Why Do We Streak? Mifflin Streakers Share Their Answers
Why do we streak? The Mifflin Steak is one of Penn State’s longest-running traditions. Rest assured, the seniors of 2015 made sure the tradition carried on. Spectators piled onto Mifflin Road to watch hordes of graduating seniors bid their final farewell to Penn State by sprinting naked down the road between Pollock and McKean. Onward State took to the streets to ask these participants, “Why do you streak?” Here are their answers.
For the Rush
“I want to make one last awesome Penn State memory,” said one streaker.
“We decided five seconds before we went,” said a girl before her friend chimed in: “It was a spur of the moment adrenaline rush.”
That adrenaline is something many participants seemed to thrive off of, with many yelling things similar to this man’s take: “Because I am a senior and I don’t give a fuck!”
“I’m graduating and I say YOLO,” said another.
“It’s exhilarating! This is Pollock Dining Commons staff bonding!” noted a one woman as she stood with her smiling coworkers.
Many Mifflin streakers declared they were running for some form of love, be it self-love, love for Penn State, or love for each other.
“I think the human body is a beautiful thing; I wish I could be naked all the time. You’re all beautiful,” said one female participant.
“Because I love my body!” yelled a male runner.
One couple even shared a romantic embrace immediately after finishing, and when asked why they streak, they responded in predictable romantic fashion. “I am a senior and she’s my girlfriend and she did it for moral support,” said the guy before the girl chimed in: “It turns me on.”
To Relieve Stress
“It’s a way to relieve stress,” observed one runner, looking as if his worries had all vanished.
“It’s a great way to relieve stress during finals week,” commented another runner.
Running naked undoubtedly provides some great stress relief for those feeling bogged down by finals. “It’s liberating,” noted several runners.
How can people worry about finals when they are running naked in front of thousands of people? Streaking seems to be the obvious answer to school-related stress.
“For feminism,” said a host of male participants upon finishing the run.
For Tradition and Penn State
“Tradition” proved the most popular answer among the Mifflin streakers. Many felt that streaking was part of some larger responsibility to the university. “I streak because I have to, it’s an obligation for every Penn Stater.”
Many streakers declared their emphatic love for Penn State immediately after running. One runner screamed, “because Penn State is fucking awesome that’s why!”
Another commented, “I streak for fucking life and for Penn State baby, fuck finals!”
Rest assured Penn State, the cherished tradition certainly lives on.
“I know you. Because I know you.”
“I write for the Collegian…”
“Nine of my friends did it. I didn’t wanna be that guy.”
“That’s my fucking T.A.!”
“It’s always fun… to have a run.”
“I like seeing booooobies.”
“Onward State! Go for it! Penn State! WOO!”
“I like the cool breeze on a crisp Sunday evening.”
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