Sophomore hazing of freshmen went on for a very long time at Rice, more intense in some eras than in others. In the 1930s most of the hazing seems to have taken place in public, which moderated it significantly. But it was still just preposterous. These rules are both arbitrary and goofy as hell. I don’t know how I would have gotten through freshman year without my knickers.
And here’s a photo of slimes in the cloisters from 1934. They seem to be holding up ok under the dignity-sapping regime of the sophomores.