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When and where campus streaking started is unknown. Streaking seems to have been well-established on some college campuses by the mid-1960s.[1]

Time magazine, in December 1973, called streaking "a growing Los Angeles-area fad" that was "catching on among college students and other groups."[2] A letter writer responded, "Let it be known that streakers have plagued the campus police at Notre Dame for the past decade," pointing out that a group of University of Notre Dame students sponsored a "Streakers' Olympics" in 1972.[3]

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Records

The current record for the largest group streak was established at the University of Georgia, with 1,543 simultaneous streakers on March 7, 1974.[4] The University of Colorado comes in second with 1,200 streakers, and the University of Maryland ranks third, with 553 naked students streaking three miles in March 1974. Erskine College claimed the highest per-capita streak, when 25% of its 600 students participated in a streaking party in 1974.

Harvard

The last night before final examinations at Harvard University sees undergraduates participating in a Primal Scream. Students disrobe and run a lap around Harvard Yard. This is done in both semesters, even during New England winters. Some of the streakers will dress in capes and masks, or top hat and tails, but their genitalia are still exposed. The walkways through which the streakers run are lined with spectators and the school's marching band plays beforehand to excite the crowd.

Princeton

Princeton University has had a long tradition of streaking. The term "running a streak" was in use by 1966. The preferred time for streaking was after midnight on weekends when coed parties were ending, the course being down Prospect Avenue, across campus, and ending in the runner's dorm. A streaking incident in 1970 was meant as a one-time prank, but in time, streaking became a tradition of the sophomore class, and rules were drafted for the event. The tradition declined in the 1990s and the administration chose not to tolerate the event anymore; the Board of Trustees voted to ban the practice in 1999 because it was becoming dangerous and attracting too many outsiders.

Lewis & Clark College

Students of Lewis & Clark College began their naked mile tradition as a response to the arrest of some of its students at a downtown protest. Since then the mile has remained as a celebration of body image, encouraging students to come either naked or wearing underwear/bra/whatever they feel comfortable in without question or judgment. Students continue to honor the legacy each year by coming out on prospective student weekend and running in solidarity through the school.

Tufts

The Naked Quad Run is an annual tradition among the student body at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Every December, on the night of the final day of fall semester classes, students gather during the evening to run naked around the Rez Quad several times. Because of injuries during previous years when the event was unsanctioned by the university, the administration designated the evening as the Nighttime Quad Reception and provides refreshments and entertainment.[1]

University of Chicago

Streaking became an annual campus tradition at The University of Chicago in 1983, during their Kuviasungnerk winter festival, to help students kick the winter blues. It is called the Polar Bear run.[5] There are often more spectators than actual participants.

Another streaking tradition occurs annually on the Sunday of finals week winter quarter. The track/cross-country team (mostly first-years as initiation, but older members as well) run completely nude around each floor of the Regenstein library.

University of Michigan

In 1986, the University of Michigan's Naked Mile celebrated the last day of class with a group streak across campus along an approximate one-mile path. At the height of its popularity in the late 1990s, between 500 and 800 students would participate. However, due to recent enforcement of public indecency laws and increasing spectator crowds and videotaping, participation has declined, and in 2001, a mere 24 students participated.[6] Students were warned by college administrators that streakers would be arrested and declared sex offenders for life under Megan's Law.[7]

University of California

The University of California, Santa Cruz has an annual fall tradition known as First Rain, where students begin the run in Porter College and run naked around the campus during the first rainfall of the fall season, usually in October.

The University of California, Berkeley has a biannual tradition during each semester's final examinations in which students (typically those in student housing cooperatives) streak through Doe Memorial Library. Since the run takes place in the midst of finals, the library tends to have a higher student presence, thereby increasing the shocking effect.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College has two streaking-related challenges: The Ledyard Challenge, in which students swim naked across the Connecticut River and run nude back across the bridge,[8] and the Blue Light Challenge, in which streaking students attempt to press the alarm on every one of the campus's blue light emergency phones.[9] Currently, a Thursday Night Streaking Club regularly streaks at various events and public places.[10]

Wheaton College

At Wheaton College (Illinois) during the first snow fall of every year, usually in late November, large numbers of male students, either minimally clothed or fully in the buff run to the sign in front of the school marked, "Wheaton College: For Christ and His Kingdom", a distance of 4000 feet round trip. This event usually takes place late at night and it mostly involves students living in campus dormitories. The current record for largest Kingdom Run was set on Monday November 17, 2008 at 12:30 a.m. when over 50 men participated, a feat for a small, conservative evangelical college. On December 8th, 2009 dozens of male students throughout Traber Dormitory were fined by Residence Life for their nude participation in the Kingdom Run. Many framed the Student Accounts receipt that noted "public nudity" as a charge of $50.00. The college does not officially support a completely nude Kingdom Run; however, the tradition of braving the cold in limited clothing does continue to draw students.

University of Virginia

At the University of Virginia, tradition holds that prior to graduating, students must run naked from the steps of the Rotunda and down the 740-foot Lawn to kiss the buttocks of a statue of Homer, before running back up the Lawn to peer through the keyhole of the Rotunda, which affords a view of the marble statue of the school's founder, Thomas Jefferson, before they retrieve their clothes. In 1995, a mass streak was organized to protest a police crackdown on the practice.

Hamilton College

Hamilton College of New York has a Varsity Streaking Team, which, until recently, boasted an undefeated record. The team received positive coverage in the New York Times in 2004 after streaking twelve private colleges in the New England region. Other victories include Colgate University and Princeton University, the latter sparked by a challenge from that school's now-defunct streaking squad. The Williams College "Springstreakers" defeated Hamilton in spring 2005: fifteen members of the Williams team made a full circuit of the Hamilton library the night before their final examinations began, streaking about 200 people and giving the Hamilton team their first loss. "Hamilton College Varsity Streaking Team". http://www.jockandbuttons.com/hamiltonstreaks/si.html. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  

Swarthmore College

The men's and women's rugby union teams at Swarthmore College engage in a streaking fundraiser each semester known as the "Dash for Cash", in which the team members run naked through Parrish Hall, the main administration building. Spectators are expected to bring money, which the streakers grab from their hands as they run by.[11] The activity has been known to catch bystanders unawares, despite heavy publicity featuring the slogan, "Bring money, or you're a pervert."[12]

Union College

The students at Union College of New York held midnight "Pajama Parade" events in 1862, 1914 and several times in the 1950s. The real streaking tradition, which was nationally popular since 1973, arrived at the campus in the 1990s in the form of a nocturnal lap around the Nott Memorial known as the "Naked Nott Run."[13]

The College of William and Mary

At The College of William and Mary, students do a traditional "triathlon". The first part requires streaking the length of the Sunken Garden, a grassy area in the middle of campus. The other parts are swimming across the Crim Dell (a small pond) and jumping a wall at the Governor's Palace in nearby Colonial Williamsburg.

Denison University

Students at Denison University in Granville, OH, started a tradition called Naked Week in 2003, usually held in the second half of February; students run naked across a different quad every night. Opening ceremonies begin with students running out of the library and across the academic quad, and the week usually culminates in a naked ultimate frisbee game on Saturday. [14]

Lawrence University

Streaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI has often been associated with the Great Midwest Trivia Contest. Also, the end of the year Senior Streak was a historic tradition until it was suppressed in the early 2000s. The revival of the Senior Streak will be going on its fourth year in 2009.

Penn State

Every year at midnight on the Sunday night before finals students streak down Mifflin Road as a way to relieve pre-finals anxiety. The event is not publicized by the University but it is widely known among students when it is going to be held. In previous years part of the fun of the night was that the streakers would have to outrun the police (who would try to catch them to charge them with public indecency) however in 2009 this was not the case. This is because the previous year (2008) a case was made by a Penn State student that her crime was not public indecency due to the fact that everyone that is outside at this time knows what they are going to see and has consented to it, that all participants are over the age of 18, and that no children should be in this area and awake at this time. She won her case and since then police have acted much more like a peacekeeping force than anything. The event is highly enjoyable for all students with up to 50 or more participating each year and it is widely regarded as a time-honored tradition.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Once a year the annual "Streak Hathway" event occurs. Students run nude down Hathway St. T-shirts are sold to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

References

  1. ^ The Carletonian, Carleton College, January 26, 1967, "Crash Syndrome", by John Mollenkopf, who stated,
    Examples of that problem [Carleton's social problem] are the large number of departing female students, the rise of class spirit, low grades, streaking, destruction, drinking, and the popularity of rock dances.
    At that time, streaking was a tradition on the Minnesota campus during January and February when temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. ^ "Takeoff," Time, December 10, 1973.
  3. ^ "Letters," Time, December 31, 1973.
  4. ^ Pearson, Andy (2004-03-05). "1974: Univ. 'cracks' streaking record". The Red and Black. http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/2004/03/05/News/1974-Univ.cracks.Streaking.Record-2576112.shtml. Retrieved 2007-11-11.  
  5. ^ http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/08/080110.polar.bear.shtml
  6. ^ Naked Mile History
  7. ^ Charm And Rigor — Richard Morgan
  8. ^ The Dartmouth Review: The Week in Review
  9. ^ http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2005111805030
  10. ^ The Dartmouth Independent: The Naked Truth
  11. ^ Rugby players streak for good cause - News
  12. ^ http://phoenix.swarthmore.edu/2003/2003-11-13/living/phoenix_12.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.union.edu/About/traditions/pajama.php
  14. ^ http://media.www.denisonian.com/media/storage/paper1253/news/2008/03/04/ArtsEntertainment/Attack.Of.The.Naked.Students-3250812.shtml
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