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Fudan streak causes outrage - and a few laughs

THE two male university students, who streaked on campus at night to celebrate their graduations and posted pictures of the feat on school forums over the weekend, have caused great controversy online.

School officials said yesterday that the two men had been identified and were feeling the pressure as their action was spontaneous and they did not expect it to attract such intense publicity.

The two men painted "I love Fudan" on their naked bodies, while their faces and private parts were blurred. They posed at the gates and at other school landmarks.

Pictures were soon copied to popular Websites but have mostly been erased due to their nature.

Many students criticized the duo's behavior and said it damaged the reputation of the prestigious university.

"That's just too crazy," said Zhang Haoqi, a graduate who majored in world economics at the university. "Maybe to Western people, streaking is very common. However, Chinese are conservative and shy. It's probably unacceptable to most Chinese."

Emily Zhang, a telecommunications major who graduated from Fudan a year ago, concurred. "They are just trying to appeal to the public with claptrap."

Some students treated the matter with black humor.

"Actually I am okay with the streaking thing - it's very common in foreign universities," said Crio Law, a 22-year-old Fudan graduate in communications. "But posting the pictures on the Net is a very stupid gesture."

Those who streak in public places, attracting crowds or causing detrimental social influence, face detention. But so far no one has reported to have witnessed or been offended by the Fudan streak.

School officials said that they would not punish the students as they had left the school. However, the officials did call on students to commemorate their graduations in a more meaningful and civilized way.

Two students of Tsinghua University, one of the top domestic tertiary institutions, also streaked last year to celebrate their graduation.


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