Fraternity attempt at world record challenge cancelled

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    The record for the world’s longest slip and slide will remain the same now that TCU has canceled the Beta Theta Pi’s philanthropy.

    As members of TCU’s newest fraternity, they came up with they idea of making the world's longest slip and slide to raise money for their philanthropy which supports the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, said freshman business major Nate Anderson.

    Philanthropy chairman and freshman strategic communication major Jack Sperco said, “We applied to Guinness World Records last semester and got our record of 'longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour' approved.”

    The event was scheduled for Thursday and around 500 people said they were attending on the Facebook invite the fraternity sent out, Anderson said.

    “Everyone who participated was going to pay a $5 fee,” Anderson said.

    Unfortunately the dream of defeating the Guinness World Record of longest distance traveled on a slip and slide was crushed last week when TCU  officials cancel the event after the Betas spend an entire semester planning it.

    Anderson said TCU canceled the slip and slide due to safety purposes, they didn’t want any of their students to be injured not only from the slide, but on campus as well.

    “We were extremely bummed because we all put a lot of hard work into this, but we fully supported TCU’s decision,” Sperco said.

    Anderson said he and his fraternity brothers were disappointed because the decision to cancel the event was last minuet and that this was a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for the Sjogrens Syndrome foundation. He did agree with Sperco by saying they understood that rules are rules and ultimately the university has to give the final approval.

    Even through this semester is almost over, Sperco said he isn’t sure what the Betas will do next but it is going to be a big event that the entire school can enjoy.

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