Extract from Chapter 6:
The young women were generally serious in their studies, and adhered to the quiet hours in the evenings when silence was to be maintained. But they could be frivolous in their free time. They emulated to some extent the highjinks of the men, particularly their odious initiation practices. Resident Ethel Kirk later recalled 'tapping' [or soaking with water] bidding fair to outrival the Deluge, and excited Freshmen huddled together behind locked doors, and groups of Sophomores keeping an exasperating watch in the corridors without--onions, castor oil--and Limberger cheese! The dean tried to discourage grosser manifestations and overexcitement, while smiling on the pure and kindly fun of which youthful inventiveness was capable: marshmallow roasts, skits, masquerades, ghost parades, Valentine luncheons, and baby parties, at which apparently a little infantile regression was tolerated.