The came. They saw. They disrobed.
On Oct. 27, 2010, the Student Alumni Relations Committee sponsored a one-mile run through campus, “The Nearly Naked Mile,” a coat drive benefit event. As their “entry fee,” participants donated new or gently used coats and winter outerwear that were distributed evenly between Jeremiah’s Inn, a residential center for homeless men, and Abby’s House, a shelter for battered women, both in Worcester. Runners were encouraged to dress comfortably, but minimally, for the run, which not only made for an interesting visual but also drove home the message that many people are not equipped with the proper clothing for the harsh New England weather.