This traditional event consisted of sophomores
running naked in the snow. The Board of Trustees voted early in
1999 to ban the event, citing safety hazards. "It would be
irresponsible to permit any event of this kind to continue."
Clearly, an unstated reason for the ban was fear of university
liability if participating students are injured or report sexual
harassment. There was also the problem of university image,
particularly as perceived by wealthy and influential alumni.

 Ten students had required treatment after the last event, mostly
for intoxication. There were reports of female participants being
groped, and a few cases of snowy love-making. Some students think
their classmates will defy the ban. Others think the media
revelations of the dangers involved are eye-opening, and that the
administration will suspend large numbers of participants in the