'Naked Mile' Controversy Erupts at the University of Michigan

12 Apr, 1999, 01:00 ET from Nakedmile.com

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As long as students at the
 University of Michigan can remember, the last day of classes has been marked
 by a raucous midnight celebration climaxing in a parade of hundreds of drunken
 coeds running completely naked through campus, says Mike Steele of
 Nakedmile.com.
     Last year a reported 2,500 students participated in what's been termed
 The World's Longest Streak.
     The 1999 installment of the so-called Naked Mile is slated to run next
 Tuesday, April 20th.
     But will it?
     Citing increasing alcohol problems and sexual assaults on female runners,
 the Ann Arbor Police have urged students to do their celebrating in other ways
 this year.  A similar event at Princeton University -- The Nude Olympics --
 was permanently banned after alcohol-related incidents marred the celebration.
     According to Steele, although the Ann Arbor Police have never actually
 arrested anybody for running the Naked Mile, they have warned runners that if
 convicted of indecent exposure they would have to register as sex offenders
 for life.
     The Naked Mile website www.nakedmile.com features links to all the
 relevant news sources regarding this controversy.
 
     ABOUT NAKEDMILE.COM:  Launched in 1996, The Official Naked Mile website
 features free photos taken at previous runs, historical information, maps,
 directions, essays and just about anything that's ever been published about
 the Naked Mile.
     This year www.nakedmile.com will be giving away a free video of the Naked
 Mile for the cost of shipping to anyone who requests one.
     "We hope that everybody will have a chance to witness this marvelous
 event," said spokesperson Steele.  "Even if they do ban it, which is doubtful,
 we will always have a video record of what has occurred."
 
 

SOURCE Nakedmile.com
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As long as students at the
 University of Michigan can remember, the last day of classes has been marked
 by a raucous midnight celebration climaxing in a parade of hundreds of drunken
 coeds running completely naked through campus, says Mike Steele of
 Nakedmile.com.
     Last year a reported 2,500 students participated in what's been termed
 The World's Longest Streak.
     The 1999 installment of the so-called Naked Mile is slated to run next
 Tuesday, April 20th.
     But will it?
     Citing increasing alcohol problems and sexual assaults on female runners,
 the Ann Arbor Police have urged students to do their celebrating in other ways
 this year.  A similar event at Princeton University -- The Nude Olympics --
 was permanently banned after alcohol-related incidents marred the celebration.
     According to Steele, although the Ann Arbor Police have never actually
 arrested anybody for running the Naked Mile, they have warned runners that if
 convicted of indecent exposure they would have to register as sex offenders
 for life.
     The Naked Mile website www.nakedmile.com features links to all the
 relevant news sources regarding this controversy.
 
     ABOUT NAKEDMILE.COM:  Launched in 1996, The Official Naked Mile website
 features free photos taken at previous runs, historical information, maps,
 directions, essays and just about anything that's ever been published about
 the Naked Mile.
     This year www.nakedmile.com will be giving away a free video of the Naked
 Mile for the cost of shipping to anyone who requests one.
     "We hope that everybody will have a chance to witness this marvelous
 event," said spokesperson Steele.  "Even if they do ban it, which is doubtful,
 we will always have a video record of what has occurred."
 
 SOURCE  Nakedmile.com