Stealing the Clapper
is also a tradition of the freshman class
at Princeton University
. Since the bell atop Nassau Hall
is not rung until classes begin, legend has it that stealing the clapper
will in fact prevent classes from starting. This will force at least a minor ransom payment
(so the theory goes) to the frosh who nabs it. Damaging anything whilst attempting this is frowned upon, and full penalties remain in effect for those caught trying.
The quickest time so far is one class who had just returned from their Frosh Week 'outdoor action' trip. One member simply walked off the bus, walked up to Nassau Hall with a mass of climbing gear and scaled the outside, nabbed the ringer in question and made his escape.