So Long Scantily Clad Co-Eds: UCLA Puts an End to Undie Run
For UCLA students, the quarterly Undie Run wasn't just an opportunity to frolic on campus late at night in their skivvies (and be snapped in pics that quickly made their way to teh internets) but the "unofficial campus tradition" was "a way of relieving stress during finals week," according to the UCLA Newsroom. It's pretty self-explanatory, but for the uninitiated: Students run "through campus, many in their underwear, in the middle of the night at the end of the fall, winter and spring academic quarters."
Well, they used to, that is: "Primarily citing safety concerns, UCLA administrators told student leaders Tuesday that the university will no longer allow the three-times-a-year Undie Run."
The event, which draws 8-10k semi-stripped down students per run, has led to problems with campus police keeping the peace. "The most recent run, in June, was marred by numerous incidents of fighting and vandalism and one robbery, according to campus police, and more than a dozen emergency medical calls were answered by emergency medical services units, most of them alcohol-related." More woes from the rising costs "associated with damage to university property and police and fire department staffing" also influenced the decision to cancel what Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Robert Naples calls "a free-for-all."
Previous UCLA Undie Run Coverage
The Best of the UCLA Undie Run 2006-2008
Fall 2006, Part 1
Fall 2006, Part 2
Winter 2007, Part 1
Winter 2007, Part 2
Winter 2007, Part 3
Fall 2007, Part 1
Fall 2007, Part 2
Biggest Undie Run Yet: Spring 2008