The tradition, the myth, the legend—Strip Mod is back. Take a study break this Tuesday at 10:30 PM to stop by Mod 27B and take part in the tradition that, to quote from the Facebook event, “BC won’t acknowledge but can’t shut down.” Here are the top ten things you didn’t know about Strip Mod.
1. No one knows exactly how or when the Strip Mod tradition began, but according to legend, the soccer team invented it in the late ‘90’s—likely as an excuse to show off their washboard abs and dancing prowess.
2. The show is supposed to be funny, not sexual. To see how the dancers achieve this delicate balance of comedy and nakedness, check out this video of a previous Strip Mod show.
3. There are three rules of Strip Mod.
First, there is a 15-minute time limit. Go any longer, and BCPD will shut down the show. Second, it is the only time when drinking is not allowed in the Mods. And finally, the show must conform to Boston’s public indecency laws, which means frontal nudity and thongs are not allowed.
4. That said, the entire wing of Walsh that faces the Mods will have a great aerial view of the show. So sophomores, kick back in your 8-mans and enjoy.
5. Strip Mod always happens twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and it always happens on the first night of study days.
6. Currently, the Strip Mod includes Mod 27A and 27B (so if you’re going for a mod next year and you won’t strip, don’t pick those Mods). However, the Strip Mod used to be 42A and 42B. Back in the day, BC demolished some of the Mods and renumbered them, causing the Strip Mod to relocate.
7. One of the students performing in this year’s Strip Mod is also hanging on one of the posters in the Robsham windows.
8. The Strip Mod tradition has been highly publicized in quality external news sources like Barstool Sports and College Humor. It also has its own tumblr and Twitter account.
9. The stairs of the Strip Mod are covered in graffiti, including gems like “strip forever” and “strip like you’ve never stripped before.”
10. This is more of a conjecture then a fact, but if this year’s Strip Mod is going to live up to previous shows, my guess is that those guys have been practicing for a very long time. Make sure you come out to show your support this Tuesday!
Name: Jillian Timko
School, major and year: Arts and Sciences, International Studies, 2014
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? I love the Gavel because it’s so new. We are still figuring out who we are as an organization and how far we can go. While this presents us with a clear set of challenges, it’s really fun to try different things and build our own identity.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day?
First, I would take them on an actual tour of the campus—it’s beautiful and deserves to be shown off. Then I would take them to a football tailgate, a hockey game, and to Marathon Monday. And we would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Hillside – after an egg sandwich, a Panini, and a cheeseburger, who wouldn’t want to go to BC?
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?
I would tell myself to keep pushing to meet new people and try new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a groove you’re comfortable with, but you should never limit yourself like that—the people at BC and the school itself have so much to offer.
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
A classroom in Gasson, or the booths on the first floor of O’Neill.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night?
Usually mozzarella sticks, sometimes pizza…
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
Love and Memories by OAR
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn?
I was a gumball machine, along with our lovely editor-in-chief, and we rocked it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
There’s this Italian restaurant called Bolu in my hometown. It’s always absolutely delicious, and it has enough variety on its menu to get me through the rest of my life.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why?
The characters on How I Met Your Mother. Mainly so I could experience the joy of high-fiving Barney Stinson all the time.