Acting Up On Campus
College students have long found ways to act wild and shock their elders. “Sex Weeks” and “Undie Runs” are popping up on college campuses, even some that are funded by taxpayers. College administrations turn a blind eye or even encourage students to step beyond what seems appropriate to many.
The University of Texas, Austin, Arizona State University, San Diego State University, and several University of California campuses have an annual “Undie Run.” Events include female coeds running in lingerie and males in underpants. Proceeds from the events fund charities, including cancer research. Boston University’s “Nearly Naked Run” has the theme “Undress, De-Stress and Do Good”; the proceeds from the event provide clothes for the homeless. Washington University in Saint Louis features a December “Nearly Naked Run” to raise money for an arts outreach program for underprivileged students.
Former Presidential speech writer and conservative commentator Colleen Carroll Campbell told The College Fix “that these students have been raised in a sexualized culture and ‘absorbed its messages all too well, mistakenly equating exhibitionism with liberation and objectification with positive attention.’” (1-21-13)
Begun at Yale in 2001, “Sex Week” has since spread to ten more colleges, including Brown and Harvard Universities and the University of Pennsylvania. Sex Week consists of activities and seminars that most Americans would find inappropriate and disturbing.
When the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) decided to institute a Sex Week in 2013, they faced swift and firm opposition. State legislators eliminated state tax funding for the event, which amounted to $11,145. The student fee funding of $6,500 remained in place. An online fundraising campaign was begun; one of the first donations was $1,000 from Planned Parenthood.
The UTK event garnered 4,000 attendees and featured art and a musical production, as well as demonstrations, seminars, and discussions. (Inside Higher Ed, 7-29-13) The UTK Sex Week website indicates that events were held for straight, lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer, and questioning students.
As students are dropped off at colleges this fall, parents, grandparents, alums, and other citizens may be wise to look into what is happening at universities.