Saturday, November 19, 2011

Party Pooper

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.

4 comments:

  1. kids just wanna have fun!! I think I'm glad I'm the age I am!!!

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  2. Tough decision on the part of the University - to secure or not to secure. Will fewer "bad things" happen if done in the dark?

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  3. Phew, I would really have to drink a lot to brave a naked bike ride in the cold. And if you fell off your bike, all that skin subject to road rash??
    Seriously, it is a hard call for the university. Providing safety for the students condones the behavior.
    Let us know what happens.

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  4. OH my I had no idea that this was a tradition at the University. lol
    I am like Patti it would take more than a drink or too to get me to ride a bike naked much less in freezing weather. Nope I never was that brave in college. But that was in the 60's not the 90's ...haha
    Thanks honey for leaving me such beautiful comments encouraging myself and Christi. I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciate you and your friendship
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and
    stay warm.
    Love ya
    Maggie

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