The video of new TCU Greek members tripping at TCU Bid Day on Aug. 16 has gone viral.
After reading their bid cards, new members ran across the Campus Commons to join sorority members, but some didn’t clear the large music cord that was stretched across the bricks.
Ryan Higgins, a senior history major, captured several of the tumbles on a video that has gone viral since he uploaded it to YouTube five days ago.
“It’s just been funny to see how many people have found it just as funny as I did," Higgins said. "Luckily, no one was hurt and it was all good fun."
TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsored the event. Katelin Rae, an FSL coordinator, wrote in an email that the cords and AV equipment were covered with a yellow speed bump in the hopes of slowing the women down.
"In order to create a safer environment, women were advised to walk instead of run into the commons," she wrote.
FSL would re-evaluate the set-up for next year, she wrote.
Shelby Donovan, a first-year movement science major, was one of the women who tripped.
She said her fantasy of what it would be like to run to Chi Omega after she received her bid card turned out a little differently than what she had expected.
“I just tripped and fell. I heard everybody 'oohing' and 'aahing' after I fell.”
Alpha Delta Pi new member and first-year kinesiology major Bri Moreau said she is still laughing about her fall.
“You know how someone asks you, 'What’s your embarrassing moment?' Mine always involves falling, so I’m not surprised."
Savanna Curtis, a first-year pre-major and new member of Alpha Delta Pi, also tumbled over the cord.
"When I fell, it was slow motion. It was funny. I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh you're actually falling in front of all these people.' I couldn't believe it."
Curtis said she has a few scratches to remember the moment.
"I have these big cuts on my foot and everyone asks me what happened. When they hear the story they either say, 'Oh my gosh,' or say they are sorry, or start laughing."
Both Curtis and Moreau said the falls would be a memory they would never forget.
Higgins said each time a woman fell to the ground, there was an audible reaction from the crowd.
The whole crowd was waiting for who would be next, Higgins said.
Higgins said he didn't start recording the falls with his iPhone until halfway through the Bid Day run. He said he saw more falls before then.
"I just thought I'd see if I could capture it on camera," Higgins said, who added that he didn't know he was supposed to hold his iPhone horizontally.
Donovan said she was surprised the video went viral.
“I had somebody come up to me and say, ‘Someone from out-of-state sent me the link to your video. You’re famous!’”
Donovan said everyone continues to joke around with her in a friendly way about her fall.
“I think it was totally a 'me' way to start college. That type of stuff happens to me all the time.”
This story was updated Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.