Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

The Web 1979 "...the 'ole panty raid"

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The Web 1979 "...the 'ole panty raid"

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Beginning in the 1950s, an annual "panty raid" tradition took place on campus when Richmond College students would cross over the bridge to the Westhampton side of campus. Westhampton women would throw panties to the men from their dorm windows. In the 1979 yearbook, the event is described satirically saying, "The co-ed shrieks as the panting wild eyed men, feverish with desire, grope for her panties." It then continues, "The scene does not seem nearly as sordid when one realizes that the girl in question, along with the other members of her hall, are carrying on this ceremony from the second floor of their dorm, safely out of reach of their assailants, and armed with an arsenal of trash cans filled with water. Having thus prepared themselves after discerning the tell-tale pre-Panty Raid ritualistic series from across the lake, the girls are more than equal to the task of cooling their male counterpart's ardor."

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Web (1979): 12-13. Available online via the

Publisher

The Web, University of Richmond

Date

1979

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Language

English

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Web.12-1979.pdf

Coverage

Richmond (Va.)

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“The Web 1979 "...the 'ole panty raid",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed January 22, 2020, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2855.