Time and Temperature Service
Pledges must climb a tree on campus and stay there from 1800 to midnight and shout out the time and temperature every minute for the whole six hours. Have the pledges make a large sign to put in front of the tree that says, “(Fraternity name) Time and Temperature Service.” (This would be an event repeated for every pledge class, but don’t let them use an old sign. Make them make a new one. If you don’t like it, tear it up and make them make another one. Do this as required). If there is a large pledge class this requires a large tree. Probably would not work in Tucson or Tempe! Variation for those places: Get a flatbed truck and cram them all on it. Dress them in clock costumes. Make them chew Red Man and don’t let them have anything to spit in, so they have to spit on each other. The variations are endless.
Weather has to be taken into account. Don’t let them become hypothermic or endangered in any way. If the weather is bad, call it when it’s time to call it, but make them think you’re not going to call it.
Sadly, if you did this today it would get you thrown off campus for hazing and you’d probably lose your affiliation as well. My granddad says it sure was fun when he did it. Of course there was booze involved as always. This hurts nobody and is fun (especially if it’s raining), but we can’t have this kind of fun today. He did this in 1954 in Texas.