The news left us all wondering today about the future of a fine University of Vermont tradition.
It seems that since 1996 (long after I graduated) it has been the practice of students to celebrate the last day of classes with naked bike riding at midnitght and a 45 minute PARTY(!) in a sectioned off portion of the campus.
Of course! What more fitting way is there to celebrate than drinking and getting naked? These are college students we are talking about here. It was forty degrees at the last naked bike ride in May and it is bound to be colder in December, but they are young and carefree and happy that another semester is over and done.
The thing is, though, that now the University says they are not going to send the $17,000 dollars to provide lighting and security because bad things happen. Besides the nasty and embarrassing bike accidents, there are those who need to be taken to the hospital for alcolhol detoxification. There are physical assaults and sexual assaults.
So will the students carry on with a fifteen year old tradition without the sanction of the University? We'll just have to wait and see.