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19. Nudity

Burlesque Show Flash Mob

As much as Jumbos love dressing up (see #18. Goodwill) and dressing down (see #5.Spandex), nothing trumps prancing around au naturel. While other schools pride themselves on their supposed “naked runs”, only a few will dare leave the dorm in nothing but a birthday suit. The best example of this is Tufts’ Annual Naked Quad Run (NQR for short, “Nighttime Quad Reception” for admins). Every year, on the night of the last day of fall semester classes, participants and spectators gather around the Rez Quad to celebrate their primal urges. Hardcore participants will be stark naked, running lap after icy lap around the Quad. Less tactful participants will be too drunk to function, groping the exposed body parts of the closest stranger. While the latter group is less populous, take heed! Jumbos can walk away from NQR with either pride or shame.

Love it or hate it, NQR -and Tufts’ relative obsession with nudity- is not going anywhere soon. From bare-skinned sprints through Tisch Library to cheeky Halloween costumes, stripping is here to stay.