I was a Taylor House (South Quad) resident from 1979-81. On Homecoming Saturday at zero-dark thirty, the RA's came through the halls and dragged us out of bed. We'd march (using a very broad definition of "march") down to the Huron River and pull on a long rope (with the folks from Gomberg house on the other end of the rope/other side of the river).
We were 1-1 during my two years.
I was not a fan.
Does this still happen?
Here's an article with a great photo from the 1969 ToW (which pre-dates my years by a decade). Gotta love the Jack Purcells on the guy at the front of the rope!!! And, the mildly amused expression on the face of the kid on the left border of the photo.
I'll put the photo here ...