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Tufts President Ends Annual Naked Quad Run

It's too boozy and too dangerous, he declares
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 3:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tufts University students celebrating the end of fall classes will have to keep their clothes on from here on out, at least in the campus quad. The president of the Massachusetts school has ended the tradition of the Naked Quad Run, which attracts throngs of students who shed their clothes and run around nude in chilly December. In an op-ed in the Tufts Daily student newspaper, Lawrence Bacow says it's become too dangerous, mostly because of booze.

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"Even if I did not act now, NQR would end some day," writes Bacow. "The only question is whether a student has to die first. We cannot allow this to happen, and the Naked Quad Run will not continue." Students aren't happy, and dozens protested the decision by running around the quad in what the campus paper described as a "partially nude" protest. (Read more Tufts University stories.)

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