Can't Stop Naked
Lose; Students Win
Careful but Doomed Police in Losing
on the scene by JIM W.
Let the politicians and geezers note: It is a
waste of taxpayer money to try to stop college
students from running naked through the streets of
Ann Arbor. They tried to repress the forces of
freedom, and they lost big. Power goes to those who
take it, and last night the students took it all.
Police arrested one guy -- and forced him to
walk naked, handcuffed, down the street. They cited
two other guys and their girlfriends -- not for
nudity but for driving their motorcycles on the
sidewalk! They threatened three jocks with arrest
if they didn't put their clothes back on "in 30
seconds" -- but the jocks just laughed at them and
ran off nude into the night.
The police were only doing what the politicians
forced them to do. They acted professionally,
courteously, and with restraint. But they were on
the losing side of a battle royal between the
forces of evil -- conservative politicians and
clueless letter-writing geezers -- and the spirit
of body acceptance and freedom of association. It
was no contest.
If I were the Chief of Police, I'd be hopping
mad -- not at the students, but at my bosses. How
embarrassing! What a wild goose chase! What a waste
of crimefighting funds!
Obviously tipping the scales in the direction of
His or Her chosen people (the naked runners), God
stepped in and provided a nearly-full moon and
impossibly good weather.
Freedom Triumph Again!
they were going to put a stop to this tomfoolery.
They said they wouldn't stop traffic along the main
route of the run. They refused to direct traffic at
the starting point of the run. They set up an
observation station on the top of a building near
the start, helicopters overhead, aggressively tried
to videotape reporters such as myself and
they cajoled and threatened and rattled their
sabers. But it didn't work!
the forces of evil lost badly. They managed to
delay the start of the run by a half hour or so.
And today, they've merely shown how powerless the
forces of repression are in the face of
well-educated, freethinking students who don't want
politicians meddling in their traditions. And with
all the publicity generated by the arrests, now
everyone knows it.
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