly, Mrs.
Ford had conviction. Outspo-
ken and independent by nature,
upbringing in life circumstance,
she had the courage to speak her
mind. It's no surprise that here at
the University of Michigan and
,at the Ford School, we consider
Mrs. Ford an exemplar for our
Though Ford began study-
ing dance at' Bennington Col-
lege in Vermont, she eventually
returned to her home in Grand
Rapids, Mich., where she met
Gerald Ford and became a dedi-
cated wife and effective cam-
In 1975, she was famously
quoted insisting she would not
let her position as first lady pre-
vent her from expressing her
stances on issues like women's
rights, Collins said.
"She proudly called herself a
feminist, and she actively lob-
bied for the passage of the equal
rights amendment," Collins said.
"After the Watergate scandal
and cover up, her husband took
all this promising transparency
to the American people. And in
that charged context, Mrs. Ford
bravely decided to make public
her treatment for breast cancer."
Collins said Ford's courage
and outspokenness was initially
controversial, but Americans
from each side of the political
aisle came to admire her can-
dor and her popularity soared.
Initiatives launched during her
time as first lady de-stigmatized
the discussion of prescription
"Throughout her life, Betty
Ford spoke her story - an hon-
est, American story about child
bearing, work, illness, recovery
and family," Collins said. "That
story resonated with so many of
her fellow citizens in a way that
political leaders rarely do."
Collins concluded her speech
by encouraging students to look
to Ford as an inspiration and an
"Speak out," Collins said.
"Find your conviction. Tell your
story, your work, your impact,
and your service might be just
the living legacy that President
Ford and the irrepressible Mrs.
Betty Ford would most have
LSA senior Mallory Edel
expressed her admiration for
Ford and Brinker, adding that
she enjoyed attending an event
that honored such distinguished
"They created the perfect
storm for breast cancer prog-
ress," Edel said. "I found the
lecture very inspiring. It was an
incredible and amazing talk."
Lisa Braddix, a program
specialist for Komen Detroit
Race for the Cure, said she was
amazed to learn the extent to
which Ford was involved in
promoting the cause of fighting
"I didn't really understand
how her role led to the explosion
of awareness that we have now,"
Braddix said. "Comparing it to
what it was when she was in the
White House to where we are
today, we really have to give her
a lot of credit."
Boutique caters to
student sexual needs
By KATIE SZYMANSKI
Nestled in the basement
below Bongz & Thongz, the
new adult boutique Get Curi-
ous with Safety Girl recently
opened its doors to students
looking to explore their inti-
The boutique, which pro-
vides everything from costumes
and lingerie to toys and safe sex
products, opened at 119 E. Lib-
erty St. in April to customers 18
years old and older. Though the
store opened months ago, it's
now working to promote its ser-
vices to students, starting with
a grand opening costume party
Brown said she opened her
first safe sex boutique 20 years
ago, but the store closed due
to lack of funding. For Brown,
opening Get Curious with Safe-
ty Girl is a fresh start.
"I feel like this is my sec-
ond chance," she said. "No one
wants to get rich off of this; we
... just want to see it here."
In addition to using her
businesses to promote sexual
health, Brown also performed
in the public-access sex educa-
tion program "Getting Curious
with Safety Girl." Brown said
she uses her role as a sex edu-
cator to help girls boost their
"When I was starting out 20
years ago, I wish I could have
gotten some advice. That's why
I started Safety Girl to begin
with," Brown said. "I love help-
ing to build their confidence,
with themselves and their own
body. I tell them to explore
their body, explore it first (and)
be your own best lover."
Brown said the store has
received negative feedback
since opening, but she hopes
customers will see that it is
more than just a sex toy store.
"The most important thing
that I think people get out of
this (store) is it's not a red light
district porno-shop," she said.
"It is very upscale, classy, and
edgy, and (customers) feel com-
fortable being in here ... if you
can laugh and giggle and feel
relaxed enough to ask some
intimate questions ... that's
huge. You don't get that at any
other shop around here."
Brown said while her store
has its educational compo-
nents, it is also a fun way to sell
"I'm not going to be in here in
a suit and a tie with flashcards,"
she said. "I'm going to tell you
what my husband and I did last
night and why we like this toy."
Despite the presence of other
sex and novelty stores in town,
like the S3-Safe Sex Store,
Brown said there isn't a high
level of competition.
"I love the Safe Sex Store,"
she said. "I'm not in competi-
tion with them- I'm not in
competition with anyone. I like,
to spread the love and send cus-
BethAnn Karmeisool, the
owner of S3-Safe Sex Store and
a University alum, said there
is room in Ann Arbor for both
stores because they reach dif-
ferent audiences. She said she
believes both stores will thrive.
"I welcome their business to
the downtown area, because
their store fills a different
need," she said.
Karmeisool pointed out that
unlike Get Curious with Safety
Girl, S3 doesn't sell lingerie.
"I don't have room for linge-
rie (because) it is not part of my
mission," she said. "My mission
is defined and very narrow.
There is a definite need for
lingerie in the downtown Ann
Arbor area, and that's a great
niche that (Get Curious with
Safety Girl) can fill."
Karmeisool said the main
purpose of her business is to
inform customers about safe
sex practices and the safe use
of the store's products.
"(There is) a need for correct
consistent dissemination of
sexual health information," she
said. "The main mission of the
store is education for the user."
She added that she believes
both businesses aim to provide
a comfortable environment for
customers, especially when
selling a sensitive type of mer-
"I think that we can all work
together, and people are going
to formulate their own opinion
based upon the experiences
that they have," Karmeisool
LSA sophomore Katelyn
Wolffe said she thinks it's
important for these stores to
promote safe sex practices,
especially on a college campus.
"Even though we are all
pretty smart here, there are
probably a lot of people who
aren't smart when it comes to
(sex)," Wolffe said. "It's good to
have these stores so that people
aren't stupid about it."
The grand opening on Sat-
urday will feature a DJ, games,
tarot card readings, free
spankings from a dominatrix,
photo shoots with Justus Boyz
models, giveaways and bond-
age demonstrations. There will
also be an hourly raffle fund-
raiser to support First Step, a
Wayne County organization
that aids survivors of domestic
and sexual assault and their
At the DPC viewing party, par-
ticipants were invited to vote on
the responses of the candidates
with iClickers and tweet using
specified hashtags, and students
came prepared with laptops and
iPhones to fact check claims made
by the candidates.
Students laughed and com-
mented when Biden grinned and
chuckled at Ryan's responses, but
maintained a respectful silence
when the candidates gave their
Engineering junior John Corser
said the candidates captivated his
attention for the entire 90 minutes,
and he was more impressed with
the vice presidential candidates
than the presidential nominees.
"I was veryentertained ... it was
much better than the presidential
debate," Corser said.
LSA freshman Julie Sarne
said she watched the debate to
solidify her views on the election
and thought both candidates per-
formed well, though Ryanwasless
"I didn't think there was nec-
essarily one clear winner," Sarne
said. "I thought Joe Biden ...
worked a little more with the emo-
tions of the audience, Paul Ryan
seemed a little more scripted,"
Public Policy graduate student
Caitlin Goddard said the vice
presidential candidates provided
more evidence of their claims than
their presidential counterparts.
"This time (the candidates) are
more factual, last time it was more
about the moderator than the
actual debate," Goddard said.
While students with varying
political backgrounds attended
the DPC event, the College Repub-
licans were united in their support
Nursing freshman Andrew
Schmitz said he attended the
event to be around other students
who share his views.
"I just wanted to watch the
debate to understand how stu-
pid Joe Biden was ... I came here
because I wanted to be around
fellow Republicans who can laugh
with me and understand the same
beliefs," Schmitz said.
Daily Staff Reporter Alicia
to this report.
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