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Sliding down ropes is an essential part of the Radcliffe Freshman's education. Designed to prepare the tyro for emergencies, knowledge of the technique would be particularly pertinent in case of fire.
Freshmen in Briggs and Cabot have complained that since there were no rope fire escapes in those dormitories, they should be excused from the gruelling grind. Their objection was overridden by the fact that they might sometime visit a building where rope was the only means of escape.
After an arduous workout on the ropes, the Freshmen, at the sound of a bell enter the showers. When they have been thoroughly doused with icy water, the bell rings again and the shivering maidens are allowed to step out.
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