We asked them and they offered the information in exchange for little bird’s identity. We said no thanks and kept it a mystery.
Update: They sent another email, telling us that it is run by a combination of their editors, but mostly the newly graduated George Loftus.
Disclaimer: For potentially legal reasons, we cannot completely verify this story, as we were not present when it occurred. If you witnessed the following account, please send us an account of what you saw.
According to a little bird,
“A police officer was trying to handcuff a girl in marsh around 1:45 [AM] and she was refusing so he got very violent with her and slammed her head against a wall. Usually this would have been semi-ok except for the fact that she was naked and he was touching her. He would not let her friends put clothes on her. It was disgusting and very hard to watch. He then proceeded to carry her around handcuffed and naked, exposing her body to the 30+ people watching.”
If you see something out of line, speak up. The officer and girl have not yet been identified.
UVM Interim President John Bramley is continuing his efforts to stop the Naked Bike Ride, despite knowing that the event happened last semester and will happen again tomorrow night. In a brief email sent out this morning, Annie Stevens, Associate Vice President of University Relations, cites “intoxication” and “interpersonal violence” as the reasons why the administration doesn’t support the NBR anymore.
“We saw at least one assault this past December,” Annie said at an SGA meeting in March.
Instead of naked people running or biking around, there will be a free food event on Athletic campus with food from just four different vendors. This free food is “designed to make your evening fun” and to celebrate in a “healthy” way. Do you want to run around and exercise naked, or stand in line for pancakes, hot dogs and greasy burgers in the cold?
Last semester, the SGA ran Green Caps, a student-run initiative designed to provide student security at the event. The result was mostly a success, but SGA President Connor Daley now says “we will not be involved with it”. With some scattered cops around campus, people are thinking of the possible consequences this year.
Instead of the Green Caps, a new group, Students Encouraging-but-not-Ultimately-Responsible-for-Anyone’s Safety, has been created, although it appears to be a scattered organization of students simply keeping an eye out for sexual assault, cameras, and non-students at the event. A link to their Facebook event is below:
The Naked Bike Ride is scheduled to be held on Central Campus, around the CBW green, on Wednesday night. A link to the Facebook event is below:
Whatever you decide to do on Wednesday, be smart and be safe.