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Volume 68, Issue 45, Monday, October 28, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Calendar girls

College swimsuit calendar on sale at Rothers, 
UH Bookstore

By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar

From classic wartime pin-ups to Playboy, America has come to embrace, even collect, pictures of women who pose for calendars. For most, thereis nothing like the pastime of bringing together a few beautiful, bikini-clad women to remind you what month it is.

But did you ever think you would be asking a calendar girl to borrow her class notes?

The premiere edition of The College Women of Houston 2003 calendar brings this idea to life for the cityis college students. It was released Thursday at Downtownis BAR Houston, where the calendaris models indulged the crowd, both men and women, by signing autographs.

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A few wide-eyed College Women of Houston calendar girls, Cheryl Stell (left), Erica Garcia, Rachael McClain and Angelica Fernandez, flip through the photo spreads at BAR Houston on Thursday.

The swimsuit calendars cost $12 and are available today at the University Center Bookstore and Rotheris Bookstore, Ruven Rivera, president of and executive producer of the calendar, said.

Rivera, who earned a marketing and entrepreneurship degree from UH in December 2001, said the calendar is a way to promote the beautiful college women of Houston.

"A lot of colleges have calendars like this, and I think it was time for Houston to jump on the bandwagon," Rivera said. "Itis the first time for a majority of the girls in this calendar to do something like this, letting them experience something new and be entertaining at the same time.

UH alumna and business consultant Jennifer Reyna, who is on the cover of the College Women of Houston 2003 swimsuit calendar, signed autographs Thursday at BAR Houston.

Photo courtesy of Ruven Rivera

"Besides, itis not everyday that a college student can say that they have a calendar girl for a class."

Jennifer Reyna, a UH alumna who earned a bacheloris degree in finance and marketing in August, graces the cover of the premiere edition and has a photo spread for the calendaris month of November.

"Giving the cover to Jennifer doesnit take away from what the other girls bring to the calendar, but Jennifer represents the ideal college girl," Rivera said. "She just had something that caught our eyes."

Reyna said the shoot gives Houstonis college women a chance to show that educated women can reveal their outer beauty as well.

"I was just surprised that I had the cover. I just didnit expect it. They talked about it, but no one really knew," Reyna said. "With the calendar I think we can show people that women can be beautiful and educated at the same time.

"Being a college student I think itis important that we express our inner beauty, but we should also take advantage of our beauty on the outside while weire still in shape."

The calendar features six current UH students, two UH alumni, two UH-Dowtown students, one Houston Baptist student and one Houston Community College student. The womenis majors range from broadcast journalism to biology.

Auditions for the calendar began in February and a bikini contest at BAR Houston in April was held to help judges choose the 12 finalists. From there, Rivera and the rest of the calendaris producers chose the cover girl.

While she was the 1st runner-up at this yearis National Hawaiian Tropic state finals, is currently the Miss Rockwear 2003 for Miller Lite and lends her looks to a number of products, Reyna is also a business consultant for a local restaurant.

Rivera plans to hold auditions for the swimsuitis second edition in February. College women interested in auditioning for the spread should log onto the Web sites or for updates.

Those who might not be able to get their hands on the calendar can preview it on as well, Rivera said.
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