Beering, who was dean of the Indiana University Medical School before becoming Purdue president, said he is bowing to a recommendation from a university committee and is banning the event, which started as a prank by male students in the late s when 'streaking' was a fad. Since then it has become a wintertime tradition for both men and women students on the north-central Indiana campus. The students shuck their clothes for an impromptu race around the University's Cary Quad square. The event, which is not scheduled ahead of time, occurs late at night and generally on one of the coldest days of the winter when wind chill temperatures hit 50 below zero. Thousands of people line the perimeter of the square to cheer on the contestants who usually have been primed with alcohol to serve as their antifreeze.
Purdue moves to bar 'Nude Olympics' - UPI Archives
I feel that I must make the statement that I am not aware if students will be asked to pose nude. Many of my friends began to argue that any girl selected would probably get in quite a bit of trouble with the university. One friend continued to argue that it had happened in the past. This is when I decided to activate my investigative skills Google and get to the bottom of this. As I searched, I found a treasure trove of articles about students who were punished by universities in other countries for posing nude in photographs. I switched some of the words in my search and delved further.