Shirts were left inside out, socks balled in pant legs. Giggling, they hurried into a basement storage room, where some 40 people stood around, under stone arches and gargoyles, wearing nothing but shoes. Lighted only by tea candles, the party had the afterglow of a literary reading: Students chatted in small groups, drifting toward the darkest parts of the room. This was no bacchanal. A few students danced, with less body contact than normal, and the men seemed more self-conscious than the women. When a couple started making out in the back of the room, a barefoot member of the Pundits, the student society that threw the party, asked them to leave. He had spent part of the night shuttling people from a meeting place in the center of campus to the party at Rosenfeld Hall.
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Apparently not at Yale—the other prestigious Connecticut university with a colorful history of naked partying. Several attendees ended up at the hospital; at least one mentioned a possible sexual assault at the party, which about 50 students attended. Fifteen attendees of the party, who only spoke with the News on the condition of anonymity, provided conflicting accounts of the evening. The YPD investigator asked unprompted whether sexual misconduct occurred at the party, according to the student that was sent to the hospital. Could this be because throwing a naked party in the context of a tap week event, replete with hazing and forced drinking and generally degrading tomfoolery, is an utterly godawful idea? Were Wesleyan naked parties actually that long ago? Bring it back, seriously. Bring charcoal, drawing boards, paper, and light a stage for modeling. A tasteful dash of criticism over a hearty serving of accurate praise. A naked party would have to go hand in hand with intoxication.
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A naked party? Where people stand around without any clothes on? It sounded way too awkward. Yale is one of several Ivy League schools at which naked parties are part of the campus culture. Ask the partygoers why they attend and they may tell you something about releasing academic pressure, self-expression or experimentation. But push them a bit more and you'll find that when you put 30 or so naked college kids together in a room, the pulse of youthful rebellion runs strong. Most parties at Yale begin with a cryptic invitation, like this one recently sent to a Yale student:. Meet on Cross Campus…at 11, , Midnight…The location will be revealed, as will you. Held late in the evening, the parties are usually a last stop after an evening of social revelry.
The content of the magazine and its website is the responsibility of the editors and does not necessarily reflect the views of Yale or its officers. Darrell Hartman, a literature major in Berkeley College, comes fully dressed to his job as a Yale Alumni Magazine intern. Raising my eyebrows, I told my friend I would let him know later. The very next day, I ran into a girl I know as she was getting into a car with a group of people. Note to Cinemax execs: You can stop reading right here. The rest of you, get ready for me to burst your titillated little bubble. A recent tradition at Yale, the naked party was pioneered, apparently, by the Pundits, a club that seems to have given up pranks to focus on just being quirky. Now, I am not a veteran nudist by any means. I needed two years of hearing about naked parties and one test run in my common room with close friends before I decided I would strip the naked party of its mystery, once and for all.