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Nearly Naked

IU students shed their clothes for charity

Nearly Naked Mile

For the sixth year in a row, nearly naked students took to campus this week.

The Nearly Naked Mile event is all about getting nearly naked to donate clothes to United Way on campus.

“They basically came to us and said we’re having trouble with clothing donations, and the Student Alumni Association decided this could work at IU after attending a conference where others were doing something similar,” said Austin Issacson, senior vice president of Homecoming with the IU Student Alumni Association.

Runners of all types come out every year to participate.

“Anyone is welcome, even if you’re not a self-proclaimed runner,” Issacson said.

Issacson said each year the event has started as one big party.

This year the Student Alumni Association has decided to use a live band, the Perkin Brothers Band, instead of a DJ, as has been done in the past.

The Nearly Naked Mile was created not only to be one of the biggest events during Homecoming but also to assist the United Way in gathering clothing donations for their organization.

Though the weather does play a factor sometimes, the event usually draws as many as 2,000 nearly naked students, organizers said.

“The Nearly Naked Mile is on people’s bucket list at IU, and it keeps people pumped for the rest of Homecoming week,” Issacson said.

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