Students Protest Playboy Feature
Playboy magazine this week interviewed potential models for an April issue featuring students from women's colleges, sparking protests from both students and administrators at several of the schools.
"We've had a lot of response. It's doing very well," said David P. Chan, the Playboy photographer. "Three came over from Radcliffe, but we couldn't really take them."
But Playboy's decision to run its first-ever feature on women's colleges has many students outraged. Women from several schools protested outside the Westin Hotel while Chan was conductng his interviews inside.
"Students are sickened by Playboy generally, and by their focus on women's colleges," said Farhana Y. Khera, president of the student body at Wellesley College.
Emmanuel College administrators issued a letter urging students not to pose for the magazine, according to Rolleen E. White, who is president of the student body.
"It's contradicting what we're taught at a women's college," said White. "We're taught to rise above the sexism and degradation that women are subjected to," she said.
Khera said that Wellesley students were not planning any official response.
"A reaction," said Khera, "would put more fuel in the fire and give Playboy attention, and would help them sell magazines."
Parents Seek Marrow Donor for Their Son
The adoptive parents of an 18-year-old Korean man are searching the Korean community at Harvard this weekend to find potential bone marrow donors to help their son in his fight against leukemia.
All Korean students at Harvard and MIT are urged to attend a citywide blood testing drive at the MIT infirmary on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., said Robert McGowan, father of the ailing Jonathan McGowan. McGowan said that the family is holding similar testing drives throughout the country to help Jonathan.
Because the younger McGowan is adopted, he cannot receive bone marrow donations from his family members, as is the usual practice. Although he has one natural brother, Robert McGowan said that the family does not yet know whether his blood type is compatible.
"The test is very simple. It consists of drawing two tablespoons of blood," said McGowan. "Then that person's numbers will go through a registry and that registry will be searched for a match to Jonathan."
Students of Korean heritage between the ages of 18 and 55 would be the best possible donors for Jonathan, McGowan said. "Currently, there are 220,000 people registered with the National Bone Marrow Registry. Only 3400 of those are Asian," he said.
McGowan said the blood-typing project was being paid for by grants to increase the number of minorities in the registry, and that there would be no cost to participating students.