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MONDAY: TUESDAY:
The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY:
Before You Were Her

How does the University end a tradition?
For one, its methods included committees, cops and e-mail

Some campus rituals fade away.
Others are put down with a massive
police presence.
The latter is how the University
ended the Naked Mile, a two-decade
old campus tradition, in 2002.
Traditionally, on the last day of
classes, outgoing seniors would strip
down and jog naked from Washtenaw
Avenue up State Street and across the
Diag to Regents Plaza in front of the
Fleming Administration Building.
The tradition seems to have started
innocently enough in the early 1980s,
but by the late '90s it had grown into a
media spectacle. In 1999, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety estimated that
some 800 students streaked across
campus during the event, while thou-
sands of spectators lined the streets.
But city and University officials
were growing uncomfortable with
the growing spectacle and decided to

crack down. The University formed a
special committee to try and reign in
the popular event.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said the University cracked down on
the run after police began receiving a
growing number of reports of sexual
assault, groping and harassment.
The Ann Arbor police department
led the initial effort.
The Ann Arbor Police arrested
some students for indecent exposure
duringthe run in2000, The Michgian
Daily reported at the time.
In 2001, the University launched
a full-scale campaign targeting the
tradition. They printed posters and
sent e-mails outlining the potential
dangers of the run. DPS also tried to
keep runners off University property
by extending the construction fenc-
ing around the Mason Hall construc-
tion site. That same year, AAPD Sgt.

Michael Logghe threatened arrests.
"We going to make all the arrests
necessary to shut it down," he told the
Daily at the time.
The crackdown worked. In 2001,
Brown estimated only a few dozen
students ran.
The following years, even fewer
students participated. By 2003 the
event had been subdued so much that
the University and AAPD were able
to cut back on police presence at the
run.
In 2004 a small cadre a students
staged one last attempt to revive the
dying traction. They staged a naked
run a day before the traditional date
to avoid expected police interference,
and arranged an elaborate network of
safe houses they could flee to in the
event of trouble. Their efforts proved
futile.
WALTER NOWINSKI

Senior Nate Kuzma leads the pack of Naked Mile run-
ners down South University Avenue in April of 2003,

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CRIME NOTES

Carr harrasser
strikes again
WHERE: Schembechler Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 12:30
p.m.
WHAT: A Wayne State Uni-
versity student sent an obscene
and unintelligible e-mail to a
staff member in the University
of Michigan Athletic Depart-
ment, the Department of Pub-
lic Safety reported. The same
student was arrested in Octo-
ber for brandishing a baseball
bat outside the Michigan Union
while shouting about Michigan
football coach Lloyd Carr. The
e-mail is a violation of an ear-
lier restraining order.
Third Reich
symbol drawn
WHERE: Mott Hospital
WHEN: Wednesday at about
6:15 p.m.
WHAT: Someone drew a swas-

tika on the inside of an eleva-
tor, DPS reported. There are no
suspects.
Student may
have filed false
mugging report
WHERE: 400 block of Washt-
enaw Avenue
WHEN: Wednesday at about
12:30 p.m.
WHAT: A student said two
college-age males accosted her
while walking underneath the
bridge near the CCRB, DPS
reported. She said one grabbed
her around the neck and the
other struck her across the
face. The men stole the bag of
groceries she was carrying,
making off with some cook-
ies, juice and rubbing alcohol,
the student reported. The case
is under investigation. There
are currently no suspects. DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown
said police now believe the stu-
dent filed a false report.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Midday piano Art exhibit
performance about changing

WHAT: Pianist Franklin Jen
will preform a selection of
works.
WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Today at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Leo's Room, Pier-
pont Commons
Photo display
of oldest black
town in nation

gender Identiy

WHAT: A series of51black
and white photos chronicling
the three-year transforma-
tion of a transgender person.
The exhibit also includes
other photos as well as text
docunments.
WHO: Institute for
Research on Women and
Gender
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1136, Lane
Hall
CORRECTIONS
* Due to an editing error, a
story on page lA of yesterday's
Daily (Last dance for Chief
Illiniwek) misspelled the acro-
nym NCAA.
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Microsoft was ordered to
pay $1.52 billion to Alcatel-
Lucent in a patent dispute
about the MP3 digital music
format, The New York Times
reported. The verdict is the
largest patent award ever.
A Pennsylvania woman
filed a lawsuit against her
son's school district after
the principal there allegedly
prohibited the boy from wear-
ing a Jesus costume during a
Halloween parade last fall, the
Philadelphia Inquirer report-
ed. The mother said her son
wore the costume to protest
pagan holidays.
Planned Parenthood is
offering its own celluar
phone service to raise
money, according to the Work-
log Assets website. Working
Assets is a company helps
organizations raise money by
offering phone service.

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WHAT: A photo exhibition
about individual and collec-
tive identity in Eatonville,
the oldest incorporated black
town in the United States
WHO: University of Michi-
gan Museam of Art
WHEN: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: University of
Michigan Museum of Art
temporary location, 1301
South University Ave.

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