Leaders save all the really tough decisions until right before they head out the door. The retiring president of Tufts University, Lawrence Bacow, announced in an op-ed in the student newspaper Monday that he was bringing the curtain down on the decades-old tradition of the "Naked Quad Run," citing physical and alcohol-related dangers that befall student participants in the annual event. Bacow said that when he became president a decade ago, he decided to try to "manage" rather than end the event, but that he had concluded over time that that was no longer possible. The only question is whether a student has to die first.
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No better way to celebrate the end of classes than with a naked run around the Tufts academic quad with your friends, dorm-mates, housemates, teammates, and classmates. Although I only got to participate in the event one year before the Tufts President shut it down, NQR will forever be a night to remember. Running with nothing but shoes, ear muffs, and gloves in degree weather while it was snowing, was liberating, fun, and helped get out all of my energy before sitting down and studying for finals. Because cross-country runners are both competitive and actually enjoy running, there was no stopping us. We were the first and last ones out on the course. Strangely enough, some of my most cherished memories from freshman and sophomore year were in the Dewick dining hall.
Tufts President Looks To End Naked Quad Run
This Tufts tradition, a once-university-sanctioned activity, which was intended to relieve stress around finals period, was banned by former President Lawrence Bacow last semester. In the letter, Macguire explained that while he knew the majority of the students he was addressing would be respectful of the ban, it was necessary to address everyone due to the inability to know ahead of time who would violate the ban. He also intended to warn students that the ban would be enforced strictly, and that any student found in violation would be punished with a one-semester suspension from Tufts, which would go into effect immediately for spring
No one knows about those. For sure. The best moment was when I brought home somebody and did the same thing to him three nights later.