Primal Scream is a tradition at Harvard University that forms part of the streaking at educational institutions. At midnight on the last night of reading period and before final exams begin, students streak through the Old Yard. The streakers begin in the north end of The Yard and generally make one lap around, but the more adventurous sometimes aim for more. This is done both semesters, even during New England winters. Some of the streakers will "dress up" in capes and masks, or top hat and tails , or other costumes, but their genitalia are still exposed. Before it became a "night when the whole student body comes together to gawk at just that"  it was a night with a closer association to its name.
THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL
That Time Harvard and Yale Took Naked Photos of All Their Freshmen Students
Shocking, because what he found was an enormous cache of nude photographs, thousands and thousands of photographs of young men in front, side and rear poses. Disturbing, because on closer inspection the photos looked like the record of a bizarre body-piercing ritual: sticking out from the spine of each and every body was a row of sharp metal pins. The employee who found them was mystified. The athletic director at the time, Frank Ryan, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback new to Yale, was mystified. But after making some discreet inquiries, he found out what they were -- and took swift action to burn them. He called in a professional, a document-disposal expert, who initiated a two-step torching procedure. First, every single one of the many thousands of photographs was fed into a shredder, and then each of the shreds was fed to the flames, thereby insuring that not a single intact or recognizable image of the nude Yale students -- some of whom had gone on to assume positions of importance in government and society -- would survive.
Ivy League nude posture photos
Between the s and the s, several ivy league colleges had a very strange requirement for all their incoming freshmen students. Harvard, Yale, Wellesley College, Vassar as well as Brown University, were among the elite American colleges that asked all the young men and women enrolled in their first year, to pose nude. He wrote:.
The Ivy League nude posture photos were taken in the s through the s of all incoming freshmen at certain Ivy League and Seven Sisters colleges as well as Swarthmore , ostensibly to gauge the rate and severity of rickets , scoliosis , and lordosis in the population. The photos are simple black and white images of each individual standing upright from front, back and side perspectives. What remained of the images were transferred to the Smithsonian and most were destroyed between and Some photographers, such as Akira Gomi , have since used this style of nude photography as an art form. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.