Originally published in the Toledo Blade May 10, It was a sight to behold. Hundreds of beautiful bodies running naked through the streets of Ann Arbor. Two weeks ago, on the last day of classes, University of Michigan students shed their inhibitions and their clothes and run buck naked through the campus. They call it the naked mile. From all counts it was very naked. Since then the tradition has been observed with increasing vigor and enthusiasm. This year an estimated 1, students took part in the rites of spring to the delight of almost 10, spectators, Unlike other sporting events on campus, it was free. To download the complete article, click here.
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The Naked Mile began in the mid 's as a celebration of the last day of classes for University of Michigan students. The first Naked Mile, started by a small group of students, ran naked on westbound S. Univeristy from Washtenaw through the Diag to the Administration building. Approximately 15 people participated and the event past without any arrests as officers were not even called to the scene. Most people thought the event was some type of fraternity prank, which are very common. While on patrol my partner and I observed approximately 30 naked men running down the middle of S. At this point no one at the police department knew of the Naked Mile and we assumed it had something to do with a fraternity. Interestingly enough, we did not even get one call from a citizen in regards to these runners, as if citizens of Ann Arbor were used to naked people running down the street! University and thousands of spectators came to watch the event. In fact, at the Naked Mile, nearly 10, spectators came to watch the run.
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The culture of Ann Arbor, Michigan includes various attractions and events, many of which are connected with the University of Michigan. The University Musical Society UMS presents approximately 60 to 75 performances and over free educational activities each season. One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS is affiliated with the University of Michigan and housed on the UM campus. However, UMS is a separate not-for-profit organization that supports itself from ticket sales, grants, contributions, and endowment income. The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, affiliated with the University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, has put on two fully staged performances of a Gilbert and Sullivan Savoy opera every year since , once in fall semester and the other in winter semester. The society is student-run.
Print E-mail Letter to the editor. Every year, on the relief that is the last day of classes, students crowd the sidewalks of South University Avenue in voyeuristic anticipation of witnessing their peers streaking in the Naked Mile. But, recently, the only parading to occur is courtesy of the local police and their threats to potential runners. Ironically, the most lauded tradition on campus also happens to be the most consequential. What used to be an annual act of uninhibited exhilaration is now a mere memory to many students and an urban legend to those who have only heard stories about the event. While the Naked Mile garnered top honors in the Best Tradition category this year, it has inched near mythic status as a result of increased warnings and arrests by the University and Ann Arbor police.