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Strip clubs recruit student bodies

By Jeordan Legon
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This model for Leopard's Lounge in Windsor, Canada appears in the ad with the words
A model for Leopard's Lounge in Windsor, Canada, which advertises "We pay your tuition."

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start quoteIf [dancers are] doing things good for themselves, they'll conduct themselves better. They won't fall into the trap of drugs or other temptations.end quote
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(CNN) -- A chain of strip clubs is offering to pay tuition for co-eds who work as strippers -- and keep up their grade-point averages.

With classes beginning this week, a full-page color ad, featuring a voluptuous blonde and the promise "We pay your tuition," appeared on the back cover of The Lance, the student newspaper at the University of Windsor in Ontario.

"A girl who wants to better herself, who wants to progress, makes for a higher level entertainer," said Robert Katzman, who is recruiting talent for his adult clubs in Windsor and in Detroit, Michigan. "They're happier young ladies. They're doing something with their lives."

Katzman said his company will pay $1,500 to $2,000 in educational expenses per year to women or men who work three or four seven-hour shifts in his clubs. The money is on top of the $10 an hour that dancers are paid, in addition to cash they get from tips and private dances.

But there is a catch.

"They have to maintain a B or above average," Katzman said. "They have to bring in their transcripts and prove they got the grades."

About 20 of more than 200 dancers are taking advantage of the tuition program, Katzman said. They include women studying massage, nursing students and an engineering major from Toronto, he said.

"She catches a flight every Friday evening, works here until Saturday and goes back to Toronto [with] enough money to get by," he said.

Some students on campus said they find the ads in the student newspaper distasteful.

Jeff LaPorte, an officer with the University of Windsor's Students' Alliance, told The Windsor Star newspaper he planned to raise the issue at the next student government meeting. The college paper gets much of its funding from mandatory fees collected from students.

"I would rather see the student newspaper advertise where you can buy Levis at half price," LaPorte told the Star. "I would rather this business find some other way to recruit people."

But Katzman said he didn't see anything wrong with his tuition offer.

"My intentions are honorable," he said. "We put an ad in the paper. If they want to call, that's up to them. ... There's nothing wrong with topless dancing or nude dancing -- especially if you're progressing in your life."


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