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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2001 12:00 am

Women may outnumber men at the University, but they certainly

didn't Wednesday night at Books-A-Million on Huntington


Six University women who posed for Playboy magazine were

on-hand at the bookstore to sign copies, and the majority of their

fans were men.

"I had to come out here," said Mike Fletcher, a freshman from

Roswell. "I've been a life-long fan of Playboy. I've been stealing my

dad's for two years."

The October issue of the magazine includes a feature called "Girls

of the SEC (South Eastern Conference)." The magazine traveled to

several SEC campuses for interviews and photo shoots.

The University had more women featured in October's issue than

any of the other schools in the SEC. Eleven University women

underwent interviews and posed for the magazine in April.

The publication hit news stands Monday.

Wendy Reprogel, the regional special events manager for

Books-A-Million, said the "Girls of the SEC" feature may sell the

most issues of Playboy this year.

"This may only be second to someone like Chyna or Sable

(formerly of the World Wrestling Federation) modeling," she said.

"Every other phone call we get is people asking about it."

Fans started lining up in the store around 4:45 p.m., and

autograph sessions started at 5.

"So many guys around here have been looking forward to this,"

said Lance Acree, a sophomore from Carrollton. "And we weren't

disappointed. The girls look great."

Acree was one of more than 50 men who arrived at the signing.

There were only a handful of women in line with copies.

"I came out to get autographs for my friends," said Erika Sobon, a

senior and one of five women in line. "I'm completely comfortable

with being here, and I'm actually surprised there aren't more girls

getting signatures."

Carrie Couch, one of the Playboy models who signed at

Books-A-Million, said the actual shootings were fun but strenuous.

She was featured in a photo outside the Tau Kappa Epsilon house

on Milledge Avenue.

"Once they saw the magazine, people kept asking me if they

super-imposed us into the shot," she said. "Nope. They were all

naked right there in broad daylight."

Couch said her parents were supportive of her decision to


"My cousin goes to Georgia Tech and posed for 'Girls of the ACC'

in 1998," she said. "My parents wanted me to top her. And if

nothing else, it's something to tell my kids about one day."

Nikki Bruneel, a junior from Roswell, said she was glad she

posed for the magazine.

"I don't regret it at all; actually, I really liked it," Bruneel said. "The

photographers and makeup people were so nice. To me, it was

like going to the doctor. So natural and not uncomfortable at


Bob Cermak, the eastern division sales manager for Playboy

Enterprises, said each of the girls were paid for their


They were also given the option of using fake names.

The women who appeared at Books-A-Million, however, were all

signing the names printed on their birth certificates.

"I think more than anything, my parents were upset I used my real

name," said April Zeigler, who modeled in a bathing suit and roller

skates on North Campus. "Otherwise, everyone was very

supportive of the choice."

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