The University Streakers

March 17, 2009 at 07:02 3 comments

Over the past couple of days, there have been hilarious newspaper articles about a bunch of nine National University of Singapore students streaking through the campus. One month ago, the Eusoff Hall hostel students won the Inter-Hall Games, and these nine guys celebrated by getting pissed and then running starkers to their rival Hall in the dead of night.

Unfortunately for them, some of the female residents of that Hall saw them and reported them to the university authorities, and then it was Game Over.

Said a friend who has a daughter at NUS, “They covered their genitals but not their faces, which were caught very clearly on CCTV.”


Apparently, this is not the first time streaking has happened in a Singapore university, but it seems to be the first time the streakers were caught and the matter publicized. There’s even a ‘usual route’ for streaking.

I can’t say that I have no sympathy for the chaps. After all, they had just won a victory over a formidable rival, and they have been punished by being expelled from their Hall. Besides, there really is no better time to pull this sort of prank than in university. Any older and they’d have gotten arrested. Any younger and their parents would’ve dragged them to a child psychiatrist. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are people who feel angrier with the tattletale girls than with the naked fellows.

Also, I can’t help but feel a sneaky pride over this incident. I always thought that getting sloshed and streaky was the sole premise of Western universities. You see, here in straitlaced Singapore it’s a legal offence to even walk around naked in one’s own home. Under the Miscellaneous Offences Act, doing that makes you liable for a S$2000 fine and a 3-month jail term.

So streaking in Singapore… it takes balls. :)


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Manx’s Front Door « Home of the Manx  |  April 6, 2009 at 13:50

    […] Inebriated naked university students… ah, those halcyon days… […]

  • 2. canuck3  |  April 17, 2009 at 23:44

    Appreciate your non-judgmental and humorous take on this story, including final line. A harmless prank not appreciated by old farts worried over the school’s reputation.

    • 3. Katie  |  April 18, 2009 at 14:37

      Hi canuck3 – I find it hard NOT to see the funny side here! I would classify this as a prank and not a crime. I hardly think the streakers intended to act maliciously (e.g. by raping or traumatising the rival Hall girls). They were most likely acting out of overly-high spirits (in more ways than one, haha) and impaired judgment. If the punishment is inappropriately harsh, the lesson transmitted will not be “Don’t do wrong things”, but “Don’t get CAUGHT doing wrong things”.


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