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Streaking: A Noble Tradition?

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The 1970's Steaking Fad Had its Origin at UNC

The short-lived 1970s fad of streaking began at UNC in 1974. According to The Ultimate North Carolina Quiz Book, “On March 5, more than two hundred male students stripped bare and raced across the campus and through the undergraduate library. Twenty women from Joyner Dormitory joined in. Two days later, to accompaniment by the university's pep band, more than nine hundred naked students ran single-file through an appreciative crowd before posing for a group photo near South Building. Streaking quickly spread to campuses across the nation before the fad abruptly expired.” (emphasis added) [24].

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