Students go nearly naked on campus for good cause

Scantily clad runners participate in the Near Naked Mile to benefit homeless women, children in Cincinnati area | January 19, 2006

Despite chilly temperatures, students and others bared "nearly all" on Friday, Jan. 20, as runners gathered at 7:00 p.m. for the 6th annual Near Naked Mile. The event—themed "Winter Paradise"—required participants to dress either in costume or minimal attire for the one-mile competition, which benefited a local charity. Runners raced past the residential mall, touched a gate by the intramural fields and finish at Husman Hall.

Prizes were awarded for the top female and male runners as well as the “best undressed.” In addition, each runner received a coupon for The Running Spot.

Proceeds of the event benefited STYUKA, a student-run fundraising committee that plans and hosts events throughout the academic year. All of the proceeds from the events are given to a charitable organization selected by the committee.

This year proceeds from STYUKA went toward the Tom Geiger Guest House. The organization serves homeless women with disabilities and their children in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is renovating the former Assumption Church Elementary School gymnasium into 12, two-bedroom apartments, which will be in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. STYUKA has pledged to provide the paint and carpeting, as well as some furnishings, for the apartments.