No matter what embarrassments Harvard students might face in their first few weeks on campus, none will be as mortifying as posing for nude photos, which used to be as much a part of the college registration process as scheduling classes and choosing a dorm. For decades, thousands of students at Harvard and other prestigious schools would arrive on campus, strip down, and pose in front of a camera with four-inch metal pins sticking out of their spines, essentially turning them into human porcupines. That means photos may still somewhere exist of students of that era including Hillary Clinton, George H. It all began in , when the Harvard Physical Education Department took nude photos of all freshmen. At this time, there were no women at Harvard. Supposedly, Sheldon wanted to photograph the intellectual elite to show what their physiques looked like because he believed they would be indicative of their personalities, according to The Crimson. The late George Hersey, who was an art history professor at Yale when the article was written, said the real reason was eugenics. Hersey believed the photos would serve as a kind of matchmaking service for the hottest Ivy Leaguers. The Crimson said about 46, individuals were also photographed nude at military and medical institutions over the years. Modern Harvard students escaped the nude photo fate.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Sign up for The Complex Newsletter for breaking news, events, and unique stories. The annual matchup between Harvard and Yale is one of the nation's oldest rivalries dating back to Simply known as "The Game" among students and alumni of both Ivy League schools, this is a tradition that gathers one-percent elitists, CEOs, executives of Fortune companies, wealthy Wall Street denizens, state legislators, and congressmen, and maniacal students. The contest was played at Harvard Stadium where approximately a dozen Yale students carried on an odd tradition of getting naked at the game. The tradition, known as the "Saybrook Strip" delayed the kickoff as these crazy students jumped on the wall along the field to "hang out" in front of the crowd. If you want to look, this is NSFW. Police intervention is in progress. Game being held up because there are a dozen Yale students standing atop wall in front row. All are naked.
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Every semester at Harvard University, students take their clothes off. The event is called Primal Scream , and it happens on midnight before the first day of final exams. As the hour approaches, there is a palpable buzz in the central quad, the Harvard Yard. Students gather in various states of undress: towels and trenchcoats, gym shorts and jeans. A whiff of alcohol scents the air. At the stroke of midnight, the crowd of nude students runs a lap around the Yard. The event is greeted with a certain nostalgic indulgence, a college tradition—and Harvard College at that.
Elevated on a pedestal, he gazes into the distance, his muscular arm tucked behind his back. Though the statue has received great attention, few are aware of the sources of data used to sculpt it: thousands of Harvard men, carefully measured—nude, for the sake of precision—and photographed. The pink and beige data forms are in the Harvard Archives, available to any researcher. So are the thousands of naked photos, divided between 31 tightly-packed boxes. The photos feature each man from behind, head-on, and in profile. The three images are arranged side-by-side on a thick white note card, each of which is tucked into an envelope. Hundreds of envelopes line each box. The men gaze into the camera seriously, chins tilted up—for the most part, seemingly unconcerned with the prospect of a year-old girl peering back at them years later. Paired with each photo is a notecard filled on the front and back with detailed measurements, handwritten in curly script.