ASU's Undie Runners "Cause a Ruckus." Police Forced to Shut Down Student Union; 12 Arrested

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A scene from last night's "undie run" through ASU's Memorial Union. Their parents must be so proud.

With thousands of Arizona State University students -- many of whom have no doubt consumed an alcoholic beverage, or two (or 20) -- running through the university's Tempe campus in nothing but their skivvies, what could go wrong?

Apparently quite a bit. Participants in last night's "undie run" caused enough of a "ruckus" to force police to pull the fire alarm at the school's Memorial Union to get thousands of rowdy, scantily clad students to leave the building.

Last night, an estimated 20,000 people ran through ASU's Tempe campus in nothing but their underwear as an excuse to get drunk for charity. It's an annual tradition at ASU that takes place on the last day of classes every May, and this year, organizers were hoping to break the Guinness Book of World Records tally for the largest gathering of people wearing only underpants.

Things got a little out of hand, as you can see in a video posted on the university's student newspaper Facebook page, which you can see here.

Assistant ASU Chief of Police Jay Spradling tells New Times that as the students paraded through the MU, kids were seen tipping over trash cans and chairs as they screamed their way from one entrance of the building to an exit on the other side.

State Press reporter Danielle Legler posted on the paper's Facebook page that "students stormed the building, climbing all over everything. Police had to set off the fire alarms to get everybody out and assess the damage."

In total, Spradling says there were 12 arrests, seven of which were alcohol-related, the others for trespassing. Given the amount of people involved in the event, he says, that number is on the low side.

"There's good and bad about the event," Spradling says. "They raise a lot of clothes for the charity, but we'd obviously prefer it to be more orderly than it's been the past few years."

When you allow thousands of college kids to run half-naked and drunk through a college campus, expecting anything to be "orderly" is a pipe-dream.
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45 comments
azafvet
azafvet

not quite as much fun as streaking was while I was in college.

ZogWee
ZogWee

Sounds like the cops have a sudden shortage of real crime in the area to deal with. Bring in that pompous hillbilly redneck Arpaio to clean things up lol. www.anon-toolz.at.tc

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

ZogWee, No, they are been going after many people like you, those who are "easy" convictions and have parents with money. If you're from out of state all the better. Most people think abuse of power by law enforcement is about someone else, not them. If you all think it's not about you, think again. Time to learn about the rights people have lost in Arizona that have you facing felonies.

Salvador
Salvador

Not a damn thing wrong with a good time, if some less fortunate individuals benefit from it what you get is a win win situation.

DanMcD
DanMcD

Pulling a false fire alarm is a serious crime. Where in the law are the police granted an exemption?

Kbbaisch
Kbbaisch

O get over it! Its super fun and a great way to end the year. Whoever wrote this has a debby downer additude and obviously is jealous that they don't have the hot body to run around a campus half naked and do it with style. GO DEVILS!

just me
just me

LMAO.....I've met Mr. King he wouldn't look bad running around in his underwear.... : )

Supersaint21
Supersaint21

If ASU wouldn't have messed the whole thing up by failing to organize it correctly maybe this wouldn't have happened. I was there myself and the only reason people were in the MU was because somehow the run took a wrong turn and no one knew where to go

Guest
Guest

Acceptable explanation for why the race went through the MU in the first place, but not for people's behavior while there. Individuals are responsible for their own behavior; ASU is only responsible for enabling it. Let's see if the university has the cahones to actually suspend those guilty of vandalism.

Guest
Guest

I suspect the "charitable motive" would be proven a scam if these same students were given the opportunity to donate their clothes while still wearing some. The goal of this for most participants is clearly self indulgence, with charity a way for the admin to sanction it. Not a surprise. Forty-six years old and 12 educational institutions later and I have never met such a narcissistic community as ASU- undergrads, grads, profs, and admin included. How do you contribute?

J.
J.

ok, 46years old or not you do not call me and my fellow students and faculty narcissistic because we cleverly decided to find a way to get people to donate. everyone knows that in order to have great donation turn outs you have to engage the community somehow. the community at asu are college students, college students like to have fun and let go while celebrating youth, youth (in many cultures) is represented by nudity or appearing bare. So an intelligent asu student decided to make a huge contribution to the needy community while simultaneously engaging a community who can give. i honestly never thought thousands of college students donating literally tons of clothes and food as an act of narcissism. 46 years old and 12 educational institutions later and you ain't learned SHIT!

Zig
Zig

Truth.

ASU Alumn
ASU Alumn

sounds like this was written by a fat bitter geek who was rejected from every social group he tried to join. I am an ASU alum and love hearing about how the undie run grows every year. It is not an excuse to drink, it's an excuse to let go, relax, celebrate youth and to give to people who are in need. I'm not saying people do not drink before the event, but they don't need this as an excuse; college students are going to drink undie run or not. Sounds like you need to learn to let go and have some fun. What makes being in college so great is you get to have fun being a kid and an adult all at once, why not live that up?

Anon
Anon

ASU Alum, In Arizona no one is allowed to have fun. These events are easy pickings for law enforcement, lawyers who get rich and all those who profit from the criminal justice system. Read the Arizona DUI and sex crime statutes. Better yet, read "Accidental Felons" by Daniel Horne. This is the education that's needed.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

If indecent exposure in Arizona is a crime subject to prison time for decades and sex offender registry then how is the ASU Undies run even allowed?

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

For one, someone has to make a complaint in order for someone to be charged with indecent exposure. You can run into a police station naked, if nobody files a complaint, you won't be convicted.Secondly, running around in the equivelent to a bathingsuit doesn't meet the qualifications for indecent exposure.

Bryant Haynes
Bryant Haynes

Who wrote this article? Sounds like some douche who just wasn't able to attend...

 Christian Arnold
Christian Arnold

A great piece of Journalism here. Very unbiased.....Yeah right. I bet this guy is the same guy who sits on his porch and yells at the kids in his neighborhood for being too loud.

Rocky( party animal)
Rocky( party animal)

YOu only live once, if your gonna get a college degree get it at Arizona State University :)

Tek
Tek

"...your gonna get a college degree..."

Classic.

Mjhess1
Mjhess1

Exhibit what your good at. We have a talent for drinking so we decided to make a charity event out of it, I'm sorry we can't all do things "the right way" while we are in the prime of our life.

Duhdoish
Duhdoish

This whole article is just a low blow!!

just me
just me

so was the record for most people in their underpants or the most drunk stupid people in their underpants?

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Hey hey now... take the stick out buddy

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