Naked Bike Ride jeopardized

  Administrators are keeping this year’s Naked Bike Ride at an arm’s length.   The annual Naked Bike Ride, while not officially cancelled, is not likely to receive any University support this year, said Tom Gustafson, vice president of student and campus life.   “We are sort of at our wits end,” Gustafson said. “It’s not about nakedness or bike rides.  It’s about sexual assault, serious injury and detox.”   Another problem that raises concern is that people not associated with the University come to watch the event, he said.   “If you go ‘Wow, can we put University funding into this?'” he said.  “The answer is pretty obvious.”   Interim President John Bramley will send out an email addressing the questions concerning the Naked Bike Ride within the next couple of days, Gustafston said.   The problems with the NBR include strangers in the residence halls, unwanted touching, sexual and other assaults, physical injuries and alcohol-related incapacitation, according to a draft of the email.   The increase of sexual assaults that occurred last semester brought attention to the administration, Student Government Association President Julian Golfarini said.   “When a senior administrator gets two police reports on his desk about an event he already isn’t thrilled about — that’s a game changer,” Golfarini said.    “Acts of a few are jeopardizing the fun of many,” Golfarini said. “But I cannot endorse an event that promotes rape culture.”   In response, students are creating their own outlets for naked rides.   One such event includes an impromptu Naked Bike Ride, scheduled for Nov. 17 at 10 p.m., according to its Facebook page.   The creator of the event, junior Mike White, said the administration is making a “big mistake” and putting students at a greater risk.   “You can take away the funding, take away the t-shirts, but people are still going to have the event,” White said.    In 2008, the SGA was told by the administration that if the event was not made safer, it would be shut down, a 2008 Cynic article stated.   The Naked Bike Ride Task Force (NBRTF) was created to establish safety measures such as floodlights at a tentative cost of $14,800, the article stated.     Now, the University said that they have worked conscientiously with student leadership in an attempt to create a safe environment at the Naked Bike Ride, but nothing seemed to work very effectively, the draft email stated.   The draft states that planning is underway for an alternative event to take place on the night of the last day of classes that may include a charitable aspect to benefit the Vermont community.